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Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change by Michelle Gielan

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FACT-CHECK

Move from Paralysis to Activation

Joe Stone is a self-described adrenaline junkie, but that passion is what almost killed him. In a paragliding accident, Joe slammed into the ground at sixty-five miles per hour, breaking his back. Yet one year later, Joe competed in an Ironman Triathlon, a promise he had made from his hospital bed soon after doctors told him he would never walk again. While most of us are not as adventurous or as crazy as Joe is, he is an example of a principle so important and rational that it’s the topic of this entire chapter.

At twenty-five, Joe moved to Montana to take advantage of all the outdoor extreme sports the state had to offer. One day he went out with a group of friends to do some speed flying, which ...

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