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August 2012 Vol 6 No. 8  

Be Inspired To Awe

A new study in the Psychological Science journal shows that the emotion of awe gives you the experience of slowing down time, and also adds to life satisfaction. Read about the study here, where you will learn that participants in a state of awe were more patient and more willing to spend time helping others. A state of awe can be inspired by the experience of beauty, deep pleasure and a sense of spiritual presence. Another thing that can inspire awe is contemplating the magnificence of your human brain--that mechanism you're using right now to process this information.

Take a look at an expanded version of the image to your right, that gives some interesting facts about the brain that might be new to you. To start, you have 70,000 thoughts a day, and they cause biological and physiological effects, because "your body responds to mental input as if it were physically real." So when you send it positive messages, your body will relax, and your well being will be enhanced. You will also learn that listening to music strengthens your brain, and meditation increases IQ, relieves stress and promotes higher learning levels. I hope this inspires you to listen to awe-inspiring music, to notice the awesome beauty within and around you all of the time, and keep as many of your 70,000 thoughts focused on Goodfinding as you possibly can!

You've Got It All Going On Inside

If you knew what you are truly capable of, you would move forward into your life with tremendous enthusiasm and very little self doubt. Watch this video about Carly, an autistic girl who has discovered her voice and is expressing her brilliance in many surprising ways. Before she started communicating through a computer, she was thought to be severely retarded. Now she is helping others to find their own voice. Maybe there's a lesson in this for all of us. Is it possible, that, like Carly, there is much, much more to you than meets the eye?

Contemplate these questions: Have you found your voice? Do you have a place in your life where your brilliance shines through? Is there something you do that always brings a sense of satisfaction and meaning for you? To explore this further, ask yourself what you love the most in life. Search inside for that deep passion or restlessness, and ask yourself if you've found a way to give it full expression. There is genius in every one of us, as a natural part of our birthright. Here's the clincher...this has nothing to do with impressing others or winning their praise. It is all about offering your gift, the one that only you can offer in that special, unique way. You've always known that it's there, deep inside. Now give it full expression, and the world will be better for it. Here's a fascinating video called Born To Learn, which emphasizes the importance of play for learning. It could be through playing that you discover your gift, if you haven't already found it.

Good Folks, Good Food And Fun

Here are some awe-some stories to inspire you. Watch this video about the 87 year old country doctor who charges $5 a visit and makes house calls. The folks in that small town of 3200 are fortunate indeed to have Dr. Russell Dohner. Speaking of good folks, here are the New York Yankees helping out with an equine therapy program for special needs children--you'll love that video. And here are some inspired and inspiring young folks handing out 365 days of hugs and Kindness and Courage to random people like you and me. Watch Flashes of Hope, where simple photos lift the spirits of some beautiful children who need exactly that. Here's a great dad who gave his daughter a gift that was 13 years in the making--and it's a gift that keeps on giving. Other examples of gifts that keep on giving are Microloans. This is the best video I've seen on this subject, as it describes what the loans are and how they work to literally lift good hardworking souls from the throes of poverty.

You may have heard of cooking with love--watch guacamole with love, and I think you'll get the idea. And on the subject of good food, here's a list of foods that are good for muscles, memory, skin and focus (and more). Now just have some good old fun, with the typewriter symphony, the human happiness video competition, and a little girl blowing bubbles.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times."

"Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."

Norman Vincent Peale

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells."
-Dr. Seuss

"Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save...they just stand there shining."
-Ann Lamott


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