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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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The Anatomy Of A Calling

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If you've ever wondered what your calling is (and who hasn't) or if you've found your calling and are on the path, take the time to read Lissa Rankin's account of her journey toward understanding and answering her call. She is a physician whose path has moved her to be a bridge between medicine and spirituality.

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#606 This bug is an artist

#606 This bug is an artist | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I bow before the superior artistry of the caddisfly larvae. The ubiquitous insects weave complex silken sheaths to protect themselves in the watery homes where they await transformation. My uncle f...
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12-year-old chef 'living her dream' helping kids eat healthy

12-year-old chef 'living her dream' helping kids eat healthy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Most kids can’t even spell “quinoa,” let alone cook it; but most kids aren’t 12-year-old Haile Thomas.
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#603 Think the Internet’s a wasteland? Try Upworthy

#603 Think the Internet’s a wasteland? Try Upworthy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you haven’t yet discovered Upworthy, prepare for some finds that will stimulate discussion, make you smile or set you to cheering. Their tag line is 100% accurate: “Things that matter.” This is ...
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Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Real Economy - Politics - Utne Reader

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Real Economy - Politics - Utne Reader | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Wresting control of the real economy from corporate banks, commodity crops, and big-box retail means reversing policies that concentrate power at the top.
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"Speaking Dog" Can't Stop Talking to His Rescuers

"Speaking Dog" Can't Stop Talking to His Rescuers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Filled with relief for having been saved from the streets of Bulgaria after he was run over, one dog can't stop talking to his rescuers.
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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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#597 Albert Lexie’s soul-deep goodness

#597 Albert Lexie’s soul-deep goodness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Since 1982 Albert Lexie has been shining shoes in Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital. The basic shine is $5, but happy customers give him $1 or $2 extra. Some give him a lot more. The tips all go to ...
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Goodness Gracious Me!

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A journey into the surprising world of gratitude, learn how to get happy
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Have you discovered Gratitude? Sign up for regular doses.

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DailyGood: News That Inspires

DailyGood: News That Inspires | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
DailyGood is a portal dedicated to sharing inspiring and positive news from around the world. We feature one story every single day.
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Load up on joy - so many reasons to feel good about the world.

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Couple Finds Happiness in Helping Others

Couple Finds Happiness in Helping Others | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
BURLEY • Jack and Mary Zarybnisky walked through the doors of Community Oasis Outreach, their arms full of blankets and food.
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Sweetness in the town where I grew up. :-)

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#594 Shelby’s happy chickens lay gold for the family

#594 Shelby’s happy chickens lay gold for the family | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When multiple sclerosis landed pharmacist Nancy Grebenc in a nursing home, the family’s finances hit the skids. With bills mounting, nine-year-old Shelby hatched a plan to ease the strain. She woul...
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Mexico City's traffic practically ground to a halt. Pollution made the air unbreathable. So city government decided to act. They still have a long way to go, but they have made amazing strides. It can be done!

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13 Expert-Approved Ways To Be Happy

13 Expert-Approved Ways To Be Happy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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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THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE

I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes…

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Sweet, funny and a delightful story.

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Watch Liberated Research Chimps See the Sky for the First Time

Watch Liberated Research Chimps See the Sky for the First Time | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Chimp Haven, the sanctuary for retired biomedical research chimps, has released a moving video that shows government research chimps as they go out into the simulated wild for the very first time.
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This one's heartbreaking and heartening, all at the same time.

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Age Is No Barrier To Happiness - Or Greatness - Forbes

Age Is No Barrier To Happiness - Or Greatness - Forbes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Your later years can be the best part of your life...here's how.
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Network Society Catalyzes Social Movements

Network Society Catalyzes Social Movements | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read about how network society, the interactions between technology and people, has brought people together to create major social movements.
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Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 23, 6:24 AM

Thanks Pat Thompson for finding this gem. Interesting to see integration of movements and networks.

june holley's curator insight, February 23, 10:22 AM

Looking forward to reading this.

Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, February 23, 3:17 PM

I just got a copy and will summarize soon.

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Loyal pals: Blind Labrador retriever helped by tiny terrier

Loyal pals: Blind Labrador retriever helped by tiny terrier | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

The loyalty of a dog is like a brush with true love — whether you’re a human, or another dog.

 

As evidence, consider these photos of a tiny terrier named Milo helping his older “brother,” a blind Labrador retriever named Eddie.

 
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This is such a beautiful story of love, loyalty and companionship.

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Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table

Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Watch the video Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table on Yahoo! News
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Something WILL Grow There | Life Support System

Something WILL Grow There | Life Support System | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family.
 
She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
 
"No ma'am,” he replied, “they're dead."
 
No, the turkeys won’t get any bigger. But you and I can bigger – at least on the inside. There is no reason to stop growing as long as we’re alive. In fact, I intend to spend the rest of my life growing and changing.

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Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen

Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Two years ago Aaron and Debbie Knobloch learned that their baby daughter Alida was suffering from a rare lung disease and that she would need a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe.
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How lucky we humans are that dogs are such willing and loving companions.

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God Is.'s curator insight, March 5, 2013 6:43 PM

Dogs definitelly go to heaven....

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Aurora cop champions ‘fierce’ pit bull

Aurora cop champions ‘fierce’ pit bull | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A misunderstood pit bull, now aptly named Shield, owes his life to an Aurora police officer with the equally appropriate name — Officer Christopher Grandchamp. This warm and fuzzy dog tale begins Feb.
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Take out the hankies. This one's a love story with a happy ending.

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These Gay Dads Wanted To Give A Speech On Marriage Equality, And What They Got Instead Was Hilarious

These Gay Dads Wanted To Give A Speech On Marriage Equality, And What They Got Instead Was Hilarious | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Equality is a family value.
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Sweet and funny. The gay dads are solid professionals. The kids are...well...kids. They're bored with speech making. Hard to concentrate on the verbal message, but the unverbal message is crystal clear.

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World War II love letter to a fellow soldier: Sleep well my love ~ LGBT News

World War II love letter to a fellow soldier: Sleep well my love ~ LGBT News | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A selection of international LGBT news: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights, same-sex marriage, equality, support, health, travel, entertainment, art, interviews, legal, controversial issues
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Very moving - and very sad that the world has not moved completely beyond the need for people to hide their love.

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WATCH: Spain’s ‘ATM of Happiness’ Dispenses Free Cash | TIME.com

WATCH: Spain’s ‘ATM of Happiness’ Dispenses Free Cash | TIME.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
As part of their "Share Happiness" campaign, Coca-Cola decided to set up an ATM giving out free money on the streets of Spain
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It's a gimmick, but what people did with the money is lovely to watch.

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