Reigning In Helplessness

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Today, we meet “learned helplessness” and its antidote, kindness.  We will discover that kindness not only overwhelms and changes the world, but it changes us.  That would seem obvious, right?  But when we are in tough times, thinking outside of the box is not always available to our hurting souls.  So listen in!  

If you want to learn more about any of the subject matter mentioned in the podcast, check out the resources below.

Learned Helplessness, Peterson, Maier & Seligman

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Martin Seligman

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Martin Seligman

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Random Acts of Kindness ideas–visit kindness.org!

The World Needs More Love Letters — a community of people who write love letters to strangers.  Started by Hannah Brencher when she was dealing with her own pain, she began dropping off love letters in bookstores, coffee shops and anywhere someone might pick them up and find them.  She found that these acts helped HER as much, if not more than the person receiving them.  You can also view her wonderful TED talk here.

And for cheer and daily encouragement, check out The Hooray Daily, bite-sized cheer for you and your community. Life is great! Celebrate!

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About the Author Lee Ann Hopkins

"Smile and the world smiles with you." That's the motto she lives by. Lee Ann is perfectly imperfect and unabashed about it even as she strives for higher and "better" every day. Both her can-do and her foibles are as fabulous as her smile. So take a moment and breathe in Lee Ann's "hooray" for today! Ms. Hopkins is host of the podcast Hooray Weekly, founder of The Hooray Daily and Hooray Living, a speaker, writer and do-gooder, who believe-it-or-not has been a public-interest attorney and clergywoman for longer than she cares to admit. Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!

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