The Biggest Happiness Mistake & Getting Apolitical rather than Apoplectic

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”—Carl Rogers

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The Biggest Happiness Mistake:

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WHAT IF . . . the best person you can be is you?

RESEARCH SAYS:  The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to happiness in lifestyle, career, and relationships is not being yourself.  Here are some guidelines to help you be your authentic, genuine, awesome self from the folks at Pick The Brain:

  1. If you have positive intentions, don’t apologize for yourself.  If you do people will think you’re at fault when you’re not.
  2. Focus on being fully present in your external environment (rather than in your own internal world); react and create without over-analyzing.
  3. Quit worrying about how others see you, or it will unnaturally alter your behavior and probably make you seem insecure.
  4. Get to know yourself. Take time daily to reflect on your values and how you really want to live.
  5. Learn to appreciate who you are now – faults and merits – and others will too.

TRY THIS: Make a list of the top three personality traits that make you . . . you.  How can you use these three things to strengthen your lifestyle, career, and relationships?

Also this week:

With all the political divisiveness in the country, as the Obama Presidency comes to a close, here are some apolitical opportunities to applaud the twin pillars of honor and humility with the Office of the President and First Lady

Honor-
President Obama Awards the Arts and Humanities Medals:

The National Humanities Medal is awarded to individuals or organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizen engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.

A real feel good experience as we celebrate artists and humanitarians that really make our souls sing!

Awards begin at around the 9-minute mark with Mel Brooks for making us all laugh and setting the tone and tenor for the event.

My favorite interviewer EVER, Terri Gross is honored around the 24-minute mark for her artful probing of the American experience for over 4 decades…

National Humanities Medal and National Medal of Arts awardees include actors Mel Brooks and Morgan Freeman, composer and musician Wynton Marsalis, record producer and songwriter Berry Gordy, and two New Jersey residents acclaimed writer James McBride and religion scholar Elaine Pagels.

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/97407-watch-live-at-1145-am-president-obama-presents-terry-gross-with-national-medal-of-arts-and-humanities-

Humility-
Ellen and First Lady Michelle Obama Go to CVS:

This is hysterically funny and shows you why we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously especially as leaders…

If You Are Local:
A 30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge http://compassionit.com/30DayChallenge

Finally, Some Good Apolitical Posters to Keep Us On Track:

Thanks, this week go to Will M, NPR, Aysha S-B, Larry H and YOU for staying soulful!

Pay it forward

Love,
Neville

“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know,’ and thou shalt progress” –Maimonides

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