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Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This newsletter is my year-long weekly gift containing everything from articles to books to quotes to videos that are meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, informational, and just fun to read! Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see our Upcoming Sojourn Events! Two trips: Sailing and Hiking the Greek Islands and Walking the Camino de Santiago. Also, this August, I am launching a 90-day program, Happiness and the Art of Life Balance. For details, contact me. Very excited to share!


1) Premiering Sunday, July 9th at 8p ET / 5p PT. National Geographic goes live across six continents showcasing the world’s greatest wildlife, filmed by the world’s greatest wildlife cinematographers. It’s the “Super Bowl of the Natural World” hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch and Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan. I was part of the early development of this project and happy to see it finally making air. Congratulations to Executive Producer Al Berman and Bunim/Murray Productions for pulling it off. Watch this Earth Live Sneak Peak.


2) Since this week we celebrate the 4th of July… did you know several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom? France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and many others in South America.

3) Top 10 Best Patriotic Songs to Celebrate the 4th of July. Number One: Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen.


4) Also in honor of the 4th of July, this is a fun one. A throwback to 1989. Los Lobos with The Grateful Dead, This Land is Your Land. Listen here.

Independence is happiness.
~ Susan B. Anthony, women’s rights activist

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5) Some good life lessons. A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets To Grit And Resilience. Based on my years of studying happiness, these are all secrets that I absolutely prescribe to doing.

6) The Art of Detachment. Science may allow us to live longer, however, to live healthier and happier depends on your ability to detach from a situation or outcome. “Detachment is a longevity skill. Freedom from compulsive emotional entanglements is the best insurance against stress.” Read more.

7) Change your body language, change your life. Yes, there is also an art to “power posing” –
standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.
Check out social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk (Btw, this one is on the “11 must-see TED talks” playlist).


8) Exercise Has a Cascade of Positive Effects, Study Finds. According to a study from George Mason University, people who exercise tend to have better social lives and achieve more of their goals.

Upcoming Sojourn Events

Los Angeles, July 29th. I am leading a Prayer of the Heart Retreat: How to Meditate, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Huffington Center. Details: Picture Happiness Facebook Page. Please RSVP to


Program Launch, Happiness and the Art of Life Balance,
Tuesday, August 15th.

I am committed to helping those who sit in the overwhelm, constantly feeling out of time, and always stressed. As a longtime TV producer, I have been there many times over. And have spent the last eleven years studying what to do about it. My promise is to get you out of the crazy and into the happy. To do that, I have put together a 90-day program. It is designed to be an on-going curriculum that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined online anytime. You will learn to manage your day-to-day world in a way that is sustainable while experiencing both group and individual support. For a complimentary consultation, please contact me.


Greek Islands, September 15th – 23rd, 2017.
If you romanticize sailing and hiking the islands in the Aegean, then come along with me. Explore, meditate, do restorative yoga, energizing breathwork, eat great food, dance. Find your inner Zorba. Opa! Learn more. *the trip cost includes my Happiness and the Art of Life Balance program.

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying
has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea.”

~ Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek


Camino de Santiago, Spain, September 26th – October 3rd, 2017.
This pilgrimage has long been on my travel ‘hit’ list. For years, I have heard inspiring stories about it. We’ll stay in quaint farm houses, 17th-century stone-made mansions. Eat well, drink well. Pray, meditate, breathe. Of course, walk. Go home happy. Learn more. *the trip cost includes my Happiness and the Art of Life Balance program.

Happy Weekend! Love,
Maria and Team Sojourn
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Maria Baltazzi, Purveyor of Happiness and Conscious Living

Founder of Sojourn Explorers and Picture Happiness: Take a Shot, Emmy-winning Producer, Seven-continent Distance Walker, Fundraiser

Certified Studies (partial list): Science of Happiness, Science of Thinking, Spiritual Psychology, Metaphysics, Primordial Sound Meditation, Restorative Yoga

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