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A bike for Beijing |Life |chinadaily.com.cn

Matt Hope joins the Beijing brigade of cyclists on the road each day, but his bicycle is special. It looks like a prop out of an off-mainstream sci-fi movie, and it attracts much attention and not a little alarm every time he rides out on it.
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How about that - a guy named Hope has put his mind to developing his own solution to biking safely in Beijing's polluted air.

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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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He Has Published 12 Books and Won Praise from a PM & a President. Why's He Selling Tea Then?

He Has Published 12 Books and Won Praise from a PM & a President. Why's He Selling Tea Then? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
He's also pursuing a Masters right now. And he's 63 years old!
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Delightful story of a man who has doggedly pursued his dream of being a writer.

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Students Give $8000 Raised for Class Trip to Principal’s Cancer Treatment

Students Give $8000 Raised for Class Trip to Principal’s Cancer Treatment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A high school class brought their principal to tears when they decided to give money they’d raised for a senior class trip to pay her medical bills instead.
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What the people of the Amazon know that you don't, by Mark Plotkin

What the people of the Amazon know that you don't, by Mark Plotkin | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

ched "Many human afflictions are diseases of the heart, the mind and the spirit. Western medicine can't touch those. I cure them." Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there are a small number of indigenous tribes who maintain a healing tradition that far pre-dates the development of modern medicine. In this powerful TED talk, ethnobiologist Mark Plotkin outlines the many challenges and perils that are endangering the tribes of the Amazon rainforest, and the urgent need to protect their irreplaceable wisdom.

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I watched this TED video last January. It bears repeating. We have a lot to learn from each other.

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Humanity at its finest. A man who lost both of his arms, cares for his elderly mother.

Humanity at its finest. A man who lost both of his arms, cares for his elderly mother. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A man who lost his arms at the age of seven has refused to stop caring for his elderly mother – despite also running a small farm. Chen Xingyin holds a spoon in the mouth to feed his mother Photo: ...
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Here's What Walking Does to Your Brain

Here's What Walking Does to Your Brain | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

New research from a Stanford University graduate student found that people who walked through a beautiful and green part of the campus were more attentive and cheerful afterwards than another group that walked for the same amount of time by a loud freeway. The participants walked at their own pace and without music or companions. 

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'I Thought He Would Die': Daughter Documents Homeless Dad's Life

'I Thought He Would Die': Daughter Documents Homeless Dad's Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Diana Kim was shocked to encounter her father among the homeless population she was documenting in Hawaii. Rather than turn her back on the man she barely knew, she turned her camera on him instead...
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This is an extraordinary and touching story. 

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20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here's some of the best quotes from books we used to read.
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Just in case you need a virtual hug today.

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Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes

Two Nine-Year-Olds’ Magnificent Open Letter to Disney About Racial and Gender Stereotypes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Like most people we love your attractions, but we found some problems with some of them and those problems are stereotypes."

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John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty

John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Poet/philosopher John O'Donohue is beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend," and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articulated a Celtic imagination about how the material and the spiritual — the visible and the invisible — intertwine in human experience. His voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.

 
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These Men from Bihar & Delhi Have the Guts to Openly Discuss a Taboo Topic: Family Planning - The Better India

These Men from Bihar & Delhi Have the Guts to Openly Discuss a Taboo Topic: Family Planning - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Aakash Kumar, 17, a resident of Tekna Farm in Bodh Gaya, took on his parents and the community to stop the marriage of his 13-year-old cousin sister.
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Watch: Woman accidentally drops a few thousand RMB on the street, kindhearted onlookers help her pick it up

Watch: Woman accidentally drops a few thousand RMB on the street, kindhearted onlookers help her pick it up | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After accidentally dropping a stack of banknotes worth a few thousand
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Watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explain the History of the Universe in 8 Minutes

Watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explain the History of the Universe in 8 Minutes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Expert mind-blower, Pluto-hater and all-around explainer Neil DeGrasse Tyson has now proved he can explain everything in the universe by explaining literally everything in the universe.

 
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We need more people who are as clear and engaging as Tyson. He makes it clear why we should be cherishing this lovely planet of ours.

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Over 2,000 Parrots Visit This Mechanic Every Day

Over 2,000 Parrots Visit This Mechanic Every Day | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A camera mechanic by profession, he spends 40 percent of his salary on feeding these parrots.
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Every day, Sekhar prepares food for thousands of birds, spending 40% of his income on his feathered friends.

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Four Great Gratitude Strategies

Four Great Gratitude Strategies | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
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Wisconsin Man Plants 4-Mile Stretch of Sunflowers in Tribute to Late Wife

Wisconsin Man Plants 4-Mile Stretch of Sunflowers in Tribute to Late Wife | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A stretch of farmland usually reserved for corn and beans is now home to four miles of saluting sunflowers, planted in memory of his wife who died of cancer.
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Librarians on Bikes Are Delivering Books and WiFi to Kids in “Book Deserts”

Librarians on Bikes Are Delivering Books and WiFi to Kids in “Book Deserts” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Thousands of kids live in "book deserts," without easy access to libraries. #ProjectLiteracy
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A different take on the old bookmobile, that used to bring books to areas far from libraries. Are there still bookmobiles?

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“Today You….Tomorrow Me.” by Rhoner

“Today You….Tomorrow Me.” by Rhoner | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Have you ever picked up a hitch-hiker? Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn’t...
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You'll smile reading this.

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Melbourne's trees bombarded with emailed love letters

Melbourne's trees bombarded with emailed love letters | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
City council gives identification numbers to its 70,000 trees which allow admirers to write Dear Tree letters – and get replies
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What a fun idea - and check out what happened.

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Go-Go Grandma and The Killer TV - Lessons From Olga Kotelko on Staying Active

Go-Go Grandma and The Killer TV - Lessons From Olga Kotelko on Staying Active | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

If you were 37, and knew that before your 45th birthday you would die... Would you want to spend the next 8 years watching an average of 3 hours television per day? What better things might you find to do with those 3 hours? What priorities might you set for your remaining time? What kind of life would you want to live?

 

 

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Victoria police officer buys plane ticket for senior to reunite her with family

Victoria police officer buys plane ticket for senior to reunite her with family | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Victoria police officer who bought a plane ticket for an elderly woman with his own money so that she could be reunited with her family was quick to deflect praise for his kindness.
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Salma Hayek on Her New Children’s Film: It’s “A Tool For Hope”

Salma Hayek on Her New Children’s Film: It’s “A Tool For Hope” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The iconic actress tells us what makes her latest project–an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet'–so special.
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Here's one I want to see.

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Track Inspector's Good Deed Goes Viral

Track Inspector's Good Deed Goes Viral | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

HeaJosh Cyganik has waved to 75-year-old Leonard Bullock every morning for the past four years. Josh Cyganik, left, and Leonard Bullock in front of the Bullocks' recently constructed porch. Bullock's ...

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Heart-warming story

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The Journey of Enlightenment -- You Don't Need To Go Anywhere

The Journey of Enlightenment -- You Don't Need To Go Anywhere | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The journey of enlightenment begins not by going anywhere, but by unfolding what already exists inside of us. At the depth of the heart and mind of every person on this planet is an unbounded oasis of calm, peace, love, and bliss. This state is the transcendental level of our Being. It is the most silent level of our consciousness.
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