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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. October 2009 Vol 3 Issue 10   


The Art of Appreciating Art

Have you ever admired great art? This story is about appreciation--for art and what it does for us, and for the good people past and present who have risked their lives and dedicated time, energy and money so that you and I might continue to enjoy the work of the great masters around the world. Robert Edsel's recently released book, The Monuments Men is an account of the tremendous effort put forth by dedicated and brave souls to preserve the priceless treasures that were at risk of theft and destruction during World War II. Visit Robert's web site and watch this video to learn more about the amazing story and related information. I am reading The Monuments Men right now, and am enthralled by the magnitude of the effort of these good people and all they went through to preserve great art for you, me and the rest of the world. You also might want to get a copy of Robert's earlier picture/art book entitled, Rescuing Da Vinci that actually shows many of the pieces that were rescued! Here is your chance to practice the art of appreciating art!

Joy Is Your Greatest Wealth


Consider that you are by nature a joyful being. When the layers of limiting life experience are peeled away, joy emerges. So if joy is indeed your greatest wealth, then it would follow that getting to know and be who you really are will take you to your greatest wealth. I think this is the meaning of the statement, "Do what you love, and the money will follow." Another way of understanding this is to recognize that when you are "following your bliss" and accessing your joy, you are kinder, smarter and healthier, and will therefore make better decisions--regarding money, for example. Now, here's the real clincher...the best pathway to your joy is through the art and practice of appreciation. Interestingly, appreciation means increase in value in a business (money) context. Try this appreciation exercise: Take a look around you and start a list of the things you take for granted but would miss if they weren't there. Then, when you've realized there are just too many to list, try going into a constant mode of appreciation in which you take nothing for granted. Appreciation is the best pathway to joy, the greatest wealth. Try it and let me know how it works for you.

  Good Things Happening!


There are so many good things to tell you about this month that I decided to put a whole bunch of them right here together. Here we go...

1) A group of former pickpockets in London have become "putpockets," depositing from 5 pound to 20 pound notes in open pockets and handbags in major tourist areas. Read full story here about the broadband provider that decided to "give a little back" to folks during hard times.

2) In matters of the heart, a study by the American Heart Association shows that optimistic women may have lower risk of heart disease. Add to this the enlightening research of The Institute Of HeartMath showing how appreciation is good for your heart, and the message is clear.

3) In an article called Trust In A Teardrop: Researchers Say Tears Can Help Build, Strengthen Relationships the authors report that emotional tears can bring couples closer together, signaling deep caring and vulnerability. Consider the possibility that your greatest strength is in your vulnerability.

4) A study shows that telling and hearing a good joke can help to improve a bad mood. That might not seem like news, but read the article and learn how it is the mental activity of "getting the joke" that actually helps! A "good joke" requires a mental shift, and that is exactly what brings the greatest benefit.

5) Learn how "nature makes us nicer" in this article that shows that when people are in contact with nature they tend to be more caring toward others. The researchers report that even contact with house plants and painting nature scenes generates these good results. Have you ever noticed that we are physically more like plants and animals than buildings and machines?


  Now For Some Fun!


Here are some great videos that will bring a smile to your heart.

  • Here's 97 year old John Calangelo being interviewed after getting his first hole-in-one, on an uphill shot to boot! There's some elegant aging for you!
  • Watch talented sand artist Ilana Yahav as she creates beautiful moving illusions before your eyes. The title "You've Got A Friend" fits. Visit her web site, where you can see other videos such as this one entitled, "Emotions."
  • Enjoy this "Catcerto" performed by Nora the Piano Cat and the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra. Like a lot of musicians, she takes a while to warm up, but then she really gets going!
  • Along the lines of jamming with critters, here's a beautiful video of a small ensemble playing a love song for a whale, who joins in, of course! Very moving.
  • Now enjoy Gina Incadela, an autistic child who formerly did not talk at all, as she sings the Star Spangled Banner.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders


"What you see depends on what you're looking for."


"Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe."

--Gordon B. Hinckley

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
--Nelson Mandela

"Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy."
--Gordon B. Hinckley




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