Plant Based Eating Fuels Tom Brady’s Longevity & Health

In the February 13, 2017 article about the Patriots amazing comeback win in the SuperBowl they speculated about Tom Brady.  In particular they were complimenting his ability to be so good at the age of 39.  He of course does intense training, and in addition they reported:

…What’s remarkable, and largely without precedent, is that Brady turned in one of his best seasons at an age when most elite quarterbacks—cough, Peyton Manning, cough—are floating wobbly spirals into retirement. At 39, Brady threw 28 touchdowns against only two interceptions; he led the AFC in passer rating (112.2); and on passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air—the throws aging QBs struggle with—he had the highest rating of his career (121.5). “Athletes slow down as they get older, but with quarterbacks it’s a little different,” says Matt Hasselbeck, who retired at 40 and now commentates for ESPN. “If you’re able to stay healthy, the chances of you playing your best football are better when you’re in your mid-to-late 30s. But what he’s doing is even more extreme. You’re seeing a paradigm shift in how the league looks at the position.”

Brady has his habits: meditation, a plant-based diet (no dairy, caffeine, white flour, iodized salt or white sugar), all the stretching that Feely says turned the quarterback into Gumby. That’s his process, just as Edelman, Belichick and Kraft have theirs…

Although it is not. a scientific study, it does support the many studies that suggest plant based diets are beneficial for personal and planetary health.  It seems these habits enable him to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  In this case, the Patriots and their fans benefit as well as the example he is setting for so many aspiring athletes.

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Causing a Better Tomorrow in America

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1]  To honor those that fought for our freedom, we can all work toward making tomorrow even better than today by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. This post shares an inspiring column, “A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America“,  by one of my favorite columnists, Thomas Friedman.  The column outlines how many communities are making tomorrow better for everyone and everything.

This column (linked and pasted below) is about how some communities are THRIVING by adapting to the ages of acceleration with regard to climate change, globalization, and technology by adapting.  As is evident, those that are rusting are cutting themselves off from others and are stuck with 20th century mentality.  It is inspiring to see how some cities, like in Bloomberg and Popes book, can work and build for a better tomorrow by generating comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Please share how your city is accelerating toward a better tomorrow so we can all learn how to take beneficial action.  I look forward to hearing more inspiring stories.

It was weird, but was it all wrong?

I just took a four-day car trip through the heart of that landscape — driving from Austin, Ind., down through Louisville, Ky., winding through Appalachia and ending up at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to try to answer that question.

Trump is half right in his diagnosis, but his prescription is 100 percent wrong. We do have an epidemic of failing communities. But we also have a bounty of thriving ones — not because of a strongman in Washington but because of strong leaders at the local level.

Indeed, this notion that America is a nation divided between two coasts that are supposedly thriving, pluralizing and globalizing and a vast flyover interior, where jobs have disappeared, drug addiction is rife and everyone is hoping Trump can bring back the 1950s, is highly inaccurate.

The communities that are making it share a key attribute: They’ve created diverse adaptive coalitions, where local businesses get deeply involved in the school system, translating in real time the skills being demanded by the global economy.

They also tap local colleges for talent and innovations that can diversify their economies and nurture unique local assets that won’t go away. Local foundations and civic groups step in to fund supplemental learning opportunities and internships, and local governments help to catalyze it all.

The success stories are all bottom-up; the failures are all where the bottom has fallen out.

I started in one of the bottomless places: Austin, Ind., a tiny town of 4,000 off Interstate 65, which was described in a brilliant series in The Louisville Courier-Journal “as the epicenter of a medical disaster,” where citizens of all ages are getting hooked on liquefied painkillers and shooting up with dirty needles.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that Austin “contains the largest drug-fueled H.I.V. outbreak to hit rural America in recent history.” Its 5 percent infection rate “is comparable to some African nations.” Austin, the newspaper noted, doesn’t just sit at the intersection between Indianapolis and Louisville but at the “intersection of hopelessness and economic ruin.”

I chose to go there to meet the town’s only doctor, Will Cooke, whose heroic work I learned of from the Courier-Journal series. Cooke’s clinic, Foundations Family Medicine, sits at 25 West Main Street — opposite Marko’s Pizza & Sub, a liquor store and a drugstore. Down the street was a business combination I’d never seen before: Eagle’s Nest Tanning and Storage. It’s the Kissed by the Sun Tanning Salon and a warehouse — both of which seemed to be shuttered, with the space available for rent.

For generations Austin’s economy was anchored by the Morgan Foods canning plant, but, as The Courier-Journal noted, “then came a series of economic blows familiar to many manufacturing-based communities. The American Can plant next to Morgan Foods shut its doors in 1986 after more than 50 years in business. A local supermarket closed. Workers left along with the jobs and poverty crept up among those who stayed.”

Austin, Cooke explained to me, got caught in the vortex of declining blue-collar jobs, leading to a loss of dignity for breadwinners, depression and family breakdown, coinciding with doctors’ and drug companies’ pushing painkillers, and with too many people in the community failing to realize that to be in the middle class now required lifelong learning — not just to get a job but to hold one.

“Thirty percent of students were not even graduating from high school,” said Cooke. “Then you take high unemployment, generational poverty, homelessness, childhood abuse and neglect, and cloak that within a closed-off culture inherited from Appalachia, and you begin to have the ingredients that contributed to the H.I.V. outbreak.”

Austin’s insularity proved deadly for both jobs and families. “The close-knit, insular nature of the community worked against it, with the C.D.C. later finding up to six people shared needles at one sitting, and two or three generations — young adults, parents and grandparents — sometimes shot up together,” The Courier-Journal reported.

Lately, though, Cooke told me, the town’s prospects have started to improve, precisely because the community has come together, not to shoot up but to start up and learn up and give a hand up. “The local high school has introduced college-credit classes and trade programs so people are graduating with a head start,” said Cooke. Faith-based and civic groups have mobilized, celebrating social and economic recovery, providing community dinners called “Food 4R Soul” and even installing community showers for people without running water.

Addiction is often a byproduct of social breakdown leading to a sense of isolation. Cooke feels hopeful because he sees the tide slowly shifting as “social isolation gives way to community.”

“Only a healthy individual can contribute to a healthy family, and only a healthy family can contribute to a healthy community — and all of that requires a foundation of trust,” said Cooke. “That kind of change can’t come from the outside, it has to be homegrown.”

I shared with him the business philosopher Dov Seidman’s admonition that “trust is the only legal performance-enhancing drug.” Dr. Cooke liked that a lot and only wished he could prescribe it as easily as others had prescribed opioids.

But just 40 minutes down the highway from Austin, I interviewed Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, a city bustling with energy and new buildings. “That ‘Intifada’ you wrote about in the Middle East is happening in parts of rural and urban America — people saying, ‘I feel disconnected and hopeless about participating in a rapidly changing global economy.’ Drug-related violence and addiction is one result — including in a few neighborhoods of Louisville.”

But Louisville also has another story to tell: “We have 30,000 job openings,” said Fischer, and for the best of reasons: Louisville has “a vision for how a city can be a platform for human potential to flourish.” It combines “strategies of the heart,” like asking everyone to regularly give a day of service to the city; strategies of science, like “citizen scientists” bearing GPS-enabled inhalers that the city uses to track air pollution, mitigate it and warn asthma suffers; and strategies for job creation that leverage Louisville’s unique assets.

One job-creation strategy led to a slew of new businesses that make “end of runway” products for rapid delivery by leveraging the fact that Louisville is UPS’s worldwide air hub; “bourbon tourism” that leverages the fact that Kentucky is the Napa Valley of bourbon; a partnership with Lexington, home of the University of Kentucky, has created an advanced manufacturing corridor; and by leveraging Humana’s headquarters in Louisville, the city has unleashed a lifelong wellness and aging-care industry.

Show me a community that understands today’s world and is working together to thrive within it, and I’ll show you a community on the rise — coastal or interior, urban or rural.

I found more such communities as I moved south on Interstate 75 through Tennessee to Oak Ridge, home of the Manhattan Project facilities where the enriched uranium for the “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was produced.

Today, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which sprawls across two counties, is still involved with nuclear weaponry, but its supercomputer, one of the world’s most powerful, and its hundreds of scientists help drive a broad array of research in energy, materials science, 3-D manufacturing, robotics, physics, cybersecurity and nuclear medicine — research it now actively shares with the surrounding Appalachian communities to spawn new industries and jobs.

Sitting on the spot where the K-25 Manhattan Project facility once stood, I interviewed Ron Woody, county executive for Roane County, where Oak Ridge is partly located, and Steve Jones, an industrial recruiter hired by the city of Oak Ridge to seek out companies interested in investing in the region or leveraging spinouts from Oak Ridge’s labs. That kind of active entrepreneurship is a new thing for Roane County, where generations of people have known only a government job.

“Back in the 1980s you had the T.V.A. [Tennessee Valley Authority], and it had over 50,000 employees. Now it has 10,000 employees,” explained Woody, so “we were not diversified in our employment. We had to convince the public that we can’t rely on the Oak Ridge lab and T.V.A. The Cold War is over. So our communities had to make a big transition from a lot of government programs to very few.”

It’s starting to work, said Woody, “but progress is slow.” One of those success stories was luring a former three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond, to open a 65,000-square-foot factory for his new company, LeMond Composites, for making lightweight carbon-fiber bikes, based on new materials pioneered at Oak Ridge.

“The research Oak Ridge has done is going to change the way we make things,” LeMond explained to me, as we sat in his new factory. “It is a really exciting future. My goal is that you will be able to go on my website and design your own bike out of carbon fiber.”

But just because there are workers looking for employment and there are new jobs opening, it isn’t automatic that local people work in those jobs, explained Jones, the recruiter. Because of the opioid crisis, many people cannot pass the mandatory drug test — and years of working for the government has left them unprepared for the pace of today’s private sector.

“The two biggest issues we are dealing with are the soft skills and passing the drug test,” explained Woody. “I thought the problem was that people needed more STEM skills.” But that’s not the case.

It turns out that it’s not that hard to train someone, even with just a high school or community college degree, to operate an advanced machine tool or basic computer. “Factory managers would say, ‘I will train them and put them to work tomorrow in good jobs” requiring hard skills, said Woody. “The problem they have is finding people with the right soft skills.”

What are those soft skills? I asked. “Employers just want someone who will get up, dress up, show up, shut up and never give up,” Woody responded without hesitation. And there are fewer workers with those soft skills than you might think, he added.

When new companies come into the area today, noted Jones, who grew up on a farm, they ask specifically for young people who were either in a 4-H club or Future Farmers of America (now called FFA) because kids with a farming background are much more likely to get up, dress up, show up on time and never give up in a new job.

Soft skills also include the willingness to be a lifelong learner, because jobs are changing so quickly. For instance, the Oak Ridge lab is partnering to embed top-level local technical talent as entrepreneurial research fellows in advanced manufacturing who want to start companies in this realm. Every summer Oak Ridge’s M.D.F. — Manufacturing Demonstration Facility — hosts 100 young interns to learn the latest in 3-D printing, and its experts coach teams from local high schools for national robotics competitions.

The beauty of 3-D printers is that any community can now go into the manufacturing business, explained Lonnie Love, a corporate fellow at Oak Ridge, as he showed me around the M.D.F., where whole car bodies and car parts are being “printed” on giant 3-D printers.

“Traditionally to make a car part you first had to build a die, and those dies cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million to make,” Love said. Every die consists of a female and a male die, and the way you made a car part was to stamp them together. There are hundreds of dies needed to make a car, and that was why an assembly line for a new car model in Detroit could cost upward of $200 million — and take two years to build. Sadly, that die-making industry actually moved out of America to Asia over the last 15 years, leaving only a dozen such companies in the U.S.

No more. “Large-scale 3-D printing is enabling us to re-shore that industry,” explained Love, who then offered this example: “The naval air station at Cherry Point, N.C., repairs all the aircraft for the Navy on the East Coast. About a year ago their head of engineering called me on a Monday and asked if we could print a die mold for them and I said, ‘Sure, just send me the digital model of what you want printed.’

“We got it by email that afternoon, and by Friday he had the mold to make the new part. And it only weighed about 40 pounds because with 3-D printing we could make it stronger but lighter weight by hollowing out the inside. The following Monday he calls and asks me how much did it cost and how long did it take me to make? I told him it took me longer — and was more expensive — to ship it to him than it was make it.”

Think about car dealers in the future who, instead of needing a huge lot with hundreds of cars in inventory, will just custom print the car you want. “Our only inventory is carbon fiber pellets that cost $2 a pound, and we can make any product out of them,” said Love. “You won’t need inventory anymore.”

Over the last 100 years, Love concluded, we went from decentralized artisan-based manufacturing to centralized mass manufacturing on assembly lines. Today, with these emerging technologies, we can go back to artisans, which will be great for local communities that spawn a leadership and workers able to take advantage of these emerging technologies. We are going to see a world of micro-factories, and you can see them sprouting around Oak Ridge already.

“There’s a new wave of kids coming up who love this stuff,” said Love. “We can create mini-moonshots all over the place.”

The same applies to the design of the parts. Thom Mason, the director of the Oak Ridge lab, explained to me that high-performance computing “allows you to design and test out all the parts on the computer and only make those that you know will work. It is totally speeding up the iteration loop of physical manufacturing. You move all the trial and failure into the digital world — so you don’t need to do all that costly tooling of prototypes — and then go straight to manufacturing.”

But the state of Tennessee has also had its thinking cap on about the fast world. In 2014 it decided to make tuition and fees free for high school graduates who want to enroll in any state community college or technical school — on the condition that they maintain at least a C- average, stay in school for consecutive semesters, contribute eight hours of community service each semester and meet with a volunteer coach/mentor who will help them stay on track to get their degree. Starting in 2018, Tennessee adults who don’t already have a two-year degree will be able to go to any state community college and earn one free as well.

I ended my little tour in Knoxville, Tenn., where I met with the mayor at a restaurant in the newly rejuvenated downtown square, a beehive of restaurants, public art exhibitions, theaters, shopping and museums.

“Until the mid-1980s, the old economic development model here was low wages and no unions. That model wasn’t sustainable,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero, the first woman mayor of Knoxville and a former organizer for Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers union. “We wanted better schools, and you cannot build a great school system on the back of low-wage workers. So we started thinking about what are our unique assets and stopped selling ourselves as a low-wage town.”

The whole region came together around that project and wove an adaptive coalition that could draw in investors based on the region’s strengths. It’s call Innovation Valley, the mayor explained, and it markets the assets of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pellissippi State and Roane State Community Colleges, the work force skills in the metro area and available infrastructure that can be utilized by technology companies. It also stimulated a dialogue between employers and higher-learning institutions to ensure they’re meeting the labor force needs of the future.

But there are real constraints that need to be overcome. The region has a shortage of both manufacturing and back-office workers. “We face the same work force development issues that all metro areas in the U.S. are facing,” explained Bryan Daniels, president of the Blount Partnership, one of Knoxville’s regional development boards. “Our local law enforcement has described the prison populations as having approximately 65 percent opioid-related inmates.”

It is vital, therefore, for the community to develop programs to get this population back to being employable. At the same time, said Daniels, the Knoxville region is exploring new ways to get workers from outlying rural areas into the metro area labor force and help them acquire the “educational attainment they need to get their skill level up” for a modern economy. They are even studying “public-private partnerships to provide transportation for [rural] workers up to a two-hour commute radius,” he said.

This is the real picture of America today.

It’s cities and regions rising together to leverage their unique assets from the bottom up — living side by side with distressed and lost communities where the bottom has fallen out. It’s not your grandparents’ America, but it is also not Trump’s America — that land of vast carnage and an industrial wasteland. The picture is much more complex.

It’s actually Bill Clinton’s America.

Clinton once famously observed, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” That has never been more accurate — and necessary — than it is today.

What is wrong with America is that too many communities, rural and urban, have broken down. What is right with America is the many communities and regions that are coming together to help their citizens acquire the skills and opportunities to own their own futures. We need to share and scale these success stories.

Only strong communities, not a strong man, will make America great again.

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Michael Bloomberg’s Selfish, Selfless, Synergistic Actions

Bloomberg’s interview in the linked June/July 2017 Town & Country by Katie Couric inspired me to make this bonus post.  I encourage you to read his interesting and uplifting interview. In the interview Mr. Bloomberg explains that being philanthropic is SELFISH and implies it is also selfless and synergistic.  In my view, he is practicing Paneugenesis, the action I hope we all do to benefit everyone and everything.

Bloomberg Philanthropy SelfishBloomberg is a great example of how to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. If you are interested, you can read more about him in my previous post about his book, Great Read: Climate of Hope by Bloomberg & Pope.  As explained, the book outlines actions he and other cities have taken and provides ideas of how we can take actions to benefit everyone and everything, .

Make it a great week.

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Choose Well: Economics is our Values, Not Math

Our choices determine our future.  What we choose shows what want and more importantly demonstrates what we value. In other words, as “For Better or For Worse Comic” comic shows:

Economics is a value system masquerading as mathematics

What we choose to buy tells others what we find most valuable because that is what we chose to use our limited resources to purchase.  This also sends  a message to those that supply that good.  Now it is estimated that 90% of the deforestation has been attributed to illegal logging.  This illegal logging happens because people buy goods made from illegally logged trees.  Lumber Liquidators was a most recent charged company for selling products obtained through illegal logging.

Those choices helped illegal logging exist. Choosing purchases that enrich and nourish the earth benefit ourselves and the planet an and exhibit selfish, selfless synergy because from those interaction everyone and everything benefits.  The forests are the earths lungs and like humans, the earth cannot function well without its lungs, our choices can reflect this value.

While these problems can be solved with better choices, it is hard to make these choices without the necessary information to know we are buying items that are contrary to our values.  Many problems have evolved, according to Dr. Richard Wolfe, because of systematic flaws in capitalism. To learn more about these flaws, I encourage you to listen to his discussion about Marxism 101.  So we are clear, I am not promoting Marxism, however Dr. Wolfe’s interview highlights some fatal flaws in capitalism.   Next weeks post will introduce a possible better economic system, the Collaborative Commons that some suggest is the new evolving economic system.  Enjoy Dr. Wolfe’s interview below. Please share your thoughts…


Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Great Read: Climate of Hope by Bloomberg & Pope

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens can save the planet is a great read.  It was written by former New York City mayor and business man extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg and former Sierra Club president Carl Pope.  It was very interesting because it gave a perspective from 2 very different people.  As they wrote on page 5, “In 2004, one us coauthored a book attacking George W. Bush for his environmental policies; the other voted for him.”

This book was great and gave specific direction on what to do and the benefits we can realize now, even though it is not the planet we will save, but humans ability to live on this planet.  The planet will be fine until it gets engulfed by the sun in billions of years. The approach in this book is what I wish they had taken at the recent climate symposium I attended (see Did we give up? Hospice for Earth? We Need Better!)

Most of the book was about how to do better and make more money by promoting economic growth in ways that rebuild our environment, instead of talking about sacrifices we have to make to improve our climate.  The book emphasized that we should take action and not wait for the federal government.  Throughout the book, besides specific action to take now, policy is suggested for the federal government to use to accelerate the positive changes being made by cities, businesses and individuals.

As is made clear, climate change is not one problem but something that needs a multi-pronged solution in many areas to make society healthier and stronger.  They explain that scaring does not work, it creates a barrier to change and gives people reasons to be skeptical.  Scaring they also suggest give people permission to not  make an effort because it may be hopeless. Using previous successes, they emphasize benefits from action and how this approach motivated and galvanized people into action.

As they explain, previous environmental actions had to be about stopping bad things such as pollution, clear cutting and overfishing. They suggest that was good then but suggest the only way to stop those things now, because they were filling a need, is by showing better ways to accomplish goals while also improving the environment.  They explain that the 20th century had to stop the bad things we were doing and clean up the messes we made. Now, however, to live and be better in the 21st century, we have to replace those methods with a better ways .  This book outlined better ways that available now!

Surprisingly they explain that cities are greener than living in rural areas. There is a smaller per person environmental footprint made by people in cities even though cities emit more Greenhouse Gas (GHG). Upon review, because of my lens, I could see how Mayor Bloomberg used the Paneugenesis Process to make New York City(NYC) better.

The aim of paneugenesis is to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Michael Bloomberg appeared to use this process . Below is how I saw Bloomberg use the 4 step Paneugenesis Processt in NYC:

1. Operationalize an Idealized Outcome – dream big of what it can be.  In NYC, in its early days, its 1800’s vision, used the Idealized Outcome of a great, large city, so it built its water system, subways, and parks for bigger future than seemed possible.  Then, as mayor, Bloomberg dreamed big to Operationalize his Idealized Outcome.  He wanted to accommodate an expected 1 million new residents a better quality of life while producing less negative consequences than currently. He made it clear, operationalized, he wants NYC to be better place to live, work and play while reducing GHG emissions.

2. Discover Precursors – As an example, he Discovered clean air was vital to having a higher quality of life.  He also learned that buildings were the biggest source (70%) of GHG emissions along with traffic congestion. He also discovered, by visiting California and talking with then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, that despite growth, their GHG emissions were 25% below 1990 levels.  This means  buildings that clean rather pollute the air and either less traffic or cleaner transportation could provide NYC with cleaner air and a higher quality of life.

3. Optimize the Process – to create the necessary precursors of clean places to live work and play, NYC implemented Green Building Standards to make buildings better and clean the air while also saving money from energy efficiency.  To improve the issue with traffic, and make NYC. a better place to live, work and play, pedestrian plaza’s were created with the expected by-product of a smaller carbon footprint.

4. Plot Progress – To determine if they were on the right path they had to plot progress. After implementing green building standards and Empire State building renovated, for $20 million, it resulted in $4 million in savings/ year. After building pedestrian plaza’s,  traffic flow improved by 7% as determined by cab GPS systems, there 35% less accidents  and more space was provided to pedestrians.  These plaza’s also increased retail space which led to the creation of many more pedestrian plazas around NYC, >50 built.  Progress was noted because pedestrian plaza’s increased retail business, safer for pedestrians, and cleaner air for all.

This story is also successful implementation of the 7C’s (see New Article Published about Using Teaching Philosophy).  With these successes, NYC can build on these positive consequences to create an even better future.  I encourage you to read Climate of Hope. Below is how I see they used the 7C’s.

  • Accepted the Challenge of rebuilding a more harmonious environment
  • Used Courage to implement new ways and challenge the status quo
  • Developed Competence by learning how to do improve environment as make life, work and play better
  • Had a Commitment to work through difficulties, which were many including road blocks put up by the status quo and science deniers
  • Created Connections with business owners, citizens, and organizations who were needed to implement changes and also benefited from action
  • Made by-product Contributions from previous C’s for others to benefit from cleaner world and methods to follow so we can be part of the change.
  • Building on the Consequences created in NYC with continuous and never ending improvement and by sharing results in this book I am encouraging you to read.
There is so much more in this book so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this book and how you will implement some of these changes and benefits to your city and I will update you on any changes I am able to help facilitate in my city.  By doing so you will be generating comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Science Suggests: Focus On More Good over Less Bad

My message has regularly promoted doing more good over chastising yourself or others to do less bad.  As I explained with my Green Grass Theory, to create a lush, thick green lawn, the focus and work needs to be on growing more blades of grass over a killing weeds.  The lush green lawn, like good health, must be caused to happen by doing its precursors.

In support of this approach, Dr. Michael Greger’s April 26th, 2017 vol 35 Nutrition Facts video, “Is It Better to Advise More Plants or Less Junk?“, documents the same phenomenon.  I encourage you to watch his 5 minute video.

Make it a Great Weekend.

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Reasons for Better Self Talk and a Better You

They say:

If that is true, to me a comic strip is worth much more.  On April 28, 2017, Beetle Bailey, by Mort Walker, published this comic that seemed to capture so much in just 2 panels.

Beetle Bailey by Mort Walker

For me this captures many ideas related to self-talk and self-worth.

In relation to self-talk, this demonstrates how we take account or believe what we tell ourselves.  After all, nobody will jump into our head to counter what we say to ourselves.  For this reason, Henry Ford exclaimed:

Each day, our daily actions produce data about the kind of person we are, how capable we are, and therefore provides us with information or data about ourselves and provides information abouthow we should think about ourselves.  Our self-talk then defines or tells us what to think about the data we produce each day.

With this in mind, I encourage you to go out and practice paneugenesis by generating comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  Doing so means you will produce experiences and data from which your self-talk will be filled with good things you tell yourself – about yourself!  These actions will provide you a good feeling and well-being and a reason to feel good about ourself.

Go and do good, practice paneugenesis, to give yourself data to support the good things you tell yourself – about yourself!

PS for information about this you can see: Its All Meaningless! Here is How to Create Meaning!Its All Meaningless! Here is How to Create Meaning!Progress is a Helpful Aim & Focus, and My Sister Practiced Paneugenesis and Everything Benefitted!

Here is more information about the power of our what we tell ourselves to think: Mindset Research – Amazing Presentation

Choose to Be Well’r,
Craig Becker