66 Distance-friendly, No-touch Greetings Used Around the World. As we consider venturing into the world again, we will be rethinking how to greet each other. There is the mutual “air hug” that many of us are already doing, myself included. Though how else can we warmly greet one another? I like how this article looks to other cultures for inspiration — Japan’s bow. Or, Southeast Asia’s namaste, prayer hands to the heart. Hawaii has the shaka, “hang loose” sign. Find out the others, along with some unexpected backstories of these greetings.
7The Post COVID-19 Future: Transformational Travel Transformed. As I am writing this (June 3rd), I just heard that Tanzania is opening up to travelers. We are seeing other destinations, resorts, and cruise lines releasing dates for reopening as well. Our world has and is changing, so how will travel change? In the industry, there is a growing felt sense that we will be more thoughtful, more mindful travelers. We will want trips that offer ways to grow, self-reflect as well as improve the places we visit. We will wish for locations to be observant of COVID practices. We will want to engage with other cultures. We could very well be trending towards “renewal tourism,” where people will go to places with a greater appreciation and a sincere desire not to rekindle the over-tourism we have seen in the past— to no longer look at a destination as a commodity to be used, instead it is to be respected and preserved.
815 Hot Springs Around the World That Are All About the Natural Views. A little inspiration for when we can travel again, especially if you are longing for a spa getaway, though not ready for crowds. Try going natural! I would love to plunge into the pool that Marc Anthony gave to Cleopatra in Pamukkale, Turkey! Though, truthfully, you may not be able to go into all of these hot springs. However, you could still enjoy their natural beauty.
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life.
It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
~ Joseph Campbell, A Hero With a Thousand Faces
The Art and Science of Happiness in Action
This is a good practice anytime, especially when there are misunderstandings or disagreements.
One, find a place to talk where you will be uninterrupted.
Two, invite an open conversation.
Three, paraphrase what the other person has said.
Four, when appropriate, ask questions.
Five, express empathy by trying to understand the other’s feelings,
whether you agree or not.
Six, use body language that shows that you are engaged,
like eye contact, nodding.
Seven, avoid judgment. Simply take in the other person’s perspective for what it is, even if you disagree.
Eight, avoid giving advice. Wait until you both have spoken before problem-solving.
Nine, take turns speaking, following steps three through eight.
Why this works: It helps prevent miscommunication and hurt feelings. The listener better understands the other person’s perspective. The speaker feels heard. Ultimately, active listening strengthens relationships.
Time Required: As long as it takes
Frequency: As many times as you need
Looney Tunes Cartoons: Dynamite Dance
HBO Max is bringing back Warner Brothers Animation’s Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
As we head toward the 4th of July, I thought this would be a fun throwback to cartoons of another era, circa 1940s.