What are the benefits of positivity? According to John Hopkins University, we can boost our bright side. Another study found that smiling-even fake smiling-reduces heart rate and blood pressure during stressful situations. They recommend trying a few minutes of YouTube humor therapy instead of stomping your feet, fuming, or worse yet, saying things you might regret later.
Did you know that your brain lights up when thinking about positive things? In other words, our brains work better when we think positively. One of the best ways to practice positivity is to reflect on people who have demonstrated positivity throughout history.
Powerful people can change the world and our lives. President Abraham Lincoln was a very powerful person. Even after he attained the highest political position in America, the presidency, he treated everyone he encountered with honesty, humility, courage, justice, and grace. Even during Lincoln's lifetime, people were fascinated by him.
Helen Keller might be #1 on our list of optimistic people. She overcame challenges that many of us never face. She wrote, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope."
Anna Mary Robertson, known to us as Grandma Moses, became a painter at age 78. She had been known in her community for her detailed needlework, but when arthritis rendered her unable to continue needlepoint and embroidery, she turned to paint.
As an inventor, Edison is one of the most famous inventors of all time. He was prolific, holding over 1,000 patents, but his best-known inventions include the light bulb, phonograph, and the early movie camera.
Real heroes are usually thankful people. German-born Anne Frank is the best-selling teenage author of the 20th century. She wrote one book, a diary, while hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands. "How wonderful it is," she wrote in a tiny hideaway, "that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
Perhaps the most famous and inspiring female pilot, in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. During her short career, she set altitude records and inspired other women to learn to fly by participating in the first Women's Air Derby.
It's hard to pick just one person as the most versatile person in history, but since our assignment is to do just that, it would be Leonardo da Vinci. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, and inventor. His curiosity knew no bounds, and although he had no formal academic training, many historians and scholars regard him as a perfect example of a well-educated and versatile person.
Leonardo, known by his first name even in the 21st century, is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. Although he is best known for his dramatic and expressive artwork, Leonardo also conducted dozens of carefully thought-out experiments that led to groundbreaking futuristic ideas. His keen eye and quick mind led him to make important scientific discoveries.
I-Imaginative or inventive
Walt Disney may be the most imaginative and inventive person in the 20th century. Without his contributions to the movie and television industries, our idea of "entertainment" might be different.
Walt Disney constantly pushed the boundaries of animation and entertainment. He created family-friendly new things for the public using different types of media; comic strips, cartoons, TV programs, movies, etc. He was one of the first animators to use television to extend Disney's brand. Imagination was at the heart of everything Walt Disney did.
Tenacity is the quality or fact of being very determined. Words we use to describe tenacity are courage, determination, and diligence. These three successful people are considered "tenacious" because of their desire to succeed, regardless of the importance of their mission.
- Benjamin Franklin never stopped inventing.
- Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th and 20th policies around proper medical care.
- Henry Ford had a natural tenacious attitude and a hard work ethic.
What happens when you say "yes" more often? Saying "yes" opens a door for something new to happen. The things you say "yes" to happen, memories are created, and new experiences enrich your life.
Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. During this class, we will explore the history of the Parks, the artists, the photographers, writers, and musicians who have helped us celebrate their beauty and unique qualities.
When we visit a National Park, rocks, fossils, and dinosaur bones are a few of the unique and beautiful things we see. We can learn a lot about our planet by studying Earth's materials and the largest animals ever to live on our planet, dinosaurs.
One million years ago, Earth looked very different than it does today. If we were to time-travel, we probably wouldn't recognize the oceans or continents or many of the animals, plants, or trees. While we may not be too sad that dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth, we know that all plants and animals need to be protected.
Thomas Edison once said, "Never stop learning." Today we know him as one of the most famous and prolific inventors. As an inventor, he held over 1,000 patents, and he influenced daily life with incandescent lightbulbs, the electric grid, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
Seated, safe and fun. Mindful moments help us strengthen our body and relax our minds. Remember to breathe and drink water.
Would you be surprised to learn that Americans started recycling discarded materials in 1690? Wow – that was a long time ago! Since then, we have become more aware of taking care of our planet, and creative artists have found ingenious ways to turn recycled material into beautiful works of art!
Who are the Lady Edison's? Just like Thomas Edison, these women were curious about how things worked. They are women who broke gender stereotypes and invented things that made our lives safer, healthier, and in some cases, more enjoyable. Who are today's Lady Edison's?
Seated, safe and fun. A fun heart pumping cardio class for the whole family! Remember to breathe and drink water.
Our brains decide what colors we see; then, our hearts and emotions kick in. Although used in millions of ways other than just the flag, the American colors of red, white, and blue communicate strong feelings. Let's see what famous artists have created to help us celebrate this great country.
What were you doing on July 20, 1969? The spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to step on the moon's surface. Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to the world, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Their world is everything to you.
Is there anything more picturesque than a lighthouse on a rocky coast? National Parks along both coasts and the shores of our lakes tell the stories of America's lighthouses. We are reminded of our Nation's maritime history and the families and individuals who braved the elements to offer safe passage and save lives.
Seated, safe, and fun. Enjoy this seated cardio session with your loved one and remember to breathe and sip water.
Our Founding Fathers risked everything they had, including their lives, to create a new nation based on liberty and freedom for all. From America's original documents to the desk they were written on, our story is told through our amazing people's creativity, innovation, and perseverance.
Fred Harvey & the Harvey Girls
Fred Harvey changed the way Americans traveled. He looked at travel as more than just a way to get from one place to another. Mr. Harvey wanted Americans to travel in style, be comfortable, and have wonderful experiences, including "Five Star" food, hotel accommodations, and service from the "Harvey Girls."
The Military and our National Parks are woven together into a rich tapestry. Today the National Park Service has the honor of preserving hundreds of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that honor the service of American patriots and ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
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The Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lasted only twelve seconds, but it changed the world. For centuries, humankind attempted to fly using kites, balloons, and gliders, but Orville and Wilbur were the first to accomplish controlled flight. What made these two brothers so convinced that they could fly?
The Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, lasted only twelve seconds, but it changed the world. Wilbur and Orville were American inventors and pioneers of aviation, and in 1903 they achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight.
Being curious about new things can serve as a powerful factor in cognition and behavior as we age. While we need more research to understand exactly how or why this happens, we know two things; our memory is often better if we work at learning new things and curious people are happier!
Why and how do lyricists and composers use words to tell a story? Music is emotional – from a simple chorus to an intricate opera; sometimes, it feels like the melody and the lyrics speak directly to our hearts. And that is because music is a language, the language of emotion.
Is the Wild West gone? Western towns offer a glimpse into the past, a real experience of life in these small towns in the late 1800s. They often serve as a museum, where the history has been preserved. It is not the same as in the 1800s, but there are still plenty of towns left that feel just like the Wild West.
How do artists help us "see" and understand what is in space? Painted in 1889 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry, Starry Night" may be the most famous painting of the evening sky. Today we have telescopes and cameras that capture beautiful moments and send them back to Earth for everyone to enjoy.
During World War II, this image of a female American factory worker named Rosie became an iconic poster and a song. Rosie's image appeared on posters and covers of magazines and represented women all across America who joined the war effort with the declaration "We Can Do It!"
The 1950s were a decade rich in innovation and change. What stands out as having the most significant influence on our lives during the 1950s? Would you believe a television in every American living room, teenagers, and Rock & Roll?
What drove America to build better roads? America had Henry Ford to thank for this new freedom. As motor-vehicle sales grew, Americans demanded better roads. U.S. Highway 66, popularly known as "Route 66," is significant as the Nation's first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles.
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Scientists have long believed that bees first appeared 60 million years ago, but a 2006 discovery of a bee embedded in amber shows that the bee may be as old as 120 million years old. That means that bees survived the age of dinosaurs and outlived other insects and animals that have become extinct. What does that tell us about bees?