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Happiness Means Being Just Rushed Enough: Scientific American

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The image of the increasingly time-crunched American is wrong—and being less rushed does not always mean being happier
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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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Eric's Journey with a Gifted Lottery Ticket

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  Editor's Note: I'm sharing the sequence of events that occurred, starting when YouTube prankster/magician, MagicofRahat, met the man we now know as Eric. I wish all of the references to this...
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New Sign Language Restaurant Only Takes Orders In American Sign Language -

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FOODBEAST is the premiere food news resource. A one-stop location for food news, culture and entertainment.
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Farm worker travels 20 km each way to create Web site for Gujarat students

Farm worker travels 20 km each way to create Web site for Gujarat students | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A man living on a farm with almost no access to electricity has managed to build a website for students to engage them into studies in a fun-filled way!
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What an inspiring guy. Another great story from Better India.

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19 Websites To Make You Smarter

19 Websites To Make You Smarter | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online? Here's a list of websites that will actually make you...
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More of what I think of as the generosity of the Web.

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Dogs feel empathy for humans, study suggests

Dogs feel empathy for humans, study suggests | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

A recent study by UK researchers from Goldsmiths College in London suggests that dogs may be capable of empathy.


They set out to collect 18 untrained pet dogs and place a stranger and the dogs owner in different places. The owner and stranger would alternately express themselves vocally in various ways. 15 of the 18 dogs sought out the person making distressed sounds, even if it was the stranger(Garrett).


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this demonstrates that dogs are capable of exhibiting consolatory behavior, and thus, a degree of empathy in trying to comfort the sad person.
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Via Edwin Rutsch
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Dog owners have known this for a long time, but scientists are more careful naming things. 

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Dog guardians already knew this information, but it's nice to have scientific validation.

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5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Start Growing Food

5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Start Growing Food | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Has the food gardening bug hit you? If you’re not sowing seeds and tending tomatoes yet, your neighbors probably are. One in three American households is now growing food, a 17% increase from five years ago! If you want to join them but weren't blessed with green thumbs, we’ve rounded up five ways to ease into gardening.
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Invisible Weaver

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From sewing to poetry, we can’t help but transform the world around us—even if no one else can tell.
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David Whyte On Being At The Frontier Of Your Identity, by Tami Simon

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In this interview Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with the poet and author David Whyte. Their conversation explores "how each of our lives unfolds as a great conversation with reality, which is the source of originality. David also shares some of his poetry, and explores how our innate sense of exile is actually a core human competency, how vulnerability enhances our perception, and what it might mean to tap into the invisible support that is always available to us."
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If You Cut a Cow in Half, Do You Get Two Cows?

If You Cut a Cow in Half, Do You Get Two Cows? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When not swimming in Walden Pond, Linda Booth Sweeney, a systems educator and writer, focuses on how to clearly and creatively teach students of all ages about living systems to help them make better decisions in the world. She spoke with Lisa Bennett, communications director for the Center for Ecoliteracy and coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence, about leaving a career in advertising for education, teaching her own children about living systems, and feeling hope for the future.
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What a terrific way to help children (and anyone else) understand the concept of interconnectedness.

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India's First Ever School For Sex Workers, By Sex Workers - The Better India

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Madam is a sex worker herself. But she is struggling against odds stacked high to get these women at least a basic education.
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That Water Bottle You Discarded Is Being Recycled By Lakshmi In A Mumbai Slum Right Now

That Water Bottle You Discarded Is Being Recycled By Lakshmi In A Mumbai Slum Right Now | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Do you know what Lakshmi says when her daughter is teased with "Teri maa kachre wali hai"?
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Organic Battery Mimics Nature - TruthAtlas

Organic Battery Mimics Nature - TruthAtlas | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Southern California have announced the development of a radical new kind of battery
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A new kind of battery with huge potential.

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Smartphone app may revolutionize mental health treatment

Smartphone app may revolutionize mental health treatment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new technology is poised to transform the way in which patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Their new smartphone-based system detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them to professionals in real time. It has the potential to greatly improve the response time and efficacy of clinical psychiatrists.
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Retired Marine Gets $70,000 Homecoming Surprise

Retired Marine Gets $70,000 Homecoming Surprise | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Sgt. Jacinto Bernardo came back to the United States from Okinawa after serving the Marine for 21 years, all he wanted was an In-N-Out burger. He was already shocked when his friend showed up in a limo at the airport. But when the limo stopped in front of his house, he walked out, and started...
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Elephant Cries After He Is Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse

Elephant Cries After He Is Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists. All that changed when he was rescued last weekend by wildlife conservationists who said the animal cried when he was final...
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What Raju endured is horrifying. May he have many more years to enjoy the first freedom he has experienced in his entire life.

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Meet Grace And Her Doll Ella, The Chemo Barbie That Helps Young Cancer Patients

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Meet Grace And Her Doll Ella, The Chemo Barbie That Helps Young Cancer Patients
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Barbie's never been high on my list of toy favourites, but I'm glad to see this.

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Humor As A Tool In Conflict Resolution, by Michael Nagler & Karen Ridd

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Humor can be very effective in establishing a human connection between parties in a conflict, and thereby defusing the conflict itself, though it can be very hard to remember when the heat is really on. In fact humor is a time-honored strategy in the repertoire of nonviolence. But like any strategy it has to be appropriately applied. And that means exposing the folly in what someone is doing without ridiculing the person or the group they belong to: "humor but not humiliation." It's a fine line to tread.
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A story of incredible courage, compassion, and intelligence.

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Buen Camino – The Good Way | Moved By Love

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"How did the rose ever opened its heart and give to this world all of it's beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against it's being. Otherwise we all remain too frightened."

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Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness

Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.
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Be Grateful for Life

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One postcard from the The Look for the Good Project expresses the importance of being grateful for life.
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Three young activists who are changing the world

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These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
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‘Mini Farms’ By Israel’s Livingbox Wins Top Prize For Best Project To Feed Third World

‘Mini Farms’ By Israel’s Livingbox Wins Top Prize For Best Project To Feed Third World | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies.
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Four Women In Their 80s And 90s Who Are Probably More Inspiring Than Any Youth Icon You Know

Four Women In Their 80s And 90s Who Are Probably More Inspiring Than Any Youth Icon You Know | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Going to a remote village to treat patients, translating literature and more - all this above the age of 80!
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Helping Refugee Families in the U.S., Starts with Teen Girls

GirlForward, an organization empowering teen refugee girls in Chicago, has found that helping refugee families relocated in the U.S., must start with girls.
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DailyGood: Finding Treasure In A Thrift-Store Couch

DailyGood: Finding Treasure In A Thrift-Store Couch | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Imagine digging through the cushions on a secondhand couch expecting to find a few extra coins -- and pulling out, instead, over $40,000. Now ask yourself, would you then return the money? That's the question three roommates faced when they realized that the lumps in their newly purchased couch were actually large bundles of money. Money that had been set aside to care for a dying man's widow. Purchased for just $20 at a local thrift store, read more to learn how one tattered old couch became a focal point for the 'hidden treasure' of virtue.
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