We’ve been looking for a non-profit charity to donate profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle Shop and found one that speaks both to our love of animals and children.
2019 Valentine profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle sales will be donated to:
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals,Each Other and our Planet.
The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. They are a sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.
Once rehabilitated, the animals help give hope and inspiration to children with the same stories: At Risk Youth Special Needs Educational Programs
To browse or purchase just click on the link:
P & J’s Curious Critter Creation for your Valentine
Here’s how it works:
- We create the artwork and upload our images on Zazzle
- Zazzle makes the merchandise
- Zazzle prints our images on the merchandise,
- Zazzle ships the merchandise to you
So buy a whole bunch of stuff for yourself, family & friends . . . or strangers too . . . knowing our profit goes to charity.
Tweeter, Woofer, Meowie, Squeeker & the worm
P.S. Zazzle FREQUENTLY has special promo codes – anywhere from 20% – 50% off.
The Gentle Barn is a 501(c)(3) corporation, tax ID is #95-4776451.
Daily exercise of imagining our best possible self for two weeks results in increases in optimism.
Imaging our best self can engage the parasympathetic nervous system – the function responsible for relaxation and slowing the heart rate – resulting in renewed optimism and improvements in working relationships.
Richard Boyatzis, PhD, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, does research how people and organizations (from teams to communities) can make the changes they want and how they can sustain those changes. He says:
“There is strong neurological evidence supporting the theory that engaging our parasympathetic systems — through regular physical or leisure activities — stokes compassion and creativity.”
While reading “The Science of Happiness” I realized I practice turning worries and fears into “happy” . . . or at least “content”. Let me share:
Part of being happy is having the habit of being happy
Ancient Greek Philosophical Statement – Greek philosophers actually ran “happiness schools”
Periander said “Everything is practice”
How to Practice Happiness*
- Tell yourself that negative thoughts are destructive to your mind and let them go by replacing with positive or neutral thoughts.
I’ve learned to tell myself – “If I’ve been thinking negative thoughts and they haven’t helped me, I might as well stop thinking them and move on”. It works, but takes practice. At first, my brain wants to go right back to the negative thought. I have to tell it a few times to switch to positive or neutral thoughts (having something specific to switch to can help).
- Sensitize yourself to positive feelings–look for them and expand them.
Pay attention to the present – where you are, what you are doing, who you are with. I look for ANYTHING, however, small, I can be grateful for or at the very least appreciate.
imagine looking at yourself from a great distance, or though the eyes of someone else–notice how IN THE LONG RUN your worries might not be as significant as you think.
Worries, I remind myself, haven’t happened but my mind conjuring up possibilities.
- Imagine good things, your imagination can change the brain almost as much as actual experience.
I sometimes make up an alternate history for myself, how I got the support and love I wished you had. It’s like a movie, made and directed by ME.
It takes time and practice but I can testify that it is possible to increase your ability to control how you feel.
*From “The Science of Happiness” by Stefan Klein