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"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize." - Elizabeth Harrison of gratefulness.org
Article: Success or Failure as a Belief
Choices and Illusions begins with a story of the chicken and the eagle. The story imparts the indelible signature that imprinting can leave on all of us. In the story a female eagle is raised as a chicken and when another eagle attempts to convince her that she is really an eagle, she tricks him and runs safely back to the chicken house where all the chickens reward her with praise. This story all too often unfortunately typifies people who limit their own experiences and expectations based on the teachings of their personal “chicken yard.”
Recently I shared the story with a radio audience and following the show I received a nice note from Cynthia Brian, author of “Be The Star You Are!” regarding the interview. Included with the note was the following gosling story that I believe delivers the point of the power of belief like a razor sharp hunting arrow.
“Having raised poultry since I was 8, I have witnessed this first hand several times. Once a turkey and a chicken shared nesting on a goose egg. The gosling hatched and of course was imprinted with the turkey/chicken mentality. At four months old the little goose fell into a small bowl of water and drowned, not realizing that it was a goose who could swim. Very emotional lesson.”
Think about those beliefs that instruct you in ways that betray your true potential. Remember the chicken and the eagle and the gosling story. Indeed, the next time you think things are tough, think of this. What would you do if you fell down and had no arms or legs to get up? Impossible? Take a look at this video and you might never again hesitate when an obstacle comes your way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnlhZyW959k
Here is to your best and thanks for the read,
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Animals know unfair treatment
In an online report, investigator Friederike Range of the University of Vienna, shared findings from a research design that revealed dogs do know when they are being treated unfairly. The study design rewarded dogs for shaking hands with a food reward. One group of dogs were repeatedly asked to shake hands and the reward was withheld while another group was continually rewarded. “In the experiments, dogs got fidgety and finally stopped shaking hands when a researcher repeatedly failed to supply rewards for a trick but gave another handshaking dog bread bits,” Range says. (Millius 2009) An interesting secondary finding was that dogs did cooperate longer without reward if neither group was rewarded.
It really is the thought that counts
All of us have heard that it’s not how much money we spend on a gift, rather it is the thought that really matters. Most simply do not believe that and as a result there is often a rather pretentious effort to give “bigger and better.” A new study however shows that the old adage, “it is the thought that counts” is in fact the truth.
Francis Flynn and Gabrielle Adams of Stanford University announced in the November 18 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology their experimental findings from three different studies. “…Recipients preferred gifts that they really needed or that had special personal meaning, regardless of price.” (Bower 2009)
Remember that the next time you’re about to give a gift to someone.
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My friend Lionel Ketchian, the man behind the happiness movement and the founder of the Happiness Club, has assembled some truly inspirational and enabling audio interviews that are yours free to listen to at this URL: http://www.happinessclub.com/pages/meetings.html#anchor13
He has also created a virtual happiness club where you can listen and interact with a new great happiness teacher every month. Inoculate yourself today with a dose of happiness, check out the Happiness Club. As Lionel reported in his recent newsletter, happiness is contagious. In his words,
“Happiness can be contagious. This is the discovery that Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University medical sociologist, with James Fowler, a political scientist at the University of California, San Diego, have co-authored. Christakis said: ‘Happiness is like a stampede. Whether you're happy depends not just on your own actions and behaviors and thoughts, but on those of people you don't even know. The things that we do and the things that we feel are going to reverberate throughout our social network.’
They found that when someone gets happy, that person’s friend experiences a 25 percent increased chance of becoming happy. A friend of that friend experiences a nearly 10 percent chance of increased happiness, and a friend of that friend has a 5.6 percent increased chance of happiness. Fowler said, “I'm not just going to make my sons happy, I could potentially make my sons’ friends happy. These little things I thought I was doing for myself turn out to be for hundreds of people.’” (The study appears in the British Medical Journal on Thursday, December 11).
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Bower, B. (2009). It's the thought that counts--not the money--when it comes to gifts. Science News. January 3, 2009: 12.
Millius, S. (2009). Dogs strike over unfair treatment. Science News. January 3, 2009: 13.
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