When Dr. Cohen coaches and speaks to people/groups he puts a lot of emphasis on the damaging effect of being the Salt. Poorly-managed negative emotions are not good for your health. Negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets the body's hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the *immune system.
Chronic Stress can actually decrease our lifespan. (Science has now identified that stress shortens our telomeres, the "end caps" of our DNA strands, which causes us to age more quickly.) Bullying causes stress both for the person doing the bullying and the person who is being bullied.
Be The Sun, Not the Salt is a clear and honest guide to finding your best self. The message is intended to help you develop intentional practices to choose to be kind, positive, grateful, helpful, over being angry, hateful, rude and negative.
Positive emotions have a scientific purpose-to help the body recover from the ill effects of persistent negative emotions. Thus cultivating positivity over time can help us become more resilient in the face of crisis or stress. Just like Dr. Harry Cohen says in the book Be The Sun, Not the Salt, Practice Practice Practice to build your DO IT ANYWAY muscles, being Heliotropic isn't easy, but it becomes easier when you intentionally practice.
Resilient people are able to experience tough emotions like pain, sorrow, frustration, and grief without falling apart. Resilient people do not deny the pain or suffering they are experiencing; rather, they retain a sense of positivity that helps them overcome the negative effects of their situation. In fact, some people are able to look at challenging times with optimism and hope, knowing that their hardships will lead to personal growth and an expanded outlook on life.
JC and his family are resilient. They intentionally focus on looking at their challenges with optimism and hope. Laura, Lee and JC spend a lot of their time intentionally being the Sun, helping create awareness for the importance of inclusion and kindness. They are making a difference and working daily to drive change. They are part of a large community of people in the Portland Oregon Metro who all work to drive positive change and create inclusion for all.
Laura was the former Vice president of the Autism Society of Oregon and still participates and continues to lead many events to help create awareness and inspire people to stand up against hate and discrimination and make create a culture of kindness and inclusion. Laura, Lee and JC are part of a big group in Portland Oregon that are all working to make a difference.
In February 2015 Laura, Lee, and JC were chosen as the presenters of the Heart Of Gold banquet. They were nominated by the Providence Neuro Development Center because of their ability to always Be the Sun through all of JC's coaching and learning sessions. They chose the Traw family for this honor, because they are Positive Energizers in everything they do.
JC and his team of Doctors from Sunset Pediatrics work closely to help him develop socialization skills, physical strength and confidence. This is a recent photo of JC at a scavenger hunt put on by their office.
JC is very involved in athletics. His doctors have been very pro-exercise and encourage his participation in athletic activities in order to help him manage his mood and build strength. The photo here is JC at a recent Nike Special Olympics games event.
JC has spent a lot of time with the team at Forward Stride learning compassion and kindness with his friend.
JC is part of the team at Specialty Athletic Training. This helps him build emotional and physical strength and manage his emotions. Being part of a team and being included also creates confidence and JC has seen huge improvement in his confidence from participating in their programs. Releasing energy in a positive way through exercise helps JC to not release his energy in frustration or anger.
This is a testimonial video that Lee and Laura were asked to do for Specialty Athletic talking about their experiences with this team for JC.
Laura and Lee have been coaching the Challenger League for many years and have learned a ton from the kids. They have developed patience and developed intentional habits to slow down before they speak as coaches. The athletic teams JC has been on have really helped him feel included!
Just this week, in October 2019, JC was recognized in the HollyRod Foundation Feature Friday article for his long time-time practice of doing weekly chalkboard quotes by the HollyRod Foundation. This video is a compilation that was out on the web, and was found by the team at HollyRod Foundation. The HollyRod Foundation chose to feature one of his recent quotes from the video and honor the Traw Family for their positivity. Laura and Lee work with JC to focus on the positive and always look for the learning opportunity. One of the ways they do this is by having JC pick a quote weekly and put it on his chalk board at home. The HollyRod Foundation featured his quote on their monthly feature story. They offer amazing support, programs, guidance and encouragement for kids and adults like JC! This is the compilation video, we hope you enjoy it.
Be the Sun, Not the Salt is grateful for our friends Laura, Lee, and JC for all that they do to challenge others to choose kindness.
Just like it is said in the book, Be the Sun, Not the Salt, DO IT ANYWAY. Dr. Harry D. Cohen guides us all to drop the excuses and Be Heliotropic Anyway. Choose to be kind. Choose inclusion. Choose to Be the Sun!