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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. October 2010 Vol 4 No. 10  

Well Now, That's Good!

Here is a great exercise to enhance or maintain a good mood, or to shift out of a not-so-good mood. Just look around you, as you go through your daily activities, and play the "Well now, that's good!" game. The purpose is to practice shifting your attention, over and over again, to the good things in you and the world around you. The more you do this, the easier it gets. Your goal is to get yourself into that positive emotional state where you are smarter, healthier, kinder and more compassionate.

Remember, the default mechanism of your brain is to look for problems to be solved and tasks to be completed. This exercise and others like it are designed to help you create a new default mechanism of Goodfinding. There is far more right than wrong with you, and there are far more good people in the world than you might have imagined. In his delightful book, Too Proud To Ride A Cow: By Mule Across America,
Bernie Harberts tells how many people warned him to be careful, because of "all the bad people out there." Yet, what he found is that everywhere he went (for 3500 miles), folks went out of their way to help him, support him and give him a place to stay. Well now, that's good!

New Goodfinding Journaling Video

Last month, I recommended a new slide show, and now I have added voice and music. Watch the video now, as I walk and talk you through:

  1. Why so many of us are stressed out and worried
  2. The value and benefit of gratitude, appreciation and optimism
  3. How these Goodfinding practices are good for your heart, your health and your relationships.
  4. How you can use a Goodfinding journaling process to create the reality you choose for yourself
This positive mental shifting will lower your stress and increase your sense of well being. The value of journaling is that it causes you to slow down and focus enough to write complete sentences. Your mind moves very fast, and doesn't usually make complete sentences. Your unconscious mental process goes from problem to problem and task to task. Goodfinding is simply a matter of sprinkling in some joy, value and beauty along the way!

More Videos & Links To Inspire You

Here's a video about great folks creating a positive school environment to make it easier to teach children with many different learning styles. It is great seeing educators using the power of positive emotion to enhance students' learning experience. Also in education, this innovative program (video) shows how to use kids' love for video games to get them hooked on fitness.

How would you like to eat at a restaurant where the produce for your meal was grown on the roof of the restaurant building? This video of a New York chef shows you how it's done. Would you like more of those "Ah-hah!" moments in your life? This HappyNews article tells you how. Check out these videos about a pumpkin boat race and the salsa dancing granny who got a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Another inspiring 76 year old swims 22 miles for charity, and in Canada, something called "street soccer" is helping people get clean and sober and become responsible--watch the inspiring video. Speaking of sports, if you're a runner, enhance your morning run with this routine!

Now, to finish off your fun-and-feel-good newsletter, check out these wild commuter dogs in Moscow, and this great video music game. Well now, that's good!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems."
--Anthony J. D'Angelo

"There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
--David Burns

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
-Winston Churchill

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."
--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
--Albert Camus

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."



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