Wayne W. Dyer on Savoir vivre

Wayne Dyer Pulling your own StringsSavoir vivre is a French expression which means being casual in dealing with other people and with life situations.

We can choose to live savoir vivre each day.  We can be querulous and make other people unhappy.  Or we can be friendly and make others smile because they feel accepted.

Making other people happy is a sign that we use esteem as basis of our savoir vivre.

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Esteemful living in Dignity Village

Bridgman Streetcities

It started as a Tent City founded for homeless people and grew into a permanent neighborhood called Dignity Village.  After conducting elections, Dignity Village even has their own administrative and legislative branches of government.  The name tells it all: Dignity Village is a place that gives dignity back to people who’ve lost their jobs and homes.

 

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Self-esteem consists of three elements

Schiraldi The Self-Esteem WorkbookSelf-esteem consists of three elements: unconditional love, unconditional worth and growth This means a deep, quiet inner security that is not easily shaken under duress or after a disappointing performance. Individuals with healthy self-esteem are humble and recognize all people’s worth, according to Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Workbook.

His good news are that there are these successful strategies for strengthening self-esteem.

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Esteem for learning from childhood through old age

Frost Memory TrainingReading books, writing and generally participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age preserves not only memory but also keeps you young and fit.

A research suggests that exercising your brain from childhood through old age is important for brain health in old age. It found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities until late in life had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who did not participate in such activities across their lifetime.

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Esteem for Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

White The Pow Wow Trailhe term Pow Wow comes from the Algonquin nation of the Eastern Woodlands, meaning “a gathering of spiritual leaders.”  Originally, Indian tribes held celebrations to commemorate successful hunts or harvests. Many tribes had ceremonial dances to prepare for war and to celebrate victories. The old tribal War Dance as it was known and is still called today, evolved over the last four or five decades into a contemporary social dance and the pow wow into a social gathering and celebration time.

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Learn to tolerate your self-esteem

Brown Gifts of ImperfectionThis might sound a little out there “Learn to tolerate your self-esteem”, but it actually nails it.

Low self-esteem is usually due to a psychological attachment to being perceived in a negative light. By constantly seeing you in a negative light you learned a powerful lesson – that your existence is a negative.

The real problem though lies in the fact that as child you trusted the opinion of others and now you continue to trust the judgments of others. At this point, the black hole of negativity in your psyche is quite powerful and you may have a very difficult time shaking the emotional attachment to all the negativity.

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Esteem for our wildlife

wildlife refuge

Our visit of the Wildlife Refuge in Vermont made me think of the important mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association which is: To conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries that secure its ecological integrity.

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How positively do we see others?

Rohm Positive Personality ProfilesDid you ever watch yourself when you speak about others?  The kind of how you speak about others and how you see others reveals more about yourself than about the persons.

How positively you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted and emotionally stable you are.  A person’s tendency to describe others in positive terms is an important indicator of the positivity of the person’s own personality traits.

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Happiness without TV

Kromar Living without the Screen

“TV doesn’t really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does,” says University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson. “It’s more passive and may provide escape – especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise.”

 

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