Despite her own hardships, Helen Keller wrote extensively about seeing positivity in the world. Her essay on Optimism, written in 1903, is well worth a read. Here’s a quote to get you started:
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller
Martin Seligman is known as the father of Positive Psychology. He has written several books on optimism and happiness. I found his book ‘Learned Optimism’ particularly helpful as a learning tool during a turning point in my life.
Remember, there’s no such thing as half full or half empty … our cup is always FULL of hope and possibility.
Remember, our EQ is not fixed. So we can improve our self-awareness, develop our empathy and learn to manage our emotions better. Think about what you can do today to get to know yourself better, so that you can become better for others.
What we put in matters. So, if you want to see the magic happen, choose to do the challenging, difficult, scary, stinky or unknown things with the same energy, willingness and enthusiasm you bring to doing the fun, easy, simple things in life.
When we give more than we expect in return, the upside is that we get lucky. To find out more, head on over to Do Contribute to read “What we put in“.
What goodness are you forgetting to add to your daily tasks and activities?
It is far better for us (and more realistic) than striving for the elusive work/life balance.
In episode 11, I reconnect with my inner Madonna and use a choice word to share my opinion on the hype around the elusive goal of creating “balance”. Sensitive viewers cover your ears, or if you’re ready to take charge, then join me in creating a new movement!
If you want to find out more about cadence, I wrote a Medium post about it here.
You can watch more Mini Growth Sessions here. Or find out more about the ‘grown up’ version of these Growth Sessions here
Becoming more aware of what we choose to put onto our forks is the topic of Episode 7. Nutrition is the second fundamental habit of good self-care. We need to learn how to master our forks like a Jedi masters ‘the force’.
I mentioned a few dietary styles you might not be familiar with:
Veganism is an ethical philosophy as much as a dietary preference.
Paleo focuses on our historical ‘caveman’ tendencies.