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Why Science Says Helping Others Makes Us Happier | 15 Feb 19

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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.
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2Queen’s New Horizons. Speaking of space. If you saw Bohemian Rhapsody this year, you will have learned that Queen’s lead guitarist, Brian May, studied to be an astrophysicist. Well, at the turn of the year, Brian honored his science roots by doing a musical tribute to NASA’s twelve-year New Horizons journey as it set out to do the most distant spacecraft flyby in history, some four billion miles from Earth.

352 Places to Go in 2019. A starter kit to escaping into the world this year. Santa Barbara, which is just up the coast from me, is number three on the list. It is considered the American Riviera. If you have never been there, it is worth the trip. One of my favorite summers was spent in SB taking French classes in the morning and sailing lessons in the afternoon. It was when I first came to California, just as I turned twenty. Las Vegas is listed as number thirteen. Personally, unless you have a reason to go there, like a convention, I would either skip this one or bundle it with a trip to Santa Barbara afterward. Las Vegas is a super fun place to lose your mind for about 48 hours. Then you are done because you have not slept. Surprisingly, New York is thirty-one and Los Angeles forty-one, respectively, on the list. Another surprise is seeing Columbus—which is in my childhood home State of Ohio—at number forty-seven! At fifty-two is Tahiti, where I spent one magical New Year’s on the island of Bora Bora.

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4Why Science Says Helping Others Makes Us Happier. It has to do with a “Helper’s High.” An article I originally wrote for the inspirational LightWorkers OTT that they then shared with the folks at Arianna Huffington’s (still new-ish) online platform aimed at helping people change for the better. Their mission is to end the epidemic of stress and burnout, which I completely align with.

5I Simplified My Home—And It Ended Up Changing My Whole Damn Life. “You are NOT your belongings. Once you realize this, your life will change. I promise.” I have been a badge-carrying minimalist for years. Too much stuff is distracting and time-consuming to take care of or store. This article offers good tips on what to do, starting with “choose one area of your life to tackle at a time.” Also, if you have not read Marie Kondo’s bestseller on just this subject, would suggest it for inspiration, especially if you have a hard time letting go of stuff you do not need. Her book is now a hit show on Netflix as well.

6Valentine’s Day 2019: The History Behind the Romantic Date. Seems to have all started as ‘Courtly Love’ in the Middle Ages when knights wanted to woo women. Some things don't change.

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7You Can’t Go Wrong With These Romantic Movie Picks for Valentine’s Day. If you are still celebrating the day of love over the weekend with a movie date, my pick is Crazy Rich Asians listed at number seven. Then I would say, close behind, it is the article’s number one choice, When Harry Met Sally. All-time favorite Harry quote: “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

8Netflix’s Our Planet. The other night I saw a television critics’ screening of this new documentary series. It is touted as “an unprecedented journey through some of the world’s most precious natural habitats, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.” Wow! is an appropriate descriptive. Truly, the visuals are lyrical with music to match. After the episode, they showed a behind-the-scenes making of the series. Best moment was when the British filmmakers took a moment of glory to reflect on their teamwork capturing an enormous iceberg calving. Watching it in the episode was breathtaking. They ended their savoring moment with, “wow, okay, the kettle is on.” lol, in true understated British fashion. Mark your calendars for this one, April 5th.

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~ Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

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Express your deep gratitude. Call one person today
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? Reflect

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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 I believe in. Through Picture Happiness: Take a Shot, I mentor professionals, helping them to uplevel the quality of their lives. I design 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.