Dear #Positivity Friends,

Around this time of year, most bears in the United States pack up their gear and head for a den where they’ll hunker down for the next five or six months, dreaming of all the delicious eats they’ll wake up to in the spring. Talk about a power nap!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pull the covers over our heads and tune out everything that’s going on in the world for a bit? Well, even if we had a cozy cave to retreat to, today it would be hard to ignore what we hear of war in Israel and Ukraine or of chaos in Washington or other unfortunate events around the globe.


I believe that times like these ask us to pay more attention to what’s happening, not less. We need to acknowledge the challenges we face and use our #Positivity superpower—the good we see in people and in ourselves—to solve problems in the communities of which we are a part. Maybe we can’t fix the world, but we can do a ton to make things right on our own block or in our kids’ school or in our workplace.

This is a belief that goes right to the core of me—anyone can affect positive change right where they are standing. Let’s use this Thanksgiving season to look for even the smallest opportunity to plant a seed of positivity now that will sprout in the springtime. You will be amazed at how nature makes this magic happen!  

As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. If you missed an issue, you can find them all on my website. Pass this newsletter along and encourage your family and friends to sign up!

With hope and positivity,

#Positivity® Stories

A Million Gallons Gone

Are the cans of leftover paint taking over your basement or garage? PaintCare can help! This Washington, D.C.-based, national nonprofit offers the public the opportunity to drop off or schedule a pickup of unused paint. Currently operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia, PaintCare teams up with local retailers and municipal agencies to set up drop off spots for recycling, as well as to educate the public about buying and storing paint and ways to use leftover paint. More than one million gallons of leftover paint were recycled since May 2022 in New York State alone. New York program manager Andrew Radin said, “To say we are excited about these program achievements is an understatement. It’s a great environmental win for New York that we can all celebrate.”

Persistence Pays Off for Aspiring Eagle Scout

One of the hardest things about being in a wheelchair is wanting to go to a place where there is no wheelchair access. Thanks to Darren Baptiste of Auburn, Washington, Sun Top Lookout—which has views of miles of forest and Mount Ranier in the distance—will no longer be one of those places. As one of his final projects to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, 15-year-old Darren led a team of volunteers in building a wheelchair-accessible ramp to the top of the lookout so that anyone can enjoy the scenery. Realizing the vision required a lot of planning and hard work, as well as some creative adjustments along the way. Darren’s mom, Melanie Baptiste, describes this hands-on project as perfectly suited to her problem-solving son, and “something he will be able to look back on and feel a great sense of accomplishment.”  

Bike Helmet to Go

If you’re a bicycle commuter, carrying a bulky bike helmet around with you all day can be a pain. But what if you could roll up your helmet and tuck it in your pocket? A highly impact-resistant, uber-portable inflatable bike helmet is set to hit the market later this year. Developed by German startup Inflabi, this helmet is made of a high-tech, durable fabric and is much lighter and more comfortable than a traditional foam-and-shell helmet. Offering a custom fit and four times the shock absorption of ordinary helmets, this one comes with an inflation device that fits in one small bag with the rolled up, uninflated helmet. 


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Thinking with Your Hands: The Surprising Science Behind How Gestures Shape Our Thoughts 

by Susan Goldin-Meadow

Body language—specifically hand gestures—can provide emphasis on what we’re saying or give away contradictory thoughts as we speak. Linguist Susan Goldin-Meadow explores the science of the link between speech and hand gestures and reveals what our hands are really “saying” and why. For example, do you sometimes gesture with your hands when you’re on the phone, even though the other person can’t see you? That’s because our brains interpret these gestures as part of our communication process, with or without an audience. This is one of those fascinating books that makes you aware of an aspect of yourself you may never have thought about before. 

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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 stories to and include your name and social media handle. We will feature them in the next newsletter and on Facebook!

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