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This Gives Me Hope
Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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Cute or cuter? See these newborn zoo animals come out to play

Cute or cuter? See these newborn zoo animals come out to play | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Spring is the season of adorableness as newborns make their first public appearances
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My thanks to Susan G. for this link - all 10 photos are sweet. This one's my fav.

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MyKLogica's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:39 AM

Fotos preciosas que reflejan la vida que nos estamos perdiendo y que estamos, en muchos casos, ahogando. 

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Little Free Library: Books for Everyone!

Little Free Library: Books for Everyone! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These Little Free Library kiosks have been popping up all over Atlanta, and it turns out they're helping folks share books around the world!
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A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth : NPR

A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth : NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
On Earth, a really wet wash cloth, squeezed tight, will drip. Watch what happens in space.
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Chris Hadfield has done so much for science education, with all his reports from space.

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Light up a village, bringing solar power to West Africa

Light up a village, bringing solar power to West Africa | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Portraits of the people of Kanuma who recently benefited from the 'Light up a village' initiative in The Gambia, West Africa
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Wonderful photographs of people whose eyes are light filled

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Centenarians: National Centenarian Awareness Project/Centenarian Project

Featuring remarkable centenarians, the National Centenarian Awareness Project - Inspiring Positive Aging - celebrates active centenarians as role models for the future of aging.
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How's this for smashing stereotypes: "There is a preceived perception that older people live in the past. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the 500 active centenarians surveyed used computers or emailed." ~Lynn Peters Adler, JD

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Last Minutes with ODEN

Thank You Jason Wood for allowing us this moment. Oden's struggle with cancer finally came to an end. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal. Canon 7...
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I lost a beloved dog to cancer so watched this through a film of tears.

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...
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Every child needs - and deserves - teachers like Rita Pierson

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Some Rats Actually Help Detect Disease, Not Spread It

Some Rats Actually Help Detect Disease, Not Spread It | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Giant African pouch rats are helping to diagnose tuberculosis in Tanzania.
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They cost about 60% less than a high-tech machine but deliver better results for most forms of tuberculosis.

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PLOS ONE: Self-Affirmation Improves Problem-Solving under Stress

PLOS ONE: Self-Affirmation Improves Problem-Solving under Stress | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

High levels of acute and chronic stress are known to impair problem-solving and creativity on a broad range of tasks. Despite this evidence, we know little about protective factors for mitigating the deleterious effects of stress on problem-solving. Building on previous research showing that self-affirmation can buffer stress, we tested whether an experimental manipulation of self-affirmation improves problem-solving performance in chronically stressed participants. Eighty undergraduates indicated their perceived chronic stress over the previous month and were randomly assigned to either a self-affirmation or control condition. They then completed 30 difficult remote associate problem-solving items under time pressure in front of an evaluator. Results showed that self-affirmation improved problem-solving performance in underperforming chronically stressed individuals. This research suggests a novel means for boosting problem-solving under stress and may have important implications for understanding how self-affirmation boosts academic achievement in school settings.

 
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We've known this for a long time. Now researchers are finding proof.

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David Schultz's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:57 PM

Stressed over problem-solving?  Take the Self-Affirmation Pill (figurativley speaking of course).  Seriously, read this article. Very interesting...

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Sandwich Art

Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids' sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. I take a picture and post to flickr. My kids don't see the drawing until it is lunchtime.
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His kids must look forward to opening their lunch bag every day.

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Lessons from Guruvayoor – 2

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“There are no material impediments to Bhakti Yoga”—Radhanath Swami
The Vedic scriptures explain that anyone can render devotional service; even one in an animal’s body can render services p
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Thanks for suggesting this as a reason for hope - fascinating to me

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VIDEO: “Muslim Bagel Store Owner Donates 100% Of Profits To Boston Marathon Victims Fund”

VIDEO: “Muslim Bagel Store Owner Donates 100% Of Profits To Boston Marathon Victims Fund” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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30 Days to Being Humane by LuRain Penny :: Instruction #8

30 Days to Being Humane by LuRain Penny :: Instruction #8 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Instruction #8 Be Forgiving Sometimes forgiveness means never having to see that person again.  - LuRain Penny  ** Friends, There are some acts in this World that are unforgivable. Maybe they are A...
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Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen

Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has w...
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Thanks for this, Jackson Katz. You are doing important work.

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3 People Who Will Change the Way the World Views Aging

3 People Who Will Change the Way the World Views Aging | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here are 3 people who have dedicated themselves to changing the way the world views aging.
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Kia the puppy apparently survives nearly a month in impounded car at Kansas City lot

Kia the puppy apparently survives nearly a month in impounded car at Kansas City lot | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Kansas City animal shelter is caring for a puppy that authorities say survived in a locked car that was impounded nearly a month ago and taken to a city lot.
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Starving Baby Goose Falls in Love with His Rescuer

Starving Baby Goose Falls in Love with His Rescuer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read how one woman took quick action to save a starving gosling and how their relationship bloomed in the home and garden.
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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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Katy Perry And Girl With Autism Sing 'Firework', Bring Down House

Katy Perry And Girl With Autism Sing 'Firework', Bring Down House | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Jodi DiPiazza, an 11-year-old girl with autism, duets with Katy Perry on 'Firework' at the Night Of Too Many Stars.
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Think you're tough? Spencer West will travel 300 km on his hands to raise money for clean-water projects

Think you're tough? Spencer West will travel 300 km on his hands to raise money for clean-water projects | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Breathable, padded rowing gloves will shield Spencer West’s hands from rough concrete this week, as the man with no legs who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year takes on his latest challenge in Alberta.
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The power of not believing in limitations

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#658 Seeds from New York’s rooftop gardens

#658 Seeds from New York’s rooftop gardens | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This clever young man’s seed business inspires me. I also love the nose-tweaking nature of the name Zach Pickens has given his Brooklyn-based company: Rooftop Ready Seeds*. I have trouble growing a...
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I love the play on a very well known seed company.

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Volunteer Firefighters Rescue A Baby Fox Stuck In A Storm Drain

Volunteer Firefighters Rescue A Baby Fox Stuck In A Storm Drain | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They are "tasked with protecting lives, not just human." Awwwwww.
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Sweet story and pix

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30 years later, burglar repays money | WOOD TV8

30 years later, burglar repays money | WOOD TV8 | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A person who claims to have stolen $800 from a Barry County store about 30 years ago has repaid the money in cash -- with interest.
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It is never too late to atone for our misdeeds.

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Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe

Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Doctors have built and implanted a windpipe, developed with plastic fibers and human cells, in a 2&frac12;-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ.
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The child would not have survived without this surgery and now has a chance at a normal life.

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Dear Mother

I realize birthdays are a tradition and that tradition dictates that one should celebrate their existence on the day on which they were born every year. Howe...
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Grab a  hanky - this is a beautiful tribute to a mother and a generous gift from a son.

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