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  Goodfinding.com       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. June 2013 Vol 7 No. 6  

What Invigorates You?

What gives you strength, energy and vitality? Think of those times when your spirit soared, and you felt inspired about your life. Vigor does not just belong to the young, it belongs to the young at heart. You can be invigorated with laughter, an inspiring story, great music, nutritious food, or a bright, crisp Spring morning. When you are invigorated, you will be more likely to exercise, which of course gives you strength and energy. It really helps to get the mental process going first, then the emotional energy will follow, making it much easier to take the physical action. So, I encourage you to start each day with a mental process of looking for what is good, right and working in you, your life and the world around you. The habitual, default mental mechanism of focusing on problems and tasks will drain your energy and motivation, if you let it.

The tools are right here, at your fingertips. The simple practice of positive journaling will help you create a new default mental process, reminding you of the blessings and the beauty in your past, present and future. You can think of this as your mental workout, or "getting your head in the game," as you prepare for another invigorated day of joyful participation in life. This will motivate you to create a robust program of caring for your body, mind and soul. In so doing, you activate the natural processes of reinvigorating, revitalizing, rejuvenating, re-energizing, renewing and rebuilding than insures the quality of life you have always wanted and dreamed of. The power is in your hands. Get invigorated now, when you watch these beautiful children (and a couple of old souls) singing "What A Wonderful World."

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The Art Of Greater Gratitude

Gratitude will do so much for you. It will help you sleep better, have more energy and spend more time exercising, according to the research of Dr. Robert Emmons. It literally blocks the toxic emotions that cause anxiety and depression. Dr. Emmons also tells you "How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times" in this recent article. I've been recommending Goodfinding journaling (which includes gratitude journaling) to good folks like you for several years now. One of the questions I get is, "What if I run out of things to write about?" This is mostly in the gratitude exercise, where you're focusing on the past. 

So, here are some helpful pointers for you, to help with your gratitude journaling: Write about your gratitude for the wonderful trips you've taken, the most beautiful places you've visited and the most fascinating people you've met in your travels. Express your gratitude for the homes you've most enjoyed living in, and what you liked about them. List the people you have admired the most in your life, and what you gained from those relationships. Chronicle your experiences of viewing great art, hearing wonderful musical performances and seeing live drama. Make a list of people who have been kind to you, and those who have helped you through a difficult time. Recall your favorite neighbors, closest friends and family members, and what you appreciated about them. And don't forget your favorite pets, and the joy and comfort they brought you. Take one of these topics at a time, and savor the good feelings that went along with each of your experiences. Let these feelings wash over you, bringing comfort and relief to your heart and mind.

What A Wonderful World

What you pay attention to grows, so let's give our attention to some of the small and not so small wonders of the world. Since we just heard some great kids singing about the wonderful world, let's look at some kids who are actually making it more wonderful. Learn more about SPPRAK (Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness), and get involved if you feel inspired. And take a look at 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity, to help with your inspiration. In honor of Memorial Day, meet 17 soldiers who are showing the tender, playful heart inside the powerful warrior, and some young athletes devoted to honoring and helping our "wounded warriors." Speaking of warriors who made it home, you'll enjoy the story of an unusual soldier, Smoke The Donkey.

When you are inspired, you are at your very best. Watch this uplifting video called, "What Makes Your Heart Sing?" with Bruce Cryer and Gary Malkin, and learn about the power of the heart, music and deep caring. Now get inspired by some amazing people, with an incredible balancing act, an all woman roofing team, a teen whose invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds, and a waitress whose positive attitude won her a $446 tip. This physician teaches bedside manner using horses, and these blind kids are playing "Beep Baseball." Let's wrap up with this soothing video, a cheetah in slow motion, and (of all things...) Dilbert discovering his goodness!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity."
--T.H. Huxley

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
--Robert Brault

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do."
--William Ellory Channing

Give yourself abundant pleasure, and you will have abundant pleasure to give to others."
Neale Donald Walsh

Our lives are shaped not by our experience, but by our expectations."
-George Bernard Shaw


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