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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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A Year in the United States: 8 Amazing LGBT Rights Moments from 2013

A Year in the United States: 8 Amazing LGBT Rights Moments from 2013 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The past year has been a great one for LGBT rights. Here are some of the highlights that Care2 readers have particularly enjoyed.
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How Do You End Homelessness? If You're This State, You Offer People Homes

How Do You End Homelessness? If You're This State, You Offer People Homes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For years, Utah has addressed its homeless problem by simply offering apartments to those who lack a home, worrying about the details of the exchange later.
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Dogs sense small variations in Earth's magnetic field, new research suggests

Dogs sense small variations in Earth's magnetic field, new research suggests | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Researchers analyzed the body orientation of 70 dogs of different breeds, while the dogs relieved themselves in the open country and without being on the leash. The statistical analysis of the more than 7,000 observations was initially frustrating.
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Another reason to admire our canine companions.

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Do I Have Enough? | KindSpring.org

Do I Have Enough? | KindSpring.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I was doing some last-minute shopping in a toy store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my nieces.

A nicely dressed little girl was excitedly looking through the Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly in her little hand.
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A sweet story about generosity

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Environmentalists have reason for hope in 2014

Environmentalists have reason for hope in 2014 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From the new pope to a wave of young activists, there's plenty of cause for hope that next year will be the beginning of a new age of environmentalism.
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CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE HOMELESS - YouTube

While most of us want the best phone or the biggest TV for the holidays, there are a lot of people out there who just need the basics like food and clothing....
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This is a sweet one from "The Random Altruist"

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#899 Beauty in imperfection

#899 Beauty in imperfection | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Although no one’s body is perfect, people whose bodies have unexpected curves, missing pieces, odd bulges, interesting tics or unusual twists know the isolation of The Other. A Swiss organization c...
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a new year’s gift for you: 10 steps to making your dreams come true in 2014

a new year’s gift for you: 10 steps to making your dreams come true in 2014 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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From Michelle Selig, one of my writer friends.

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Top 10 Feel Good Moments From 2013

Top 10 Feel Good Moments From 2013 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
As 2013 quickly comes to a close I wanted to take a look back at the most feel good moments of the year, the stories that brought happy tears to my eyes and left me with a smile on my face.
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I Wish For You an Epic Fail. ~ Michelle Marchildon

I Wish For You an Epic Fail. ~ Michelle Marchildon | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nobody wants to hit bottom, however, if this happens to you I highly recommend it. A new year is a perfect time for an epic fail because it teaches you to be fearless.
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John Michel's curator insight, December 31, 2013 12:46 PM

Whatever this New Year brings to you, do not be afraid to fail.

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Seven Wonders of a Hopeful World

Seven Wonders of a Hopeful World | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The environmental challenges we face today are daunting, but opportunities for overcoming them abound.
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Flawed - YouTube

This is the true story of how my boyfriend and I met and fell in love and how I learned to love my flaws. It was made through the National Film Board of Cana...
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How To Stop Making A Big Deal About Your Problems

How To Stop Making A Big Deal About Your Problems | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Meditation teaches us how to let go. It’s actually a very important aspect of friendliness, which is that you train again and again in not making things such a big deal. When you have pain in
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Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Earlier this year a huge flood devastated Eastern Russia, but one loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water.
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#903 Ken Robinson inspires education revolution

#903 Ken Robinson inspires education revolution | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When I heard Sir Ken Robinson’s 2007 TED talk on creativity and education, I was fist pumping through much of it. It took me back to a decade as a public school librarian and my conviction that wha...
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Robinson envisions an education system that encourages children's natural sense of wonder and excitement about learning.

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#902 The custodian who changes lives

#902 The custodian who changes lives | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Every year the National Life Group sponsors a LifeChanger of the Year Award to recognize and reward “K-12 school district educators and employers from around the [U.S.] who are making a significant...
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He listens, encourages, and expects the best of students - and they respond to the love of someone who believes in them.

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Make a Difference | KarmaTube

Make a Difference | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
We all know it feels nice to give. But how many of us would give away a sudden windfall, particularly if it meant foregoing some luxuries that you'd never dreamed possible?
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Oh, my. The sweetness factor is so high in this little video.

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Welcome, 2014: Quote of the Day.

Welcome, 2014: Quote of the Day. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.
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Good quote to start the year, from Neil Gaiman.

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Husband preserves voice to help soothe ailing wife - Local - Ohio

Husband preserves voice to help soothe ailing wife - Local - Ohio | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After 65 years of marriage, it’s hard for Jim and Virginia Griffin to be apart. Back when Jim was driving a truck cross country, there was a time or two he flew Virginia out to join him for the return trip because he missed her that much.
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#898 Ex-gay organization changed direction and apologized

#898 Ex-gay organization changed direction and apologized | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
New Direction Ministries of Canada did a lot of harm before hiring Wendy Gritter to be its executive director. She changed everything, not by coming in as a firebrand reformer but by realizing she ...
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When an organization committed to "helping" men and women discover they are actually heterosexuals admits it was wrong and did a great deal of harm, it gives me hope for the end of intolerance and hatred based on sexual identity.

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Dog Rides Away in Santa's Truck: A Feel-Good Christmas Rescue

Dog Rides Away in Santa's Truck: A Feel-Good Christmas Rescue | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Linda Kaas was on her way to work when she came upon a big teddy bear dog running free. She took the dog in and called for help, never guessing who would come.
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Magic Piano Puts a Smile on Travelers' Faces (video)

Magic Piano Puts a Smile on Travelers' Faces (video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Amtrak knows that traveling during the holidays can be stressful, so they got very creative and brought a trick piano into Union Station in Chicago. The magical
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I smiled so widely all the way through this that my face feels split wide open.

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Berkeley library branch a 'zero net energy' building

Berkeley library branch a 'zero net energy' building | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
[...] listen carefully, and you won't hear the usual whoosh of an air conditioning system trundling in the background.
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Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The professor who teaches Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory claims, "This course will change your life."
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Daily Kos: A Woman's PERFECT Response to Her Anti-Gay Neighbors

Daily Kos: A Woman's PERFECT Response to Her Anti-Gay Neighbors | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Well here's a heartwarming day-after-Christmas story .

Dr. Mary Pham, a resident of Irvine, California, decided last April to show her support for the LGBT community by raising a rainbow flag. Not ...
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