What we're reading: 
This Huffington Post piece was recently updated, and presents a startling take on the cause of addiction that runs contrary to what most of us are taught. Grounded in research and real examples, it looks at the role of social ties and relationships in both creating and treating addiction. The message is powerful, and it's well worth reading all the way to the end.
      
 
What we're watching: 
Have you seen ' Where the Hell is Matt?' This uplifting, goosebump-inducing video is all about human connectivity! Around the globe, all throughout history, people of all ages and cultures have danced. It makes us smile and laugh; it unites people, and crosses borders. Get ready for 3 minutes of 'feel good' that will inspire you to connect and jump around!
 
Quote we're inspired by:  
 

"Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its highest. Live in fragments no longer."
  
This past weekend marked Mothers' Day in many parts of the world, and, to celebrate, today's Three Thought Thursday is about human connection. We know from positive psychology and simple intuition that relationships are key to fostering well-being  and living a happy and prosperous life. Research such as that presented above goes a step farther and shows us that social ties can even help us avoid and treat addiction. To be our best, we need to reproduce the article's model of the 'Rat Park,' a balanced environment containing all of life's necessities, plus plenty of rat friends to share it with. Now add in a little dance, and you're on the right track!

So take today and think about your environment - if it's what you'd like it to be, and how you might forge some new relationships, or enjoy those that you already have to keep you happy and healthy!
  
See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday! 
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A big thank you to Kim Hackbarth from San José, Costa Rica, for contributing to this week's Three Thought Thursday. If you have some great content you'd like to share, send it to us, and we'll consider it for a future issue!
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