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April 2012 Vol 6 No. 4  

Look At All The Industrious People

Do you ever take time to notice all of the hard working people around you? If you're out and about, you can see them coming and going, doing their jobs. But so many that you will never see are also doing their jobs, so that you have the utilities, fuel, food, clothing, supplies, communication devices and entertainment that you need and enjoy every day. This will never make the news, and it will never be the subject of a TV show or a movie. It's what we call "normal." We take it for granted. I suggest that you don't take it for granted. There are places in the world where a lot of these basics are not provided regularly or in abundance like they are in the wealthier nations. The idea of Goodfinding is to take nothing for granted, and appreciate all that you can find that is good, right and working.

I'm not making a plea for the goodness of humanity here, although I do believe in that. I'm encouraging you to train your mind more and more in the direction of the good, because it is good for you, your body/mind and your overall well being. Make it a part of your daily practice to think about, look for and appreciate the quiet, responsible folks that literally make the world go around--and that includes you. This is a lot more important than focusing on the few that make it into the headlines--though I recommend that you try to appreciate them as well.

The Practicality Of Self Care

If you were taking a road trip, you would probably make sure your vehicle was in good shape before going. No one would call you selfish for that--it's practical. And yet, many of us feel that we're being selfish if we put our own needs ahead of others. Consider that your body/mind is your vehicle, and when you take the time and energy to create a strong sense of  happiness and well being, you're simply tuning up your vehicle for your journey through your day, and through your life. Ideally, you will spend some time every day tuning up, and your best bet is to start with your mind. When you shift your mental focus to what is good, right and working in your body, your home, your business and your relationships, you will create a sense of enthusiasm and motivation that will make you more likely to get some exercise and eat healthy portions of healthy foods. This self care pays off in huge dividends over time. Here's how it works:

  • Start your day by appreciating yourself, your relationships, and your life.
  • The more you appreciate yourself, the more you will value your health and happiness.
  • The more you value your health and happiness, the more likely you will be to make good choices for your well being.
  • Do this daily for 21 days, and you will build up a reserve of self worth, strengthening your resolve to keep this healthy lifestyle going and going.

Practice this often enough, and it will be as indispensable in your daily routine as showering and brushing your teeth. You can do this. You've got what it takes.

Kids, Smiles, Science And Space

Let's start with some kids having fun, and showing their delightful spirits. I think you'll love seeing this little 2 year old dancing to "Jailhouse Rock." What great moves! Now sit back, relax and enjoy watching little Tessa as she has fun with a pile of leaves and swimming with her mom. Seeing the pure joy on her face can reawaken that child-like wonder in you! Watch and listen to these kids of all ages, as they describe their favorite family traditions on a Hooplaha video. Speaking of family, I think you'll get a smile from this video showing a mom literally dancing through her pregnancy. The video later became a gift to the son she was carrying. For some more smiles, you'll find that these people are all smiles. And the Singapore Kindness Movement thinks that once in a while, you should send somebody a smile!

A big part of every child's life is school and books. With that in mind watch this video of a teacher who stays in touch with her students long after they're gone from her classroom, and for a whimsical look at the magic of books, enjoy this beautiful short film entitled, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

If you enjoy science and technological innovation, you'll enjoy watching these helicopter robots playing a James Bond theme. And to conclude this section, enjoy this time-lapse view of the stars from a space station. I hope these videos brought a smile and a sense of awe to your good heart.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
--Thomas Edison

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
--James Allen

"You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts."

Brian Tracy

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
-Helen Keller

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes."
-Andrew Carnegie


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