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In Case You’ve Forgotten, Here’s What it Means to Live a Good Life

Jonathan Fields shared a reminder from Brene Brown about what it means to live a good life.

She said this:

 A good life happens when you stop and are grateful for the ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll over to try to find those extraordinary moments. To me, my good life is soccer practice, and carpool line. And tuck-ins. And date night. That’s the good life for me. And knowing that it’s good. Acknowledging and stopping and saying that it’s good.

Gratitude in the Ordinary Moments

I think that’s such a perfect way to say what led me to start making LeafOut.

The big moments in life are there, and they aren’t easy to forget.

But the ordinary moments that we so easily “steamroll over” are so easy to forget — but we can’t — because it’s those kinds of moments where the good life lives.

It’s so easy for us to want more. But the easiest way to have more is by focusing on more of what you already have.

That’s where stopping to feel grateful is so important. That’s how we acknowledge those little parts of our days that make up most of our lives.

I wanted a way to look back on these ordinary moments and to be grateful for them every day.

If you’re like me and want an easy way to do that, please join me in making LeafOut an amazing tool to help us focus on remembering the good life.

How to Increase Serendipity by Living a Value Adding Life

serendipityAsk yourself quickly.

Why do we as a society dismiss the success of others as luck, or because they knew the right people, or that they were just in the right place at the right time?

Too many of us seem to accept those reasons as if there’s nothing we could do about them in our own lives.

Since having started working on LeafOut, it’s reminded me how new projects always put me in touch with new and different people.

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Is the Internet Making You Shallow?

Greenfield concluded that “every medium develops some cognitive skills at the expense of others”. Our growing use of screen-based media, she said, has strengthened visual-spatial intelligence, which can strengthen the ability to do jobs that involve keeping track of lots of rapidly changing signals, like piloting a plane or monitoring a patient during surgery. But that has been accompanied by “new weaknesses in higher-order cognitive processes,” including “abstract vocabulary, mindfulness, reflection, inductive problem solving, critical thinking, and imagination.” We’re becoming, in a word, shallower.

(I added the bolded words.)

The above was written by Nicholas Carr (author of The Shallows) in the Telegraph in 2010. While I haven’t read the book, and it seems like a lot of experts didn’t agree with it, the thesis is something I’m still very interested in.

That is, how is the heavy use of the internet and our smartphones changing our minds and social behavior?

I think it’s really important for us to understand more about the pros and cons about how our uber-connected lives really might be affecting us. This is not to condemn online activities because I’m as dependent as anyone.

But just how it’s common knowledge today that smoking is bad for you, we may be wary of using our technology in certain ways in the future — or at least under the knowledge that it might not be the best thing for us.

One of the big reasons I’m making LeafOut is to bring more time for introspection and gratitude into my daily life — to stop and take a break from telling the world, “Look! This is what I’ve been doing! What have you been doing? Oh, I’ll like that!” and spend a few minutes reviewing my own life to remember all the little things that have made it wonderful, bringing me to where I am today.

What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments.

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5 Steps to Discover Why and How You Use Social Media

Innovation Of LonelinessAs social animals, it only seems natural for us to have created something called social media, right?

But the way we use social networks may not be very natural at all.

As the video shows, the way many of us are using social networking sites is negatively affecting the way we view ourselves and our lives — not to mention the way we connect and communicate with other people.

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What Does It Mean to Create Better Services?

“We don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.” – Mark Zuckerberg

I like this quote, but it leaves the question, “What is your definition of ‘better?'”

By the way, this is not a post about Facebook.

This is about taking that quote and relating it to your own business, because, of course we all want to reinvest into our businesses to make better services…

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Leaf Out Introduction

Introducing LeafOut

When I was 22, I got my first full time job after college.

I spoke to a guy there who was 36, and he told me that I’d be his age before I knew it.

Sounds familiar, right?
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