28 Positieve momenten in 2015

Met alles wat er in de wereld gaande is, vergeten we wel eens dat er ook nog mooie, positieve dingen gebeuren. Op buzzfeed.com staan 28 foto’s over positieve gebeurtenissen die in 2015 hebben plaatsgevonden. Een mooie manier om 2015 af te sluiten en iedereen hele fijne dagen en een heel GELUKKIG 2016 te wensen!

1. When this kid met his heroes:

When this kid met his heroes:

Ollie Kroner / Via Facebook: ollie.kroner

2. Every time this old man and his dog went out:

Every time this old man and his dog went out:

3. The first day together for this happy new family:

The first day together for this happy new family:

4. When the meter homie came to the rescue:

When the meter homie came to the rescue:

5. The world’s most comforting professor:

The world's most comforting professor:

Sarit Fishbaine / Via Facebook: sarit.fishbaine

6. When this employee helped a man feed himself:

When this employee helped a man feed himself:

7. When this shop owner promised to help those in need:

When this shop owner promised to help those in need:

8. When this dad got tickets to see Mexico play soccer for the first time:

9. Every day in the life of this newly minted dog:

Every day in the life of this newly minted dog:

10. When this man did what he thought was right:

When this man did what he thought was right:

11. When this tip was left for someone in need:

When this tip was left for someone in need:

12. These winter warmth packages around a city:

These winter warmth packages around a city:

13. When the Redbox angel gave money for snacks:

When the Redbox angel gave money for snacks:

14. When these two grandmas showed us how to act on the internet:

When these two grandmas showed us how to act on the internet:

15. When these people helped an elderly man in need:

When these people helped an elderly man in need:

16. When this man helped an old lady despite inconveniencing himself:

When this man helped an old lady despite inconveniencing himself:

17. When this cat was saved from the rain:

When this cat was saved from the rain:

18. When this girl surprised her nurse after being paralyzed:

19. When this old guy fell in love:

When this old guy fell in love:

20. When this little kid went to school lookin’ like a BOSS:

When this little kid went to school lookin' like a BOSS:

21. When this kid helped his classmate get fresh:

When this kid helped his classmate get fresh:

22. And when this man helped this other man look fresh:

And when this man helped this other man look fresh:

23. These kids lining up just to get the signature of their janitor:

These kids lining up just to get the signature of their janitor:

Carrie Doig / Via abcnews.go.com

24. When someone left the world’s first positive bathroom graffiti:

When someone left the world's first positive bathroom graffiti:

25. This story of library kindness:

This story of library kindness:

26. When this person did laundry for someone in need:

When this person did laundry for someone in need:

27. These garbagemen channeling their inner child:

These garbagemen channeling their inner child:

28. And when an entire community came together for this little boy’s birthday:

And when an entire community came together for this little boy's birthday:

Yeah, maybe it wasn’t all bad.

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Schrijf je eigen 10 geboden voor meer geluk

Lees hier het artikel van Gretchen Rubin, best-seller auteur van o.a. The Happiness Project, over hoe je gelukkiger kunt worden door je eigen 10 geboden op te stellen (en er ook naar te leven natuurlijk ;-).

To Be Happier, Write Your Own Set of Personal Commandments.

One of the most challenging—and most helpful and fun—tasks that I’ve done as part of my Happiness Project is to write myTwelve Personal Commandments. These aren’t specific resolutions, like make my bed, but the overarching principles by which I try to live my life.

It took me several months to come up with this list, and it has been very useful for me to have them identified clearly in my mind. It’s a creative way of distilling core values.

To get you started as you think about your own commandments, here are my Twelve Commandments:

1. Be Gretchen.
2. Let it go.
3. Act the way I want to feel.
4. Do it now.
5. Be polite and be fair.
6. Enjoy the process.
7. Spend out. (This is probably the most enigmatic of my commandments.)
8. Identify the problem.
9. Lighten up.
10. Do what ought to be done.
11. No calculation.
12. There is only love.

So how do you come up with your own list?

Consider phrases that have stuck with you.
When I look at my Twelve Commandments, I realize that five of them are actually quotations from other people. My father repeatedly reminds me to “Enjoy the process.” A respected boss told me to “Be polite and be fair.” A good friend told me that she’d decided that “There is only love” in her heart for a difficult person. “No calculation” is a paraphrase of my spiritual master St. Therese (“When one loves, one does not calculate”), and “Act the way I want to feel” is a paraphrase of William James.

Aim high and fight the urge to be too comprehensive.
I’ve found that my commandments help me most when I review them at least daily, to keep them fresh in my mind, and to do this, it helps to keep the list short and snappy. I suspect that Twelve Commandments is too much. Maybe I only need two, “Be Gretchen” and “There is only love.”

Think about what’s true for you.
Each person’s list will differ. One person’s commandment is to “Say yes,” another person’s commandment is to “Say no.” You need to think about yourself, your values, your strengths and weaknesses, your interests.

I’ve written about commandments in the past, and it’s fascinating to read other people’s commandments. For instance:

Do stuff.
Talk to strangers.
Stay in touch.
Make haste to be kind.
Dig deep.
Less is more.
Smaller.

Have you identified some of your own personal commandments? What are they? Please consider posting them. It’s so interesting to see what other people identify.