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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Choosing Kids' Genitalia May Be Unconstitutional, Court Says

Choosing Kids' Genitalia May Be Unconstitutional, Court Says | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A South Carolina judge ruled that the case against the state that unnecessarily assigned a sex to a child can continue.
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Understanding and acceptance receive a boost with this decision.

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The power of food

The power of food | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They don’t work. By simply handing out emergency hampers of donated food and sending people on their way, food banks to do little to solve or even address the profound problems of hunger or poverty, say veterans of these community organizations.
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Generational shift in attitudes among young soccer players towards gay teammates

Generational shift in attitudes among young soccer players towards gay teammates | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Young soccer players on the verge of becoming professionals are now much more likely to be supportive of gay teammates than a decade ago, according to new research.
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Living with Heart: Hope, Optimism and Future-Mindedness - Positive ...

Living with Heart: Hope, Optimism and Future-Mindedness - Positive ... | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The creators of positive psychology's Character Strengths Survey describe someone who scores high in hope, optimism and future-mindedness this way: “You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it.
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I'd forgotten that old song, "You gotta have heart" - think I'll learn it again.

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The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades, by Lori Weiss

The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades, by Lori Weiss | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Somewhere in West Tennessee, not far from Graceland, nine women -- or The 9 Nanas, as they prefer to be called -- gather in the darkness of night.
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That is one of the most inspiring stories I've read in a long time. Thank you, Judith!

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Green America: Living Green: A Store Where Everything is Free

Green America: Living Green: A Store Where Everything is Free | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Free stores promote a culture of reuse and sharing, conserve resources, and give a hand up to those in need.


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The Top 10 Reasons Why Walking Meetings Will Be Your Best Meetings

The Top 10 Reasons Why Walking Meetings Will Be Your Best Meetings | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Even if your meetings aren't as important to world peace as Reagan and Gorbachev's, there are plenty of benefits to making your next meeting a walking meeting.
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Annie Leonard: How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer

Annie Leonard: How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.
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Amazing Leaf-Mimicking Animals

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One of the best strategies for avoiding being eaten by predators is to hide in plain sight. But there's camouflage and there is camouflage. These species go
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Nature is so amazing!

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Photographer Falls in Love with Less-Than-Perfect Dog, Saves Him Just in Time

Photographer Falls in Love with Less-Than-Perfect Dog, Saves Him Just in Time | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
What happens when a shelter photographer falls in love with one of the dogs she is shooting? A dog with an injured eye and hard-to-treat heartworm. Magic ensues!
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Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship

Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Perhaps one of the most defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy -- the ability to put ourselves in others' shoes.
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Fascinating research that tells us that we are biologically wired to be empathetic. Our brains identify with those that we feel empathy with them. Thus proving the words of Jesus, "love your neighbour as yourself."

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Art preserves skills despite onset of vascular dementia in 'remarkable' case of a Canadian sculptor

Art preserves skills despite onset of vascular dementia in 'remarkable' case of a Canadian sculptor | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The ability to draw spontaneously as well as from memory may be preserved in the brains of artists long after the deleterious effects of vascular dementia have diminished their capacity to complete simple, everyday tasks, according to a new study...
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The Prince of Happiness

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I jump at the chance to learn from a living legend of non-violence, despite the 5:30 wake-up call and hours sitting in silence.
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San Jose approves foam food container ban

San Jose approves foam food container ban | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
San Jose law banning the foam food boxes that environmentalists say become persistent pollutants will take effect in January for multistate restaurant chains and a year later for smaller eateries.
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Winter depression not as common as many think

New research suggests that getting depressed when it's cold and dreary outside may not be as common as is often believed.
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Grand Thoughts: Dancing for the sheer joy of it - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Grand Thoughts: Dancing for the sheer joy of it
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There's a dance tonight at my house. There's a dance most every night at my house. We move the furniture out of our way. We turn on the music and we dance.
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Providing Hope Never Tasted So Good - Forbes

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Providing Hope Never Tasted So Good
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Editor's Note: Don Larson, founder and president of Sunshine Nut Company, has a 25 year career in the food industry. Most of those years were at Hershey Chocolate as a turn-around specialist.
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A new business model that overturns old corporate thinking - from an insider.

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B.C. farmstay an oasis for kids and adults - amid the quacking, clucking, baaing

B.C. farmstay an oasis for kids and adults - amid the quacking, clucking, baaing | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
B.C. farmstay an oasis for kids and adults - amid the quacking, clucking, baaing
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Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch

Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Worried about the NSA snooping on your email? Maybe you need to start creating your own personal internet
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Healing Body and Heart, Cuban Style

Healing Body and Heart, Cuban Style | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Cuban doctors and artists–on the ground in Haiti even before the earthquake–are helping survivors heal.
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Sharp Increase of Women Voters in Pakistan’s Recent Elections

Sharp Increase of Women Voters in Pakistan’s Recent Elections | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Songs, TV commercials, dramas, voter education and community awareness-raising encouraged a historic 15 million Pakistani women to vote in recent elections.
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Personal Writing: 7 Reasons You Should Consider Publishing Personal Stories

Personal Writing: 7 Reasons You Should Consider Publishing Personal Stories | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Personal writing might sometimes feel too private to publish—but documenting your low points can rocket your byline to the top.
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Critics often pan them, but first-person essays will always have a strong audience because they reassure us we are OK in spite of our missteps.

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Sometimes those personal stories we record privately in our journals can turn into stories for the whole world to read. This article encourages writers to share personal stories -- because people still like to read them. 

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Bringing Solar To Impoverished Towns, With A Model Straight From The Corporate World

Bringing Solar To Impoverished Towns, With A Model Straight From The Corporate World | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Disillusioned by their corporate gigs Manuel Aguilar and Juan Rodriguez started Quetsol an organization that uses business acumen to supply rural...
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Engaging in a brief cultural activity can reduce implicit prejudice

A small cue of social connection to someone from another group -- such as a shared interest -- can help reduce prejudice immediately and up to six months later, according to new research.
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Food Sovereignty: The Real World Food Prize

Food Sovereignty: The Real World Food Prize | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In the Basque Country—an autonomous community in Northern Spain—the official unemployment rate for young people lingers around 40 percent, but some estimate it might be even higher.
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