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— Babe Ruth

Dear Positivity Friends,

Since our last newsletter, Hurricane Ian made landfall causing extensive damage in Florida and the Carolinas. It has been a difficult time for so many residing in the path of the destruction. In this edition, we want to uplift you with stories of everything good that is happening. That’s why we continue to focus on our mission of promoting #Positivity by featuring news to inspire continued optimism.

On October 10th, we recognized World Mental Health Day, as an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health around the world and to support those experiencing mental health and substance use challenges. Mental health should be a priority every day! To demonstrate why mental health is so critical to overall health, I am highlighting how to prioritize mental wellness in my column.

As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. If you missed an edition, our last newsletter can be found on my website. Please do share and encourage your family and friends to sign up!

With hope and positivity,

#Positivity® Stories

Shirley Affolter braves the storm

Woman braves Hurricane Ian flood to check on stranger’s 84-year-old mom

When Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida where her mother lives, Christine Bomlitz was in Las Vegas far away from her mother, Shirley Affolter. After not hearing from her mom for hours, Christine posted pleas for help on social media. Since Shirley lost her cellphone and landline connection before the hurricane, no one could reach her directly. To Christine’s amazement, a good Samaritan responded. Florida resident, Cheynne Prevatt, 26, who had sustained damage to her own home during the storm, waded into chest-high floodwaters to search for Shirley. She found her alive and safe! Mother and daughter were able to speak briefly on the phone, which was enough to ease Christine’s worries.

Crew of SpaceX flight

The first Native American woman in space commands SpaceX flight

Nicole Mann has become the first Native American woman in space as she commanded a flight to the International Space Station on October 5th which also included the first Russian to join a US space flight since the invasion of Ukraine. Mann’s journey on the launch vehicle, which consists of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with a Crew Dragon capsule named Endurance, took off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX and NASA launched a new four-member crew of astronauts to the International Space Station demonstrating continued US and Russian partnership despite the war in Ukraine. 

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Yoga as powerful as medication? Mind-body practices lower diabetics’ blood sugar levels significantly

Yoga and meditation are known as great ways to maintain strong mental health. Now, research shows their effects may also translate to physical health as well. A new study by the Keck School of Medicine at USC finds that mind-body practices may help with controlling blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Between 1993 and 2022, researchers collected data from 28 randomized controlled trials held worldwide, where people with Type 2 diabetes began a mind-body practice along with their medication. The mind-body practices ranged from meditation, qigong, yoga, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. All the mind-body practices made a significant decrease in the blood sugar levels of diabetics.

Book Recomendation

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? 

by Dr. Julie Smith

In her debut book, clinical psychologist, Dr Julie Smith, draws on years of experience to share the skills you need to navigate common life challenges and take charge of your emotional and mental health.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before is filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit. Dr. Julie Smith teaches you how to reinforce and maintain your mental health, even in the most trying of times. Her expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient, whether you want to manage anxiety, deal with criticism, cope with depression, build self-confidence, find motivation, or learn to forgive yourself. 

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before tackles commonplace issues and offers practical solutions in simple, easy-to-digest entries which make it easy to quickly find specific information and guidance. If you believe that your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being, don’t miss reading this book.

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If you like our #Positivity® Newsletter...You’ll 💕Our Podcast,

Common Denominator. Each week, I have inspiring conversations

with great thinkers.

From arms dealer to inventor

Former international arms dealer, David Packouz, whose life story inspired the hit film “War Dogs” is now an accomplished inventor. Don’t miss our chat about his incredible life; everything from gun-running, to staring death in the face, to how his latest inventions have revolutionized the music industry and the way we floss our teeth. 

Coming Soon

‣ Cristie Besu went from ER nurse to international business owner. Her company “Eat Me Guilt Free” provides delicious health-conscious alternatives to sweets. She’ll tell us how she grew the company from her kitchen to 8,000 independent retailers. Plus, she’ll tell us why she’s on a crusade to embolden as many women as possible to embrace their sexuality.


‣ In the spirit of Halloween, we’re taking an inside look at the spookiest town in the country, Salem, Massachusetts. We speak with Sarah Black, a Salem tour guide who’s an expert on all-things Salem, including the Witch Trials. She’ll give us the inside scoop on the town’s infamous history, her thoughts on if Salem is truly haunted, and why – at least once – you must spend Halloween there.

Available on your favorite podcast app and YouTube

Things to make you smile

Shoebert is back!

Shoebert, the seal

Shoebert, the seal, captured hearts of Bostonians, when he turned himself in to police after spending about a week in a local pond. His story went viral as a video captured him waddling his way to the Beverly Police Department. The marine mammal was taken to the Mystic Aquarium Rescue Clinic before being released back into the ocean near Rhode Island. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) placed a tracker on Shoebert and that device recently pinged him back on the North Shore. Already, Shoebert’s return has sparked an outpouring of online affection from residents on the North Shore and beyond.

Monthly Highlight

Dr. Bradley Nelson

Mental Health Awareness: Influencer Advice

October 3-8 was mental health awareness week. To help #endthestigma surrounding mental illness, this month’s spotlight is dedicated to the nearly 50 million Americans, who live with a mental health condition.

Did you know that 90% of pain is caused by emotional baggage? Dr Bradley Nelson shared these profound statistics with me on Common Denominator. It’s important to remember that your mental health will impact EVERY aspect of your life - including your physical wellbeing. That’s why, it is important to release trapped emotions, free yourself from trauma, and live a healthier life. 

To learn how to shed your emotional and physical trauma, listen to the full episode.

Business Tips with Moshe Popack

I frequently get asked for business advice, which has made me think about the most important tips that I can share with my #Positivity community to help you on your path to success. So, to kick off a new regular column, I am happy to share the first of many business tips!

If you are launching a business, here’s how to get people to invest in you. I always think about give onto others, exactly what you would have done unto yourself. If you put on the investor hat, what would I want? I would want to be sitting in the jacuzzi with a pina colada and all of a sudden, I’m looking at my cell phone and a wire comes in every month, like clockwork, the first of the month, all of a sudden, I get this passive income. 

Work backwards and figure out how to do that to your investors.

Follow me on FB and Instagram for more tips!


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Our 4H club recently hosted another meeting as highlighted in this fun clip. This time our focus was on educating the kids about what can be potentially damaging to plants. During our after-school session, our young community residents learned that an important part of gardening is being able to identify beneficial and harmful bugs in the garden. This session was a follow-up to another recent get together in which the kids enjoyed veggies grown locally in burrito bowls! We were delighted to see the children eating their vegetables outside under blue skies and in our community garden.

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6 Ways to Prioritize Your Mental Health

We can all identify with the feeling of being overwhelmed, whether we are stressed about work or life in general. We live such complicated lives these days so it can feel almost impossible to maintain a Zen-like perspective every day. I have long been an advocate for advancing mental health on par with physical health. For this reason, I have compiled here for you some of my main tips for prioritizing mental health. 


#1: Be OK with not being OK

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Sometimes, the hardest thing is to practice acceptance. We often try to do so much at once and we get burned out. Acknowledging the state of your mental health is crucial. None of us can be happy 24-7. It is critical though not to allow sadness and anxiety to overwhelm you.


#2: Ask for help

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Equally hard as accepting that you are not okay is taking the next difficult step. Asking for help is tough. Perhaps you are not ready. Try to find someone you can trust and talk to first. If you want the help of a medical professional, that’s fine too and there are many resources out there that can be helpful. Just remember we are not meant to travel through the dark times in life alone!


#3: Stop the negative self-talk

Asian woman resting chin on hands

Our inner voice is both our greatest strength and at times our biggest weakness. Practice self-love and give yourself room to breathe. Whether it’s positive daily affirmations or just recognizing when you’re beating yourself up – be kind to yourself. You are strong. You deserve love. You are in control of your life. 

#4: Say no!

Person sitting on beach

Always remember that your time is valuable and that you have one life to live. Don’t give into every demand of your time and energy. It’s fine to say no to the things that don’t feel good or right. If you have the choice, don’t spend your time doing things that you don’t want to do.

#5: Move your body

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I am a big proponent of exercise. Moving your body can work wonders! It’s great to walk outside in nature. The benefits for your mind, body, and health are well documented! If you can’t leave the house because of bad weather or time constraints, find time to move in your home, whether it is stretches or dancing to music. Exercise is the most natural way to boost your mood and reduce stress.

#6: Make time for YOU

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Self-care is so vital. It’s essential to take care of yourself, whether by getting a good night’s rest or eating healthy. It really is about taking small steps every day to make yourself happy.

I have found that there are many benefits of prioritizing mental health. From improved self-esteem to increased daily energy, mental health impacts your mind, body, spirit and soul. Life is about laughing, smiling, and feeling happy – so take control of your mental health today! 

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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.

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