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Positivity Resources

April 2013

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Watch a video of staff members dancing the Peanut Butter and Jelly song in Cosgrove Cafeteria.

From Dave Krupke:

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
"Every day we have the opportunity to rise and whine or rise and shine." (Dr. Alan Zimmerman)

two little girls hug

From John Cooper:

"What it's going to be like and what it's going to look like is up to you."

"Playing" with ideas helps you find solutions to everyday challenges.

a fish

Also, from the FISH! Philosophy website:

  • Be There: When people need you, they need all of you. Setting aside distractions and judgments to be mentally and emotionally present is a sign 
  • of respect. It improves communication and strengthens relationships.
  • Play: You can be serious about your work without taking yourself so seriously. Play is a mindset more than a specific activity. It allows you to throw yourself with enthusiasm and creativity into whatever you are doing, in a way that is natural, not forced. 
  • Make Their Day: Simple gestures of thoughtfulness, thanks and recognition make people feel appreciated and valued. When you make someone else feel good, you feel good too.
  • Choose Your Attitude: To actually choose how you respond to life, not just react, you must be intentional. When you get up, decide who you want to "be" today. Ask yourself throughout the day, "What is my attitude right now? Is it helping the people who depend on me? Is it helping me to be most effective?"

a lit candle

From Sally Crino:
Dave's Words of Wisdom Website

tie and shirtFrom Christine Urish:
Honestly, how could you not be positive when you watch this kiddo!!!
The True Story of Kid President (video) 

mouse with cheeseFrom Rachel Serianz:
"Don't let tomorrow's mice eat today's cheese." (source unknown)
"The world is charged with the grandeur of God." (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. (Psalm 24)
"The worst of my foes
Are worries and woes
And all about troubles that never come true." (From the book "Grit A-Plenty," by Dillon Wallace)

little girl looking up
From Maggie Woods:

"Determine to do as much good as you can, for as many as you can, as often as you can, for as long as you can."


the words be kind
From Randi Rockwell:

"If you work really hard, and you're kind, AMAZING things will happen." (Conan O'Brien)


a caricature of a brain
From Matt Hansen:
"Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people."
Eleanor Roosevelt

morningFrom Jana Seutter:
"Each day can be the beginning of a wonderful future."
"It isn't what happens: it's how you deal with it that's important."
Also, every morning I say a little prayer that I do my best at my job.

white flowerFrom Jane Kettering:
"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." (Alice Walker)
"The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
"Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely after a fall." (St. Francis de Sales)

the sun
From Susan Jameson:

Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side of Life makes me smile!

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...

If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing ...


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