Two Examples for GOOD: Using Your Voice, Making a Difference

I’m a BIG fan of twitter.  There are two main reasons.

First, I love the twin effect of having an immediate voice to the world for anything and everything GOOD that comes to mind.  I also love the fact that I find SO much GOOD coming from every corner, including sources I know and of course, many more I don’t know.

Twitter is how I found the following two super-fine examples of good happening in the world.   Together they are a perfect example of the GOOD I’m talking about that I come across every day.

These two individuals are both women and both are Egyptian.

I don’t know if they know one another (via twitter or otherwise), but in my humble opinion, they should.   One is now living part-time in the United Kingdom as well as Egypt.  The other splits time in the United States.

They are two voices that resonate for women, for children, for freedom, for tolerance, for all.

First there is Mona El-Tahaway.  She is a feminist writer and public speaker on Arab & Muslim issues.

Mona has a massive 291k tweets, 208k followers, and 21.2k favorites.

Her twitter handle:  @monaeltahaway

You can learn more about her here:  http://www.monaeltahawy.com/

And you can get a very compelling and engaging voice from Mona’s talk at TEDx Amsterdam here:

Then there is Nelly Ali.  She is researcher who strives (successfully!) to advocate for street kids and thus provide insights on education, society and culture in Egypt and beyond.

Nelly Ali has a more modest 22.5k tweets, 21.4k followers and 5,976 favorites.

Her twitter handle:  @nellyali

You can read more about her, and by her at:  http://nellyali.wordpress.com/

The GOOD is out there.  It’s all about finding it and sharing it.

If any of this resonates for you, you can do the same.  Via twitter, or any other channel that suits you.

 

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10 Things To Do Everyday to Maintain a GOOD Attitude

1) When you wake up, take five minutes or so to properly center your mind to start the day:  meditate, pray, recite a few daily affirmations, whatever gets your head in the right space.

2) Keep Gratitude central to your day — look for things to be thankful for, no matter how small, and give them a silent nod.

3) Review your list and calendar to determine your priorities for the day — professional and personal.

4) Get some sort of exercise. At least 30 minutes per day.  Preferably in the morning before your day otherwise gets underway.  It might sound like something out of “Men’s Health” or “Yahoo SHINE”, but it’s true. Getting a bit of exercise makes your body feel better, which makes your head feel better, which helps your attitude.

5) Hydrate early and often throughout the day.  It might sound like something out of “Men’s Health” or “Yahoo SHINE”, but it’s true. like exercise, staying hydrated makes your body feel better, which makes your head feel better, which helps your attitude.

6) Find three nice things you can do for someone else each day, trivial or otherwise, and do them, anonymously.

7) Take this basic tact toward your work every day:    prioritize, focus on each task, take short breaks (in-between tasks), check things off your list (or note what is accomplished – either one).

8) Do something each day (read, listen, etc.) that gives you a perspective beyond your own, a sense of the world beyond your day-to-day.  It will help you with perspective.

9) Find a little time to do something you enjoy each day.  The duration or extent is less important than the action — nurturing yourself in some way each day is the important thing.

10) Remember that there will always be those better off, and worse off, than yourself.  It’s where we are, how we are each day, that really matters.  Happiness, like love, is a choice. Choose to be happy.