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Finding Gratitude & Appreciation

{This week: Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech, forest bathing, slowing down, and more.}

Hi all,

Below are 10 happy links that inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. Sheryl Sandberg’s recent commencement speech at UC Berkeley moved me because it was vulnerable, beautiful, and her words offered a powerful message to recent graduates. When Sandberg talked about kicking the bottom and finding the surface to breathe again, I cried. I experienced something similar after my step-dad, Mahlon, died. Her comments about adversity and the importance of reclaiming gratitude and appreciation for everyday moments are important.

Please take the time to watch Sandberg’s speech.

2. A good reminder to go outside and garden: Doctors should prescribe gardening for patients more often, says report.

3. A fascinating article about reconnecting to nature: ‘Forest bathing’ is latest fitness trend to hit U.S.

4. Alison Turner’s words and photos made me consider visiting Iceland and renting a camper van from Camp Easy.

5. I want to read Waiting For The Weekend. Also, Austin's brick notes are really cool!

6. Amanda’s recent essay—On Going Slow & Continual Forgiveness—was so GOOD! Finding balance is a constant work in progress. Amanda’s post was a great reminder for me to stay in my lane.

7. A fascinating summary of new research: “We think of aging as something we do alone, the changes unfolding according to each person's own traits and experiences. But researchers are learning that as we age in relationships, we change biologically to become more like our partners than we were in the beginning.”

Read the full article here.

8. Excellent and timely advice from The Sugars: When Politics is Personal {Romantic Partners}.

9. I was unexpectedly moved by the latest Freakonomics Radio episode—How to Be Tim Ferriss. I appreciated Tim’s willingness to discuss his struggle with depression.

10. In an interview with NPR, Candace Payne talked about the serious and lovely moments that have arisen because of her hilarious Chewbacca video. I thought Payne’s remarks were beautiful.

Thanks for reading! 

P. S. This week, I have a few bonus links for you.

11. Last weekend, I finished In the Moors (A Shaman Mystery) by Nina Milton. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the book because I don’t read crime thrillers, but my friend Katie sent me the book. She said it was really good, and I trust her judgment. Katie was right; I couldn’t put the novel down! The storyline was compelling and spooky. Plus, the main character, Sabbie Dare is a badass!

12. In addition, Katie sent me The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It’s the second time I’ve read the novel. Parts of the book are terrifying and uncomfortable, but the depth of the story is powerful because it centers on Celie’s story of survival, hope, and empowerment.

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