August, 2012 Archives


Harvesting Happiness: Introducing the Empathy Gland

The human body is full of hidden glands hard at work communicating and controlling our body’s responses to what’s going on around us. When our temperature spikes out of control, the hypothalamus saves the day, returning us to homeostasis. The thymus is our go-to gland for better immune health when we’re feeling sick. And if our blood sugar is out of whack, the pituitary gland regulates it. The body is an intricate system with a biological response to pretty much any hazard our environment throws at us. But what if those hazards have to do with emotions, not body functions?… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Tony Volpentest

At 15 months old, I pulled myself up and took my first steps in my family’s suburban Seattle living room, walking stiff-legged across the carpeted floor. While most parents consider this a milestone of child development, for my parents this simple act was nothing short of miraculous. You see, I was born without hands and feet and I have been proving the experts wrong ever since. First walking unassisted, and eventually doing the unimaginable–becoming a world-class sprinter, winner of four gold medals and nominated to the Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. My motto has always been, ‘If you… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Danielle Coulanges

In today’s culture of instant gratification where everything is available at the touch of a button and success is measured in viral terms, we tend to dismiss anything that doesn’t result in instantaneous, mega success. So what happens if your dreams appear too big, too difficult or too impossible to attain? I am a dreamer and I believe that everyone who has a dream should pursue it and discover the possibilities that exist in the process. A dream, that “strongly desired goal or purpose,” usually applies to something better than what you have. You live in a shack and dream… Read more.

The Importance of Place

By B. Lynn Goodwin. If I am grouchy, please forgive me. My allergy gremlins are at fault. I’m allergic to my eyes and my hair and possibly my skin. My nose demands one tissue after another. I can feel the redness, like raw skin in search of fingernails to scratch it. Everything’s a little blurry, but I have to write anyway, because I found a picture book summer again this morning as I turned down my street on my way home from a trip to Lucky, CVS, and the Danville Library. First I saw three mothers, in skirts and shifts… Read more.

How to Learn to Love Yourself, Rather Than Abandon Yourself

When I was a young woman, I believed that life was about getting – getting love, approval, recognition, validation, money, success… getting what I thought I wanted. But if today were my last day of this planet, getting something would be the last thing on my mind. I would be focused on sharing love. That’s it. That’s all. That’s everything. There is a major confusion in our culture about love. Somehow, most people have come to believe it is getting love from another or others that feels the best, and they spend much energy trying to get love. They try… Read more.

Living the Adventure

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. A very wise man once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Sometimes we must take the risk, live the adventure and confront things that might frighten us. Yesterday my husband and I arrived at San Juan Sailing, the premier charter company in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle, Washington, to pick up a yacht for a two-week sail. Her name is Hula Kai, and she’s a beautiful 42′ Catalina sailboat. We are both avid sailors with more than 20 years of experience, mainly in the Caribbean. Knowing that… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Patricia Walker

The Peace Within You

Here am I, my beloved child. Come near to me and hear my words, for I am with you, and I love you. I am right here, right now. I am here within you, and all around you. There is no place where I am not. For I am everywhere present. I am within your heart of hearts. I am the breath that you breathe. I am the blood rushing though your veins. I am the very life itself, which gives you life. I am always here, at the heart of your being. I am your heartbeat. I am the… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Aiden Marin

As a boy who was bullied by my friends and my teacher, I remember feeling alone when I could not play basketball with the other kids and when I would eat lunch alone. It was embarrassing when my teacher would yell at me in front of the class because I would forget things or need extra help. Just because I misspell words it does not mean that kids should tease me. Having special needs does not make me different from the other kids. I learn in a different way so that makes me special. I used to feel hurt by… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Discovering Your Inner Political Party

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. I’ve got a bit of news for those of you who haven’t seen the mudslinging TV ads, heard the accusatory radio spots or spotted the big, bold signs on every street corner: It’s an election year. Until November, presidential politics will likely dominate your preferred news outlet. It might even sneak into your dinner table conversations and barge in on your break room chats, and it could even motivate you to do a bit of campaigning yourself. Amid all the public pleas and promises of presidential hopefuls, the always-difficult task of deciding what to believe and… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Asara Lovejoy

Did you know that curiosity creates opportunity and solutions? It is true that when you are curious, you cannot be afraid or negative. You literally disengage from limited thinking by engaging a curious mind. Ask yourself – how curious am I? When faced with a conflict, or problem, financial, emotional, or health – do you get curious or do you react with fear? When you replace concerns and fears with curiosity, something physical happens in your brain – you re-engage your open potential where there is a solution to every problem and condition. You have a magnificent brain with different… Read more.

Valuing The Worth of What You Do

By B. Lynn Goodwin. More than one book in the Bible tells us, “A workman is worthy of his hire.” I heartily agree, though I know the process is not always linear. In addition to a workman, a woman, a teenager, a multi-tasker, a mom, a dad, a writer and many more workers are all worthy of their hire, yet people have been known to donate our skills for appreciation or recognition instead of cash. Anyone who contributes constructively to the world is worthy of pay. In this day and age that pay often comes in the form of validation. I’ve done… Read more.

Today’s Brilliance from Andrieka Austin

Sometimes the uncertainty of life can seem to be a bit of a challenge. Existing in an environment where you may have little to no access to things like excessive amounts of money or material wealth may make you question the meaning of your very existence. But, I want to tell you not to worry. One of the most motivational and memorable messages from a sermon that I can remember came from the following seven words, “You have everything you need to succeed.” These quoted words were (and still are) music to my ears, and have since stuck like glue… Read more.

What Would It Take To Say “YES”?

By Gail Lynne Goodwin. Sometimes I think I’m a gypsy. I’ve lived in 10 states over the last 30 years, and when opportunity knocks, I walk through the door, no matter where it might happen to lead. I’m currently living in New York City for 6 weeks, helping a friend with a project that I believe will change the world. (More details about that later….) Yesterday I met a man named Tom, who, coincidentally, was raised in the same small town in Pennsylvania where I grew up. When he heard that I live in Montana, he went crazy. For the… Read more.

How All Things Spring from Our Thinking

My life works best when my thought is straight. I think every average Joe understands this simple truth. But today I’d like to take this idea several steps further and consider that all existence, all action, all things spring from our thinking. Think negative thoughts; we get negative results. One of my deepest beliefs in life is that the good I do equals the good I receive. So I do know that all that I do in life starts first and evolves from thought, from my thinking. When things start to go bad, I’ve learned to not try to change… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Peter Link

Today’s Brilliance from Laurie Glass

Feel your feelings. If you’re a person who tends to numb or stuff your feelings, know that doing so just puts you in bondage to your feelings. Those emotions won’t just disappear because they are ignored. They won’t remain hidden away just because they were stuffed. Feelings come out in other ways. Whether through destructive behaviors, health problems, emotional outbursts at inconvenient times, or something else, they make themselves known. Learn healthy ways to express your emotions. Whether it be through doing something creative, punching something soft, venting to someone, or something else, find ways that are a good fit… Read more.

Do What You Know Is Right

We are only 10 and 12 years old, so we still have a lot to learn. But we have co-written a book. Not only did we help our dad write it, but we help tell people about our book. We have done book readings at elementary schools, the YMCA, libraries, and the San Diego Children’s Museum. We have done book signing events at Barnes &; Noble, Warwick’s Books, Mysterious Galaxy Books, Readers Books, farmer’s markets, and book fairs. We have been written about in a bunch of print and web articles. We have had web radio and video interviews. We… Read more.

Harvesting Happiness: Positively Pissed Off (and Loving It!)

By Lisa Cypers Kamen. Have you noticed the bad rap that emotion has been getting lately? Every time you flip on the TV, watch a movie or turn the page in a book, it seems like the emotional character is labeled as the irrational one who’s not strong enough to think things through. In your day-to-day life, anytime you reveal how you really feel, there’s always someone who feels instantly uncomfortable around you. It’s even true with the people you’re closest with: How many times has your anger or disappointment led a loved one to flee the room or prematurely… Read more.

Important Update From Inspire Me Today

We hope this post finds you enjoying a beautiful August. While you’ve been barbecuing with friends, hanging out at the beach, hiking the mountains or enjoying the best of the season, we’ve been busy making InspireMeToday.com even better for you. We’ve made some changes to improve your Inspire Me Today experience: Today’s Brilliance is now displayed in full on our homepage, and in the morning newsletter, with a direct link to comment. (For those of you who haven’t signed up yet for our newsletter, you can now do so with the sign up field directly below Today’s Brilliance on the homepage.) This makes it… Read more.

Finding Love Over 60

By B. Lynn Goodwin. Recently I texted my husband, “From WIFE 22: List 5 positive things about spouse…” I should explain that WIFE 22 is a book about a couple, who grew distant after 20 years. The book shows a middle-aged wife discovering who she is and what she wants out of  life as a participant in an anonymous survey about relationships. The book and its survey fascinated me, even though my husband and I only been married 5 months, so I texted him one of the questions that I could easily lift out of context. My silver-tongued husband wrote… Read more.

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