Updated Monday, January 11, 2021
Here is more good news to kick off your week and share with your team.
1. Vaccine ramping up and effective. Though slower to start than hoped, millions of Americans have received a vaccine dosage. President-Elect Biden has committed to releasing the majority of available dosages soon after inauguration, with the goal of 100 million vaccinated in the first 100 days. In other good news, Pfizer released a new study indicating their vaccine is effective against the new mutation. Central Florida will be ramping up with Orlando Health expanding eligibility to patients 65 or older starting today, and after testing in three counties, more Publix pharmacies will be offering vaccines soon according to Governor DeSantis. In Seminole County, you can register for updates on when additional vaccines will be available here. In Orange County, check here.
2. Power of Positivity. There is good news about making a conscious choice to seek out the silver lining whenever possible. Research has found that structured positive thinking reduces anxiety, increases positive emotions, and might even be beneficial for your immune system. For some help with this, read Jon Gordon’s 21 Tips for a Positive New Year. Jon is one of our favorite voices on attitude and positive leadership, and his list includes some fantastic strategies like #9, “Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.” To make it easy, he has a downloadable pdf version you can print and keep in sight for great reminders and harness the power of positivity.
3. Discovered and rediscovered life in the forest. An ecological SWAT team has discovered 20 new species of plants and animals in Bolivia while scouting for new insect species. In an area just 30 miles from the capital, La Paz, high in the Andes forest, the two-week expedition uncovered amazing discoveries like a 10mm lilliputian frog, two metalmark butterflies, the adder’s mouth orchid (below) and a new species of pit viper. They also sighted species that hadn’t been seen in decades, like the devil-eyed frog (below) and the satyr butterfly.
The year is off to a rocky start, but balance your perspective by focusing on the positive news like this. As Jon Gordon says in #6 “Being positive doesn’t just make you better, it makes everyone around you better.”