Survivin’ and Thrivin’ #18 – Happy Tuesday 2/22/22 2 U! :-)

A few chuckles as we start?


HAPPINESS FOCUS!

Laurie Santos, from The Happiness Lab podcast, in a recent New York Times article says:

… if you can get yourself to do it — to meditate, to volunteer, to engage with social connection — you will be happier. It’s just much easier if you have a cultural apparatus around you.

Can each of us find an appropriate “cultural apparatus?” Here’s hoping we can!

Clearly the approach needs to be different for each of us. Some of my notes are below** Please email me at salong_now @ yahoo.com if you have any AHAs or good articles to share.


Want a happiness tip relating to social media you might choose to share with your loved ones? (from the article cited above)

I teach students — this comes from the journalist Catherine Price — the acronym W.W.W.: what for, why now and what else? When you pick up your phone, what was that for? Was there a purpose? Then: Why now? Did you have something to do, or were you bored or anxious or fighting some craving? And then, what else?: actively noticing the opportunity cost. It could be studying. It could be talking to your roommate.


Looking for some supportive listening on specific efforts for feeling happier? Check The Happiness Lab items HERE including this 20 minute segment with Laurie Santos on her background and personal recommendations/reflections


Looking for help falling asleep? Check out this TEDx Talk: How to Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep (short-cut to the “brain tapping” at the 7 minute mark HEREOver 5 million watches of this one! 🙂


May you have a joyful, safe day – with feelings of being strengthened and supported – knowing how important your presence is in our world!

Steve


** For me, the “cultural apparatuses” have been the church, our family and friend groups – – the folks there help me stay grounded and supported. Thanks to each of you making a difference for me and others as part of such apparatuses!

Designing the Christian Playbook has been a help with meditation, study and getting outside myself for connection. Helped by expert commentary, those daily practices are expanding to include options for stretching, meditating and more. Such efforts are proven by research to make happiness easier, especially when coupled with connecting with friends via phone, Zoom, coffee gatherings, etc..

Survivin’ & Thrivin’ #17

Maybe a grin or two …

For those in the Cinci area – or U.S. Grant fans wanting a road trip – check out U.S. Grant Days 2022 – celebrating 200 years. Tomorrow night will be the kick-off with a talk at The Freedom Center and then some big doings on April 30th

With all that’s swirling in our world right now, a spiritual mentor shared a music video HERE that still resonates these many years later…

 

Having trouble sleeping these days? If so, consider joining us this Friday @ 10:30 Eastern Time when we talk about Getting Restorative Sleep at Light-Hearted Learning (zoom link HERE)

Whatever you do, here’s hoping you can enjoy the day!

Steve

Survivin’ & Thrivin’ #16

Starting with a few comics …

Light-Hearted Learning for the next few Fridays @ 10:30 AM (Eastern time) will cover Lighthouses, My Stroke of Insight, Getting Restorative Sleep and Road Trips. Click HERE if you’re interested in our learning & sharing gathering via Zoom…

Kim and I really enjoy the CBS Sunday Morning show. Steve Hartman has a been a favorite correspondent since he usually focuses on “feel good” stories. Yesterday’s story about some young – really young! – and inspirational, volunteer EMTs is HERE. You’ll be glad you watched the 2-3 minutes if you have the time.

WOW – just found out that Steve Hartman went to BGSU to study journalism and graduated about the same time as Kim (his bio is HERE.)  Very pleased and proud to see a Falcon grad doing such cool journalistic efforts…  🙂

Enjoy the day!

Steve


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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ #15

After completing the final 2021 Survivin’ & Thrivin’ post, hopes were high it would be the last one ever. With COVID cases rising and encouragement to “hunker down” by experts and others, it seems like a good time to restart. Hopefully this will be a short-lived effort!

Interested in some Light-Hearted Learning? We’ve started Zoom sessions on Fridays @ 10:30 AM (Eastern time). This Friday we’re discussing “Movies/Shows Others Think We Should Watch”  Zoom link to join is HERE along with details on future topics.

Today’s Christian Playbook shares Diana Butler Bass’ statement of our challenges in the midst of one million new cases of COVID on January 4, 2022. You can read her entire article HERE or in context of the Christian Playbook HERE

Some comics humor (from a great website, gocomics.com!) :

And we’ll close with a little mission, should you choose to accept it! 🙂  {click HERE if you want to cue the Mission Impossible theme song}

HELP – Would you spend a few minutes pondering which songs have furthered your spiritual life in the past and/or during these COVID times? Please share those with me via email salong.now@gmail.com [And if you have a sentence or two (or more) of the personal “why it’s a favorite” that you don’t might sharing with blog readers, please share those as a valuable, welcome addition – – credited by first name only to maintain anonymity]

THANKS, in advance, for any/all contributions!

WOW – we will all benefit from remembering/hearing these foundational songs, and the stories about experiences with them. They’ll be shared in a webpage and also highlighted in future Survivin’ & Thrivin’ editions

Details on this project, should you be interested are below***

Enjoy the day!

Steve


*** Christian Playbook 2022 Focus: Storied, Special Songs/Hymns

  • This project couples two passions:
    • providing a theme for the 2022 Christian Playbook – focusing on 50-100 songs of faith – plus encouraging us all to share why songs are foundational in our faith for others to enjoy
    • fueling thoughts of Celebration of Life songs for Binder of a Lifetime “At the End” details – see page 4 of At the End document HERE
  • Any HELP with song/hymn suggestions will be THANKS-fully accepted, with a spirit of WOW!
  • ** Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

See previous posts HERE

Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #14

Spring has sprung, proving that we’ve done it: SURVIVED the COVID-19 Winter!

And… hopefully THRIVED during the COVID-19 Winter! Congratulations to one and all for making it through!!!

As one final “bonus” Surviving & Thriving posting…

LAUGHS

GOOD READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #13

LAUGHS

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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #12

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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #11

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  • 2/26 – Password Managers, Search Engine tips

 


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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #10

LAUGHS

GOOD READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

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  • 2/19 – Our 10-100 Pictures – Displaying/Sharing Them for Us and Family (Long Memories)
  • 2/22 – The Power of Vulnerability (Ted Talk Topic)


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Survivin’ & Thrivin’ – post #9

Surviving & Thriving – post #9

LAUGHS

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LIGHT-HEARTED LEARNING (& SHARING) – COME JOIN US! Zoom link here: http://www.stevelong.longmemories.info/light-hearted-learning-sharing/

  • 2/8 – Beatles Sing-Along with Les & Steve
  • 2/12 – Video Options: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, Cable, Dish, Satellite, T-Vision, Antenna, ???

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