This Gives Me Hope
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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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In Nepal, villagers' land uses help people and tigers

In Nepal, villagers' land uses help people and tigers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Hopeful signs that humans and critically endangered tigers can coexist are emerging in rural Nepal, where a new study shows that when Nepalese villagers are empowered to make local land management decisions, the results benefit both people and...
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Shelagh was here -- an ordinary, magical life, by Catherine Porter

Shelagh was here -- an ordinary, magical life, by Catherine Porter | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I met Shelagh Gordon at her funeral. My sharpest impression of her that day, as mourners in black pressed around me, was of her breathtaking kindness. Shelagh was freshly-in-love thoughtful.
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This is so beautiful - thanks to Maitri Libellule for posting the link.

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A plan to turn every lightbulb into an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi

A plan to turn every lightbulb into an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Current wireless networks have a problem: The more popular they become, the slower they are.
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Boggles my mind!

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New Movie 'Noah' Refuses Animal Cruelty

New Movie 'Noah' Refuses Animal Cruelty | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
And now for something that will be music to animal rights supporters. Darren Aronofsky, director of such award-winning films as Black Swan and The
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Wonderful - a movie to raise awareness of the rights of animals, without exploiting them.

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War is not inevitable; psychology research should promote peace

War is not inevitable; psychology research should promote peace | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In a new review of how psychology research has illuminated the causes of war and violence, three political psychologists say this understanding can and should be used to promote peace and overturn the belief that violent conflict is inevitable.
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Why Playing Small Is Just Your Ego

Why Playing Small Is Just Your Ego | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When most of us think of the idea of the ego, we think of words like “egotistical” or “arrogant.” What most don’t understand is that the same ego that leads people to boast,  self-inflate, name drop, and preen around with self importance can manifest...
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Such a good reminder that we are no more special - and no less special - than anyone else on the planet.

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Elephants know what it means to point to something, no training required

Elephants know what it means to point to something, no training required | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When people want to direct the attention of others, they naturally do so by pointing, starting from a very young age. Now, researchers have shown that elephants spontaneously get the gist of human pointing and can use it as a cue for finding food.
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The more we understand the creatures we share the planet with, the more likely we will treat them with care and respect.

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Senior Improv? A Burgeoning Art Form

Senior Improv? A Burgeoning Art Form | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I sat in on an improv class that shattered a bunch of age biases lurking in my unconscious. Eight seemingly docile women looking to be in their late-50s to mid-70s sat in a semicircle.
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I had the honour of spending 15 months as Storytelling Director for Stagebridge - loved it and am so impressed with this group. Imagine, 35 years making seniors' lives richer.

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Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design

Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Braw: Global warming poses a real threat to cities but planners in the Danish capital are taking visionary steps to ensure its resilience – and success – as far ahead as 2100
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Copenhagen is taking the lead. If their plans work, they will be a model for other urban centres in coastal areas.

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Dog becomes chimp's foster mom

Dog becomes chimp's foster mom | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Chimp, one of the litter! via www.facebook.com/pinwoot
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(UPDATE) Homeless Man Reacts to $148K Reward for Returning Backpack, $40K

(UPDATE) Homeless Man Reacts to $148K Reward for Returning Backpack, $40K | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After Glen James, a homeless man from Boston, found and returned a backpack with more than $40,000 worth of cash and traveler’s checks, a stranger from Virginia launched an online campaign to reward him.
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Dirty nappies? You might be sitting on them

Dirty nappies? You might be sitting on them | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Today's dirty nappies will be transformed into tomorrow's park benches under an Australian-first recycling scheme.
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Oh, those clever Australians - coming up with a way to recycle the masses of "absorbent hygiene waste" thrown out every year.

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10 Inspiring Girls Who Will Put a Smile on Your Face

10 Inspiring Girls Who Will Put a Smile on Your Face | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The following 10 girls are shattering gender stereotypes and doing some amazing things.
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Footwear recycling gets a kick-start

Footwear recycling gets a kick-start | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A newly developed recycling process could make landfill sites filled with old shoes a thing of the past.
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Iwan Baan: Ingenious homes in unexpected places

In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story "Tower of David," an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in.
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These homes are a testament to human ingenuity and resilience.

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How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."
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How Can a Maple Grilled Cheese Sandwich Keep Teens Out of Jail?

How Can a Maple Grilled Cheese Sandwich Keep Teens Out of Jail? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Drive Change is a food truck business in New York City that empowers young people ages 16-25 who have recently come out of jail or prison.
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Offering a hand up for youth at risk - I'd buy their sandwiches.

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.
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...and none of them requires deep pockets, or any pockets at all.

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Canada Happyyouth's curator insight, October 27, 2013 11:45 AM

Very useful tips that can boost your happiness!

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The scary steps of morphing into whom you wish to become

The scary steps of morphing into whom you wish to become | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Change is risky. But here's why you need to take the scary steps of morphing into whom you wish to become. You have nothing to lose except yourself.
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We all have to reinvent ourselves and usually many times over. This delightful blog will make you feel easier about the process.

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Building a Better World, One Block at a Time

Building a Better World, One Block at a Time | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Building a Better World, One Block at a Time - One evening in the small village of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire, England, someone started a conversation about climate change and energy at the local pub. It was 2005.
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World leaders are not leading so local people are forming Transition Towns to act on climate change.

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Mystery Surfer Saves Drowning Sea Turtle, Then Catches His Next Wave

Mystery Surfer Saves Drowning Sea Turtle, Then Catches His Next Wave | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A surfer in Cocoa Beach, Fla., saved the life of a struggling sea turtle recently by paddling over and disentangling him from dangerous fishing lines.
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Why Switzerland Has Some Of The Happiest, Healthiest Citizens In The World

Why Switzerland Has Some Of The Happiest, Healthiest Citizens In The World | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Switzerland is home to one of the world's most thriving economies and also one of the happiest populations on the globe. So what's the Swiss secret sauce?
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Two Dogs, Two Special Needs Kids and Two Happy Endings

Two Dogs, Two Special Needs Kids and Two Happy Endings | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Dogs help two young children with disabilities overcome challenges at home and in school.
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Climate Change: Mayors Around The Globe Leading An Urban Revolution By Stephen Leahy

Climate Change: Mayors Around The Globe Leading An Urban Revolution By Stephen Leahy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

With presidents and prime ministers failing to take meaningful action to avert a planetary-scale climate crisis, the mayors of cities and towns are increasingly stepping up to enact changes at the local level.

“Cities are on the front lines of climate change,” Richard Register, founder and president of Ecocity Builders, an organization that pioneered ecological city design and planning, told IPS.

 
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Devoted Husband Goes Beyond the Call of Duty for Ill Wife

Devoted Husband Goes Beyond the Call of Duty for Ill Wife | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Learn what one man did to help his dementia-stricken wife.
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