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When to Speak: A Lesson from the Young Einstein | 25 May 18

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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.

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~ 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.

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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.
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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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8 Good Things is a curated bi-weekly newsletter of inspirational and informational articles, videos, and quotes. Content falls into three buckets. Sojourn Explorers is about travel, technology, and exploration. Picture Happiness is about conscious-centered living. Sojourn is about photography, storytelling, and the entertainment industry.

Announcing. For thirteen years, I have been studying the art and science of Happiness. The last two have been spent working towards a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living. In that time, I wrote a thesis comparing the types of meditation practices that I teach: Mindfulness, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Prayer of the Heart. Followed by a dissertation on the elements of cultivating and sustaining Happiness. I am delighted to say that I now have three new letters after my name. My hope is that I can take what I have learned and help others to live better, more fully.

Make sure to scroll all the way down to see my upcoming trips and programs.

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1Five Facts of the Day. Did you know? “Russian cosmonauts used to pack a shotgun in case they landed in Siberia and had to fend off bears?” Also, love this one, “Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt once sneaked out of a White House event, commandeered an airplane, and went on a joyride to Baltimore.” My kind of ladies!

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2When to Speak: A Lesson from the Young Einstein. I love this excerpt from Joshua Dubois’ book “The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama.” Joshua served as White House Executive Director of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships during the President's first term. I am reading this book for the third year in a row, and continue to find words that impress and inspire me.

“There’s a story told about a young Albert Einstein. His parents were concerned that although Albert was growing in years, he had not spoken yet. One evening at dinner, the boy finally opened his mouth to speak, declaring ‘The soup is too hot!’ His parents rejoiced and asked Albert why it had taken him so long to talk. Albert replied, ‘Because up to now everything was in order.’ Like Einstein, we should be careful to be judicious with our words. Our tongues have great power and are best used when they’re truly needed. Until then, let’s cultivate a listening spirit.”

3The Science of Friendship: Friendship With Benefits. This video is an entertaining look at our brain’s hardwiring to connect with others. One of the contributors is Duke University Medical Center Neurobiologist Dr. Michael Platt, whom I recently met while researching a wildlife show that I am developing. In a nutshell, “it’s easier to rise to the top” with the right group of pals versus going it alone.

4Yep, We Can Actually Learn How to Master the Art of Romance from Penguins. Just watch this video. It is so cute, funny, and true! Also, a fun fact, these tuxedo-feathered guys mate for life.

5How Learning New Words Could Make You Happier. Have you ever heard of “positive lexicography”? Neither have I. It is a recently published set of terms, from different cultures, which describe the phenomena of experiencing Happiness in about a thousand ways that you may not have heard of, or even thought of before. Tarab is the Arabic word for musically-induced ecstasy. Ohanami in Japanese describes a group gathered to admire flowers. Kefi in Greek is an intense emotional state (made more intense by drinking.) Positive lexicography comes from the increasing obsession to translate the untranslatable words of various languages. Why? Because, “untranslatable words can give us the sublime feeling one enjoys when briefly comprehending the size of the universe, reminding us that there are infinite perspectives to have and that there is a depth to things that we might not be comprehending.” Like hyppytyynytyydytys, Finnish for the pleasure derived from sitting on a bouncy cushion. Though my favorite is the German word fernweh, “a longing to travel to distant lands, a kind of homesickness for the unexplored.”

6Holding a Loved One‘s Hand Eases Pain and Syncs Brainwaves. You know how the touch of someone can make you feel better? Well, there is a scientific reason why. According to a new study, “when it comes to hand-holding, the feelings of being soothed and loved with touch can blunt pain a little in the same way that people control pain with breathing exercises or meditative methods.”

75 Yoga Poses to Boost Your Mood When You're Having “One Of Those Days.” For when you are feeling “meh.” Last year, I became a certified yoga instructor. I teach a restorative method. The poses in this article are practical and easy to do. There are videos for each one to help you get optimal results. My favorite is number one, happy baby.

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8This Airbnb Rental Looks like a ”Star Wars” Set. Finally, a chance to live like Anakin Skywalker for a day! Are you excited about the next Star Wars? Despite the mixed reviews of it being an uneven story, I am looking forward to seeing it. I hear the performances are good, so no panic to Harrison Ford. The critics say Alden Ehrenreich does him proud as young Han Solo.

Thoughtful

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas
can change the world”
~ Robin Williams.
Think Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi,
Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln.
This could be you too.

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Greek Islands | Inquire About Dates
Hit the pause button to sail and hike the islands in the Aegean Sea. Explore with me. Meditate. Do restorative yoga. Eat great food, and do like Zorba. Dance! Opa!! Bring together a group of six friends and set course on your own Greek Odyssey.

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Kenya | Botswana | Inquire About Dates

I took this photo on the last morning of a recent trip to Africa -- my favorite place in the world that I love sharing with others. Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio was started by award-winning National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert. This is an experience that I put together. It combines learning the secrets of great wildlife photography from a Wild Studios pro along with my Mindfulness teaching. Please join us on a uniquely curated safari that will tap into your true inner-photographer. This adventure can be shared with a group of friends or done as a solo sojourn.

Sojourn Programs

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Happiness: The Art of Life Balance
I am committed to helping those who sit in the overwhelm, continually feeling out of time, and always stressed. As a longtime television producer, I have been there many times over and have spent a decade plus studying what to do about it. Now, I work with professionals, helping them get out of the crazy and into the happy (and yes, I still produce shows). I have designed a program that can fit into anyone’s schedule and joined at any time. For a complimentary session, please contact me.

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By Appointment
Offering private sessions in Mindfulness, Primordial Sound Meditation, Prayer of the Heart Meditation, and Restorative Yoga. Available in-person, or on Skype and FaceTime.

Happy Weekend! Love,
Maria and Team Sojourn
Learn More About Us | +800-869-0538

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Maria Baltazzi, Maria Baltazzi, PhD, Founder
Purveyor of Happiness and Conscious-Centered Living


Emmy-winning TV Producer, Happiness Mentor, Transformational Travel Guide

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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.