Could you imagine Dr.Seuss books not existing? They are a staple in our homes and our childhoods. Their words have left an everlasting impression on us and have taught us so many simple life lessons. From Oh the Places You'll Go to The Cat and the Hat, each one of us has a special favorite book. Now classics, these books may not have existed without the determination of Theodore, now known as Dr.Seuss. Watch his inspirational story on how with ingenuity, pure determination and a good friend these books came to be.
It is the most wonderful time of the year....right? It certainly is full of an abundance of wonderful things and events but it is also one of the busiest and financially stressful times of the year for many. To combat all of the "To-do" lists and overwhelm, here are three tools to help.
1. Watch this:
Even with the holidays, there can be too much of a good thing and over-scheduling can happen without us being conscious of it. Be mindful of your time and learn how to say no. Also don't beat yourself up for making things easier for yourself...instead, embrace the opportunities. Need to have 2 dozen cookies for your child's classroom tomorrow? Go ahead and purchase store-bought if you don't have time to spend in the kitchen. Hosting a big holiday gathering? It is ok to not get out all of the fancy plates and keep things simplistic.
What matters most this season is the quality time with those we love....not the details that we often give ourselves a hard time about.
2. Download this App called Moment.
Want to know how much time you are really wasting on your phone and what you are doing on your phone so much? Download the Moment app to find out.
Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.
3. Savor The Good News
Now that you have freed up so much time from using your phone less, check out Good Newspaper for their print, online and podcast versions of extraordinarily good news that will be sure to lift your spirits.
Jeff Taylor of THRIVE explains in the video above a magical color formulation for a rich brunette, a tip to make your clients or staff feel extra special and how putting a bulletin board in your break room to highlight associates can make a world of difference!
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Labels and words are extremely powerful and we often do not look past them, but it is essential in order to truly listen and hear each other.
A recent study showed just by labeling an issue "Democratic" or "Republican" even when the actual issue details are completely unknown by the opposing party, 80% of that opposing party rejected it right off the bat. That is how powerful labels and one simple word can be. How often in your own life to you immediately place judgement on something or someone instantly due to a label?
Times like these where so many tragedies are occurring simultaneously, it is more important than ever that we truly listen to each other before making an informed decision. Humans are more alike than different, and what can truly save the world in times of trauma and create healing, is being connected. We have seen this time and time again when a tragedy has happened. Individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds joining forces to save each other from the flood waters of hurricanes, or pulling one another to safety during the devastating shooting in Las Vegas.
This week, we encourage you to see past society's labels and see all of the goodness within each other. Remove the simple labels you place upon your family, your friends, your coworkers and even strangers. Truly listen to them and hear them and where they are coming from.
The quote above can touch us in so many different ways. It is a crucial reminder of how we approach our relationships, whether it be with our family members, our significant other or our children.
How do you approach each relationship? Are some the type of love that is an exchange? If you truly think about your individual relationships, are you expecting something in return when you do something in kindness for someone...or are you completing the act only in love?
Mother Teresa said, "If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family." Go home, and love your family unconditionally, with no strings attached, just help them to shine.
Orly empowers the world with kindness and explains that without YOU the world is not complete.
She was a teacher for seven years and has taught thousands internationally the importance of each individual and their power to change the world. Orly has developed Life Vest Inside an organization dedicated in sweeping kindness all over the world.
Are you an educator, parent or individual looking to inspire your children or students to spread kindness? Kindness Boomerang the book inspired by the touching short film above, empowers you to bring positivity into your everyday life and the lives of those around you. We highly recommend it! If you would like to see Orly live in person, she will be presenting at the Zen Parenting Conference next March! Information can be found here.
Looking for a local speaker to teach the importance of kindness to your students or associates? Jeff Taylor is available for speaking engagements and creates custom content to help meet your goals! Contact us for a complimentary consultation!
This week, we encourage you to find your "Why," Meaning, what is your intention behind all of your actions?
From our simple daily tasks to the extraordinary things we do for others, why do you feel compelled to do the things that you do?
Many times, we walk through the world on autopilot. We do not think of our intentions behind our actions. From the foods we consume to the way we speak to those closest to us, each decision is an important one. It is crucial to work on being mindful and present so we can be more conscious of our "Why" throughout the day.
It is especially important to be intentional about our acts of giving. In our times, acts of kindness can be used almost as a marketing technique for ourselves. From individuals to large organizations, outreach is seen as a component of business and lifestyle. As the image above portrays, acts of kindness should be done from your heart, not with the expectation of anything in return. Your "Why" is just as powerful, if not more powerful, than your actions themselves.
Tim Ferriss has suffered through over 50 bipolar episodes in his lifetime. Through facing his struggles, he has a helpful formula for us all.
Tim encourages us to face our struggles head-on through a process that has helped him. By defining, preventing and repairing our issues, we can go on to lead healthy lives. This isn't about perfection, it is about reality. Taking a look at our deepest inner challenges can lead us to the most growth.
It is not the simple choices that lead to spectacular lives, but the challenging questions that only we can answer.