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The heart of a radio station


The heart of a radio station

When I was a 20-something radio station employee, my office mate brought me a sweet roll every morning. I had to ask her to stop. My figure wouldn’t stand for it. She called me “sweetie,” and I called her Gail. Twenty-five years later, my friendship with her has endured.

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Chop Wood, Have More SEX


Chop Wood, Have More SEX

You may not know this, but American married couples are having sex less often than ever before.  In fact, some social scientist coined the term “sexless marriage” to define those unions in which the couples have sexual relations no more than 10 times per year.  It’s estimated that one in five marriages fall into this category. But here’s what’s interesting: despite the decline in sexual frequency, these same couples report that their marriages are happier than ever before.  How do we explain this paradox?  We’ve been taught that a healthy sex life is essential to a strong marriage.  So, how can we be happier with less sex?  The answer is simple:  laundry. Last year, the American Sociological Review...

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The pretzel lady's keys to failure


The pretzel lady's keys to failure

Everyone's always talking about the keys to success. But I want to talk about the keys to failure.

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Round-up: Try drawing! And other inspirations from the web

"I envisioned the flowers that could bloom and could almost feel the warmth to come. I am forever amazed by what hope can do for you, and how it always shines like a beacon." A friend of mine wrote this about her visions of the approaching spring, and her words have been bringing some sunshine to me as I stare down March's dreary days. We're releasing some of our Spring 2014 stories over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, here are a few great reads we've spotted around the web. Reads of the Week: If you're stuck in the midst of a brainstorming session or need new inspiration, an entrepreneur recommends you try drawing. Humans of New York is an ongoing photographic series that captures New Yorkers in their native element. Lately,...

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A chance to explore the Warehouse on the Canal


A chance to explore the Warehouse on the Canal

A Positive365 giveaway: Mortuary tour, medium guide and Victorian wake experience at the Warehouse on the Canal

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Round-up: A surprising read about toast

An inspiring story about a San Francisco coffee shop owner and other great finds from the web

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Lessons from my pretzel venture: Define, delete, do


Lessons from my pretzel venture: Define, delete, do

I’d been looking for my next project for a couple years. I found it in a pretzel bakery.

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Round-up: New year, new reads

  Hello, friends!   For a couple months, I had a nice rhythm with our weekly roundups. Then in early November, I had a baby. My schedule has been subject to the whims and needs of a little baby creature for a few months. Now it’s a new year, and I’m trying to get back into the groove of reading, finding inspiration and writing.   I thought I’d share our first weekly roundup of 2014 at the beginning of the week and fill it with a few extra pieces. Next week, we’ll get back to our regular schedule.    What you might've missed from Positive365: Blogger Doug Spak resolves to wake up stupid every morning, and Marc Meyer suggests we find three positives in every negative. On Facebook, we shared...

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It’s that time of year again when we consider our resolutions for the New Year.  I stopped making resolutions a long time ago because I could never keep them.  This shouldn’t surprise you because research tells us that 90% of people who make resolutions break them by mid-February.  A few years ago, I ran across an article about New Year’s resolutions that included many of the standard resolutions (lose weight, quit smoking, etc). But one item caught my eye: resolve to wake up stupid every morning!  My first thought was: “this shouldn’t be too difficult Doug because the bar is already set pretty low.”  But the more I considered this suggestion, the more it resonated with me. Zen Buddhists practice Shoshin:  an...

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The dollar tree

As a holiday experiment, I started stuffing dollar bills into the Christmas tree at the local post office. The generous people of my little town joined in and gave money without even knowing what was going on.

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We'll be writing about everyday life events that inspire us, sharing our favorite photos, and explaining the background for stories and illustrations in our magazine. We hope the blog becomes a home that helps our readers see more clearly through some of life’s challenges. If you'd like to contribute or say hi, email suzanne@positive365.com.


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