by Nigel Savage
Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 12 Kislev 5778
Last week I shared Shawn Achor’s superb TED Talk.
Part of his punchline is that if you journal three different good things that happen to you each day, over time that starts to cause you actually to be more positive – and more effective.
My friend and colleague Josh Miller sent me – from the West Coast – an app that he’d downloaded that was germane to this: Three Good Things – A Happiness Journal.
I looked at it, and downloaded it, and noted that it was created by Asher Dale. I thought: how many Asher Dales can there be in the world?
And I emailed Richard Dale – Hazon’s long-time board chair – to ask if this was his 18-year old son. And indeed it was and is.
So if you haven’t watched the video yet, I commend it. And then download the app. Because everything we can do to help ourselves be healthier and happier seems pretty worthwhile, right now.
And in that spirit, here are three things I’m grateful for today:
1. Everyone who shared their #growhazon story and donated to our campaign on #GivingTuesday, with special shout-outs to Rabbi Adina Allen, Carole Caplan, Risa Alyson Cooper and Sabrina Malach, Lia Farber, Valerie Gerstein, Gil Kulick, Elsie Moche, Hallie Newman and Edward Angert, K’lila Nooning, Yoni Stokar, Lizzy Wallis, Rabbi Ezra Weinberg, Jacob Weiss, Larissa Wohl, and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, who let us widely share their testimonials.
You can continue to help #growhazon. All new and increased donations through the end of the year will be matched. Plus, donate before Shabbat this week and you’ll be entered into a raffle to name one of our baby goats in 2018!hazon.org/givingtuesday
2. Being able to bike to work. This has been such a glorious week in NY. I’m sad about the new crash barriers – sad they were needed – and/but: ride your bike! And, by the way – if you’re revamping your Jewish institution, don’t forget to put in bike parking, and showers, if you can. If you need encouragement to bike more, sign up for our New York Ride & Retreat by December 31st and be entered into a drawing to win a Specialized hybrid bike!
3. Shabbat. 25 hours to slow down, unplug and just be… especially during the joyful, yet frenzied, holiday season which is now about to unfold. I especially invite you – if you really want to go into the new year in great shape – to join us at Isabella Freedman the week of December 24-31 for the Hazon Meditation Retreat. Whether you’ve never meditated, or you meditate every day, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to experience a whole week of silence, awareness, and insight.
May we be blessed to appreciate all that is good and to work to make a better world.