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Masters of Love | 14 Feb 20

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Maria,  I just can’t get over how good this is. I am so glad you do this! ~ Mark J.

Love it Maria. Always a GREAT read to jump start the weekend. Have a great one! Matt R.

Once again, thank you so much for the very nice articles. I printed out the one on Senior Health. Also, the story on Doris Day is quite touching. ~ Mark M.

Your newsletter is sooooooo goood. ~ David V.

Always a good read on a Friday. Thx Maria. ~ Matt R.

Thank you so much for your 8 Good Things. I always enjoy reading them. Thank you, especially for your commentary on Agnes Varda. ~ Mark M.

I am loving your newsletter and insightful articles on Self-Care and Self-Awareness. You are doing incredible work. ~ Erahm C.

I enjoy a lot your newsletter. It is one of the few newsletter I normally end up clicking on something. I often show it as well-made newsletter. ~ Jorge P.

Gratitude to Maria Baltazzi for sharing this article [Live Like a Stoic] in her weekly 8 Good Things email. Especially worth signing up for in today's trying times. ~ Morgan R.

I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

Nice hearing about all your adventures. I love what you are doing.
~ Marci K.

Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

Hi, Maria. Or should I say hi DOCTOR! Big, big congrats! Always love seeing 8 Good Things and what awesome news along with this latest set. ~ Eric R.

Congratulations on your PhD! You are certainly racking up lifetime achievements. And, thank you for including me on your mailing list. I enjoy your 8 Good Things. ~ John. V

Congratulations, Maria, on your doctorate. Enjoyed your letter and love the 20-secs to courage. ~ Loyelle E.

Great newsletter this week. Fabien’s book looks good. ~ Ethan Z.

Love you. Such great info you share. Xo ~ Brenda L.

My favorite newsletter yet!! Thank you ;-) ~ Allison C.

I enjoy your newsletter. ~ Mary T.

I loved the articles and especially the ones you did for “LightWorkers.” ~ Mark M.

Great article on Thought Trains, Maria! I teach Bible study class to a group of high school kids each Wednesday morning. I’m going to use this! ~ Nathan D.

I always enjoy and learn from your emails, thx. ~ Noelle F.

Maria…I LOVE your newsletter. Your faithful reader. ~ Gary F.

I enjoy your newsletters and end ended up watching both “Before the Flood” and “The Way” as a result of your newsletters. Thanks so much for the recommendations and sharing these meaningful flicks! I look forward to reading more of your musing and inspirations. ~ Diane C.

Thank you, Maria! The sleep info very timely ;-) ~ Sylvia V.

Dear Maria, thank you for all you do, it is wonderful. ~ Dean A.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. ~ Mike P.

Hey Maria! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday emails. Lots of great positive energy to the end the week.
~ Randy S.

Hi, Maria. This is just great reading, thank you very much. ~ David M.

Awesome… ~ Matt R.

My husband just forwarded me your email/newsletter. Wow!!! Very impressive. ~ Milica G.

Amazing, amazing. I just love getting these email newsletters.
~ Ursula R.

Good one MB. Love ur work. ~ Kirk W.

Cool! Thx Maria ~ Bob M.

I love these. Thank you for doing them. ~ Carla J.

Really enjoyed this, Maria!! ~ Lynda W.

Maria, such great material in here. It’s awesome. ~ David V.

:)) <3 ~ Steven P.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria ~ Jim B.

Thank you Maria. As always, so very good and uplifting. ~ Carla J.

Wonderful!!!!! ~ Steven S.

So glad you send these every week! I always look forward to receiving them. ~ Steve F.

I wish you knew how much I look forward to these Friday emails.  Thank you so much for including me. ~ Maria K.

I LOVE IT!!! ~ Fernando M.

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone working consciously to curate and create opportunities to uplift and inspire others, we need more of that in this world. ~ Kathryn D.

Really enjoy these positive Friday posts. Sorely needed these days. ~ Craig S.

Love your work, Maria. ~ Anthony H.

Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

Another great read on a Friday, Maria, thank you.
~ David M.

Thanks for this, Maria!  Keep 'em coming!  Just reading about these ideas and journeys makes me less stressed.  So THANK YOU!!  :-) ~ Meredith F.

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Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day!

“There's no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart.
You always gain by giving love.”

~ Reese Witherspoon, Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur

I hope this edition of 8 Good Things finds your heart filled with love and maybe some flowers or chocolates to go along with it.

8 Good Things is a curated biweekly newsletter of inspirational and informational articles, videos, and quotes. If my thoughts about an article or video intrigue you, please click the ‘source’ button (e.g., CONDE NASTE TRAVELER) to find out more. 8GT reflects the spirit of the three brands that make up The Sojourn Experience: Sojourn Explorers, Picture Happiness: Take a Shot and Sojourn Media. I hope you enjoy our slightly re-imagined format, which will continue to unfold as the year goes. If you come across stories you would like me to consider sharing, please send them to explorer@sojourn-intl.com. We are now sending this newsletter once every three weeks instead of two.

Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see my upcoming pilgrimage to Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople. Also, try this edition’s Art and Science of Happiness in Action activity – writing a gratitude letter. Share your experience on our Facebook page!

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1Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S. I have been hearing and reading more and more about people in the United States considering living elsewhere in the world, mainly for one of three reasons: political, financial, or health care. This CNBC story about people living in and immigrating to the Nordic countries covers all three of these reasons. I thought this was particularly worthwhile to share because this piece is framed around happiness. It defines what happiness is, and expresses that the quality of life is more important than the amount of money you make. In my studies on the science of happiness as well as personal experience, money only helps one to be happy up to a certain point. According to research, that magic number in the States is $75,000. After that, other factors become the big players in your level of happiness. I also appreciated how the news story highlighted the “dark side” of happiness in Finland and Denmark, that it is stressful to manage work-life balance. Sound familiar? (Thank you, Terri Jude Davis, for recommending this story.)

Also, here, for those who are not ready to leave the country and just want to travel sooner than later, a hit list for The Best Places to Visit in March.

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2 Masters of Love. Only three in ten marriages remain happy and healthy long after their wedding toast. What is the secret for those living happily ever after? Four decades of studies say it is kindness and generosity. Couples who are “Masters of Love” feel calm, connected, warm, and affectionate toward each other. Emotionally, physically, they are comfortable together because they have shared trust and intimacy. For those that are “Disasters of Love,” the number one factor that divides a couple is contempt, criticizing your partner for this or that thing, often seeing the negative. The takeaway here: if you want to have a lasting relationship get on the kindness bandwagon. If you are already in a tenuous relationship, there is still hope. Try applying the tips from the “Masters of Love.” So, today, buy some flowers, go someplace romantic, and whisper a sweet “I love you because…” to your significant other. Then, keep doing and saying thoughtful things in the days to come.

3 Love, Honor, and Thank. As a companion to the previous article is one about how couples view the division of household chores. A hot-button that I think is universally relatable, whether you are romantically involved or only roommates. An often-cited source of friction in a relationship is over who is doing what. The other one is how often things get done around the house. Do you have to nag to get the garbage taken out? Is it just assumed that it “your job” to do it versus the other person? What this article keys into is that people have a different tolerance level for things, like how full a garbage pail needs to be before feeling motivated to empty it, as well as whose job it is to do it. As people living together, it helps to recognize and navigate these perceptions. Then, there is one other critical element, gratitude. A successful relationship depends on how partners express gratitude for the work the other one puts into keeping up the house. If you find yourself asking, “Why does he not see it?” or “Why does she not do it?” I invite you to read this article.

4Thnx4. On the day we celebrate love, it is essential, I think, to wrap this precious gift with gratitude. If you looked at the previous articles, you understand how significant appreciation is in relationships. It is also true elsewhere in your everyday life. There are physical and psychological benefits that go along with the expression of thanks. You are more likely to take care of yourself, have fewer aches and pains, feel less resentment, frustration, or depression. However, for some, having or showing gratitude does not come easy. Here is an online source that can help one develop the habit of saying “thanks” by keeping an interactive gratitude journal. So far, those who have tried it for just two weeks showed notable increases in happiness, resilience to stress, and overall life satisfaction. The research on keeping a gratitude journal consistently shows that it causes people to be twenty-five percent happier. That seems a small trade for feeling better about, well, pretty much everything in life.

5 31 Priceless Love Quotes for Every Lover Out There. Love can be the highest of highs as well as the lowest of lows. Many of these quotes about love capture the passion and beauty of being in it. Others offer the hope that after a heartbreak, one can still go on to find love another day. My favorite is from one of our national treasures, Maya Angelou, “Love recognizes zero barriers.

Also, something hopeful for those who are single, 6 Mantras To Recite If You’re Single On Valentine's Day & Trying To Embrace It. I like, “You are never alone” and “I am open to all possibilities – today and every day.”

6 Love, Gratitude Meditation. This meditation is one that I often use when teaching new meditators or when I am working with people from different meditation practices because everyone can relate to love and gratitude. Try this: breathe in slowly through your nose, silently saying, “love.” Then, slowly breathe out, silently saying, “gratitude.” Sound simple? It is and profoundly effective. Start with five minutes. Each time you meditate, increase the length of time you sit. I often meditate for thirty minutes at the start of my day.

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7Gratitude - Moving Art. I have watched this inspiring video many times. Always, my heart is touched by the imagery of filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and the words of Benedictine Monk Brother David Steindl-Rast — who also has a beautiful TED talk on happiness.

8The Most Beautiful Short Love Stories. These are short real-life love stories from around the world. The article reflects what I have always felt about documenting life as it unfolds – you cannot make this stuff up. Life will tell you a great story if you are patient. I love the unexpected story titled, “A Well-deserved Prom Night.” The article's overall message is that love is powerful, despite place and circumstance.

The Art and Science of Happiness in Action
Gratitude Letter

Write a letter to someone who has significantly impacted you, though you have never expressed your gratitude toward them. Tell them what they did, how it made you feel, and why you are grateful. Then send the letter. If possible, deliver and read the letter to them in person, or over Zoom/Skype/Facetime. It will make their day and yours.

It will make my day if you share your experience on the
Picture Happiness: Take a Shot Facebook page.

Thoughtful

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

~ St. Paul, Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

Upcoming Sojourn Experience | May 31st – June 10th, 2020

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11-Day Pilgrimage to Istanbul with Loyola Marymount University Lecturer of Modern Greek Studies V. Rev Father John S. Bakas, the Dean of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Los Angeles
This trip includes luxury accommodations, most meals, all transfers, expertly guided sightseeing tours, entry fees, and domestic flights.
Visit: Istanbul, Izmir, and Cappadocia

Words from Past Pilgrims

“I feel truly blessed to have taken the journey with you at the helm Fr. John — for always lifting us up, encouraging us to be our best."

“Inspirational, mystical, spiritual, powerful, peaceful, magical, and full of love and blessings.”

“A trip of a lifetime! A dream come true! Thank you! The best experience — new friends, fond memories.”

Sojourn Programs

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Insight Timer App | Silent Wisdom Meditations
As many of you know, I teach meditation. Last year, I started recording meditations for the Insight Timer app. I hope you will enjoy the free guided sessions. Why meditate? It is scientifically proven that it helps to increase your overall well-being, and you can do it anywhere! Meditation is about as close as one can get to a wellness silver bullet. Please follow me on the Insight Timer app.

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Happiness: The Art of Life Balance
As a longtime television producer, stress was my middle name. I have spent more than a decade studying what to do about it. Now, I teach the habits of successful happy people. I have put together a program that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined anytime.

Happy Weekend!
Maria and Team Sojourn
Learn More | +800-869-0538

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Maria Baltazzi
PhD, Conscious-Centered Living | MFA, Film


Emmy-winning TV Producer, Certified Happiness Trainer, Transformational Travel Ambassador

About
The Sojourn Experience is a conscious-centered company with a portfolio of three entities. Sojourn Explorers curates transformational experiences to extraordinary places around the globe. Part of the money for each trip goes to nonprofit organizations that we believe in. Through Picture Happiness: Take a Shot, Maria helps professionals uplevel the quality of their thoughts and habits. She designs Happiness programs and workshops as well as leads retreats. Finally, Sojourn looks to create media partnerships with writers, producers, and directors to get their projects sold to production companies and various platforms.

Special thanks to Astrid Martin, article and video content research, and Michael Tobias, editorial review and formatting, for their ongoing contributions to 8 Good Things.

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Maria,  I just can’t get over how good this is. I am so glad you do this! ~ Mark J.

Love it Maria. Always a GREAT read to jump start the weekend. Have a great one! Matt R.

Once again, thank you so much for the very nice articles. I printed out the one on Senior Health. Also, the story on Doris Day is quite touching. ~ Mark M.

Your newsletter is sooooooo goood. ~ David V.

Always a good read on a Friday. Thx Maria. ~ Matt R.

Thank you so much for your 8 Good Things. I always enjoy reading them. Thank you, especially for your commentary on Agnes Varda. ~ Mark M.

I am loving your newsletter and insightful articles on Self-Care and Self-Awareness. You are doing incredible work. ~ Erahm C.

I enjoy a lot your newsletter. It is one of the few newsletter I normally end up clicking on something. I often show it as well-made newsletter. ~ Jorge P.

Gratitude to Maria Baltazzi for sharing this article [Live Like a Stoic] in her weekly 8 Good Things email. Especially worth signing up for in today's trying times. ~ Morgan R.

I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

Nice hearing about all your adventures. I love what you are doing.
~ Marci K.

Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

Hi, Maria. Or should I say hi DOCTOR! Big, big congrats! Always love seeing 8 Good Things and what awesome news along with this latest set. ~ Eric R.

Congratulations on your PhD! You are certainly racking up lifetime achievements. And, thank you for including me on your mailing list. I enjoy your 8 Good Things. ~ John. V

Congratulations, Maria, on your doctorate. Enjoyed your letter and love the 20-secs to courage. ~ Loyelle E.

Great newsletter this week. Fabien’s book looks good. ~ Ethan Z.

Love you. Such great info you share. Xo ~ Brenda L.

My favorite newsletter yet!! Thank you ;-) ~ Allison C.

I enjoy your newsletter. ~ Mary T.

I loved the articles and especially the ones you did for “LightWorkers.” ~ Mark M.

Great article on Thought Trains, Maria! I teach Bible study class to a group of high school kids each Wednesday morning. I’m going to use this! ~ Nathan D.

I always enjoy and learn from your emails, thx. ~ Noelle F.

Maria…I LOVE your newsletter. Your faithful reader. ~ Gary F.

I enjoy your newsletters and end ended up watching both “Before the Flood” and “The Way” as a result of your newsletters. Thanks so much for the recommendations and sharing these meaningful flicks! I look forward to reading more of your musing and inspirations. ~ Diane C.

Thank you, Maria! The sleep info very timely ;-) ~ Sylvia V.

Dear Maria, thank you for all you do, it is wonderful. ~ Dean A.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. ~ Mike P.

Hey Maria! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday emails. Lots of great positive energy to the end the week.
~ Randy S.

Hi, Maria. This is just great reading, thank you very much. ~ David M.

Awesome… ~ Matt R.

My husband just forwarded me your email/newsletter. Wow!!! Very impressive. ~ Milica G.

Amazing, amazing. I just love getting these email newsletters.
~ Ursula R.

Good one MB. Love ur work. ~ Kirk W.

Cool! Thx Maria ~ Bob M.

I love these. Thank you for doing them. ~ Carla J.

Really enjoyed this, Maria!! ~ Lynda W.

Maria, such great material in here. It’s awesome. ~ David V.

:)) <3 ~ Steven P.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria ~ Jim B.

Thank you Maria. As always, so very good and uplifting. ~ Carla J.

Wonderful!!!!! ~ Steven S.

So glad you send these every week! I always look forward to receiving them. ~ Steve F.

I wish you knew how much I look forward to these Friday emails.  Thank you so much for including me. ~ Maria K.

I LOVE IT!!! ~ Fernando M.

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone working consciously to curate and create opportunities to uplift and inspire others, we need more of that in this world. ~ Kathryn D.

Really enjoy these positive Friday posts. Sorely needed these days. ~ Craig S.

Love your work, Maria. ~ Anthony H.

Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

Another great read on a Friday, Maria, thank you.
~ David M.

Thanks for this, Maria!  Keep 'em coming!  Just reading about these ideas and journeys makes me less stressed.  So THANK YOU!!  :-) ~ Meredith F.