“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Lesson of the Week

Living in a world full of social media, even if you don’t participate, it’s easy to get caught up in a constant need for others to like you. I mean it’s already a natural human desire, but when you have so many richly visual outlets to show off, it can get competitive quickly. And the thing about that competition is that it’s literally only on the surface. Now that’s not to say that amazing people can’t also have amazing Instagram accounts, but I think as a society we’ve shifted to asking “what do you think” of others before we ask it of ourselves. I even see this in my own parents, who worry if their clothes look appropriate for the night, and in lots of friends who go into dates looking to make the other person like them, before wondering whether they even like that person they’re trying to impress! So I’m posing this life lesson as a sort of a dare – ask yourself what you think first this week, and see what happens. Now be careful not to pass the narcissistic line, but dare to sing your guilty pleasure playlist out loud, wear whatever you want out and rock it, and trust yourself when you need an opinion.

Positive News of the Week

  • The Bourbon Argos made 59 rescue trips in 2016 to with Doctors Without Borders aiding African migrants on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Celine Ryan’s genetic makeup allowed for an experimental colon cancer treatment which not only led to an incredible recovery but may be able to help thousands of other cancer patients
  • A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found significant associations between higher levels of optimism and a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, and infections
  • In Abilene, Texas, Lowes has hired an Air Force veteran who needs a service dog due to a disability. The golden retriever named Charlotte is by his side at all times, and trained to help pick him up if he falls
  • Composer Kaija Saariaho has become the first woman since 1903 to have an Opera performed at the Met, with the debut of “L’Amour de Loin.”

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to get an extra hour of sleep any 3 nights
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to go out with friends and have everyone leave their phones at home