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Big Smile

Articles to make you feel good, either from a good cry, a big smile, or both.

Smiling is a good idea. Here’s why:


1. Smiling Makes you feel better

Attitudes affect our body language, but our body language also affects our attitudes.

2. Smiling is contagious

Seeing just one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, often leading to a grin. Leaders fill their teammates’ emotional fuel tank, in large part by having an attitude worth spreading.

3. Smiling lowers stress and anxiety

It’s not easy to keep smiling in stressful situations, but doing exactly that has many health benefits including the release of endorphins and promoting white blood cell production (which boosts the immune system). When recovering from a stressful situation, study participants who were smiling had lower heart rates than those with a neutral facial expression. Try smiling in the middle of a stressful inning and see if it doesn’t help you embrace and enjoy the challenge more.

4. You’ll be more attractive

You know that’s true. You’ll be easier to talk to and seem more trustworthy, too.

5. Smiling will make you more comfortable

A common goal for elite athletes is to “be comfortable being uncomfortable.” I like to modify that popular phrase to, “Learn to be comfortable in situations that would make most people uncomfortable.” The next time you are expanding your familiar zone, see if smiling during the tough parts makes them less tough.

Click HERE for 20 Tips to Smile More



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A Tribute to Harvey Dorfman

My Friend and Mentor

by Aaron Weintraub

Harvey passed on February 28, 2011


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Will you leave a legacy?

I do not like death. I do not like funerals. I do not like sadness and regrets. I am scared of death.

I will admit that death seems to be inevitable.

When I die, I hope to leave a legacy like the one left by Harvey Dorfman.

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Culture: the way we do things here. Is enthusiasm a priority of your team culture? If so, you might add forgiveness as another priority. Without it, enthusiasm flies out the window as soon as things go south.

Forgiving people are happy people.

Athletes perform better when they are having fun.

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Life is so much better when you're good at it. Here is a video that amazes and inspires me. Evidently, there are no limits...


Here are 20 ideas for being the best version of yourself.

1. Smile. You're beautiful.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

If winning the lottery is beating the odds at 10,000,000:1 or more with no skill involved and becoming rich as a result, I'm pretty sure that most of us won the lottery when we were born. If we had been born at any time and place in history until now, what are the chances that we would have this level of health, wealth, and freedom?

Jim Rohn offers great advice for truly being thankful. If you have time to watch this beautiful video, I want you to notice the power of a smile!

1. Time. Regularly set aside time to be quiet, to reflect. We live in the fastest paced time ever. From the moment we awake to the moment we collapse into bed, we have the opportunity to go at full speed and never slow down. If we schedule time every day to reflect, we will free up our hearts and minds from the tyranny of the urgent and rushed.

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"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.

You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."


-Jim Valvano, winner in life and basketball

Two defining moments: 1983 National Championship, 1993 ESPY Awards Speech


Jimmy V would've liked this video!


"Strive for perfection, but never expect it!"

-John Wooden, winner in life

(he made people better)


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