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We Just Witnessed the Birth of a New Planet

We Just Witnessed the Birth of a New Planet | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Astronomers confirm the discovery of a still-forming exoplanet 450 light years away.
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VIDEO | Miracle rescue of man adrift for more than a day in Batangas waters

VIDEO | Miracle rescue of man adrift for more than a day in Batangas waters | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

"God, if you want me to live, please send me something to help me float as I'm very weak now."

Such were the words Timothy Roy Condino recalled desperately praying after drifting at sea without a life vest for more than 24 hours on May 1 between the provinces of Batangas and Occidental Mindoro.

Then, out of the blue, came four floating coconuts and a rope which he strung together and clung on to until he was rescued by a tug boat that was passing nearby.


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'Miracle May': Rain, thunderstorms forecast through Saturday - Los Angeles Times

'Miracle May': Rain, thunderstorms forecast through Saturday - Los Angeles Times | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Rain and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for Los Angeles County through the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service .
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A giant blackboard on a city street is encouraging strangers to share their ... - Washington Post

A giant blackboard on a city street is encouraging strangers to share their ... - Washington Post | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Its creator, Nancy Belmont, calls it the "Courage Wall" and it's drawing so many people, she can't wipe it down fast enough.
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‘Suspended coffee’ comes to Seattle

‘Suspended coffee’ comes to Seattle | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Brother, can you spare a dime (or a few dollars) for a cup of coffee? Even if you don’t know exactly who will drink it in the end?
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Sacramento homeless fair kicks off amid planning for cabin community - The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento homeless fair kicks off amid planning for cabin community - The Sacramento Bee | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
The Safe Ground Stake Down homeless fair is the latest development in the four-year evolution of Sacramento's Safe Ground movement, whose goal is to provide safe temporary shelter for Sacramento's estimated 1,000 homeless people.
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Woman thanks Chili's for fixing 'broken' cheeseburger

Woman thanks Chili's for fixing 'broken' cheeseburger | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A woman from Utah took to Facebook to thank the employees at a popular restaurant chain for the kindness they showed to her 7-year-old sister.
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Continuing Kindness: Teen Bringing Clean Water to Haiti - Patch.com

Continuing Kindness: Teen Bringing Clean Water to Haiti - Patch.com | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

A year after collecting more than 2,000 pairs of shoes and raising more than $4,000 for an orphanage in La Gonave, Haiti, Merrimack High School junior Hannah Vaccaro is busying herself again with a new project.

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It is incredible to see a teenager take so much initiative to help this community in Haiti. 

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Free child care to open at Providence Portland Medical Center

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A new free child care center is opening soon at Providence Portland Medical Center, a project of local nonprofits.
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The idea of a "kindness movement" is certainly not a new one. Google the word kindness and you're sure to get a zillion hits and sites all about kindness, paying it forward and ideas for random act...
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Through parents' unusual effort, special-needs friends maintain lifelong friendship

Through parents' unusual effort, special-needs friends maintain lifelong friendship | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
For 25 years, a group of a dozen or so friends -- all with developmental disabilities -- have maintained a friendship stronger and more long-lasting than many middle-aged people can claim. They have their parents to thank for it.
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Cagle: A smile, kind word can ease emotional turbulence

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Cagle: A smile, kind word can ease emotional turbulence,Rhonda Cagle shares how her experiences traveling have reminded her how people hold on to emotional baggage.
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Camp Fire candy seller's act of kindness resonates in Snohomish County, Washington

Camp Fire candy seller's act of kindness resonates in Snohomish County, Washington | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A woman sick with the flu receives an unexpected gift.
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Ventura aims for Million Acts of Kindness - Ventura County Star

Ventura aims for Million Acts of Kindness - Ventura County Star | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
One Million Acts of Kind­ness is an effort to docu­ment people being nice as Ventura approaches its 150th birthday on ­April ­2.
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What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness - New York Magazine

What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness - New York Magazine | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

It is just plain nice to witness those rare moments when people show real kindness to each other, and psychologists have a phrase for that: It's called moral elevation, that warm-and-fuzzy feeling you get from simply witnessing compassion. Scientists know that moral elevation tends to nudge people toward behaving more altruistically themselves, and now some new research has helped explain this effect by recording what happens inside the brain and body when we see a little bit of niceness occur. 

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'Miracle baby' for Nepal earthquake victim - BBC News

'Miracle baby' for Nepal earthquake victim - BBC News | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A pregnant woman who dug herself out of the rubble after the first Nepal earthquake has given birth to a healthy boy, say healthcare workers.
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Video: Fast food worker's act of kindness goes viral

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"Sir, if you don't mind, could you help me eat?" That's what a disabled customer asked a fast food worker, and he didn't think twice, putting on gloves and feeding her carefully at a table at Qdoba Mexican Grill in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. David Jones, who was nearby, was touched by the encounter and shared his video with CNN affiliate WAVE. The worker, Ridge Quarles, explains their special relationship.

"She didn't get to get out of her house very often, but whenever she did, she always told me, 'Ridge, this is my most favorite place to eat,'" Quarles tells WAVE.

Quarles said he's not sure of the woman's name or background but he sees her get dropped off by a bus that helps disabled people. Sometimes she can't even get into the store. Quarles said the woman has to wait outside until someone opens the door for her.

Meanwhile, the man who shot the video wants everyone to know what a small act of kindness can do.

Jones tells WAVE, "It seems to me that if everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else, think what the world would be like."

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Lessons in kindness

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My son and I were returning home from errands late in the evening with my son, barely into his third... - Random Acts of Kindness - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Hero with a $20,000 heart: Walmart worker honored for returning cash left in cart

Hero with a $20,000 heart: Walmart worker honored for returning cash left in cart | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
An upbeat immigrant from Ghana, known for his cheerful helping of customers at the Walmart in Federal Way, is being honored by the retail giant for his quick work in returning an envelope stuffed with cash to the customers who had accidentally...
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Harmony High students learn how charity can make a difference

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Pat Filippone is in the business of raising money in her role as executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Osceola County  But on Thursday, business gave way to emotion as she thanked a group of high school students for choosing Habitat as the recipient of a $1,200 grant. 


The students are members of a new program at Harmony High School that's teaching kids how to make a difference through charitable giving.

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Exposures: I Care: Collecting shoes for Sacramento soles -

Exposures: I Care:  Collecting shoes for Sacramento soles - | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Christina Preston chirps cheerful greetings to employees at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California as she navigates a large box of donated shoes to her car. She is the founder...
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The impact of kindness

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I hope in some small way I am paying it forward with my foundation, but nothing will ever have the impact of a one-to-one act of kindness.
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‘The Waiting Room’: a day in the life of an Oakland ER

‘The Waiting Room’: a day in the life of an Oakland ER | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A review of “The Waiting Room,” a documentary that chronicles a day in the life of an Oakland, Calif., emergency room.
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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts making efforts to reach out to youths with disabilities

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In recent years, the regional councils for both organizations have made special efforts to reach out to young people with disabilities to make sure they know they are welcome, that activities can be adapted or modified as needed, and that all leaders are ready to be inclusive.


The intent is "not just to include Scouts with disabilities, but to advance them through the ranks.


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Exposures: I Care: Healing through play - sacbee.com

Exposures: I Care: Healing through play - sacbee.com | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Cheerful music plays softly in the background of the sunny playroom at Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento.
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