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13 Expert-Approved Ways To Be Happy

13 Expert-Approved Ways To Be Happy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
What is happiness and how do you achieve it?

 

While the true key to happiness has yet to be discovered, certain practices and mindsets can -- at least subjectively -- work. We wanted some guidance: So, we asked 13 experts -- authors and thought leaders in the field of happiness -- for their one best piece of advice for anyone on the pursuit of happiness.

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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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Jane Goodall On Empathy, by Maria Popova

Jane Goodall On Empathy, by Maria Popova | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Enjoy this wonderful video from NOVA's series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," where Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist, talks about what she feels is one of life's most important aspects -- empathy. Not only does she believe empathy plays a key role in her studies of chimpanzees, but she also feels strongly that having empathy for other beings in turn brings us closer to our own highest human potential.
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How To Practice Self-Compassion, by Emma Seppala

How To Practice Self-Compassion, by Emma Seppala | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
We live in a society where we often feel as though we are in a state of constant competition in all areas of our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, and in turn, we are often overly self-critical. Practicing self-compassion can help us to restore feelings of self-worth and instill an inner peace to propel us in our actions.
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I'm still working on this and appreciate what Emma Seppala writes here.

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Having Lost His Eye Sight, He Built A Successful Company With 200 Other Visually Impaired People

Having Lost His Eye Sight, He Built A Successful Company With 200 Other Visually Impaired People | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Bhavesh Bhatia lost his eyesight in his early 20s. Today he runs a huge candle making business that provides employment to hundreds of visually impaired.
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This Amputee Is Cycling Through Some Of India's Toughest Routes To Help Differently Abled Athletes

This Amputee Is Cycling Through Some Of India's Toughest Routes To Help Differently Abled Athletes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Even after Aditya Mehta met with an accident, he did not give up on his passion for cycling. Not only that, he is now cycling to raise funds for many para-athletes like him and help them achieve their dreams.
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Have Your Heart Be Where Your Feet Are

Have Your Heart Be Where Your Feet Are | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An encouragement to be "children of the moment," a people with the spiritual discipline of being fully present in the here and now.
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Excellent statement on mindfulness, from a Muslim who speaks of Jewish tradition and John Legend, among others.

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Here Is What Happened When India And Pakistan Had Dinner Together

Here Is What Happened When India And Pakistan Had Dinner Together | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Eric Maddox brought India and Pakistan together at a dinner table to have a friendly conversation. The participants' views will give you something to chew on!
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An interesting peace-focused project

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Goodness Reigns in Hong Kong

Goodness Reigns in Hong Kong | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
As protestors and police enter an intense standoff, goodwill and the hope for a peaceful future are still at the forefront of the Hong Kong youth protests.
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Christian University Surprises Pizza Guy With $1200 Tip & Standing Ovation - The Good News Network

Christian University Surprises Pizza Guy With $1200 Tip & Standing Ovation - The Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The lesson at Indiana Wesleyan University's chapel service attended by its 3,000 residential students last week perhaps made an impact like no other, when the speaker ordered two pizzas delivered in order to show how it feels to appreciate someone.
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My House is Your House | KarmaTube

My House is Your House | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The way attorney and UCLA lecturer Tony Tolbert figures it: you don’t have to have money to be generous. Tony became inspired by Kevin and Hannah Salwen, who sold their 6,500 square foot home, and donated $800,000 to charity. He decided to loan his home to Felicia Dukes, a single parent of four, for a full year. After giving birth to her fourth child, Felicia fell behind on payments, and became homeless. Thanks to Tony’s generosity, Felicia could recuperate financially and emotionally. As for Tony? He’s planning to donate his home again to another family in need.
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Firefighters Save Two Adorable Bear Cubs Trapped Inside a Tree

Firefighters Save Two Adorable Bear Cubs Trapped Inside a Tree | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Hearing desperate cries from a wooded area nearby, a concerned cabin owner, ventured out to find the snouts of two bear cubs sticking out of a hole in a tree.
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Study finds millennials' shift away from driving is 'more than temporary'

Study finds millennials' shift away from driving is 'more than temporary' | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The nation's largest generation — the so-called "millennials," born between 1983 and 2000 — have shown less dependence on driving to get around in recent years and aren't likely to change their ways, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Maryland PIRG Foundation and the Frontier Group.
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Surrey's 'Sandwich Nazi' has donated over 128,000 sandwiches to Vancouver's neediest

Surrey's 'Sandwich Nazi' has donated over 128,000 sandwiches to Vancouver's neediest | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It was a waiter’s rudeness that prompted a Lebanese immigrant to donate more than 128,000 sandwiches to hungry residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Salam Kahil, who lives in the poverty-stricken neighbourhood and owns La Charcuterie Delicatessen in Surrey, has brought sandwiches to his hungriest neighbours every month since making a promise to feed them in 1986, but now he’s helping more than ever and celebrating Thanksgiving by donating 500 brown bag lunches.
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Pema Chödrön on Quieting Our Racing Minds and Powering Down (Video)

Pema Chödrön on Quieting Our Racing Minds and Powering Down (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.
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Thank you, Pema. Your words wriggle right into my heart.

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This Building Is Made From Trash. Yes, Really

This Building Is Made From Trash. Yes, Really | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You never know what you'll find at the bottom of a dumpster.
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This is a fascinating project - a beautifully crafted building made from materials being dumped.

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From Silos to Solution Ecosystems | Dowser

From Silos to Solution Ecosystems | Dowser | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Sonatas.  A whopping 32,000 people signed up for the course
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Tired or hearing about problems but no solutions? Dowser is a good source for solutions to problems.

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WATCH: How This Abandoned Baby Bat Reacts To Getting Nursed To Health Is Priceless.

WATCH: How This Abandoned Baby Bat Reacts To Getting Nursed To Health Is Priceless. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nothing can replace a mother's love, but the volunteers at the Bat World Sanctuary come to a pretty close second.
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Tender care for this tiny little creature - sweet video.

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Portland is About to Get Tons of Tiny Homes That Can Shelter the Homeless

Portland is About to Get Tons of Tiny Homes That Can Shelter the Homeless | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These family-friendly homes cost just $12,000.
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Tihar Jail Giving Its Inmates A Second Chance Through An Automotive Manufacturing Unit In Jail - The Better India

Tihar Jail Giving Its Inmates A Second Chance Through An Automotive Manufacturing Unit In Jail - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read about Tihar Jail's unique automotive manufacturing unit and many other initiatives which offer livelihood & skill building options for the inmates
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Deaf and blind able to shop alone at non-profit grocery store

Deaf and blind able to shop alone at non-profit grocery store | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A non-profit food store in Vancouver's east end has Braille signs and audio scanners to allow deaf-blind and other visually impaired customers to shop independently.
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What a boost to the spirits this must be.

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Three Fascinating Dudes on a Bus Stumble Upon the Solution to Humanity’s Problems

Three Fascinating Dudes on a Bus Stumble Upon the Solution to Humanity’s Problems | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nick's ability to share his experience in such an honest and funny way can lead to some amazing things.
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Elizabeth Gilbert's Powerful Trick For Overcoming Your Fears

Elizabeth Gilbert's Powerful Trick For Overcoming Your Fears | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Have you ever set a well-intentioned goal for yourself but, for some reason, you've been unable to reach it? In many of these cases, there is one controlling factor holding you back: fear. Sometimes it hides quietly beneath the surface with a firm, s...
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Meet the Eighth Grader Who Designs Subway Systems

Meet the Eighth Grader Who Designs Subway Systems | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
While most are worried about the advent of high school, this teen is turning heads with his side business.
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What Books Do for the Human Soul: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

What Books Do for the Human Soul: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Writers open our hearts and minds, and give us maps to our own selves."

The question of what reading does for the human soul is an etern
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A Hymn to the Passing of Summer

A Hymn to the Passing of Summer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.
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I've loved W.S. Merwin's poetry for decades now. Here's one of the reasons.

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