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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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Flowered Dresses from the Flour Mills: A Story of Kindness, by Kindness Blog

Flowered Dresses from the Flour Mills: A Story of Kindness, by Kindness Blog | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the flour mills realized that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the flour mills started using flowered fabric." This beautiful story shares details of a little-known act of kindness past.
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I knew about the flour sack dresses but hadn't thought about the companies' decision to make the flour sacks beautiful, as a gesture of kindness toward those who used them to make clothing.

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A Love Letter to Wilderness | KarmaTube

A Love Letter to Wilderness | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This love letter to wilderness celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act with stunning images and excerpts of poetry and words on wilderness from Edward Abbey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and Wallace Stegner. In 50 years, the designated wilderness areas in the United States has grown from nine to 109 million acres, including national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands. "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..." ~John Muir
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If you missed this when it was going around a while back, give it a watch now. It will lift your heart.

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This New Coffee Business Is Helping Silicon Valley’s Homeless Help Themselves

This New Coffee Business Is Helping Silicon Valley’s Homeless Help Themselves | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Kartma turns commercial cafe culture into a tool for social good.
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The Good News About Getting Older - Nine Keys to Aging Well

The Good News About Getting Older - Nine Keys to Aging Well | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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And for examples, there's Feisty Aging: http://www.cathrynwellner.com/books/feisty-aging/

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The Incredible Device That's Revolutionizing How We Get to Work

The Incredible Device That's Revolutionizing How We Get to Work | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Widespread usage of the Copenhagen Wheel will unclog city streets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
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Finding and Sharing Our Gifts – with Mitch Albom

Finding and Sharing Our Gifts – with Mitch Albom | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Bestselling author Mitch Albom speaks with Wharton management professor Adam Grant about his new book "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto."
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What a beautiful image - we all have a blue string. Read this to see what that means, and then read the book.

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The Beauty of Mindfulness - by Milan Bakrania

The Beauty of Mindfulness - by Milan Bakrania | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When was the last time you gave your brain a rest? Can you remember a time when you were not regretting the past or worrying about the future, when you were still and unburdened? There’s something about the human race that makes us different from other living things. We can contemplate, question our existence, revel…
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Homeless and Jobless, This Man Found Hope Running 26.2 Miles

Homeless and Jobless, This Man Found Hope Running 26.2 Miles | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Back on My Feet knows that breaking a sweat can successfully reduce this country's homeless population.
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How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head

How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in Its Head | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever lost your car in the parking lot, this bird will put you to shame.
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That Clark's nutcracker I photographed was not just cheeky and self-confident. He was also remarkably intelligent.

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Chinese Billionaire Buys 28K Acres of American Forest to Preserve It - Good News Network

Chinese Billionaire Buys 28K Acres of American Forest to Preserve It - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
China's richest man is spending millions to preserve 28,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the New York Adirondack Mountains.
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Sweet Husband Writes Loving Note on the Mirror For Wife Battling Mental Illness

Sweet Husband Writes Loving Note on the Mirror For Wife Battling Mental Illness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"I’ve been juggling a LOT lately. Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn’t afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda. But, the thing is, amidst all the struggle, my husband has relentlessly tried to cheer me up. I’ve not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact,…
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So much love in this gesture

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One Woman Made 100 Villages in Rajasthan Fertile Using Traditional Water Harvesting Methods

One Woman Made 100 Villages in Rajasthan Fertile Using Traditional Water Harvesting Methods | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Amla Ruia saw the plight of farmers in Rajasthan she thought to bring back the traditional water harvesting technique. And it worked!
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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
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Alex and Gus- An Autistic Boy and His Service Dog

An uplifting story of an autistic boy and his service dog, Gus. Gus was trained by K9 Training Concepts. You can learn more about them at: http://monkeytailr...


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Autism is a hard road. This story gives hope.

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10 Outstanding Solutions of 2015

10 Outstanding Solutions of 2015 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When it comes to making an impact on this country, these change-makers are tops.
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Thanks for the hope-full news out of America

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Faced With Fear, A Muslim Woman Makes A Stand — By Setting One Up

Faced With Fear, A Muslim Woman Makes A Stand — By Setting One Up | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Amid an atmosphere of mistrust about Islam, Mona Haydar and her husband had an idea: Why not open a dialogue? So, they set up a stand — "Ask a Muslim" — and brought some doughnuts.
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When people talk face-to-face, so many stereotypes disappear.

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Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.
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Kelowna group offers up free hugs to thaw the icy grip of holiday isolation

Kelowna group offers up free hugs to thaw the icy grip of holiday isolation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Kelowna B.C. group is sharing the human warmth people sometimes miss at Christmas, by offering free hugs to strangers on Boxing Day.
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5 Ways to Show Kindness This Season, by Lexi Dwyer

5 Ways to Show Kindness This Season, by Lexi Dwyer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"With the holiday season upon us, it's easy to feel pressure that you aren't spending enough, doing enough or otherwise keeping up with everyone else around you. If that's the case, log out of Pinterest, take some deep breaths and remind yourself that true holiday spirit can't be bought -- no matter how good the bargains get." This lovely piece offers up 5 immediate ways to be kind in this season of giving.
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Single Mum Brought to Tears by a Generous Gift from Secret Santa

Single Mum Brought to Tears by a Generous Gift from Secret Santa | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A mystery person left this note and £100 in Claire Rock’s mailbox this past week to help the single mother buy presents for her son... Claire had been worrying she wouldn’t be able to give her 5-year-old any Christmas gifts this year because she’s been struggling so much financially. But then she came home from…
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This Small Town Jeweller Is Showing Us All What It Is Like to Have a Heart of Gold

This Small Town Jeweller Is Showing Us All What It Is Like to Have a Heart of Gold | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

There are good Subhash is not just a successful jeweller; he is transforming hundreds of lives of underprivileged children and people for good. Read how.

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There are good people everywhere.

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Pet Me! Therapy Dog Refuses to Give Up on Hospice Patient - Good News Network

Pet Me! Therapy Dog Refuses to Give Up on Hospice Patient - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This golden retriever insisted on extra attention from a dying woman, as if to urge her to have one last enjoyable experience.
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8-Year-Old Girl Saved Her Pocket Money for a Year Just so She Could Buy Christmas Presents for Sick Children

8-Year-Old Girl Saved Her Pocket Money for a Year Just so She Could Buy Christmas Presents for Sick Children | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An eight-year-old girl saved up a year’s worth of pocket money so she could buy Christmas presents for sick children. She even remembered to buy batteries for them all. Maisie Hymers managed to save £400 pocket money this year and used it to splash out on 50 Christmas presents, including teddy bears, board games, colouring…
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80-Year-Old Man Builds A Train To Take Rescued Stray Dogs On Adventures

80-Year-Old Man Builds A Train To Take Rescued Stray Dogs On Adventures | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Eugene Bostick, an 80-year-old retiree in Fort Worth, Texas, spends his days operating what just might be the coolest train in the world. His homemade dog train takes rescued strays out for fun rides around the neighborhood and in the surrounding woods. Eugene and his brother Corky live on a dead-end street where many locals…
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