Archive for September, 2010

Tip #10 for making life more hopeful: Spin

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Spin. In your office chair. In the elevator when no one else is in there. Outside.

Nothing so easy can make you feel so 8 years old again. And when you were 8, anything was possible.

It still is… even in the autumn of 2010.

Tip #9 for making life more hopeful: Go Outside

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Go outside. It doesn’t matter where you live or work. There is something inspiring outside — even if it’s just a weed in a crack on the side of the road.

Think about it – somehow with nothing but rain and sunshine and the ickiest bits of dust and dirt, that weed broke through concrete! If a helpless, crushable little plant can do it, so can we.

Tip #8 for making life more hopeful: Turn Everything Off

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Turn everything off! This is one of my favorite things.

Turn everything off in your house for five minutes. TVs, stereos, iPods, iPads, computers, lights, clocks, the heat or A/C… everything.

Just the act of discovering how many things you have on is amazing. But the quiet, the thoughtfulness, the lack of buzzing… it does wonders. And money says you’ll discover a few things you don’t need to turn back on, and that saves energy and cash. Oh, and the environment.


Tip #7 for making life more hopeful: Give Something Back

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Give something back. Time is precious and we don’t get enough of it.

So why not ditch TV or the Internet (yes, I get the irony) for one hour one day, and instead, use that hour to help someone else? Serve a meal at a shelter. Drive someone to an appointment. Paint over some graffiti.

That hour will be remembered and treasured far longer than any sitcom. To find local organizations who can help you help others, one of the best places to start is your local United Way.

Tip #6 for making life more hopeful: Thank A Soldier

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Thank a soldier. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the war or not. These people are putting their lives out there and doing their best to serve our country.

The amazing folks at A Million Thanks make it easy. Log on. Say thanks. And let them know you’ll be happy when they’re home again.

Tip #5 for making life more hopeful: Play With A Puppy

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Play with a puppy (okay, or a kitten)! Sappy yes. Fun as all get out, you bet! A visit to your local animal shelter or pet store is all it takes.

There are thousands of pet shelters, animal shelters, humane societies, and pet stores across the country and nearly every one of them will let you warm your heart (and give their residents much-needed exercise) if you just stop in.

Just try to resist the hopeful fun of playin with a puppy! This abandoned pooch turned on the charm and found a great home.

Just try to resist the hopeful fun of playing with a puppy! This abandoned pooch turned on the charm and found a great home.

If you know your zip code, it’s easy to go online and find a fuzzy friend nearby. I’ve used this great site:

Tip #4 for making life more hopeful: Get Inspired

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Get inspired. Internet radio is an incredible, fast-growing way to listen to programs to suit almost every taste or interest.

Here are a couple of examples (and there are many more): Self Dev Radio broadcasts insightful personal growth interviews and smooth music around the clock. Then there’s The Dr. Pat Show whose mission is to broadcast a distinctive blend of interviews with a mix of uplifting and intelligent news and practical information. Or, how about Legends of Success John Resnick, a weekly program featuring insights from our country’s most successful entrepreneurs, entertainment icons, and members of the prestigious Forbes 400 List.

Tip #3 for making life more hopeful: Shop Local

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Shop local! Small businesses are the nation’s economic engine, but they sure seem to be paying the price these days.

The folks at the 3/50 project have an easy idea that can help keep your neighborhood business afloat. Pick three local businesses and simply spend $50 you’d normally spend at a national chain and instead, spend it with those neighborhood enterprises. With local businesses, 68% of that money stays local compared to only 43% when you spend it at a nationally owned business.

You don’t add anything to your budget. You just spend what you have a little more wisely. And you help keep the engine that drives our economy running. You can learn more at The 350 Project.

Tip #2 for making life more hopeful: Read To A Child

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Read to a child. This doesn’t cost a thing. And you feel great, the child feels great, you promote learning and education and by gosh, it’s just fun to do.

If you don’t have a child of your own or one nearby, offer your reading skills up to a local children’s hospital, care center, shelter, or school. Do it once and you won’t believe the difference in your perspective. Do it more than once and you could change a life.

Find out more about the power of reading to kids at

Starting today, 10 tips for a more hopeful world

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Today Peace Day is observed around the world. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. What can you do to promote a better world? Starting today, I’ll share ten simple tips that you can do to make life more hopeful for people you know… and even folks you don’t know. So let’s get started:

TIP #1: Let Someone Know You Care

The Great Recession and uncertain times continue. So many Americans have lost jobs, watched local businesses disappear, have family members overseas at war, faced foreclosures and more. Odds are you know at least one person who could use a lift. So, mail a REAL card or note to someone, right now.

We all know that e-mails and text messages are no match for a heartfelt, handwritten message. And if you don’t know someone who needs a lift, then simply write the word HOPE on the back of anything you mail.