Pictured above: Fave beach - Puerto Aventuras MX
HAPPINESS FACTOR AS A F(X) OF WEATHER: 5
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LOOKING FOR HAPPINESS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES
Last night at the Academy Awards:
Moonlight ( directed by Barry Jenkins, above left) follows the story of a young black boy, adrift and fearful, as he grows into manhood, focusing on three chapters in his life. Capturing the Oscar for Best Picture ironically was another show-stopping chapter in Jenkins riveting personal narrative. (All's well that ends well, except for perhaps PricewaterhouseCooper.)
Lion is based on the story of Saroo Brierley (played by Sunny Parwar, above right) , an illiterate, impoverished five-year-old in rural central India, who got separated from his brother at a railway station in Burhanpur, lived as a street urchin surviving on his wits and scraps of food, was later taken in by an orphanage, and eventually was adopted by an Australian couple, who took him to Tasmania.
Scenes from these two must see films:
Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas's annual Fort Worth fundraising luncheon.
Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States, offering sexual and reproductive health care, education and outreach to nearly 5 million women, men and adolescents annually worldwide. The vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood receives goes toward preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests and other women's health services. Less than 3% of the services it provides are for abortion - and no federal funds are used for that purpose. Misunderstanding of that fact and the "faux news" surrounding it has led to the unfortunate movement by the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood.
If you can't attend the Ft Worth luncheon, but would like to support Planned Parenthood, it would be very happy to receive your online donation. Click here.
STANDING UP FOR IMMIGRANTS
ALBUQUERQUE --- Jessica Martines speaks, while Marian Mendez-Terra translates for her, as she addresses the Albuquerque City Council, which took up a memorial reaffirming Albuquerque’s status as an “immigrant-friendly” city on Wednesday. (2/22/2017)
A standing-room-only crowd cheered city councilors who approved the measure Wednesday that has a largely symbolic effect of reaffirming Albuquerque as an “immigrant-friendly” city. Albuquerque councilors voted 6-1 to approve the memorial, with Councilors Dan Lewis and Don Harris absent.
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution that would affirm the city's immigrant-friendly policies without using the word "sanctuary."
The council's vote Wednesday evening was 8-0 with one council member absent.
What started out as a rebuke to President Donald Trump's efforts to address illegal immigration, the resolution has been softened and the reference to sanctuary removed.
Meanwhile, NM residents who aren't happy with the White House memo calling for the NM National Guard to round up thousands of immigrants. are letting their views be known. This can't happen without Governor Martinez' approval. If you'd like your voice to be heard on this issue and don't want our state National Guard units participating, please let her know by CLICKING HERE.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Runners Ball 2017 is a night to come together with our active community to dance, socialize, eat and have a great time!
Runners Ball 2017 is a fundraising event for our Running 505 youth wellness program that serves kids who are in the 5th - 8th grades in the greater Albuquerque area.
Attire is: Up to You! Running attire? Formal attire? Running with Formal attire? It'll be great!
Join us for a great night, supporting our youth to develop life long wellness.
Event details and schedule:
Pick up your ticket two ways:
1. March 31st at Bosque Running Shop in Albuquerque
2. April 1st, the night of the event at the door
Schedule of Events:
*Doors open at 6pm
*Silent auction 6-9pm
*Drink tickets available at the door beginning at 6pm
*Enjoy the night until 11pm
Because Healthy Kids are Happy Kids...
Running 505 is a grassroots community wellness program for youth. Running 505 has two programs: Running Girls 505 and Running Guys 505. Each program is designed for youth to learn from, get motivated with, and become inspired through educational lessons and physical activity. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
Re-setting Your Happiness Set Point Part 1
Some people seem to be naturally happier than others. This may, in fact be the case. We all have happiness set points. A set point is the level at which we are predisposed to live at in regard to the amount of well-being that we are accustomed to feeling in our lives.
It is possible to deliberately become a happier person, regardless of your life circumstances, through intentionality and practice. If the idea of doing so appeals to you, you might want to check out this starter kit of ten practices that will help raise your happiness set point.
- Be aware of the kinds of thoughts that you choose to focus on. While we can’t control the thoughts that pop into our mind, we do have the power to determining those thoughts we choose to give our attention. Practicing mindfulness enables us to detach from obsessive thoughts that keep us in a distressed state of mind.
- Set an intention to cultivate a state of greater happinessand commit to acting in ways that fulfill your vision. Intention is a powerful vehicle for change. Consciously setting a positive intention can help to override unconscious intentions that may be competing with your desire to be happy.
- Remember the serenity prayer that reminds us of how important it is to discern what we can change from what we cannot, and to practice acceptance of the latter and committed action with the former.
- Keep in mind that the degree of happiness that we experience has more to do with the way that we think than it has to do with the circumstances and events of our lives. While pessimistic or negative thinking occurs with all of us from time to time, it doesn’t always reflect the truth about things. It may be a product of ingrained thinking patterns. You don’t have to stand and salute negative thoughts. Instead, see if you can challenge them by offering a different interpretation. Don’t believe everything you think.
- Invest your time and money in experiences that you know increase your level of happiness. That includes things like play, learning, adventure, connecting deeply with others, relaxation, and creative activities (rather than purchasing unnecessary material goods that tend to provide quickly-diminishing pleasure).
- Practice mindfulnessthrough meditation or by living with a heightened and non-judging awareness of your ongoing experience.
- Commit to developing a greater sense of personal resilience. This has to do with the ability to recover quickly from adversity. We all experience adversity at times in our lives but some of us are able to “Get back on the horse” more quickly than others. Try to learn the lessons inherent in your experience and then move on with the newly acquired wisdom that the lessons provide.
- Identify the sources of stress in your life that are excessive and seek to reduce them. Stress is not inherently harmful or bad, but too much stress is. Learn to distinguish a healthy level of stress from an unhealthy one.
- Keep in mind that nothing is permanent. That includes not just “things,” but less-substantive aspects of life, including feelings, moods, quality of health, and financial circumstances; not to mention life itself. “This too shall pass” is a mantra that is worth repeating when things are bad or good. When they are bad, we’re reminded that it’s not forever; when they are good, it reminds us to enjoy the present while it lasts.
- Even though it doesn’t always seem to be the case, worry is a choice. It’s natural and reasonable to be concerned about the future. However, when responsible concern goes over the line and becomes obsessive worry, you’ve moved into an unhealthy mind state. Choosing to focus your attention on something other than your worst fears can help to shift your set point and raise your happiness level from the minus column to neutral or even positive.
Like we said, this is just a starter kit. There are lots of other things you can do that will raise your set point and lift your experience of happiness to a higher level. Try these out for a while and notice the results. ( Source: HUFFINGTON POST article, 2/27/17)
PEACHES and CONNECTICUT
I read this yesterday and sent it to a handful of people I really love. I hope it makes you happy! (They certainly seemed to be),
When Your Greatest Romance is a Friendship - to read this engaging NYT article, click here.
AND FOR SOME, HAPPINESS IS JUST A WARM...
MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR:
Monday, March 20
International Day of Happiness 2017