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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.

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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.

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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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1Icebergs Can Be Emerald Green. Now We Know Why. This one is just because icebergs are so cool (pun intended.) I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to the bottom of the world twice. What stands out most in my mind are the icebergs as tall as New York skyscrapers and as long as city blocks. The "jade bergs" found only in Antarctica have captivated people for decades. It is that continent’s way of mixing blue and yellow together. Besides being beautiful to look at, these icebergs are iron-rich infused and provide nutrients that the algae need to survive.

230 Adventures to Have in a Lifetime. Every traveler has a bucket list, which I instead call a ‘hit list’ – far less dire sounding! Near the top of Conde Nast’s list, at number three, is hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey. I have ticked this one off, and it is well worth doing! Five is climb Mount Everest. Well, I only went as far as Base Camp, and that was good enough for me. Nine is still on my hit list, canoeing the Okavango Delta in Botswana. What about you?

3Not Sure Where to Travel Next? Let Your DNA Decide. As more people are doing DNA testing for their ancestry, it seems to be inspiring ancestral travel, where you go check out your family roots. Several years ago, I sorta did this in Venice, where the Baltazzi family began, and it was profound. I only did it in terms of going to the city. I did not actually dive into any family archives. However, it was very moving to be in the Piazza San Marcos knowing that in the eleventh century some ancestor likely walked across the same exact stones. Maybe they even stopped at the local cafe to have an espresso shot, like me.

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4The One Question Oprah Wants You to Ask Before You Make Any Decision. That question is “How do I use this in the service of something greater than myself?” I always ask: “Where shall I go? Who should I meet? What should I say and do?” I find asking these questions helps to open my awareness of the possibilities.

53 Tips from Harvard on How to Live a Happy Life. 1) Spend money on other people, and it does not have to be a lot. 2) Cultivate stable relationships, the quality of your closest friendships is huge. 3) Live in the present moment. True that! It is the only real moment that you have. In addition to this article, you can watch a talk on happiness and what science says about staying in the present moment.

6Why Saying "Thank You" Is Good For You. Consider developing a Happiness Hygiene Habit, aka being grateful. For two minutes a day, think of three things to be thankful for – this will help to train your mind to be more positive. I can attest to this being true. Science also says that doing this mental hygiene habit does make you happier. The article mentions keeping a Gratitude Jar as well, which I do at home. That jar was one of the most thoughtful gifts I received this past year (thank you, Dan and Robyn!) There is something nurturing about jotting down a note of thanks and dropping it into a clear jar that I see every time I come into my living room.

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7Multitalented and Multisensory. The extraordinarily talented storyteller and multimedia artist, and friend of several years, David Van Eyssen, uses being a synesthete to inspire his work. If you are wondering what being a synesthete is like, it is a medical condition in which your senses intermingle; sight may mingle with sound, taste with touch, for instance. David believes we all have the ability to associate our sensory experiences if only we tune into them. His colorful imagery is always so striking to me. They seem to be so multilayered, drawing me in closer to see what is going on in a particular piece.

8This Is Why You Always Struggle to Get Your Message Across. One way to stop struggling to get your message across is to begin by rephrasing what you are connecting your message to — especially if you are jumping into a conversation. I have also found this to be a great technique when doing interviews with people who have trouble cutting to the chase. This article offers three more effective strategies.

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“I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.”
~ Katherine Hepburn

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Start a New Habit.
Commit to it for the rest of the month.

~ scareyoursoul.com

? Reflect

What is most important to you?
~ myintent.org

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


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

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The Sojourn Experience is made up of three ventures. 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 mentors professionals, helping them to uplevel the quality of their thoughts and habits. She designs Happiness programs and workshops as well as leads retreats. Finally, Sojourn looks to create conscious media partnerships with writers, producers, and directors to get their projects sold to production companies and various platforms.

The Sojourn Experience is made up of three ventures. 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 mentors professionals, helping them to uplevel the quality of their thoughts and habits. She designs Happiness programs and workshops as well as lead retreats. Finally, Sojourn looks to create conscious media partnerships with writers, producers, and directors to get their projects sold to production companies and various platforms.

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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.