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A Cup (or two) of Holiday Cheer

The Magic of Christmas and Magic of Silence.

“A 2013 study published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice. The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.” – Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

The 2013 study concluded short periods of silence can act as a “good stresser” to activate new brain cell growth.

Spend a few minutes in silence with a #cupofholidaycheer!


A Joyful Heart “She gives most who gives with joy” – Mother Teresa

The Joy of Giving Lasts Longer Than the Joy of Getting.

“The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research in Psychological Science. In two studies, psychology researchers Ed O’Brien (University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and Samantha Kassirer (Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management) found that participants’ happiness did not decline, or declined much slower, if they repeatedly bestowed gifts on others versus repeatedly receiving those same gifts themselves.” – The Association of Psychological Science


Regrets and Muddy Shoes

“To have regret is to be disappointed with yourself and your choices. Those who are wise, see their life like stepping stones across a great river. Everyone misses a stone from time to time. No one can cross the river without getting wet. Success is measured by your arrival on the other side, not on how muddy your shoes are. Regrets are only felt by those who do not understand life’s purpose. They become so disillusioned that they stand still in the river and do not take the next leap.” 
― Colleen Houck

Inspiration, Fun and News

Inspiration, Fun and News
“Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have. Music seems to me to act like yawning or laughter; I have no desire to sleep, but I yawn when I see others yawn; with no reason to laugh, I laugh when I hear others laugh. And music transports me immediately into the condition of soul in which he who wrote the music found himself at that time.” ― Leo Tolstoy

Your Brain on Music

A TedTalk by neuroscientist and musician Alan Harvey. Mr. Harvey shows what music does to our brain waves, and explains how music is more than just entertainment.



“Do a good turn to someone every day: that is, be a giver and not a taker. ” Juliette G. Low, founder of the Girl Scouts (1912).

“At the age of 51, on March 12, 1912, (Juliette Low) called a distant cousin and exclaimed, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” On that evening, she gathered those 18 founding members, including her niece and namesake Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts of the USA the following year.

Life and times of the girl scout founders

Are you a giver or a taker?

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  1. Nice information, really appreciate your time and dictation on this work.

  2. Love the inspirational photos that you posted here as well as the video of a TED talk you shared. Its the inspiration i’m looking for the day. Thanks.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Jamie Cordon. Inspiration helps us pursue all of the aspirations in our life. We’re currently reading Simon Sinek’s, “Start with Why.” Sinek distinguishes between formal authority that uses manipulation to motivate and leaders that inspire. Inspiration produces better results as individuals and for teams or cultures. We love motivational TED talks too.

  3. Great job Dan and Lori!
    A big fan of your work. Feel free to check out scientific related information.

  4. Really Useful Article, It’s very informative writing, Thanks for sharing,

    • Thanks for the feedback, Rashel Ahmed! We try to hit both interesting facts from the consumer perspective and inspiration to encourage effective action.

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