Celebrate this

Happiness … it happens

By Katharine Romefelt

Our brains are wired to focus on the negative. Back before civilization, it was more important to know if a lion was about to chase you than to notice a beautiful sunset or the bloom of spring. But life-or-death matters are less common these days, so why dwell on aspects of your life that bring you down?

This Saturday is Happiness Happens Day! Retrain your brain by seeking out the positive things in life.

“I think you can really find happiness in the moments,” said Veronica Newlin, as she blissfully savored her pizza at Abrosia Café on Sunset.

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Celebrate This: Getting down with nature

By Katharine Romefelt

Do you care about your world? Well, it’s no surprise that its natural resources are dwindling at a rapid rate.  And while the risk of running out of these precious resources is reason enough to start conserving, the value of nature as a place of refuge is all the more reason to be more mindful of wasteful habits.

This Tuesday is World Nature Conservation Day, a time to take stock of Mother Earth.

“One of the saddest things about all the waste today is that we’re slowly losing more natural environments closer to cities,” said Jack Coghlan, enjoying his pre-work coffee at Pi on Sunset.

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Celebrate This: Life is for living, not misgivings

 By Katharine Romefelt

How much time have you spent regretting the past, only to waste your precious time in the present? History will repeat itself if you don’t recognize unhealthy thought patterns. Life improves when you focus on the present.

16624330387_7b6bba9826_o_d“There have definitely been times in my life when I’ve obsessed over things that I couldn’t change,” said Marie Brown at the Annenberg Community Beach House pool on PCH. “You think it’s OK when you’re caught up in your thoughts, but all of the ruminating is a waste of time and energy in the end,” she added.

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Celebrate This: Let’s hug this out

By Mikey Tittinger

Holding a grudge isn’t just unproductive, it’s hazardous to your health. Mark Twain, that old school writer we learned about in school, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and one outrageous snow white mustache, knew you had to let your ya-yas out.

twain“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured,” Twain said. No telling if he smirked through his mustache when he realized his words rhymed.

Tomorrow (July 7) is Global Forgiveness Day, a chance to set things right in our respective worlds.

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Celebrate This: #giveitarest

By Katharine Romefelt

Hey, did you Snapchat that?

Social Media plays a major role in shaping our culture these days. But what are the implications of becoming connected in such a disconnected way? Are we all destined to be walking around with multimedia helmets one day? Tuesday is Social Media Day. Reflect on the ways you incorporate social media into your life, for better or worse.

Matt“One benefit (of social media) is that you never lose track of people from the past,” said Matthew Kic, hanging at Citrus Café on Sunset amongst a bevy of customers nose-deep in their smartphones. “It also streamlines the dating process.”

Kic also acknowledged the drawbacks of living online.

“It’s an instant nostalgia machine, which isn’t always good,” he said. “It also turns large political talking points into ‘yes or no’ questions.”

Ironic as it sounds, Social Media Day might be the optimum time to unplug and dial into nature and the other human beings actually present in your surroundings. Interacting with people in person is just like chatting online, only fulfilling.

Now there’s something to Snapchat about.

But every day this week is something to celebrate:

Hug Holiday Day

Monday, June 29

Americans can be a little more standoffish than other cultures. Show some affection! Surprise your friends and family with a nice big embrace.

International Chicken Wing Day

Wednesday, July 1

Among finger foods they reign supreme. And they’re not just for football games. Grab some stellar and sticky wings at Dagwoods on Main Street.

I Forgot Day

Thursday, July 2

Unless you’re graduating or getting married, today is the day to forget. Take advantage if you want… wait, what was I saying?

Stay Out of the Sun Day

Friday, July 3

The sun in Southern Cal is a secretly lethal weapon. Live the day like a vampire and avoid all the harmful rays. Stock up on sunscreen for the beach days ahead.

National BBQ Day

Saturday, July 4

National BBQ Day: Not surprisingly, July 4 is also designated as a celebration of BBQ. Get your grill on or crash your neighbor’s cookout.

National Apple Turnover Day

Sunday, July 5

What’s more American than apple pie? Maybe a turnover, sealed for your protection. Find one at a coffee shop near you and be proud to be American.

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