“If there’s a choice between companionship and anything else—especially career—choose companionship. It’s the only thing that has the potential to last.” – Carrie Fisher

Lesson of the Week

So, now is the time to start on all the New Year’s resolutions. Some people love it, some people think it’s silly because we don’t ever really get a fresh start, and some people are just glad for 2016 to be done with. While I don’t think we get a fresh start every New Year, I do think it’s a time that something really amazing happens around the world- we’re all brought together by a single time of celebration that is based not on culture, religion, or identity, but on the possibilities of the future, and reflecting on the past. When you think about it, there’s something amazing about watching the peppy newscasters in Times Square interview a mass of people huddled together who are not just from around the USA, but from all over the world. And they all stand together, celebrate together, and even kiss at midnight. And that’s pretty amazing, even if it’s just amazing for a day. My New Year’s resolution is to remember that feeling, at midnight, of the closeness of those we care about, and the immense possibility that anything could happen in the coming year. And it’s not just the big possibilities, like a new workout routine or traveling to a foreign country, but all the small unusual adventures that could be waiting for you just around the corner. Because in a way, New Year’s Eve is a small, unusual, incredible adventure for many. So why not make every day one?

Positive News of the Week

  • China recently announced that it will be banning the ivory market by the end of 2017, which may help to reduce elephant poaching in Africa.
  • Tech companies in Silicon Valley are pushing to get more women on their boards, to help diversify and to bring in new power and ideas.
  • In October, Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario became the oldest person to run a marathon in under four hours at age 85.
  • President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor together, 75 years after the Japanese attack of WWII. Together they laid a wreath at the memorial, symbolizing closer relations than there have been in decades.
  • A study found that five-minute walks every hour during the workday can lift your mood, provide you with more energy, and even dull hunger.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to write down the three things you find most relaxing, and spend a little time this week doing them, even just one evening.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to come up with your own external challenge, involving someone you’ve never met before.