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What We Should All Learn from Children

Stop Playing, Grow Old

Point to Ponder:
Do you play enough?

Action Item:
Determine the things that make you feel most alive and start playing.

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

There really isn’t a better time than the 4th of July to be reminded of what it means to be free and to live in the land of opportunity! Freedom has always been a critical element in how I choose to live my life. In fact, after working through a core values exercise, I actually thought freedom was one of my five core values. Turns out it’s not, but it’s part of my strategy to getting to several of my core values, which is likely why I felt claustrophobic, in conflict and restless during my pre-iGnite professional life. Looking back, my spirit was trapped and I needed to be set free so I could live in full self expression. Sure enough, iGnite was and is a snapshot of my spirit and how I interpret freedom and happiness.

I think we can all agree that the best example of freedom is children. Even before having children of my own, I worked with children and was always inspired by their effortless ability to play. It was actually when working with them that I recognized the importance of play and the organic spirit-lifting effect it has on people.

I get it — of course we can’t play all of the time, and I do agree that there is a time for work and play, however, we must make time to play. Play looks different for everyone, and research has found that when we play we are healthier, happier and live longer.

A great example is 81 year old Stuart Brown who is a tennis-playing and cross-country skiing psychiatrist who offices in his tree house in Carmel Valley, California (sounds pretty fantastic!). Stuart is a play-advocate and author of a book titled Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul. He warns, “a life without play is a life of rigidity, lacking in creativity, joy and sustained pleasure.” He also references a woman who lives a “turbocharged” life, taking care of her family and her job as the CEO of a real estate company. Up at 5 a.m., she ran 4 or 5 miles on odd days and swam and lifted weights on even days. She started to dread life. She set out to find a solution and remembered some of her fondest memories as a child involved horses. Now, she rides one day a week and is happier and more productive.

On the heels of the 4th of July, I encourage you think more like a child, be free and play more, which of course means being fearless to try new things, too!  Much like dancing, singing and doing more of what you love, you will thrive and your spirit will have the same effect on the people you interact with as does in the “joy bomb” that takes place in the video below.


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Where are Your Shoes Taking You?

So maybe you don’t feel like you are “climbing a mountain,” but just think of all of the places you go everyday. From the inside, the daily grind might not seem exciting or adventurous, but if your shoes could speak, we’re pretty sure they’d say, “We love all of the places you are going. Don’t stop living and GIVE ME MORE!”

And, if it’s an athletic shoe that you iGnite in or work out in, but haven’t replaced in the past six months, we’re pretty sure your shoes are saying, “Please replace me! I can’t keep up with your pace and if you don’t replace me your body will soon be hurting!”

Use this Luke’s Locker coupon by April 30 to replace your old shoes, and watch this week’s video to learn what other people’s shoes are saying to them:

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‘Pop’ Your Spell

Don Miguel Ruiz says “one fear or doubt planted in our mind (in the form of a word or comment and by another human being) can create an endless drama of events.” In other words, we’ve chosen to believe the words of another person as truth and it has cast a negative spell on our life. This belief is holding us back! Conversely, we really know the truth, and at any point we have the power to break the spell and be set free from all untruths that will allow us to reach our unlimited potential. Really, the choice is as simple as writing it on a balloon, popping the balloon, and letting it go, as seen in this week’s video.

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When We Really Feel Most Beautiful

We think it’s safe to say that we all enjoy feeling physically beautiful, but we also think it’s safe to say that feeling physically beautiful is fleeting. It comes and goes, and often times depends on who we are standing next to. Ugh. It’s that comparison thing!   We think you’ll agree with the women in this video who share the times they feel the most beautiful, which, interestingly, have nothing to do with appearance.

Enjoy the wholehearted video 🙂

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Happiness LEADS TO Success, Not the Other Way Around!

Live your passions and you’ll be happier and smarter…what?!?!?  Yep, that’s what this video and study suggest.  Well, not the passion piece, but it would make sense that if we are fulfilling our passions that happiness and joy would be the results.  And, when we are happy, we think more clearly, make better decisions, and therefore are smarter.    Check out the video and you be the judge. Happy Passionate New Year!

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Get Out the Tissues!

Whew! Grab a tissue because this video will definitely induce a happy cry.  It’s a happiness experiment, which proves that verbalizing gratitude brings happiness to both the giver and receiver.   Check it out and don’t forget to say “thank you” to at least three people this week!


VIDEOS WE LOVE: What does love look like to you?

Love is displayed in variety of unique ways, all of which are personal and always needed.  With February being the ‘month of love’, check out this endearing video and let’s all take part in giving and receiving big love!  Afterall, love is a gift that never gets old and is always needed and appreciated.

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People were asked to submit home videos of what love looks like to them… this is a collage of what was captured.

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