25 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

 

“The earth has music for those who listen.”-William Shakespeare

 

Watching and reading the news can increase our tension and stress. We see so much that fills our mind with worry. We see divides between people, between countries, and between ideas.

But there is far more that brings us together than divides us.

When I interviewed astronaut Ron Garan, I was struck by his orbital perspective. What better way to appreciate our planet than from space? You certainly realize how interdependent we are on each other and on planet Earth.

In our busy lives, it is a challenge to learn to gain perspective. Whether through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or mindfulness, we all find ways to separate ourselves from the day-to-day stress and refocus on what matters.

 

Fact: the UN declared April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.

 

Today is Earth Day. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of our planet, of our interconnectedness, of our responsibility to take care of the environment.

And, in honor of Earth Day, here are just a few ways that we can celebrate our planet:

 

Celebrate Planet Earth

 

Spend time in nature.

Plant a tree.

 

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller

 

Eat vegetarian.

Start recycling.

Look for ways to save energy.

Pick up litter.

Say no to plastic bags.

 

Fact: Each year we throw out enough plastic to circle Earth 4x.

 

Read more online and reduce printing.

Go off-grid and turn off your electronics.

Get a programmable thermostat.

 

Fact: the first Earth Day was in 1970.

 

Fix leaky faucets.

Use rechargeable batteries.

Take a walk outside.

 

Fact: Walking improves concentration and creativity.

 

Use a reusable water bottle.

Clean out your garage and donate to local charities.

Opt out of junk mail.

 

Fact: 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail each year.

The Powerful Implications of Positive, Contagious Emotions

This is a guest post by my friend, author and speaker, Shawn Murphy. Shawn is the CEO & Founder of the leadership blog, Switch & Shift. I’m excited that his book, The Optimistic Workplace is now available.

Be Positive

As a leader, you have the greatest influence on those whom you lead. A good day for you can lift the spirits of your team. Research shows that your positive emotions are contagious. Certainly the opposite is true. Yet, there is greater significance when you spread positive, contagious emotions. That is the focus of this article.

 

“Your presence has a powerful influence on your team.” -Shawn Murphy

 

Distinguished psychology professor Barbara Fredrickson has devoted much of her research to positive, contagious emotions. She defines them as emotions such as joy, love, or inspiration. When these or other positive emotions are present, they expand our thinking and actions to complementary effects. Positive emotions drive related behaviors that inspire others to mimic them when observed. For example, if you are feeling inspired in a brainstorming meeting and you show it, it will likely rub-off on others who will model similar behaviors. Thus the emotion becomes contagious.

 

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” –Elbert Hubbard

 

Benefits of Positive, Contagious Emotions

Positive, contagious emotions benefit your team and help drive towards desired organizational outcomes. These emotions help shape the work climate to be optimistic. Individuals thrive because of these two influences on performance.

Higher Team Performance

Simply put, positive emotions make you feel good. And when you feel good you perform at higher levels. It’s easier for you to reach peak performance. When you regularly experience positive emotions, you continually grow toward optimal functioning. A team influenced by positive, contagious emotions performs at higher levels.

Positive SeOptimistic Workplacelf-Identity

When you feel good about yourself and your contributions, you are more likely to experience higher levels of creativity and resiliency. What Fredrickson has learned from her research is that positive emotions have an encouraging influence on a person’s identity and well-being.

Stronger Relationships

Relationships are stronger and healthier where positive, contagious emotions are prevalent. Employees are seen as key partners in the success of the team and ultimately in the organization. Employees want to know that they are valued and not just some number built into the company’s balance sheet.

 

“A team influenced by positive, contagious emotions performs at higher levels.” -Shawn Murphy

 

Implications of Positive, Contagious Emotions

As a leader, you personally benefit by demonstrating actions that evoke positive emotions. The implications listed below have significant influence on your own satisfaction as a leader. The implications also help shape the climate so that workplace optimism can emerge.

Inspire People to Overcome Challenges

28 Quotes to Celebrate Earth Day

Our planet Earth has its own day of celebration: April 22nd.  In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day.  Now celebrated around the world, it’s a day when we pause to think about the environment.

 

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir

 

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi

 

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson

 

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”-Einstein

 

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

 

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman

 

“Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”-Lady Bird Johnson

 

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller

 

“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Be the change you wish to see in this world.”-Gandhi

 

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”-C.S. Lewis

 

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”-Benjamin Franklin

Working for Good

Jeff Klein is the CEO of Working For Good and trustee and executive team member of Conscious Capitalism Inc., an organization cofounded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods.  He’s written two thoughtful books Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living and It’s Just Good Business: The Emergence of Conscious Capitalism & The Practice of Working For Good.

What is Working for Good” ?

Working for Good is the name of my book and business. It is a brand. And it is an approach to work, business and life that orients around service, sustainability, learning, growth and development.WFG200

What are the benefits of creating an environment where you can truly “work for good”?

Purpose is among the highest motivations for human beings. If your work is infused with purpose, then you are inspired and energized to bring all that you have and all that you can to the work.

Love and care similarly bring out the best and most in people. If you care about and for the people you work with and if they care about and for you, your connection to them is deep, and you are motivated to serve and support each other.

When people are aligned and alighted in purpose, supporting and serving each other — and others who they come in contact with (including customers and other stakeholders of the business) — the business is alive. It attracts attention and fosters relationships built on trust and loyalty, which leads to resilience and sustainability.

This is very good for business!

“If your work is infused with purpose, then you are energized to bring all that you have to the work.” -Jeff Klein

How is a business like a garden?

The most essential skill of a gardener is that of attention. “Tending” a garden begins with attention. When you pay attention to the garden, you see what is going on and recognize where care and intervention are required.