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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. March 2010 Vol 4 Issue 3  

More Of This, Please!

When good things come your way, be sure and welcome them. A couple of great ways to respond to the good that is constantly flowing (yes, that's right...) into your life are with self-statements like, "All this and more" and "More of this, please." Nothing is ever too good to be true. Expect, look forward to and anticipate wonderful things coming your way.

When you do your morning gratitude, appreciation and optimism journaling, just say one or both of those phrases in response to every good thing you think of. Easy breathing, "more of this please" people who love me, "more of this please" food to eat, "all this and more" money coming into your life, "all this and more." As you do this, add to the power of it by picturing and imagining more of all the good things you love and enjoy. At the very least, this will lower your stress and feel good while you do it, and at the most it will invite more good to come to you!

The Best Thing That Ever Happened

Whatever it is, you can make it the best thing that ever happened to you. Optimists not only look forward to and welcome good things into their lives, they transform the "bad" things into opportunities to grow stronger and wiser.  Have you ever heard anyone say, "Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me"? Well, it wasn't the cancer that was good, it was how they dealt with it.

So, take a look at the biggest challenges you face right now, and ask yourself, "How can I use this as an opportunity to get smarter and stronger?" Also, you might want to ask yourself, "How did I contribute to this in my life--what can I learn?" This is the powerhouse of optimism. It takes you right out of the helpless victim role (which is a very sticky illusion...) and puts you in the creative driver's seat where you belong!

  Live Long And Be Happy

Ellen Langer, author of Counterclockwise tells of how she took a group of men in their late 70's and 80's on a retreat. She created a "time warp" that took them back 20 years, using music, conversation and art from two decades earlier in thier lives. Her results? The men started acting and feeling younger, to an astounding degree. They stood up straight, moved with more energy, played touch football, and one gave up his walking cane. The suggestion, as you can read in this article, is that shifting your mind and emotions in the direction of your youth can actually have very real physical benefits.

Watch this video of an interview with Ellen Langer, and I think you'll be inspired as I was. Join me in accepting the challenge to age elegantly! You will find that the main task to accomplish that is to have a good time. Can you handle that? To help you along the way, watch this video of athlete Shannon Bahrke having a very good time, and pay attention to the pure joy in that young woman's eyes. You can also listen to an interview with me, talking about being happy at work and how happiness is very serious business!

Random Feel-good Videos

First, 5 year old Savannah lovingly helps her dad through an emergency in this video featuring her 911 call. I love this one, that shows a man literally singing puppies to sleep. By the way, a few nights after I watched this, I sang "Good night sweetheart" to myself when I had trouble sleeping, and it works! The title says, take a look at this Bangladesh "brickie" loading 22 bricks on his head and walking away. And now watch this beautiful video on love and energy, and let it ease your stress and increase your sense of well being.

Any lovers out there? If you don't know about it check it out now and start enjoying your favorite music free. Also, watch this interview with Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, to get a sense of the vision and generosity behind this wonderful project. Here's a fun look at teachers floating weightless as part of an educational project to improve the quality of education in the U.S. And, if you've ever wanted to find a way to volunteer and didn't know where to go, check out, and they'll help you find what you're looking for.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"At "the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
--Jean Houston

"I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."
--J.D. Salinger

"Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice."
--Hugh Macleod

"What we dwell on is who we become."
--Oprah Winfrey

"Good things are good."
--Alan Johnson



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