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“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough."

—Richard M. DeVos

Dear  <<First Name>>,

We are officially halfway through 2022! In a non-leap year, July 1 is the last day of the first half of the year. It’s a perfect time to take stock of your goals for 2022. How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Don’t worry if you have not achieved everything that you would have wanted to by now. July is a great month to reset.

The 4th of July is one of the highlights of the month. I hope you had a great holiday with family and friends celebrating America’s 246th year of independence. The holiday weekend is not only a fun way to spend quality time with others but also a good opportunity to connect with your local community. It is a day that reminds me how grateful I am to be an American and how lucky we are as Americans to enjoy the freedoms that we do. It also is a time to celebrate the beauty of our nation.

Inspired by the America’s natural wonders, I am sharing a list of the Top 10 National Parks in the U.S. in this edition. I hope it motivates you to get out and explore! Since we are in the midst of summer, I am also sharing with you some feel good stories to keep you thinking positively. I do hope that all this recent bad news is not getting you down. I encourage you to keep focusing on maintaining a positive perspective every day. Try not to concentrate on the difficulties right now and instead direct your attention to being mindful, focusing on your diet, exercise, and mental health. To keep you on track, I am including a new recipe from our Neighborhood Farms USA garden. In my column this month, I am providing tips on how you can recommit to your 2022 resolutions. As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. Please share it with family and friends and encourage them to sign up!

With hope and positivity,

Moshe Popack


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#Positivity® Stories

Two-year-old genius from Kentucky becomes the youngest member of Mensa in the US

Isla McNabb from Crestwood, Kentucky recently became the youngest American member of the Mensa High IQ society, an organization of the world's most intelligent people. She received her membership in the organization after scoring in the 99th percentile of intelligence for her age. The young genius' parents, Amanda and Jason McNabb, first recognized their daughter's intelligence when they started noticing strange configurations of plastic alphabet blocks around their house spelling out the name of common household objects. She soon started spelling out sounds and reading at a kindergarten level.

Viral Burger King employee who never missed a day of work in 27 years receives over $270K in donations

Kevin Ford, 54, of Las Vegas, Nevada has been working as a cook and a cashier at the Burger King in the city’s McCarran International Airport for the past 27 years. He has never missed a day of work in that time. His daughter posted a video of him thanking his team for the anniversary goodie bag provided by his employer and showing off his gift items. The video went viral attracting tens of thousands of views and likes. Many users on social media were taken with Ford’s humility and shocked that he didn’t receive something more substantial. Hoping to raise money as an extra way to celebrate his career milestone, his daughter setup a GoFundMe. Ford said the fund was originally aiming to raise something close to $200, but it has since raised more than $270,000 as of June 30.

A first-generation law school graduate just made history as the first Asian American woman to be crowned Miss Texas

When Averie Bishop was crowned as Miss Texas, she made history as the first Asian woman to represent the Lone Star State. In her plans as Miss Texas, Bishop stressed the importance of diversity and declared that “representation saves lives.” Her goal is to spend the next year in hundreds of public schools teaching children the importance of diversity and inclusion, advocating for legislation and writing public policy recommendations for the city of Dallas. As a first-generation law student, this policy work is a perfect match for Bishop’s skills. She is also the co-founder and director of the Tulong Foundation, a nonprofit she founded with her mother to help children in developing countries afford education.

Sisters Feel Joy 'Like 5-Year-Olds' in First Meeting After 56 Years of Not Knowing the Other Existed

Growing up, Diane Ward, 59, and Mary McLaughlin, 56, both respectively thought they were only children. DNA and genealogy research through MyHeritage.com proved them wrong and brought them together. In late June, after 55 years during which neither knew the other one existed, the sisters met face-to-face for the first time. The reunion was initiated by Ward, 59, who owns a taxi company with her husband in his native U.K. She'd always known that her biological mother had placed her for adoption as an infant and in 2018 she purchased access to DNA testing and a genealogy search through MyHeritage.com. She had long wondered about her ethnic heritage and where that discovery might lead. That research came back with a link to a possible cousin — and then that cousin directed Ward to a possible half-sister.

Hero Rewarded With a Car After Saving a Man From Train Tracks

Tony Perry, a 20-year-old Chicago transit rider, didn't think twice about jumping onto the tracks to save a man being shocked on the dangerous third rail. The Good Samaritan was willing to save a man’s life even if it meant risking his own. Perry lives by his faith and belief in " being selfless and spreading love.” In a now viral incident, Perry exited the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train at the 69th Street station along the Dan Ryan Expressway, and sprang into action soon as he spotted trouble. For his selfless act, Perry received a brand-new Audi A6 from local businessman, who recognized his heroism and wanted to reward him. Perry was excited to receive the car as he has a long commute to work and the transmission in his car recently gave out.

Gardening can improve mental health, even for novices

The physical and mental health benefits of being in nature have been long-established, particularly for those with existing medical conditions. Now, a new pilot study has found gardening can also yield mental health benefits, even among those who have never gardened before. Researchers at the University of Florida recently conducted a study among 32 healthy female volunteers, who were randomly assigned to complete gardening tasks or art-making activities for comparison. Study participants who completed eight gardening sessions reported lower levels of anxiety and stress. Both gardening and art activities involve learning, planning, creativity and physical movement, and they are both used therapeutically in medical settings. According to researchers, this makes them more comparable from a perspective. This research shows promise for mental wellbeing, plants in healthcare, and in public health.

Book Recomendation

Attitude Is Your Superpower: How to Create Incredible Life-Changing Success

By Eduardo Clemente

In Attitude Is Your Superpower, author Eduardo Clemente shares the secret to his career success: an unrelenting, positive attitude. In his must-read book, Clemente touches on the 10 qualities necessary to create life-changing success by cultivating a positive attitude. For example, he focuses on how to completely change and improve life by understanding and managing better the following: confidence, positivity, growth-mindset, emotional intelligence, adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving mindset. By developing these areas, he notes that anyone can achieve success in their personal and professional life. Whether you are stuck in a negative spiral or just curious on how to improve, this easy to read book provides practical and powerful mindset tips for success, positivity, and resiliency. READ MORE

Things to make you smile

Couple celebrating 100th birthdays, 79 years of marriage: ‘We’ve never had a quarrel’

An Ohio couple sure has a lot to celebrate this year: 79 years of marriage and upcoming 100th birthdays. June and Hubert Malicote were both born in July of 1922 in rural Kentucky and settled in Hamilton, Ohio. They have three children, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. According to the couple, they have never had a quarrel. Their strong faith has guided their love. What a sweet story!

10 Top National Parks in the U.S.


Continuing our summer theme of exploration. This time, we are turning our attention to National Parks. Did you know that there are 63 national parks in the U.S.? The National Park Service manages millions of acres for “enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.” Every year, millions of visitors take in the natural wonders and terrains of these parks. Here is a list of Ten Best National Parks.

 Yosemite: California’s most-visited national park has impressive waterfalls and well-known granite formations such as El Capitan. There are plenty of options for scenic hikes and camping in this picturesque part of the country.

 Yellowstone: The World’s first National Park is known for its unique natural attractions and diverse geography. Spanning Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, there is plenty to explore in the park including lakes, mountains, and hot springs.

 Glacier National Park: Straddling two mountain ranges and including more than 700 lakes across Montana, this park is defined by water and mountains. There are numerous hiking trails and also the unique Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Grand Canyon: The vast and magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of hiking trails that vary in length and degrees of difficulty. It is just as spectacular from the ground as from the air in one of the many popular helicopter tours.

 Zion National Park: Utah’s national park is an adventurer’s playground. There are many natural wonders for thrill-seekers to explore, including a nearly 1,500-foot natural staircase and a 10-mile hike through the thinnest section of the Zion Canyon. For the less adventurous, the park can be explored by car along the 60-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

 Grand Teton National Park: This spectacular Wyoming park offers more than 200 miles of trails across prairies and lakes. The park’s stand-out features are the snow-capped peaks of the Grand Teton mountain range.

 Bryce Canyon National Park: Bryce Canyon is home to the most extensive collection of hoodoos in the world. Hoodoos are odd-shaped pillars of rock that have been left standing from forces of erosion. This park located in Southern Utah offers ample hiking trails where you can catch glimpses of these impressive formations.

 Rocky Mountain National Park: Just 70 miles northwest of Denver, the Rockies are pretty conveniently located. The park’s magnificent landscape features more than 300 miles of scenic trails, plenty of lakes, and numerous mountain peaks taller than 10,000 feet.

 Arches National Park: Another Utah park that covers nearly 77,000 acres and features oddly shaped sandstone monuments. It’s a great park for rock climbers and hikers as well as photographers! There are an incredible 2,000-plus arches in the park.

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Stretching across 500,000-plus acres in North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s dream. It also a great place to spot wildlife and vegetation. The mountains are also home to more than 1,500 types of plants and flowers.

Spreading #Positivity®

Thank you, readers, for sending us your photos with your comments. We are so excited that you are helping spread a positive message everywhere you go!  Let’s keep spreading #Positivity® together! Send us your photos and we will feature them in the next newsletter and on Facebook.

Our Neighborhood Farms USA garden at Palo Verde continues to blossom inspiring residents with not only a greenspace in which they can connect as a community but through a healthy harvest of wholesome produce. Motivated by our growing fresh vegetables and herbs, we are excited to share another easy to make and nutritious recipe using ingredients from our very own garden. Holistic nutritionist, Henya Lazar, is back to share how to turn eggplants into a tasty dip! View the recipe video on our Neighborhood Farms USA Instagram. Keep checking our social media for latest developments and new recipes!

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • Salt and pepper
  • teaspoons vegennaise (mayo)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh organic parsley, finely chopped
Easy Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Using a small sharp knife puncture some shallow holes throughout the eggplant.
  3. Place in parchment lined foil pan in the oven for an hour and 15 min or until the skin looks slightly charred.
  4. Remove from oven to cool.
  5. Slice open eggplant, scoop out, and place into a bowl. Discard skin.
  6. Mash the eggplant with a small potato masher or a fork, drain the excess liquid.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, vegennaise (mayo) and lemon juice and mix well.
  8. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy!

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January in July: Renewing your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you know that statistically a majority of people end up giving up on their resolutions? Despite optimistic intentions, roughly 54% of people end up not keeping their New Year’s resolutions. At the end of the year, only 9% of people usually see through their intentions!

What’s stopping people from meeting their goals? Perhaps, it is a matter of perspective. Whatever it is, summer may be the perfect time to revive your annual resolutions. This month is a good moment to take stock and recommit to making improvements that benefit your life and well-being.

Six months isn’t a full year, but you can still accomplish a lot in a short period of time. That’s why it is important to take account of your goals. I have read that a monthly-check in on your progress helps keep you on track with resolutions. Bad habits can be tough to break and even harder to change without a proper plan. So how can we revive our goals so we can thrive? I recently came across these great suggestions that I am happy to share with you.

Revive your Resolve: It is critical to have not only a goal but a plan! Channel your inner resolve by focusing on your values, long-term goals, and future plans. By strengthening your forward-looking outlook, it is more likely that you will be able to stick to a plan when you become bored or stressed.

Be specific: We often set ourselves up for failure because our goals are pretty vague. For example, maybe the goal is to drink less alcohol or exercise more. But the terms less and more are relative. Instead, we should set concrete goals. For instance, drinking alcoholic beverages no more than twice a week or exercising three times during the week.

 Create a Time-based Plan: It is essential to have a plan that you can follow on a day-to-day basis. This way you can take small steps every day toward your goal.

Make it Measurable and Trackable: When we are pursuing goals, it is essential to have self-awareness. For us to improve and change old habits, we need a plan that we can measure and track. Habit trackers can be as low-tech or high-tech as you would like it to be. There are many choices from a daily written diary or an app to help you keep an eye on your progress.

Start with One Healthy Change: Stress can easily divert anyone from their goals and our vices are exactly what give us comfort during tough times. Resolving to improving one habit at a time is much easier than trying to tackle too many things at one time. Strengthen your willpower but focusing on one goal at a time.

 Work your Way Up: What is the smallest step that you can take towards your goal? That is a great question to ask yourself and allocate your time as well as energy to achieving that small step consistently over time. When we accomplish those small steps, our confidence grows and our ability to succeed grows.

 Build-in Accountability: Find ways to hold yourself accountable without creating added stress or guilt. Also, recognize that if you don’t succeed at first, there isn’t a reason to feel ashamed. Don’t judge yourself and just start a fresh with a renewed resolve to try again.

 Learn and Adjust: A lot of people give up before they understand the reasons why they didn’t accomplish their goals. When faced with a setback, try to take a step back to learn why. This provides clarify and helps you foresee possible obstacles in the future.

 Celebrate Your Accomplishments: Changing habits is hard! That’s why it is important to celebrate each step that you accomplish. Thoughtful appreciation for accomplishments activates the reward center in our brains and releases dopamine, which not only make us feel good but also reinforces our behaviors. That’s a great reward for staying on track!

 Remember that You Can Do It: It is always essential to have self-compassion when trying to accomplish your goals. Setbacks are human and having a positive outlook of self-encouragement is key.

Hope that this list helps you to recommit to the most important person in your life: you! Remember it is never too late to make changes for a better and more positive life. All it takes are small changes and the right perspective.  

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