I hope all is well with you.
I though that for this edition I would focus on something that too many people ignore, which is a shame. It’s a shame because it’s something simple, which can make a huge difference to your personal development, to your contentment in life. It’s this…
The feelgood factor.
While it may sound a bit of a cliché, there is no doubt that when you get a burst of the feel good factor, it relaxes you and it removes stress. Either of those 2 results can then help with attitude and productivity, so to have a shot of both at the same time – well, you can see the benefits.
So, I’ve got 3 that I came across since the last newsletter –
1. I saw this story on Facebook, and although I’m not much of a ‘sharer’ on my own wall, I did share this one, because it was something I enjoyed reading, and I knew others would too. Of course that’s why I’m including it here too!
To sum it up, some firefighters went to get something to eat after a night working on a fire. When the went to pay, they found that the waitress, Liz Woodward, had written on the bill that she had paid for their breakfast, and she wanted to thank them for the work they did. Unsurprisingly, this gesture put a smile on their faces. They thanked her, and posted on their face book that their friends should visit the café as a return gesture.
All well and good, one nice gesture getting another one back in return, but the story didn’t end there. The firefighters found out that Liz’s father is paralysed, and she was trying to raise funds for a wheelchair accessible van.
They posted that this was a *better* way to help Liz, and in within a few days, the target of $17,000 had been passed – way past, with over $70,000 being raised.
Liz says she only expected a smile in return for her gesture, and it just showed what kindness could bring.
2. This is a sporting one. Come on, you *knew* there’d be a sport one, right? Doncaster Rovers V. Bury.
An unspoken rule with footballers is that when a team kicks the ball out of play because one of their team needs medical treatment, the opposition then return the ball back to that tea, when play restarts.
In this case, the Doncaster player booted the ball back from the halfway line in the 95th minute but accidentally scored. It was clearly unintentional, but the goal would have to stand. So, the Doncaster manager Paul Dickov, instructed his players to then deliberately let Bury score from the restart by not offering any challenges. Bury then duly walked the ball down the field and scored.
Lots of commenters have said it might have been a different story had it been at the end of the season rather than the opening day, and while that may or may not be true, let’s applaud some sportsmanship from Dickov – there seems to be so little of it at the higher levels of football these days, so it’s worth appreciating when seen!
Here’s a link to a video about it:
Paul Dickov orders his team to let opponents score
3. I saw an article in the paper saying that looking at a sunrise or sunset can give a real boost to happiness. I wasn’t surprised by that, and if you’re a face book friend of mine you will have seen lots of my photos of sunsets, with the odd sunrise thrown in (I’ll probably take more of those later in the year when the sunrise is a bit later in the morning!)
Recently I nipped about a half hour drive down the road to the coast, where there’s a nice long prom to walk along, and the sunset there can look marvellous. Here are two photos I took then:
Ok, that’s it for today. Do not underestimate the power of the feel good factor, so when you come across it, take a moment to actively stop and appreciate it – your body and mind will appreciate it!
I’d love to hear what you think, I love the feedback!
‘Til next time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. Here are the titles of the article I’ve written since last time, which you find links to either here, at Huffington Post, or always via my facebook profile!
Why Are There No Women Managers In The Premier League?
Cilla – Goal Achievement in Black And White!
I Haven’t Drunk Coke In 6 Months And Counting – Thanks To Football!
Athletics In First Ever Drugs Storm? Er, Hardly!
A Woman Coaching In The NFL? The Impressive Achievements Of Jen Welter!
Hang On – West Ham Got The Olympic Stadium For HOW Much?
Jose Mourinho – What’s Up Doc?