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You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Do you look at photographs of yourself taken years ago and say, “WOW! I looked good”? Then, look at yourself now with a critical eye? Perhaps, we need to see ourselves as others see us.

This social experiment is very eye-opening. I hope this video resonates for you and motivates you to begin appreciating your own beauty today.

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is commendable and deserves attention and recognition.

If we do not ‘get the message,’ we could be influenced and manipulated by images shown in this ad.

Self-esteem is affected by the images we see everyday. We need to lift ourselves up in a society that promotes overconsumption as a path to happiness. Talk to your friends, family and especially our youth about our value and natural beauty.

Thanks to Laura Willard and Upworthy for putting this back on my radar. It’s important to continue this dialogue about this pressing issue in our society.

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10 Global Trends for a Better World [PART 1]

PART 1: Green Cities, States and Countries

We have such busy lives, we’ve forgotten how refreshing nature can be and how some fresh air can replenish our souls. The hustle and bustle of crowded walkways and roadways can clutter our minds. The stress of deadlines hinders our self-preservation and obstructs our healthy habits. We tend to drive instead of walk or bike. We skip lunch or worse, vacations, because the office cannot do without us. We don’t exercise because of the time commitment away from our many responsibilities. Sometimes, it’s a choice between convenience or exasperation. Other times, our location doesn’t offer amenable resources or inspiration. We are blinded by a concrete jungle and lose sight of what’s important.
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We need a safe and healthy environment at home, at work, and in leisure. The importance of integrating nature, conservation and recreation into our cities cannot be emphasized enough. After all, the cities are our hub. The integration of career, recreation and nature leads to more productivity at work and generally more satisfaction in life, not less. It’s a relief that many future-forward cities agree!

Cities around the world have been making the move toward more sustainable living and working spaces, both indoors and outdoors. States are striving to be the greenest. Some countries are leading the way with innovative policies and legislation. The trends show more focus on energy efficiency, increasing green spaces, offering more activity opportunities, zero carbon goals and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, LEED certified buildings, eco rooftops, public transportation overhauls, waste reduction programs, water purification and conservation, and tree planting projects. Below highlights a few of these trends with corresponding locations.

Biophilic Cities

United States:

San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Worldwide:

Birmingham, England; Wellington, England; Oslo, Norway; Singapore; Brisbane, Australia; Perth, Australia; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Seoul, Korea

Businessman relaxing in a park

"We need nature in our lives more than ever today, and as more of us are living in cities it must be urban nature. Biophilic Cities are cities that contain abundant nature; they are cities that care about, seek to protect, restore and grow this nature, and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world. Nature is not something optional, but absolutely essential to living a happy, healthy and meaningful life."

— Biophilic Cities Project

For more information on Biophilic Cities, click here.

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Tribute Circle | PEOPLE | Jane Goodall

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

— Jane Goodall

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This photo and her 80th birthday brought me joy today. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

A historical view of  Jane Goodall’s life work

"Chimpanzees … have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest…never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."

— Jane Goodall

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Saving Mr. Banks: Lessons in Empathy

Strategic Management

"I won’t disappoint you."

— Walt Disney says with empathy to Mrs. Travers

I recently watched Saving Mr. Banks. All I could think is how kind everyone was to Mrs. Travers. In spite of her own relentless crabbiness. They didn’t need to understand her ‘ways’ in order to be KIND. Many characters in the movie looked for ways to make it better or to connect. Certainly, Walt Disney was portrayed as a saint!

The audience of the movie had an added benefit of seeing her grow up. Quite an admirable child with a life of hurt and disappointment. Funny, how a little understanding can help us empathize and sympathize.

Watch a clip from Saving Mr. Banks

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Stress works for you … or against you?

Innovative Leadership

I like to begin each day watching a TEDtalk “Ideas Worth Spreading” for inspiration. Here is one that can enhance and improve EVERYONE’s life (even yours). That is, if you have ever experienced stress.

I’d like to invite you to watch this TEDtalk video NOW as you begin your day. Innovative Leadership contains elements of how you take care of yourself, express compassion and caring AND how you connect with others. You can be a positive example by “thinking” differently about stress and, consequently, reducing adverse affects of stress on yourself and others.

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist, speaks about “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” Watch now!

Social contact and social support

Stress is your friend!

"STRESS makes you social. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal
Caring for others

How much time have you spent helping out friends and people in your community? People who spent time caring for others experienced significantly less adverse affects from stress.

"STRESS makes you more compassionate. Caring creates resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal

Gratitude

Watching this speech gave me a renewed confirmation of the value of friends and family. I am sincerely grateful for the love and support of the special people in my life! I realize that I’ve had stress. I believe I’ve had a life episodes of drama. I also know that ‘you’ were always there when I needed you. THANK YOU!

Share your methods to rethink your stress

Let us know, in comments, what you do and think during a time of intense stress. You might be able to help others.

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