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Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots

Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Washington University Sustainable Land Lab Competition's goal? To find something creative to do with all the vacant lots in the country.
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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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8 Inspiring Indian LGBTQ Individuals Who Raged Fearless Wars & Emerged Victorious!

8 Inspiring Indian LGBTQ Individuals Who Raged Fearless Wars & Emerged Victorious! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Amidst the structured societal norms and taboos, some people took to the stage to be themselves, irrespective of what got thrown in their way.
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Engineer Creates Green Oasis by Growing Glaciers in the Desert - Good News Network

Engineer Creates Green Oasis by Growing Glaciers in the Desert - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Sonam Wangchuk is being hailed for creating ice pyramids as a source of freshwater for his Himalayan desert village.
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What creativity and optimism!
 
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A 'Good News' Story From Flint

A 'Good News' Story From Flint | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a state of emergency was declared due to lead in the main water supply of Flint, Mich., Service Year Corps members were already on the ground. Now, they’re key to the community’s long-term recovery effort.
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City of Atlanta Legalizes Tiny Houses - Good News Network

City of Atlanta Legalizes Tiny Houses - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The city of Atlanta takes on affordable housing by legalizing the construction and presence of tiny houses in certain neighborhoods,
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UK's First Zero Waste Store Just Opened – and it's Wildly Popular - Good News Network

UK's First Zero Waste Store Just Opened – and it's Wildly Popular - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The couple running this store in England work to make sure that nothing goes to waste – and they're showing other people how to do the same thing.
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10+ Animals Who Came To Say ‘Hi’, And Melted Everyone’s Hearts

10+ Animals Who Came To Say ‘Hi’, And Melted Everyone’s Hearts | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Some animals live in packs, some wander alone but all of them need a little love. So much so, that sometimes they decide to visit humans to say 'hi'. Bored
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Watch Veterinarian Soothe Anxious Dogs by Singing to Them - Good News Network

Watch Veterinarian Soothe Anxious Dogs by Singing to Them - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It's impossible not to melt while watching this kindly veterinarian soothe his animal patient by singing Elvis Presley along with his guitar.
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This Surprising Dog And Duck Friendship Shows That Animals Pick Friends Not By Their Looks

This Surprising Dog And Duck Friendship Shows That Animals Pick Friends Not By Their Looks | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Meet Barclay, the Golden Retriever and his best friend, a four-year-old Pekin duck Rudy, who both have a thing or two to teach you about friendship.
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How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation

How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Tap into a deeper sense of purpose and well-being with a 360° guided mindfulness practice through Muir Woods in California.
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Rick Steves Sacrifices Nest Egg to House Dozens of Homeless Women and Kids - Good News Network

Rick Steves Sacrifices Nest Egg to House Dozens of Homeless Women and Kids - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Travel guide guru Rick Steves just gave a $4 million apartment complex to homeless women and kids who need housing.
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I had no idea he was an activist, too. Thanks for the heads-up!
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With Just a Cellphone, Factory Workers Are Being Heard

With Just a Cellphone, Factory Workers Are Being Heard | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Good World Solutions’ mobile technology allows companies — and consumers — to know what life is like for the thousands of factory workers behind the scenes.
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Luc and the Lovingtons: Music as a Force of Love, by Awakin Call Editors

Luc and the Lovingtons: Music as a Force of Love, by Awakin Call Editors | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
At 6-years-old Luc Reynaud announced to his teacher that he was going to paint the moon. "And what about the Earth, Luc? What about the universe?" Luc felt an electric surge of energy through his body, as his teacher picked up a huge bolt of construction paper and unfurled it across the classroom floor. For the next few weeks, Luc -- along with his friends -- painted the universe. It was a heady first taste of what it felt like to dream a big dream, hold a shared vision, and color it in with community. Years later in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he showed up at an emergency shelter to volunteer. He didn't realize then that the guitar he had brought with him would be an essential part of the service he rendered -- and that it would take him on journey that included founding a band, being contacted by Emmy-award-winner Jason Mraz, and singing to communities of people facing adversity all over the world in refugee camps, prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters and more. A journey in which he would once again "paint the universe" -- only this time with music, and the power of love.
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In This Crime-Free Maharashtrian Village, Homes Are Owned by Women & Residents Are Organ Donors

In This Crime-Free Maharashtrian Village, Homes Are Owned by Women & Residents Are Organ Donors | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Every single one of the 165 houses in this nondescript village in Maharashtra is owned by women and the village has been crime free for 15 years!
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Bengaluru Brothers, 9 &7, Went to Incredible Lengths to Save an Old Apartment Tree From the Axe

Bengaluru Brothers, 9 &7, Went to Incredible Lengths to Save an Old Apartment Tree From the Axe | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Two Bengaluru boys left no stones unturned to save a giant fig tree in their apartment complex that was facing the axe for damaging the sewage line.
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How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People

How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Some critics charge that gratitude is selfish and breeds complacency. But research by Christina Armenta and Sonja Lyubomirsky suggests otherwise.
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Grandmothers in Rajasthan Will Soon Be Narrating Stories in Classrooms Across the State

Grandmothers in Rajasthan Will Soon Be Narrating Stories in Classrooms Across the State | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
With modernity in India threatening the future of oral traditions, schools in Rajasthan are bringing Grandmothers into classrooms to pass on stories.
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When Senior Loses Memory at Dinner, Cops Sit Down to be Her Dates - Good News Network

When Senior Loses Memory at Dinner, Cops Sit Down to be Her Dates - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This senior couldn't remember how to get home – so the local boys in blue stepped up as her escorts.
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Stop Worrying About How Much You Matter | Peter Bregman

Stop Worrying About How Much You Matter | Peter Bregman | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For many years — almost as long as he could remember — Ian* owned and ran a successful pub in his small town in Ireland. Ian was well-known around town. He had
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I like the small suggested ways for practicing irrelevancy
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This Intimidating Guy Took A Baby Doll Shopping With Him, And The Story Behind It Is Amazing

This Intimidating Guy Took A Baby Doll Shopping With Him, And The Story Behind It Is Amazing | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Keenan Watkins of North Vernon, Indiana put his pride on the line when he walked into a Goodwill store with a baby doll strapped to his cart, but the story
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Canadian Crowd Belts Out U.S. National Anthem When Mic Fails - Good News Network

Canadian Crowd Belts Out U.S. National Anthem When Mic Fails - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This Edmonton crowd might be better at singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" than a lot of Americans.
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Previously-Suicidal Man Runs Marathon With Guy Who Talked Him Down From Bridge - Good News Network

Previously-Suicidal Man Runs Marathon With Guy Who Talked Him Down From Bridge - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nine years ago, Jonny was prepared to take his own life – it's thanks to Neil Laybourn that he stepped down from the edge.
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Danish Company Creates The Best Playgrounds In The World That Even Grown Ups Can’t Resist

Danish Company Creates The Best Playgrounds In The World That Even Grown Ups Can’t Resist | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
LEGO aren't the only Danish engineers inviting kids to celebrate their imagination. One Danish company is building creative one-of-a-kind playgrounds, and
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Such creative playgrounds!
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How fun is that?!
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Watch Mom Brought To Tears When Wild Bird Comforts Her at Son's Grave - Good News Network

Watch Mom Brought To Tears When Wild Bird Comforts Her at Son's Grave - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This mom was overwhelmed when a tiny robin chose to comfort her during her time of distress.
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California Sun Produces So Much Power That Electricity Prices Turn Negative - Good News Network

California Sun Produces So Much Power That Electricity Prices Turn Negative - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
That beautiful California sun has been shining so strongly, that – for the first time ever – electricity prices have gone into the negative.
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Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
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