“Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… to feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

Lesson of the Week

Live each day like it’s your last. It’s a pretty popular phrase you hear in movies, songs, and handed out as street advice, but personally I’ve got a bit of a problem with it. If today really was my last day, I would ditch school, spend all my money, go to New York or Paris and have the night of my life. But if I did that every day then I’d wake up tomorrow late for class, broke, and more than likely hungover. And that’s just not sustainable (as much as the general collegiate population attempts to make it so). But, what if you try to put each day in competition with the others, and try to make every day the best day possible, in whatever context that means. One thing I like is this allows you change thing meaning of the “best day” to fit your needs, maybe the best day means being insanely productive, or maybe it means going on an adventure with friends or loved ones, or just spending time with yourself! But when you put every day in competition with the others, it gives a little push to be focused on what that day is going to mean to you, and a focus on what makes it YOUR best day, and not just anyone’s.

Positive News of the Week

  • This year, the Oscars have six black nominees and one of Asian heritage, slowly improving racial diversity in the face of the #OscarsSoWhite backlash.
  • For the first time since the 2011 tsunami and nuclear crisis, fishing boats have returned to one of the ports in Fukushima, Japan, signaling hope for the near future of the area.
  • According to recent studies, each additional serving of fruits and vegetables can lead to a 4-5 percent lower risk of smokers developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • The town of Overtornea, Sweden, is proposing to subsidize sexual health by allowing municipal employees an hour-long paid break each week to go home and have sex. The aim is to improve work-life balance and lift the local birthrate.
  • Muslim Americans have helped raise over $91,000 through online fundraising to repair recently vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Thomas Mitchell, a school-bus mechanic and driver in Clarksville, Tennessee, helped to build a wheelchair ramp for a 10-year-old girl he passed on his route. Several other local mechanics pitched in to build the top-notch ramp, making it easier for Lydia to get in and out of her house.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to take a moment to consider what makes you happy, and what you do to make others happy.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to cook a recipe from a foreign country with someone you care about.