Happier Perspectives

Perspective --> Thoughts --> Emotions --> Behaviors --> Outcomes
"Actions spoke louder than words. When the adult behaved selfishly, children followed suit. The words didn’t make much difference — children gave fewer tokens after observing the adult’s selfish actions, regardless of whether the adult verbally advocated selfishness or generosity. When the adult acted generously, students gave the same amount whether generosity was preached or not — they donated 85 percent more than the norm in both cases. When the adult preached selfishness, even after the adult acted generously, the students still gave 49 percent more than the norm. Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do."
Raising a Moral Child (by Adam Grant)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/sunday/raising-a-moral-child.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_RaM_20140413&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

"Actions spoke louder than words. When the adult behaved selfishly, children followed suit. The words didn’t make much difference — children gave fewer tokens after observing the adult’s selfish actions, regardless of whether the adult verbally advocated selfishness or generosity. When the adult acted generously, students gave the same amount whether generosity was preached or not — they donated 85 percent more than the norm in both cases. When the adult preached selfishness, even after the adult acted generously, the students still gave 49 percent more than the norm. Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do."

Raising a Moral Child (by Adam Grant)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/sunday/raising-a-moral-child.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_RaM_20140413&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

Wonder and awe :]

Wonder and awe :]

Pharrell exhibiting wholeheartedness on Oprah :].

William Fitzsimmons - Good Morning

"Ernest Greene, 50 years Collin’s senior, had never met Collin, but he attended the same church. And when he heard about Collin’s accident, he decided he wanted to help. He offered to do whatever Collin needed, from taking him to school to helping him shave. And when Collin began college, Ernest went too…’I don’t think I’ve been any more shocked in my life,’ Ernest says. ‘I didn’t think I had done anything more than any other person ought to do.’"
Read More Here: http://www.npr.org/2014/04/11/301574558/one-man-becomes-anothers-hands-feet-and-family

"Ernest Greene, 50 years Collin’s senior, had never met Collin, but he attended the same church. And when he heard about Collin’s accident, he decided he wanted to help. He offered to do whatever Collin needed, from taking him to school to helping him shave. And when Collin began college, Ernest went too…’I don’t think I’ve been any more shocked in my life,’ Ernest says. ‘I didn’t think I had done anything more than any other person ought to do.’"

Read More Here: http://www.npr.org/2014/04/11/301574558/one-man-becomes-anothers-hands-feet-and-family

"For me, this is a minor epiphany. The phrases I’ve always associated with asking for help are passwords of pathos: ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’ ‘Would you mind…?’ ‘If it’s not too much trouble…’ These supplications ooze helplessness and mark the moment we turn over control to someone else. The word how is different. It’s an active term, one that bridges the gap from powerless to empowered."
I’ve always had anxiety about asking for help, especially when I need it the most. A great article with some structured advice about how to ask for help without burdening or scaring people away.
Read more here: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Martha-Beck-Help-Mayday-SOS

"For me, this is a minor epiphany. The phrases I’ve always associated with asking for help are passwords of pathos: ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’ ‘Would you mind…?’ ‘If it’s not too much trouble…’ These supplications ooze helplessness and mark the moment we turn over control to someone else. The word how is different. It’s an active term, one that bridges the gap from powerless to empowered."

I’ve always had anxiety about asking for help, especially when I need it the most. A great article with some structured advice about how to ask for help without burdening or scaring people away.

Read more here: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Martha-Beck-Help-Mayday-SOS

Raising a Kind Daughter

"Kindness among young girls doesn’t start on the playground or in the locker room — it starts at home. Most notably, it starts with kind mothers raising kind daughters. Our girls see how we treat our friends. They also notice how we treat their friends.

If we treat their friends as competitors, our daughters will, too. If we love their friends like we love our own children, they’re more likely to see them as sisters and part of the family.”

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kari-kubiszyn-kampakis/raising-a-kind-daughter_b_4661700.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

"It reminds me I already have more than I should." One of many favorite lines. I also really like this duo (and their sweaters)!

The original lyrics seem to contain these lines, which for some reason did not end up in the performed version of the song (and which I really like!): “Sometimes I’m hard on me / when dreams don’t come easy / I wanna look back and say / I did all that I could.”

JRodTwins cover Nashville’s “Life That’s Good”.

"I have a dream that people will view a man’s love for fatherhood for what it is instead of thinking there’s something ‘fishy’ going on…I love being a dad and I love sharing my love of fatherhood with others. [B]eing a dad is one of the few things in life I’m actually good at. Of course I’m going to be passionate about this gig. My dream is that ALL people will embrace men who embrace fatherhood instead of wondering if they have ulterior motives."
http://daddydoinwork.com/dreamin/

"I have a dream that people will view a man’s love for fatherhood for what it is instead of thinking there’s something ‘fishy’ going on…I love being a dad and I love sharing my love of fatherhood with others. [B]eing a dad is one of the few things in life I’m actually good at. Of course I’m going to be passionate about this gig. My dream is that ALL people will embrace men who embrace fatherhood instead of wondering if they have ulterior motives."

http://daddydoinwork.com/dreamin/

"You know, you can steel your heart against any kind of trouble, any kind of horror. But the simple act of kindness from a complete stranger will unstitch you." 

Chris Abani - On Humanity

http://www.chrisabani.com/

One of my favorite scenes, ever. :] While all of the story arcs in Sex and the City explored how love can push us through growth, Charlotte’s transformation was the deepest and the most profound. Harry and Carlotte simultaneously let go of the conditions that they placed on being together and, after six seasons, we understood how big of a step this was for her.

And the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RQWSMYqix8

"I could write on and on about her. She lights up the room in the morning when she tells me to put both hands on her shoulders so that she can support me. She lights up my life when she says to me at night, ‘Wouldn’t you like a little ice cream? Or ‘Would you please drink more water?’ Danny said. ‘I mean, those aren’t very romantic things to say, but they stir my heart. In my mind and my heart there has never been, there is not now and never will be another Annie.’"

'Never Say Goodbye': A Love And Life Kept Vivid

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/25/240291885/never-say-goodbye-a-love-and-life-kept-vivid?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook