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21 Positive Thoughts Each Morning

What do you think of when you first wake up in the morning? I run through what I need to do and all those thing I really do not want to do. I know I am not alone. Most of us don’t want to get up. Most of us don’t want to start our long day ahead. Our first thoughts in the morning are the stepping stone for our attitude, feelings and energy for the day a head. Trying positive thoughts and be thankful for a new day. See how it impacts your entire day. Let us know. . .

 

21 positive morning thoughts:

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1. Thank you for this gift of a whole new day. I am grateful.

2. How can I best serve the Universe today?

3. Amazing things happen to me every single day.

4. I am excited to see what happens today!

5. I dedicate today to love and kindness.

6. I am going to give this day my very best, so that I may rest my head with deep satisfaction tonight.

7. I have everything that I need right in this moment.

8. I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

9. I will honour myself by showing up powerfully in my life today.

10. Love, joy and peace are my natural state.

11. Today is dedicated to fun!

12. I see the world with grateful eyes, and it fills my soul.

13. I will listen to my inner voice today and allow it to guide me.

14. Life is easy. I let go and go with the flow.

15. I am here to be my own unique expression of consciousness.

16. Let me make the world a better place by shining my light today.

17. I have all the time that I need to do everything I want to do.

18. I will make time to touch base with the present moment all throughout today.

19. My life is a miracle.

20. I see the world through eyes of awe and wonder.

21. I carry peace and stillness in my heart as I go about my daily activities.

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Marathon bombing day of terror was the luckiest day of my life

My daughter Katie started sprinting, so excited that she was about to finish her first Boston Marathon. I had been running with her, but my legs were too tired for me to keep up. Just a minute earlier, we had paused for a few seconds to say hi to Marissa and her family. Marissa is a young girl battling Leukemia, and Katie was running to raise money in Marissa’s honor for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Katie had her hands raised in the air to celebrate her achievement when the first bomb went off right in front of her.

The force of the explosion knocked her off her feet. Terrified, she ran back towards me, and then the second bomb went off right in between us. There was so much smoke we couldn’t see each other. The police officers stopped all the runners so I couldn’t get to her, and she was trapped between the two explosions. Talk about panic. Neither of us knew if the other had survived. Her mother and aunt, and a group of her friends were watching and we didn’t know if they were OK. And how many more bombs would go off?

Fifteen minutes went by before we were able to make contact on our cell phones and I told her to go to the Marriott. When I found her there, she was trembling, scared, dazed and confused. A few minutes later her mother and aunt found us, and we somehow found our way out of the city by walking 3 miles to the nearest operating MBTA station.

I can’t believe it was two years ago today that those bombs went off. When I think back on that day, I recall the terror my family went through, but I also think about how it was one of the luckiest days of my life. Too many victims and families are still dealing with far worse consequences than what we endured. Our only injuries were some tiny shards in Katie’s leg. Had we not paused to say hi to Marissa, we both would have been right next to the bomb explosions. So many slight changes of events could have made things far worse. I feel gratitude.

Katie is in college in South Carolina, but I will be back out on the marathon course this Monday. If you happen to be out there, or hear about the marathon in the news, stop for a moment and not only remember the victims, but think about something good that has come out of this tragic day.

Share your thoughts about how the marathon bombings impacted your life or thinking in the comments below.

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Enough with “Naughty or Nice”: Enterprising Parents Develop Alternative Christmas Product Encouraging Lasting Kindness

Arik and Amelia Cardenas are parents of two toddlers. They looked for a Christmas product that supported their values. When they didn’t find one, they created one.  They want to produce the product in time for this Christmas and have turned to online crowdfunding site Kickstarter for help.

Dallas, TX (WEB) April 6, 2015 — When Arik and Amelia Cardenas’s three year old daughter got excited about Santa for the first time last Christmas, they had mixed feelings. On the one hand, preparing for Santa’s arrival brought back warm childhood memories.  But her interest made them pay more attention to the messages surrounding the holiday, and they didn’t like what they heard.

“It gets dressed up in cheery music and colorful drawings, but there’s a lot of negativity and threats surrounding the Santa story,” says Amelia. “He’s watching kids all the time, checking his naughty/nice list. That message, aside from being a real bummer, also doesn’t equip kids for the really sticky moral dilemmas: the kind that happen when there isn’t anyone watching.”

It also puts the motivation in the wrong place, says Arik. “The naughty/nice story teaches kids to be ‘good’ to get an outside reward (presents) or to avoid an outside threat (a lump of coal). But the best motivation comes from inside. You can call it a moral compass or an internal code of behavior. It’s what makes for good human beings, and we consider it our obligation as parents to help our kids develop it.”

The couple searched for a Santa-themed product that promoted those ideals. When they didn’t find one, they made one. The result, The Spirit Post, combines an illustrated children’s book, a plush toy owl, and a story that encourages children to look for ways to spread kindness (and Christmas Spirit) every day.

Arik and Amelia believe that by focusing on kindness daily, kids will develop a habit that lasts a lifetime. “The big weakness in using threats and rewards to mold kids’ behavior is what happens when those threats and rewards go away,” says Amelia. “Come Christmas morning, the naughty/nice story loses all its power. The kids get their presents and go off into January without any lasting moral guidance. Our goal with The Spirit Post is to help make kindness part of kids’ moral fabric. When that happens, kids will do the right thing no matter who (if anyone) is watching, and no matter what they stand to gain or lose.”

The duo hope to fund an initial run of 5,000 The Spirit Post packages for delivery this Christmas. They have turned to Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding site, for help. Through the site, “backers” can pledge to donate funds to independent creative projects. It’s an all or nothing proposition: Arik and Amelia have set a $117,000 funding goal. They have 30 days to reach it. Per Kickstarter rules, if they don’t, they get nothing.

“It’s stressful for sure,” says Arik. “But also crazy exciting. We’re really proud of this product and what it stands for. We hope we get the chance to share it with people.”

The Spirit Post Kickstarter project runs through May 6. If the funding goal is unmet, no funds change hands.

Those interested in supporting the project should visit http://kck.st/1DSnTP9 to learn more.

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About Arik and Amelia:

Arik and Amelia Cardenas are high school sweethearts who live in Dallas with their 3 year old daughter, 20 month old son, and 2 pups. Arik is a photographer and stay at home dad; Amelia is an immigration lawyer. They are big on questioning the status quo.

Contact: teamc@thespiritpost.com

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The Power of a Smile

A few weeks ago, I was having a group of teens I work with write and decorate positive messages to hand out to strangers. My favorite message that one of the male teens came up with was, “A Smile Can Change a Life.”

How right on he was. Of course, I’ve believed in the power of smiling at strangers, loved ones, or just smiling when no one is looking, for quite some time. I’d think to myself that smiling at the construction worker as I drove by or smiling at someone I walk past on the street could elicit a smile back, thus uplifting them and their mood. But I didn’t really think of it in terms of changing their lives…

But when you really think about it, a smile really does have the power to change a life. It could be your smile at that man walking down the street that triggers something in him to make a change in his life. Maybe your smile helped to break down a wall he’d had in his heart, maybe it motivated him to finally get out there and meet some new people, maybe it showed him that other people do care and that there’s no benefit to seeing the world as a hostile, unfriendly place.

I know that when somebody smiles at me, I can’t help but feel uplifted.. especially if it’s from a stranger or unexpected. This feeling can last for several minutes or hours and it seems to always raise the tone of my day.

You may feel sometimes like you have little time, energy, or resources to give back to other people or the world at large, but you always have your smile. It takes no extra time to smile at the person walking towards you, it costs nothing to flash a smile at the bank teller. It may require energy in that you may have to remind yourself to do it and go through with it, but most likely you will be energized by the interaction and feel yourself lifted. In fact, research shows, the more you smile at and do acts of kindness for others, the more energized, happy, and fulfilled you feel. Not a bad payoff!

No matter where you are in life, you can always make positive difference in the world. It can be as grand as building a house for a family in need or as simple as smiling. So flash those pearly whites, (or gums if you have no teeth), and change some lives! You can bet that your life will be changed as well. =-D

In love,
Robyn <3

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$2 act of kindness toward little boy leads to $100 tip

When a little boy came up to the counter at an eatery in Katy, Texas, he had his money ready, hoping he had enough for a mini mint Oreo custard.

“He wants to order dessert,” said Travis Sattler, who was manning the cash register. “He was a little nervous. Ends up handing me everything he had.”

But all of the coins and a few dollar bills he had Wednesday weren’t enough to get his desire. He was $2 short.

So Sattler, who was just a few minutes from the end of his shift, pulled out his own credit card.

“It’s on me,” the cashier said, remembering the child’s gratitude. “He had the biggest eyes, the widest smile.”

A half hour later, the same little boy handed Sattler a note as he and his mother walked out.

“It says, ‘Thank you for being so nice and paying for my custard. We need more people like you,'” Sattler read.

Wrapped up inside the note was a $100 bill. Sattler plans to save the generous tip for nursing school.

“I like to think that I made a good impact on their day, and I kind of brightened it up, just like they did mine,” Sattler said.  “We all need to look out for each other.”

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10 Facts That Prove Helping Others Is A Key To Achieving Happiness

You’ve heard us talk about the cycle of good….Think Good, Do Good, Feel Good, right?  Well this Huffington Post article gives 10 great examples of how thinking and doing good lead to happiness, and we all want more happiness.  Read on.

1. Helping Others Will Actually Make You Feel Great

Giving back has an effect on your body. Studies show that when people donated to charity, the mesolimbic system, the portion of the brain responsible for feelings of reward, was triggered. The brain also releases feel-good chemicals and spurs you to perform more kind acts — something psychologists call “helper’s high.”

2. Giving Can Give You A Self-Esteem Boost

Heard enough from your inner critic? Consider donating some of your time to a cause you’re passionate about. People who volunteer have been found to have higher self-esteem and overall well-being. Experts explain that as feelings of social connectedness increase, so does your self-esteem. The benefits of volunteering also depend on your consistency. So, the more regularly you volunteer, the more confidence you’ll be able to cultivate.

3. You’ll Have Stronger Friendships

Being a force for good in a friend’s life can help build a lasting bond. When you help others, you give off positive vibes, which can rub off on your peers and improve your friendships, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. Both parties will contribute to maintaining a mutually beneficial dynamic.

4. You Become A Glass Half-Full Type Person

Having a positive impact on someone else could help you change your own outlook and attitude. Experts say that performing acts of kindness boosts your mood and ultimately makes you more optimistic and positive.

5. Helping Others Will Make You Feel Like You Can Take On The World

Helping someone out can leave you feeling rewarded and fulfilled. People who participate in volunteer work feel more empowered than those who do not. According to a survey by the United Health Group, 96 percent of people who volunteered over the last 12 months said volunteering enriches their sense of purpose.

6. You’ll Feel A Sense Of Belonging

Whether with a large group of people in a volunteer organization, or just between two friends exchanging words of advice, helping people creates a feeling of community. “Face-to-face activities such as volunteering at a drop-in center can help reduce loneliness and isolation,” according to the Mental Health Foundation.

7. Giving Will Help You Find Your Inner Peace

If you have a lot that’s wearing you down, giving back could help clear your head. In a study by United Health Group, 78 percent of people who volunteered over a 12-month period said they felt that their charitable activities lowered their stress. They were also more calm and peaceful than people who didn’t participate in volunteer work.

8. It Will Make You Feel Thankful

Helping others gives you perspective on your own situation, and teaches you to be appreciative of what you have. The Global One Foundation describes volunteering as a way to “promote a deeper sense of gratitude as we recognize more of what is already a blessing/gift/positive in our life.”

9. It Gives You A Sense Of Renewal

Helping others can teach you to help yourself. If you’ve been through a tough experience or just have a case of the blues, the “activism cure” is a great way get back to feeling like yourself, according to research from the University of Texas. “Volunteer work improves access to social and psychological resources, which are known to counter negative moods,” the study read.

10. Finally, Helping Others Will Spur Others To Pay It Forward And Keep The Cycle Of Happiness Going

Kindness is contagious, according to a study by researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Cambridge and University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. “When we see someone else help another person it gives us a good feeling,” the study states, “Which in turn causes us to go out and do something altruistic ourselves.”

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Police officer helps woman who lost over 200 pounds cross 10K finish line

Asia Ford finished last in a Louisville, Kentucky 10K run, but photos of a city police officer holding her hand for miles, and helping her cross the finish line, are winning the hearts of people across the world.

More than halfway into the race, Ford had trouble breathing. Paramedics checked her out, but she refused to stop. The mother of three had lost over 200 pounds and trained for months preparing for the race. She wanted to inspire her children, and so insisted on finishing the run.

That’s when Lt. Aubrey Gregory of the Louisville Metro Police Department stepped in and took her hand.

”He was like my angel,” Ford told WAVE-TV. “He came at the moment I really needed him.”

Lt. Gregory stayed with Ford every moment of the last two miles to the finish line. He told WHAS-TV her determination gave him “tingly goosebumps all over.” He said, ”Watching her cross the finish line, I felt it all over. It was a great moment and I’m glad she let me be a part of it.”

Within hours, thousands more would experience the triumphant moment—when Ford raised her arms in victory as she, her son and Lt. Gregory crossed the finish line.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted the pictures online. Daniel Carlton, Jr., who snapped the photo above, got tens of thousands of “likes” after he put it on Facebook.

Ford told WHAS-TV she struggled with her weight for years, reaching nearly 500 pounds. Her husband at the time lost a limb to diabetes. She didn’t want her kids to wind up with health problems like theirs. She started working out, losing weight and getting in better shape to inspire them.

Two days after the run, the city of Louisville is honoring Mrs. Ford and Lt. Gregory at city hall for inspiring people around the world.

Ford summed it up with her own words of inspiration in a Facebook post after the race: ”This 6.2 miles meant more to me than any race ever, so my message today is, You don’t have to be 1st, AS LONG AS U DON’T GIVE UP AND U FINISH…YOU ARE A WINNER.”

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How Humor Can Help Boost Causes We Should All Give A Sh*t About

The Huffington Post | By Jessica Prois

When it comes to the dark arts of moving people from apathy to action, here’s who’s cracked the code and discovered the most effective solution just might be laughter.

At a South by Southwest panel Tuesday, comedy experts took to the stage to discuss how being funny can be useful in propelling a cause. The panel, “The Hidden Power Of Humor: Creating Content With Purpose,” included participants from The Huffington Post and fundraising platforms Crowdrise and Purpose.

With no shortage of laughter and expletives, the panelists discussed how humor can boost editorial coverage of social causes. Applied correctly, a funny approach can entertain readers, reframe an issue for better understanding, challenge assumptions and call people to action, the panelists pointed out.

By presenting themselves as self-deprecating instead of self righteous, it’s really relatable,” David Chernicoff, senior strategist at Purpose, said during the discussion.

The panelists discussed examples including President Obama’s Healthcare.gov video on BuzzFeed, the“Fitch the Homeless” campaign — which raised awareness and funds for people in need — and the humorousACLU NSA campaign that featured everyone’s worst nightmare — a creepy Santa.

Chernicoff pointed out that “meeting people where they are” can be one of the most powerful tactics.

“The result can be lots of new people who you might not have been able to reach with your message or cause.”