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Walk it out: Urban design plays key role in creating healthy cities

Residents of new housing developments increased their exercise and their wellbeing when they had more access to shops and parks, a new study from Australia reveals.
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More research showing we can design cities for health. 

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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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Liberian Boy Who Had Ebola Does Delightful Dance During Treatment, Has Since Recovered

Liberian Boy Who Had Ebola Does Delightful Dance During Treatment, Has Since Recovered | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Though this boy was fighting a devastating disease, he still found a way to bring joy to those around him.

Mamadee, 11, was an Ebola-confirmed patient at a Doctors Without Borders case management center in Foya, Liberia. A video uploaded to the Do...
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Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought

Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Long years of drought in South Dakota have made it difficult for the soil to absorb water. A group led by indigenous women hopes to change that through a ambitious dam-building project.
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The right thing to do

The right thing to do | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Ross McLeod, owner and CEO of Intelligarde Security, climbed out of his dentist's chair last spring, the hygienist picked
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The only man died with no one to mourn him, but his boss, co-workers and a special young couple rallied around.

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African Farmers Are Creating Forest Gardens and "Planting it Forward"

African Farmers Are Creating Forest Gardens and "Planting it Forward" | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In Africa, farmers who were barely able to provide for their families are now creating abundant income-producing forest gardens and “planting it forward.”
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The Day in the Life of a Rescued Dairy Calf

The Day in the Life of a Rescued Dairy Calf | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what a rescued dairy calf gets up to each day at a sanctuary?
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If You're Only Going To Read One Thing Today, Read This.

If You're Only Going To Read One Thing Today, Read This. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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This story about "Reggie" is  almost too hard to read - unless you love dogs and know they have a complex emotional life we need to appreciate.

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35 Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict, by Posted on February 13, 2014 by Kindness Blog

35 Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict, by Posted on February 13, 2014 by Kindness Blog | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This collection of photos showing everyday individuals standing for love in times of terrible violence will shake your spirit and open your heart. These acts of love suggest that "during times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through."
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More than Guns and Oil

More than Guns and Oil | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In post-Gaddafi Libya, an audacious few look to re-ignite the nation’s creative impulse.
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A Heart-Blowing List of Things to be Grateful for.

A Heart-Blowing List of Things to be Grateful for. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After all, it’s great for our health to be grateful.
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And this doesn't include all the things YOU are grateful for.

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Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement

Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
How walking could revitalize our bodies and communities.
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Ahhh...and it's something I do every day. I have the privilege of living in a very walkable neighbourhood.

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment, by Fania Davis

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment, by Fania Davis | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here.
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A touching and hope-filled story about Oakland's attempt to use restorative justice in its schools.

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Police officer gives homeless man boots, photo goes viral

Police officer gives homeless man boots, photo goes viral | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS -- Every city across America has a
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Beautiful incident, particularly at a time when the bad eggs on police forces are giving everyone a bad name. 

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Using Dogs as Healers

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Humans have been using dogs as healers for thousands of years, and continue to do so today.
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Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do

Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In the growing conversation around mindfulness, we're constantly hearing about meditation in the workplace and tech CEOs who swear by the practice. But less attention is being paid to the quietly growing movement for mindfulness in the family, and th...
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Go Lillestrøm! Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway

Go Lillestrøm! Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
As part of Norway’s ongoing European Mobility Week celebrations, around 10,000 NOK (€1,200) was handed out in the town of Lillestrøm to pedestrians and cyclists in “reverse toll money”. The money s...
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Climate In Our Hands — YES! Magazine

Climate In Our Hands — YES! Magazine | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

The In this collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine, we spotlight the revolutionary ideas and actions that are spurring the movement to defend the planet and human survival.

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The bad news is real. So is the good. These stories will restore your hope in our ability to turn things around.

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Daily Cute: Armadillo Takes A Bath

Daily Cute: Armadillo Takes A Bath | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Rustle the armadillo loves bath time and getting clean.
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This Coffee Shop is Staffed by Homeless People- And it's Working

This Coffee Shop is Staffed by Homeless People- And it's Working | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
RedTail Coffee in Fort Collins, Colorado provides job opportunities to homeless and low-income applicants.
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We have a similar coffee shop here - hope and java in one sweet shop.

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Cute Orphaned Orangutan Rescued from Life on a Leash (Video)

Cute Orphaned Orangutan Rescued from Life on a Leash (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A well-meaning farmer took in this orphaned baby orangutan, but he didn't know how to care for her. Watch her get rescued for the second and final time, as
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You Are a Work of Art | Life Support System

You Are a Work of Art | Life Support System | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

If you feel broken remember this – you are a work of art. As a work of art, you may never be finished, but that is the process of a lifetime. And your very brokenness serves a purpose.

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A Floating Library on the Hudson | Hyperallergic

A Floating Library on the Hudson | Hyperallergic | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It isn't often you're given the luxury of unwinding in a library aboard an old vessel, unless you're Charles Darwin or Steve Zissou.

Via Lynda Dickson
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Any place is a good place for books!

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Green Architecture Reaches New Heights with Milan’s Vertical Forest

Green Architecture Reaches New Heights with Milan’s Vertical Forest | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The world’s first vertical forest paves the way for further advances in urban ecology.
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More of us are living in cities, with too little greenery. Here's Milan's answer to the impact that has on us.

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How Many 10-Year-olds Raise $250,000 for Cancer? The Youngest Car Racer in History, That's Who. - The Good News Network

How Many 10-Year-olds Raise $250,000 for Cancer? The Youngest Car Racer in History, That's Who. - The Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Timmy Tyrell celebrated his 10th birthday today, and he's not counting how many gifts he received for himself but counting the money he's raised for families dealing with pediatric cancer -- over a quarter million dollars since he was six years old.
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What is art for? Alain de Botton's animated guide – video

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In this exclusive video for the Guardian, philosopher Alain de Botton gives his top five reasons why art is such a vital force for humanity. Are we wrong to like pretty pictures? Watch and find out

Via Linda Alexander
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So glad Linda Alexander found and shared this. Keep the link for days when your appreciation of beauty or your creative efforts take a beating in the face of the world's ills.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 12, 4:30 PM

This is excellent!  Excellent!  Thanks, Edna for the post...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 5:20 PM

I wonder why the fine arts i.e. painting, sculpting, poetry, etc. are the first areas cut in School?

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 20, 12:33 AM

Viisi selitystä taiteen olemassaololle.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

The Trans-Everything CEO | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
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