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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D.

August 2011 Vol 5 No. 8  

Treasures At Your Fingertips

You don't need a compass or a map to find treasures beyond measure. When you decide that you will not take anything for granted, and begin appreciating the many aspects of yourself and your world that are good, right and working, you will be flooded with positive emotion. Can you see, hear, walk, talk, and breathe easily? Take a moment and appreciate the many pleasures these capacities afford you. Do you have people in your life whom you love, and who love you? Take another moment and think about all that you love about them. Have you ever been loved unconditionally? If so, look at yourself through those unconditionally loving eyes, and consider the possibility that this view of you is accurate and real. Your gifts and attributes far outweigh your shortcomings, and there is a great treasure of well being waiting for you when you begin to recognize that on an ongoing basis. Take some time every day to appreciate what is inside and all around you, and watch as your good fortune grows. That's right, the more time you spend in a mode of appreciation, the more good you will find, and the more good will find you!

Charge Forward Wisely

Your body tries to cooperate with your activity level, just as your brain rises to the challenges you provide for yourself. This is the reasoning behind the "use it or lose it" idea. Have you noticed how you can do things you didn't think you were capable of, when you're excited or challenged enough? Being gentle but persistent with your magnificent body, push into new levels of activity, exercise and stretching--for the rest of your life! I assure you, your body is listening, and it will do its best to rise to the level you attempt to reach. Likewise, the more sedentary you become, the more likely it will shut down the unused functions...and we don't want that!

The same with your brilliant mind. Start with your memory. Delete any negative comments about your memory fading or getting older or "senior moments," no matter how funny you might think that is. Any time you want to remember something, just say, "It will come to me," or, "It's not coming to me right now, but I'll get it in a minute." Here is a full article on improving (and maintaining) your memory. So, to use more of your brain's almost unlimited capacity, practice Goodfinding, learn a language, learn to play a musical instrument, learn to dance, take an art class or start your own Internet business, and you'll find your mind getting sharper, brighter, and more optimistic!

Raise Your Positivity Ratio!

I love this quote from Barbara Fredrickson, who is known for her research-tested formula for flourishing in life: "Positive emotions don't just make us feel good. They transform our minds, our bodies, and our ability to bounce back from hard times." Watch this video of her talk, and take her positivity quiz, to check your positivity ratio. Now let's get on with the business of increasing your positive emotions! 

Get your creative juices flowing when you watch this video about Silky Hart's workshop, "Ink On Your Fingers, Color On Your Soul." Be sure and visit Silky's site,, where you can learn about her upcoming events. While we're expanding consciousness, check out Superhuman: The Incredible Savant Brain, which suggests that the amazing abilities of savants point to the potential we all have! Ever wonder what causes the Aurora Borealis? Watch this beautiful video that shows exactly how it happens. Enjoy this video story about Reckless: The War Hero Horse, these monkeys with cameras and this wonderful video journey of a mother robin and her babies. In the realm of generosity, watch this video of "Patriotic Millionaires" who want to be taxed more, so there's more for the rest of us. Let's finish on a goofy note, with this drunk stunt pilot and this very talented young man break-dancing at a ball game.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"Beauty is whatever gives joy."
--Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music."

--Ronald Reagan

"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length."
-Robert Frost

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
--Robert Fripp

"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle."
--Amy Bloom



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