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13 Expert-Approved Ways To Be Happy

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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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This kid thought his parents were breaking up after 20 years, but he was so wrong.

This kid thought his parents were breaking up after 20 years, but he was so wrong. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
There is a reason he will always remember one road trip much more than any other.
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I'm all teary eyed after watching this. Sent to me by one half of my fav two-mom family...who just happen to be the mothers of two of our grandchildren.

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» He Calls Himself A Madman. We Could Not Agree More.

» He Calls Himself A Madman. We Could Not Agree More. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Swapnil has rescued troubled families, befriended naxalites, given a marketing platform to endangered artisans, brought people from the brink of suicide and much more. Here is his larger-than-life story which will leave you more spellbound than any Bollywood movie script!

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Here's a man of incredible courage and determination.

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​How two bitter enemies became best friends

​How two bitter enemies became best friends | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a hardnosed Milwaukee cop and a drug dealer with a long rap sheet sat down over coffee, they had no idea how their futures would be changed
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People can change - as these two did.

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How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records, by Cat Johnson

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records, by Cat Johnson | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
With the constant and rapid changes in technology, and the decline in government funding, public libraries around the world have found themselves at a crossroads. But a small town in the Netherlands has taken a radical approach to creating a library that better fits the realities of the 21st century. Relying heavily on what the community was looking for, they changed the traditional run-of-the-mill library into a thriving, interactive space. Read more about the dramatic results.
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A Pothole Doesn't Just Harm Vehicles. It Also Helps Launch A Multi-Million Dollar Company!

A Pothole Doesn't Just Harm Vehicles. It Also Helps Launch A Multi-Million Dollar Company! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Can you imagine that the potholes we curse everyday can help your car generate energy? Here's what this innovative young team of students managed to do!
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This Newly Wed Bride Ran Away From Her Home. We Hope Many Other Girls Do This Too. - The Better India

This Newly Wed Bride Ran Away From Her Home. We Hope Many Other Girls Do This Too. - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Young bride Priyanka Bharti ran away just after getting married because her new house didn't have a toilet. What followed is truly inspirational.
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One strong-willed, self-confident young woman is changing lives

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South Africa: From dropouts to innovators - Virgin.com

South Africa: From dropouts to innovators - Virgin.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It works because RLabs is a movement by people for people. Marlon Parker grew up in the Cape Flats township of Cape Town, surrounded by increasing rates of unemployment, crime, gang violence and drug abuse. As the eldest in a single-parent household, Marlon was compelled to supplement the family's i...
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The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community

The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Researchers had the unique chance to measure the "happiness" of vulnerable New Orleans residents before and after Hurricane Katrina. The...
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Try again, Fail again. It reminds me of the...

Try again, Fail again. It reminds me of the... | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Try again, Fail again.

It reminds me of the hauntingly beautiful Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah”:

Love is not a victory march…
It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah

What if life is not just about the goal?
What if it is not even just about the path to the goal?
I’ve ever heard wise people tell us that life is not about the success
but about the buoyancy, the bounce back, the
get-back-up-after-you-get-knocked-down.

What if it is not even the bounce back,
but the fall better, fail bette
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K.D. Lang's version of "Hallelujah" moves me more than any other. Here's her performance at the Vancouver Olympics, along with a poem in the same spirit.

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Forgiveness is healthy, but why is it so hard?

Forgiveness is healthy, but why is it so hard? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Science is discovering what religion has always known: forgiveness is good for us. But that doesn’t make it any easier
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Hard and important...and Amy Westervelt makes the process sweeter

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Surprise! Elephants Have Been Listening to and Judging Us By Our Voices

Surprise! Elephants Have Been Listening to and Judging Us By Our Voices | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
African elephants are extremely intelligent and have learned to differentiate between languages, ages and genders among humans and determine who poses a threat to them.
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The more we learn about animal intelligence, the more we will be compelled to treat them with respect and compassion...I hope!

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13 Amazing Benefits of Walking

13 Amazing Benefits of Walking | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You don’t need to train for a marathon, spend hours on an elliptical, or turn your guest room into a gym to get fitter, healthier, and happier.
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More reasons to keep going on my daily walks

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A Timeless Bond: Amazing Cat Tracks Down Elderly Guardian in Nursing Home

A Timeless Bond: Amazing Cat Tracks Down Elderly Guardian in Nursing Home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nancy Cowen needed to live in Westcott, England's Bramley House, a nursing home, and two weeks later, her cat Cleo showed up at the facility.
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Cleo was a rescue cat but ended up as a rescuer.

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» A 12-Year Old Boy In The USA And A Violin Are Powering Schools In Kerala

» A 12-Year Old Boy In The USA And A Violin Are Powering Schools In Kerala | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

When 12-year old Emhyr saw the poor condition of schools at his native village in Kerala, he decided to light them up with solar power. Read on to know how the young changemaker uses his violin to collect funds for his various projects and has big plans to expand his work to many countries.  

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This young lad is using his talent to make life better for people far away. He's an inspiration.

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Student has carried disabled friend to class every day for three years

Student has carried disabled friend to class every day for three years | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A high school student in China has spent three years literally shouldering the responsibility of ensuring that his physically disabled best friend gets to all his classes.
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Anonymous donor pays off landslide victim’s $360K mortgage

Anonymous donor pays off landslide victim’s $360K mortgage | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Tim Ward was hurt, his wife was killed, and their home destroyed in the slide a year ago. He had been trying to settle his loan when an investor was touched by his plight.
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'Baby Adam' Reunited With Officer Who Found Him 25 Years Ago

'Baby Adam' Reunited With Officer Who Found Him 25 Years Ago | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It was November 1989, when premature baby was found behind a trash bin in a Santa Ana alley after neighbors heard crying.
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4 Women Who Are Using Community Radio To Bring Change In Rural India - The Better India

4 Women Who Are Using Community Radio To Bring Change In Rural India - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These daring women of rural India are using community radio as a tool to transform the countryside. This is their story and how they made it possible.
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Yerdle uses tech to give old stuff new life

Yerdle uses tech to give old stuff new life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Yerdle, an online marketplace where people can give and get used stuff for free, sounds like a modest entry in the sharing economy, the technology sector that helps people rent, sell or swap resources. [...] Yerdle has a deeper mission to extend the life span of consumer products, whether an old Cuisinart, the tennis racket cluttering the garage or a kid's abandoned Barbies. [...] Yerdle co-founder Adam Werbach says he wants to cut the amount of new things people purchase by 25 percent. "Acce
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How I Work To Protect Women From Honor Killings, by Khalida Brohi

Up until she was 16, Khalida Brohi attempted to heal the sadness she felt when she witnessed atrocities committed on women in her community by crying into her pillow, silently at night, not knowing how else to help. However, a personal tragedy in her life -- the honor killing murder of her close friend -- moved Brohi into fierce action. A teenager herself, Brohi became a champion of women's rights, raising awareness about honor killings, spreading her inspiration door-to-door in her village in Pakistan, and across the world through social media.
In this TEDx talk, Brohi talks about the valuable lessons she and her team at Sughar (her non-profit social enterprise) have learned, about what makes a women's rights campaign truly successful.
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The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Children love to learn, but you have to find subjects that interest them.
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What a terrific program for making education relevant and important for students. 

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Four Years Of Compassion College | ServiceSpace.org

Four Years Of Compassion College | ServiceSpace.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
[Few months back, Nipun-bhai gave a talk at an Awakin Circle at the Urban Ashram -- in our home.  The talk, and it's accompanying presence, moved many of us profoundly.  As a way to share our gratitude, we got a hold of a cell phone recording and transcribed it for
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This kind of education would be world changing.

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50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking

50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

1. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe
2. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
3. "It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult." -- Seneca
4. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." -- T.S. Eliot
5. "What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter." -- Peter Drucker


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Quotes don't change our life, but sometimes they give us a little hope.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 6:52 PM

These are not from obvious contemporary sources and reflect a more classic view of innovation and leadership.

 

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8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals

8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Animals are smarter than we thought because people use intelligence as the reason to treat humans and nonhuman animals differently Its time to reevaluate
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Sometimes I get frustrated by how little of animal communication I understand, but I am fascinated and respectful and grateful the wild neighbours around my city home let me watch.

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Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles

Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a group of Swedish hikers fed a stray dog a treat, little did they know that he would become their new best friend as they trekked 430 miles in a grueling jungle endurance race.
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One lonely dog found companionship in a group of trekkers. Now he has his forever home.

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