Brightening Your Day

February 23 2017

Dear Listserv readers,

Here are a few gems to brighten your day:

A song: Zahav - Static and Ben El Tavori
I teach English in a middle school in Israel, and my students are currently obsessed with this song. They got me hooked after one listen. I regularly find myself dancing while walking down the streets, singing it to myself. Even if you don’t understand any of the Hebrew words, I know the melody will brighten your day. The music video is pretty cute, too.

A quote: “Choose your attitude”.
At counselor orientation every summer at my overnight camp, the owner would repeat this important quote. I still think about it all the time. You can actively choose your attitude, how you approach and deal with problems in life. In every situation, and on every day, you can choose to remain positive. Make “Choose your attitude” your mantra.

A book recommendation: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

A poem: Hug O’War by Shel Silverstein

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

A piece of advice: Write a journal. I’ve been journaling my thoughts since I was very young, and I’ve got a massive drawer full of journals now. Write about everything from the mundane activities of your daily life to your biggest hopes, dreams, and insecurities. You will never regret taking the time to journal. It’s never too late to start.

And a final message: Everyone just wants to be loved. Show affection.


Jenna Ferman
Petach Tikvah, Israel
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