Gaining Virtue

Vitality 6: Make time for fun

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” Dr. Seuss While we’re sitting with each other on the surface of our planet, we might as well have a bit of fun while we’re still here. Mortality is relatively short and our dream bucket-list of fun things we want to […]

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Vitality 5: Fire up your fascination

Once upon a time in the far distant past, you were a toddler who was fascinated by absolutely everything in the world. You touched things, looked at it from different angles, investigated its properties, picked it up and dropped it, and maybe even stuck it in your mouth or some other orifice. You did this

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Vitality 3: Avoid vampires

A vampire is an undead creature who lives by feeding on the vital essence of the living. European folklore suggests that this vital essence is blood, and the best way to obtain it without killing your victim is to sharpen your teeth into fangs and bite someone in the neck, sucking out up to eight

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Vitality 4: Demonstrate enthusiasm

If you have been to a taping of a television show that has a studio audience, like a game show, talk show, or talent show, just before it starts and during commercial breaks, someone comes on stage to stir up the audience and get them excited about what’s about to happen. These are called “show

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Vitality 1: Measure your energy

Let’s start of by measuring the amount of energy you are currently feeling. Consider everything you have done and felt over the past couple of weeks. Can you answer “yes” to any of these questions? Is it sometimes a huge effort to visit with family and friends? During meetings, do you get distracted, bored, or

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Vitality 2: Boost your energy

Fortunately, there are many things you can do that don’t require legal or illegal substances to boost your energy. Here are 10 effective behaviors. Eat for nutrition and energy. Rather than eating what is tasty, cheap, comforting, or convenient, regularly consume a variety of nutritious foods that provide complex carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes,

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Vitality: Introduction

Click the Download Journal button to access a PDF document that will serve as your journal for this course. Save this file to your computer. As you work through the assignments, record your thoughts, concerns, insights, and answers in this journal. If you have purchased the services of a coach, and you want to receive a certificate of completion,

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Playfulness 6: Play colorfully

Looking at playfulness through the lens of human temperament, we understand that different temperaments have different ways of spending their play time. Most of the time, the activities they consider to be fun reflect their values and preferences. For example, a fun weekend for Golds who value orderliness may be to spend the entire time

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Playfulness 4: Ungag your humor

Regardless of whether you giggle, titter, snicker, snort, chuckle, chortle, cackle, bray, or have a side-splitting belly laugh, you have discovered that laughter is one of the therapeutic secrets to happiness and well-being. Unless you suffer from gelotophobia, or the fear of laughter, don’t shy away from things that tickle your funny bone. In fact,

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Playfulness 5: Clown around

A comedian is someone who tells funny jokes and amusing anecdotes while a clown is someone who is funny and amusing to watch. Rather than relying on vocalized words, clowns communicate through their body language: posture, gesture, contortion, touch, location, movement, and the thousands of expressions that can be made with the 43 different muscles

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