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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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Hey there, Muscles

By Katharine Romefelt

Ready to get ripped? Being kind to your body and your health is one of the easiest ways to clear your mind and feel refreshed so that, unhampered by stress, you can be your best self from day to day. And “Hey There Muscles” at the Santa Monica Pier next Saturday (Aug. 8) is an adventurous way to get your body moving.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 3.20.05 PMLed by instructors from Ferrigno FIT, “Hey There Muscles” lasts about an hour and includes a short “self awareness talk”, followed by an intense 50 minutes of interval training that will challenge your mind, body and spirit.

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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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Fresh Meets: Get jammed up and distorted

By Katharine Romefelt

In the mood for some unconventional jams? Discover the unique sounds of Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate at the Skirball Center this Thursday. Accompanied by his wife Amy Sacko and the rest of his band Ngoni Ba, Bassekou and his crew will perform a slew of songs reflecting a fusion of Malian folk music, modern rock rhythms and distortion.

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Celebrate This: Be like Mike this Giving Day

By Katharine Romefelt

Embrace the giving spirit! Donate to a charity, do a favor for a friend or simply smile at a stranger. Today is Worldwide Giving Day and no deed is too insignificant to make an impact.

Doing something that matters will fill you with an even greater sense of satisfaction.

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Mike Sorce

“Giving back to the community is important because we’re really all in this together,” said Mike Sorce in West Hollywood. “One thing that bums me out about LA is all the homeless people around here.

“I wish that I could help them out more and that there were more shelters around.”

Get in touch with your compassionate side and do something meaningful for your community. If you’re like Mike, consider donating to or volunteering for an organization like The Giving Spirit, which provides support and care packages for homeless people in the city.

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