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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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#695 From slum girl to chess champion

#695 From slum girl to chess champion | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Uganda's junior chess champion lost her father to AIDS when she was three. Phiona Mutesi's mother could not afford school fees so from age six the child had no opportunity for education. By the tim...
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Do Thoughts Determine Your Quality of Life?

Do Thoughts Determine Your Quality of Life? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Modern culture doesn’t invite optimism. Advertisements hawk victimization: Your life isn’t good because you’re missing something. The news often reminds us
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The Smiling Game | Life Support System

The Smiling Game | Life Support System | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

It's been said that a smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart. But a smile is also a powerful weapon against toxic attitudes of all kinds.

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A smile can change a life. Steve tells the story of someone for whom that actually happened.

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Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living

Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you need conversation material at parties, I suggest planning a seven thousand mile bike ride. It gives you the ability to talk to anybody. It’s a story that spreads on its own. People will just walk right up to you and ask, "Is it true?
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A voyage of self-discovery is always worth taking.

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Plastic shopping bags banished

Plastic shopping bags banished | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Plastic shopping bags will be banned from Tasmanian shops and supermarkets, after a Government bill passed the state's Upper House.
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One more jurisdiction bans the ubiquitous bags

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5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten

5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and for 5-year-old Sophia Moss, that would be true. Upon looking at her, you’d never believe little Moss, a kindergartner, actually read a total of 875 books this school year.
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My kind of girl

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Judith Kavanaugh's curator insight, May 31, 2013 12:33 AM

Reminds me of my niece!!  Go Sophia!!

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In Search of Silence

In Search of Silence | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Searching for silence in a world where quiet doesn't occur very often. It's difficult to find silence in the modern world.
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Sending out love to all the other quiet lovers

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Woman Rescues Burned Puppy and He Grows Up to Save Her Life

Woman Rescues Burned Puppy and He Grows Up to Save Her Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A woman rescued a puppy who was so badly burned, he was going to be euthanized. He grew up to become the reason she woke up from a coma and recovered.
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Grab a tissue. This one's a heart grabber.

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Good for the world, good for shareholders: Study finds social responsibility means less risky stock prices

Firms that make greater investments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives see less risk in their stock prices during economic downturns, according to a new study.
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Turns out investing with ethics in mind is good for investors' bottom lines.

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The Long March Towards Abolition of War

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The Long March Towards Abolition of War - Slavery. Colonialism. Apartheid. Gender discrimination in voting. All were abolished in most places after longstanding battles – largely in bygone eras.
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An outrateously peaceful - and possible - goal: a world without war

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Students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books

Students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one, new research shows.
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It's the content, not the medium.

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This House Is Built To Be Constantly Reclaimed By Nature

This House Is Built To Be Constantly Reclaimed By Nature | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An unused garage of a vacation home in the Alps has been converted into what’s perhaps the world’s sexiest garden shed.Architecture firm act_romegialli’s "Green Box" is overrun with vegetation to the point where it looks like the forest has reached...
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Fascinating - building with nature in mind

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Teddy bear helps Breeze the orphaned foal to sleep, heal

Teddy bear helps Breeze the orphaned foal to sleep, heal | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In stressful chapters of life, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep — whether you’re a human, or a newborn foal. The horse lovers...
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New York Rescue Crews Save Ducklings in Storm Drain

New York Rescue Crews Save Ducklings in Storm Drain | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Watch New York City environmental workers, police and firefighters work together to save a family of ducklings who have fallen into a storm catch basin.
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Father and 2-year-old boy sing Beatles' 'Don't Let Me Down' in viral hit - TODAY.com

Father and 2-year-old boy sing Beatles' 'Don't Let Me Down' in viral hit - TODAY.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
He may be not quite 2 years old, but little Diogo Mello has the soul of a rock 'n' roller, and a love of the Beatles that must have been...
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Start the music early, and he'll be singing the rest of his life.

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Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video)

Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Luka, a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy, can't skateboard, play basketball, or swim since he is wheelchair bound. But, that doesn't stop him from imagining doing those things.
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#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver

#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Line up the bananas. Connect them to the computer. Voilà! Instant keyboard. Seriously...or, rather, playfully. Jay Silver must have one of the most original minds on the planet. He starts his TED t...
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The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies

The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
B Lab shares the ultimate list of green businesses, the ‘B Corp Best for the Environment List’ recognizing those companies creating the most positive environmental impact.
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Teacher's $1,500 haircut a lesson in kindness

Teacher's $1,500 haircut a lesson in kindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Boulder Avenue Elementary School kindergarten teacher Matt Santala has had only two haircuts since coming to the school six years ago.

Via Judith Kavanaugh
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What a good role model for his students...

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Love these kind of stories.

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How Gardening Can Feed the Soul - Environment

How Gardening Can Feed the Soul - Environment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Discovering the spirituality in nature helped one young woman navigate life. She learned the secrets of the “backyard parables.”
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How California Is Debunking The GOP's Obamacare Talking Points

How California Is Debunking The GOP's Obamacare Talking Points | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
California officials revealed insurance companies’ opening bids for the state’s Obamacare marketplace in 2014. The numbers are great for consumers — and terrible for right-wing fear mongering over the health law.
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Truth's winning out in California.

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Comfort Dogs Assist Tornado Survivors

Comfort Dogs Assist Tornado Survivors | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
comfort dogs help Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims recover and heal with friendly and calming companionship
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How Optimism Moves the World Forward

How Optimism Moves the World Forward | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Life is not simple. However, we are often told that it is. Modern consumerism offers a quick solution for every inconvenience. An increasing stream of gurus
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Jurriaan Kamp's 55 reasons to be optimistic are worth posting on our walls. 

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