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16 Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes

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From preventing sauces form curdling to getting wrinkles out of your clothing, ice cubes are a great addition to your DIY arsenal.
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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds o...
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Simple, powerful

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Tylenol Recreates Norman Rockwell Painting with Lesbian Moms - Designer Daddy

Tylenol Recreates Norman Rockwell Painting with Lesbian Moms - Designer Daddy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new Tylenol campaign brings an iconic Norman Rockwell painting to life with modern depictions of family, including one with two lesbian moms.
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Some things are changing for the better.

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How One Woman's Love Is Transforming Delhi's Brothels, by Audrey Lin

How One Woman's Love Is Transforming Delhi's Brothels, by Audrey Lin | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
G.B. Road houses a total of 77 brothels. Home to 4,000 women, and 1,500 children, it is the largest red light district in Delhi, India. An area no woman would go voluntarily. Or so you'd think. But a few years ago, Gitanjali Babbar walked right in. She quite literally knocked on the brothel doors, walked up the narrow staircases, and talked to the people there -- sipped tea with the brothel owners, listened, laughed, and came to know the women as her sisters, their children as her family. Three and half years ago, she launched Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that's quietly transformed parts of G.B. Road's brothels into classrooms, community centers, and safe spaces for the women and their children to learn, explore creative arts, and come alive with a sense of connection, expression, and possibility. Read more about Gitanjali's courageous journey and compassionate spirit here.
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One Man's Organized Response To Disaster, by encore.org

One Man's Organized Response To Disaster, by encore.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When tech executive David Campbell learned about the devastation in Thailand caused by the 2004 tsunami, he was moved to action. Armed with a wireless router and duct tape he flew to Thailand where, against the odds he organized a chaotic assortment of people from around the world into a team of effective volunteers. When Campbell returned home to the U.S., Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Using the model he developed in Thailand, Campbell was on the ground within a week in Biloxi, MS, eventually rallying over 1,500 people to help. In 2005 Campbell launched the non-profit All Hands Volunteers to support disaster-struck communities all over the globe. To date the organization has mobilized over 28,000 volunteers. Read on to learn more about this inspiring effort.
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Street Store, world's first free clothing store for the poor

Street Store, world's first free clothing store for the poor | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspiring article on Street Store, world's first free clothing store for the poor, giving them free shopping experience by selecting clothes of their own.
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This 81-Year-Old Wrote a Dictionary to Save Her Tribe's Dying Language

This 81-Year-Old Wrote a Dictionary to Save Her Tribe's Dying Language | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

MAccording to the United Nations, there are almost 7,000 spoken languages in the world and, by the year 2100, we will have said goodbye to more than half of them.

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My Lushootseed grandmother, Vi Hilbert, also did this for her people. An extraordinary gift.

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Goat and Gosling Make Unlikely Friends, Help Each Other Heal

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Unlikely friendships are abound in animal shelters, but it's not every day that you hear about goat and gosling becoming the best of buddies.
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This Girl Said 'No' To Getting Married 2 Weeks Before The Ceremony. You Will Be Glad To Know Why. - The Better India

This Girl Said 'No' To Getting Married 2 Weeks Before The Ceremony. You Will Be Glad To Know Why. - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This group of adolescent girls are fighting against child marriage in Orissa. Know more about these brave Samaritans.
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Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
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Anne Lamott: “Look at the Tea Party: Some of the angriest, most hateful people on earth, and they’re backed by what they think is Scripture”

Anne Lamott: “Look at the Tea Party: Some of the angriest, most hateful people on earth, and they’re backed by what they think is Scripture” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Earth is forgiveness school. I believe that’s why they brought us here, then left us without any owner’s manual"
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Forgiveness - yes, so hard and so essential

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When He Couldn't Find A School for His Daughter, This Father Established His Own

When He Couldn't Find A School for His Daughter, This Father Established His Own | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Patrick Donohue set out on a mission to provide top-notch education for kids with brain injuries.
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10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Chickens are unique individuals that have so much more to offer the world than ending up on someone's dinner plate.
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Judith van Praag's curator insight, December 1, 12:52 PM

As soon as we had settled in on the farm, Jake handed Klaas de Vries a list of animals he wanted to purchase. Top of the list was a goat, and then chickens, white ones for eggs, and special ones for breeding. I observed them closely, from chick to roosting hen and ruling rooster. I'm thankful for all they have to offer, on my plate and in the pen.

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What These Inspiring Women Said Will Change Your Life - Touchtalent

What These Inspiring Women Said Will Change Your Life - Touchtalent | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These are women from all over the world different countries, religions different fields. But they all have one thing common that the lives of these women are tremendously inspiring.
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It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube

It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In 2008, going through a dark patch, Hailey Bartholomew found comfort in a simple practice. Every day she took a photo of something she was grateful for. The practice yielded transformative results and led to the creation of 365grateful.com. Thousands would be inspired by it -- among them a young mother named Amy Gill. Thanks to Hailey's story, Amy would turn to gratefulness at a time of heartbreak in her own life. This film captures her beautiful spirit and story.
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Such a beautiful story - of loss and love and gratitude

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Juhasz family granted sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church

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A Hungarian family whose refugee claim was denied has been granted sanctuary by a B.C. church, the Walnut Grove Lutheran Church.
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The church and its congregation are acting with love and compassion for a family in distress.

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Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson

Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Love is an emotion, a momentary state that arises to infuse your mind and body alike," writes Barbara Frederickson. Yet this transient state holds much promise beyond feeling good; love can be poignant in shaping perceptions of who we are, how we relate to the world, and even our health. Far from being a private event, love is an experience shared between people when they connect in the spirit of goodness. And that connection is at the heart of love's most telling effects: stretching us beyond our boundaries, inspiring awareness, and inviting us into a state of oneness.
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Retired Economist Moved From Mumbai To Dehradun & Is Providing Quality Education To The Poor

Retired Economist Moved From Mumbai To Dehradun & Is Providing Quality Education To The Poor | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From providing quality schooling to enabling students to access world class facilities, PYDS is leaving no stone unturned in bridging the education gap.
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‘Penelope Fitzgerald’: brilliant comeback from a hard life

‘Penelope Fitzgerald’: brilliant comeback from a hard life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In “Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,” master biographer Hermione Lee illuminates the life of Fitzgerald, the English writer and novelist who published her first novel at age 59 and won the Booker Prize for “Offshore.”
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Miniature Goat Lives a Happy Life Thinking He's a Pig

Miniature Goat Lives a Happy Life Thinking He's a Pig | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Rooting around in the mud, bathing in the sun, and building nests are all things that pigs love to do best, and Lope the goat loves to do them too.
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How a Beloved Stray Cat Got His Own Bronze Statue: The Legend of Hamish McHamish

How a Beloved Stray Cat Got His Own Bronze Statue: The Legend of Hamish McHamish | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
St Andrews, Scotland is mourning the loss of Hamish McHamish, a 15-year-old ginger cat. The local celebrity passed away from an ongoing chest infection. A bronze statue was erected for Hamish.
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Making The Leap, by Grant Snider | DailyGood

Making The Leap, by Grant Snider | DailyGood | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
There are any number of reasons one can think of to not do something. In this beguiling illustrated strip Grant Snider playfully reminds us that, for all our potential excuses, there's nothing quite the like the feeling of leaping.
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Can You Instill Hope Via Stories? If Not You'll Fail Miserably As A Leader

Can You Instill Hope Via Stories? If Not You'll Fail Miserably As A Leader | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You may think you're an effective leader, but if you're crushing hope in your organization, you'll fail.

Via Karen Dietz
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Good one, Karen Dietz, and thanks for your overview

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 2, 3:57 PM

This post is all about leadership and storytelling -- specifically, the ability to be hopeful, and instill that hope in others. And how do leaders instill hope? The way it's been done for 100's of 1000's of years: through effective storytelling.


This article is an interview with Libby Gill who is on a mission to bring hope, and "hope theory" back into the workplace, and a front-and-center activity for leaders.


A business axiom these days is "hope is not a strategy". I say that holds true only when the context is about not taking action. At any other time, hope definitely IS a strategy, and one of the most important activities of a leader. Crafting stories with messages of hope is critical for success.


I like the etymology of hope that Gill provides. I'll add a bit to it. Before the 12th Century, hope meant "trust; reliance". Good words to ponder.


Gill shares a lot about hope theory, research into hope, and the dynamics of hope in the workplace. She distinguishes hope from positive thinking, and gives us tangible steps to take -- and some to avoid -- to instill this emotion in others.


It's time to get our hope mojo on. Read the article -- you'll be glad you did.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Surprise! Guess Who Actually Uses Little Libraries - Little Free Library

Surprise! Guess Who Actually Uses Little Libraries - Little Free Library | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Who actually uses Little Free Libraries? It’s a good question. When you put up a Library, are you actually affecting anybody? These little boxes of joy are sprouting up like flowers all around the world. It is exactly the grassroots, free sharing nature of Little Libraries that make it hard to provide black and white …
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Watch a variety of visitors checking out the books in Victoria, B.C.

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Meet the Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save Jews and fight Nazis in World War II

Meet the Muslims who sacrificed themselves to save Jews and fight Nazis in World War II | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Michael Wolfe is a poet and the co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation. His latest film is “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.” He is also author of "The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca." Given recent history, it's a story that deserves retelling.

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Thanks for this link, Amy Potts

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Judith van Praag's comment, December 1, 12:43 PM
Excellent piece, thanks for posting and sharing! Tweeting it around the world.
Cathryn Wellner's comment, December 1, 12:48 PM
We humans don't always act on knowledge, but we can at least chip away at prejudice.