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Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This is my year-long weekly gift containing everything from articles to books to quotes to videos that are meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, and informational. Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see our Upcoming Sojourn Events!


1) Happy belated Earth Day! The day we remind ourselves how important it is to appreciate our planet. Check out10 Earth Day Celebrations Around the World.

2) Earth is home to hundreds of beautiful natural destinations. However, as the planet evolves so does our environment. 25 Places you should visit before they disappear forever. I am fortunate enough to have already experienced many of them. Check out our trips to Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, The Great Wall, and Patagonia.

3) Did you know trees can live for hundreds of years? They can also offer a bit of wisdom on how to live our lives. Watch this.



“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” ~ Unknown

Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

5) 12 Habits of Genuine People. One is that “they forge their own paths.” Find out the other eleven.

6) Did you know consistent happiness can be as simple as trying a new lunch spot? Here’s why.


7) “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller, the first blind person to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree.

8) The Science to Happiness! In this Gratitude Experiment individuals who were unsatisfied with their lives immediately increased their happiness level once they wrote down the name of a person they appreciated and then called them. Check out what happened.

Upcoming Sojourn Events

Malibu, Saturday, April 29th. Join us for our first Sojourn Explorers’ fundraising hike! Malibu State Creek State Park, 8:30 am – 12 pm. We’re doing the Crags Road Trail that goes by the MASH TV set. It’s a 4.75-mile easy to moderate hike.

1925 Las Virgenes Rd. (at Mulholland Hwy)
Calabasas, CA 91302
Meet at the picnic area. Look for our Sojourn Explorers flag.
If you get lost, call +800-869-0538

All donations will go to Stand Up To Cancer. Minimum $10 payable through our Crowdrise page | Meet-up details | email me
Space is limited. Only five spots left.

Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 2nd. I am leading an evening Prayer of the Heart Meditation session, 7:30-9 pm at the Huffington Center. These sessions are held every two weeks when I am in LA. We start with a topic discussion, followed by a guided meditation.
Details: Picture Happiness Facebook Page.


Bali, August 1st – 7th.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of professionals are stressed out. Wondering where the remaining 20% are? They lead the pack! A relaxed mind is a productive mind! These leaders understand the importance of a quality retreat away from the stress of daily life; it’s what gives them leverage in the ever competitive world.
Avoid burnout! Join me for my Happiness and the Art of Life Balance Retreat at the award-winning Floating Leaf.
Step away from the stressors around you today by signing up for the ultimate 7-day retreat. It was created with your optimal health and happiness in mind.
SPECIAL OFFER: Bring along a friend to earn yourselves a discount of $400 each! Details: Picture Happiness.


Argentina, December 18th – January 6th. Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 ft.), the second highest mountain in the world. This climb is in support of the Green Beret Foundation, led by world-class climbing guides, Willie and Damien Benegas. “We could not be more proud to be working with this great organization, looking forward to sharing this upcoming Aconcagua trip with you all.” Details: Sojourn Explorers Aconcagua.

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

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