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Blog #165~ Betty White on Staying Positive


Blog #165~ Betty White on Staying Positive

Betty White turned 95 last week, and beams with happiness and positivity!  She was interviewed by Katie Couric, who asked this American treasure, about the state of our country, and how divided it is.

Here is what Betty had to say……

“It’s not in the best place we’ve ever been, but I think that’s the time, to buckle down and really work positively as much as you can. Instead of saying, Oh this is terrible, oh he’s terrible, just think alright, there is nothing I can do about that right now. But I can do the best in my little circle.  So if I do that, maybe you’ll do your best, and we’ll get through.”

Katie Couric went on to state how hard it is for some people to be positive, with so much negativity with the barrage of politics and social media creating a toxic environment.  Betty, acknowledged this, and offered these thoughts…….  

So many people think negatively saying, you know what I hate, oh I hate this.  Instead of alright, I’ll get through this.  Then you start lifting up a bit.”


“If you start with, you know what I hate, you’re going to go right down the tubes” 

Betty White is a positive thinker, in her words a “cockeyed optimist” and attributes that to staying happy all 95 years of her life.  I thought about this interview, when the sun came out after countless foggy, gray days here in Chicago. Earlier, I took a power walk soaking in the sunny, blue skies and mild 55 degrees. I could feel the sunshine lifting my spirits.  Not everyday starts with sunshine, especially in January.  But my day ALWAYS start with a smile, (and usually a fart and giggle), from my son, Nick.  He is 22 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD).


It’s a great way to start each day.🙂  Nick’s smile is contagious, his attitude uplifting.  Anyone in Nick’s inner circle has witnessed his joy.  A treat at Culver’s brings on such happiness to big guy.  Nick does well finding pleasure in the simple things, being silly, and making people laugh. Yes, he has his moments of getting frustrated and upset like the rest of us.  But he shakes it off, I admire that.

Betty White and my son, Nick, have the right idea by entering each day with a positive attitude.  It will not only elevate your mood, but those around you.

It’s no wonder why Betty White looks and feels these way she does at age 95, with her words of wisdom…….. *Buckle down  *Think positive  *Do the best in your little circle *You got to get through this, one foot in front of the other.  

When the skies are grey, the temperatures are cold, and the world is divided maybe we should all focus on letting the sunshine come out in your heart and beam onto others. A positive spirit will ripple out of your own circle and expand to those around you.

That’s what is in my noggin this week. 🙂



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Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

6 thoughts on “Blog #165~ Betty White on Staying Positive

  1. Teresa What a lovely post. I love Betty White😍 Blessings to you Joleene I’m currently watching bonus episode of I wonder if you ever got a chance to tune in to the webinar. I found it eye-opening and unnerving.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Hi Teresa and Nick,
    My name is Karen. I am in a reading class at USC Upstate and I read your thoughts about Betty White. She is my favorite actress. I like her stories about St. Olaf. My class and I have chosen to make our class theme song “Thank You For Being A Friend.” We are reading poetry. Do you like poetry? We meet every Wednesday night. Please write back!
    Karen and the USC Upstate reading class

    1. Thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the Betty White piece. Great muse she is and the stories of St. Olaf, keep up the reading class. Yes I do enjoy poetry, and use to write some back in the day in my diary. Best, and keep in touch Karen. 🙂

      1. We are so happy to read your reply! We are sorting valentine cards in class tonight. Karen says, I would like to give one to you! Will you be our Valentine blogger? You are our favorite blogger! Karen’s favorite poet is William Shakespeare and his piece Romeo and Juliet. Dr. Goodman’s favorite poet is Rumi. We like Emily Dickenson. Who is your favorite poet?
        Thank you for being a friend.

        **copy the URL for music!**

        Karen and USC Upstate Reading Class

      2. I’m so happy to be your valentine blogger, and favorite blogger 🙂 I love all the poets you mentioned, in addition I’ll add Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”, Elizabeth Browning, Edgar Alan Poe and E.Cummings.

        Here is my valentine poem for you all….

        I carry your heart with me
        I carry it in my heart
        I am never without it
        anywhere I go, you do dear.
        E Cummings

        All the best and yes, thank you for being a friend~ Teresa 🙂

  3. Dear Nick,
    We have had very wintry weather. We actually canceled class last week because of a severe thunderstorm warning. We are back tonight and wish you well.
    The USC Upstate Reading Class

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