Monica Cost

*I don’t think I’ve seen television news since November 2010. I’ve been on a bit of a diet as far as the news is concerned, instead of digesting all the garbage they’re creating. Quite frankly, I was so sick of all the bad news. Children, mothers, fathers, daughters, cousins being killed or injured. Animals being tortured. Politicians being found out. Celebrities back in rehab. Idris Elba not wanting to marry me after all, despite my stalking him for months. Just kidding folks. My point is, it was bad news, upon bad news and I’d had enough.

Today, in case you’ve not gone on a bad news diet, I’m going to flood you with good news. Enjoy!

Chocolate: It turns out that chocolate may help you to look younger and even good for your skin. The world’s largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that fights wrinkles and could slow the aging process. Packed in this power bar are antioxidants that will boost elasticity and improve hydration. As reported by www.goodnewsstories.org.

Happy: There are ways to get to happy, if you’re not. From personal experiences and a few resources online, here they are: 1) Find time and ways to serve others. Giving of yourself to  others in need is a great way to understand how fortunate you are, despite your circumstances. 2) Make a plan to achieve something and then execute. Happy people often feel accomplished and purposed. 3) Take time to play or just be. Fly a kite, do a cartwheel, watch a funny movie, race the neighborhood kids, play a game of jacks. 4) Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. Some believe that you are the sum of the five people you hang around the most. 5) See the good. Let your first mind be the positive in each situation, not the negative.

Marriage: 50% will make it. What?! The glass is half full here.

CoParenting: You can actual co-parent your children with your ex. I’m going on this one from experience. Here are a few ways to do it for well adjusted children. 1) Always put the children first. Let the ego go. It’s just going to cost you thousands in therapy for your children later. 2) Communicate. Keep each other abreast of happenings, behaviors and incidents that come up, even if your ex wasn’t present. Stay on the same page. 3) Speak highly of your ex to your children in truth. Don’t lie, but find the good. Of course this is barring any abuse, etc. 4) Let the children express themselves and don’t talk them out of it. They may be sad for a long time that you and your ex are not together. Don’t invalidate their feelings with your goal of quieting your guilt. 5) Find a way to be happy (have some chocolate and read about “happy” above)

Achievement: Tara Miller, 39,may be legally blind, but she takes amazing photos. And now her work is being recognized nationally. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) awarded her the grand prize in its Eye Remember national photography competition. The contest was open to all photographers across the country, not just the visually impaired. Miller was the only blind photographer on the shortlist, and her condition was not known to judges. After being selected by a panel of celebrity judges, the top five photos were voted on by the public. “It feels wonderful and it’s unbelievable for me,” Miller told the Winnipeg Sun. “It’s a great feeling. I entered the contest because it was about glaucoma awareness and I’ve had it for 20 years.”Miller achieves the seemingly impossible feat of taking photos while blind by taking advantage of her other senses. (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/)

Gratitude: “Count your blessings,” we’re often told — but what good does that do us? Plenty, according to Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. After a decade of research, Dr. Emmons has found that people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, feel happier and more optimistic, and are more generous and compassionate. In this thorough article from Greater Good magazine, Dr. Emmons explores why gratitude does us so much good, brings to light the obstacles to practicing gratitude, and offers steps to leading a more grateful life. (www.dailygood.org)

You: If you’re reading this, it means that you are not in the group of 42 million Americans who are illiterate. If you are reading this, it means that you woke up this morning with a new opportunity to serve, achieve and live. Take every advantage of it. If you are reading this, it may mean that you want more positivity in this world and may spread it around. If you are reading this, know that you are, at a minimum, appreciated by me.

Spread the good news.

Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a communications and brand management firm.  Email her at:  [email protected]. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and Facebook.com/monicahairstoncost.