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A Heartwarming Story about the True Meaning of Christmas

Written by Brad Aronson 611 Shares
True Meaning of Christmas

In our family we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming Santa. This way, the Santa construct is not a lie that gets discovered, but an unfolding series of good deeds and Christmas spirit.

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Happier – Positivity

Written by Brad Aronson 1,223 Shares

Positivity

Until recently, I had no idea that you could fairly easily teach your brain to be happier. As most of us could have guessed, researchers have found that positivity (having a positive outlook) makes us happier. I didn’t know that positivity is also proven to make people more successful.

Luckily for us, there are simple, proven ways researchers have found for us (even pessimists) to be happier by training our brains to think more positively.

Let’s start with a quick exercise . . .

Do one quick scan of the room you’re in and ...

My Little League Players Gave me a Great Lesson

Written by Brad Aronson 419 Shares

Little League

At our first Little League practice (this week) we asked our team of 7-8 year olds if they knew the 5 fundamentals of baseball. They enthusiastically raised their hands and told us:

1) Have fun
2) Try your hardest
3) Don’t get upset if you lose
4) Be kind
. . . and things like that.

Being silly coaches, we were expecting

1) Running
2) Hitting
3) Fielding
4) Throwing
5) Catching

Even after taking hours of Little League baseball coach training, we learned the most about baseball from our kids!

If you enjoyed this ...

Famous Failures: 23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

Written by Brad Aronson 2,028 Shares

Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.

I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.

I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

Hey You! You are Beautiful

Written by Brad Aronson 2,141 Shares

Hey You! You are Beautiful

Hey You! Yes you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, amazing and simply the best at being you. Never forget that.

(I originally saw a version of this quote in a photo. The quote was written on a whiteboard in the London Underground.)...

Want a better life? Ask better questions. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Written by Brad Aronson 1,387 Shares
A Better Life

'If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?' I came across the quote from Stephen Levine in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Stephen’s questions were fantastic and made me think about other questions we should ask ourselves.

Here are ten questions to ask yourself. Questions to help you be a better person, focus on what’s important and evaluate what you're doing:

Teen Entrepreneurs: 10 Awesome Teen Entrepreneurs

Written by Brad Aronson 665 Shares

I met some inspiring teens at the Schoolyard Ventures expo for teen entrepreneurs.

These teen entrepreneurs have lessons for all of us:

If you see a problem fix it:

Teen Entrepreneurs Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!

Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!


Cody Wax suffered from stomach problems for years until doctors figured out that he had gluten intolerance.

Although Cody was ecstatic that changing his diet eliminated his stomach problems, he was a little disappointed in the lack of tasty gluten free desserts. Instead of simply complaining, Cody decided to make his own desserts.

Cody and his classmate ...

Random Acts of Kindness for Kids – 25 Ideas for Raising Grateful and Kind Kids

Written by Brad Aronson 9,246 Shares

When he was 4-years-old our son Jack loved to play superheroes.

One day we were playing, and he was dressed in his Spider Man outfit—a full body suit complete with muscles and mask. I was Batman wearing a cape and kid’s costume.

The dastardly situation I told Spider Man we were facing was that bad guys were trying to take our dinner…

Jack: “Don’t worry Daddy, I know what to do.”

[Jack ran to the kitchen, got a spatula and went in the corner.]

Me: “Jack, what are you doing?”

Jack: “I’m making pancakes for ...

Be Happy: 46 Proven Techniques to Increase Your Happiness and One Way to Get More Sex

Written by Brad Aronson 1,700 Shares
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to be happier. Almost everyone loves being happy (and sometimes we desperately need to be happier), so why not see if we can find more of a good thing.After a lot of research and testing, here are 46 ways I found to be happier.By the way, most of these ideas are supported by science.If you still need a reason to read this article, point #29 will help you get more sex.

Make Your Own Fun and Other Lesson from Ronald McDonald Camp for Kids with Cancer

Written by Brad Aronson 238 Shares

The room was filled with flashing lights that created a disco ball effect, music and happy kids. This had the vibe of a roller skating party from my youth. It was in fact the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party at the Ronald McDonald Camp Wellness Center.

Taking medicine typically isn’t fun – especially if you’re a kid and your medicine doesn’t taste very good — but the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party was fun.

Why?

Because the medical staff asked, “Why not?”

Ronald McDonald Camp is for kids with cancer and ...

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