I read this article about a study which examined changes in optimism. They took two groups of people, and asked one to record three things that they were grateful for every night before bed for three weeks.
At the end of the study, those who had maintained the practice were significantly more optimistic about things than the control group. The study also found that the boost in optimism was permanent, and persisted well after the 3 week period.
I thought this was a really great idea, so every night before bed, I write down three things I am happy about and three things I am grateful for. I’m only two nights in, so we’ll see how it goes, but I’m liking it so far.
I was going to say to do this later when there’s less stress to deal with, but then I realized that there is always time to try to reinforce happy thoughts, rather than negative ones. I think I’ll give this a try.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with digital stuff and had a lot of frustrating issues using Manga Studio for making actual comic work. Toning, in particular. x__x I thought I was just lazy, but apparently I was making life difficult for myself. <u>
I discovered this tutorial and it has made a HUGE difference in the way I work with tones in Manga Studio. Saved me from a lot of wasted time and frustration~
Toph’s Pointing Out That She Is Blind Photoset | Requested by puzzlegirlsandpoprocks
Toph’s blindness was one of the most excellently handled aspects of AtLA because it wasn’t treated like a disability. So often in shows (and especially children’s animation) disabled characters are limited to appearances in “very special episodes” where the main characters have to learn a lesson that these people are capable “in spite of” their handicaps, like that episode of Kim Possible wherein Kim constantly stumbles over herself around Felix. This approach is often just as insulting as making them the butt of jokes, because it’s patronizing and it limits the amount of roles disabled characters are allowed to have.
Avatar challenged that stereotype with Teo, and then sent a giant middle finger its way by introducing Toph. She’s turned what would otherwise be a disability into an advantage, and she’s not afraid to crack jokes about it. She functions well enough that the other characters often forget that she is blind, but at the same time it’s an integral part of her bending and allows her to be the greatest earthbender ever. It sends a powerful message that having a physical disability does not make you less of a person, and often affords you a unique perspective that the so-called “normal” people never get to experience.
One of the many reasons I love this show.
This person worded everything I wanted to express about Toph. She is honestly my favorite fictional character because she is so humanized and identifies as person-first, which is rare in popular media nowadays. I remember not fully understanding the concept of disability as a twelve-year-old back then, so I didn’t realize how lucky I was to watch a character like Toph grow and challenge the stereotypes. I love that she’s also a girl and isn’t afraid to express her “masculinity” through sarcasm and earthbending (and bad personal hygiene).