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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Joe Biden Sends Handwritten Letter To 7-Year-Old

Joe Biden Sends Handwritten Letter To 7-Year-Old | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The ASSOCIATED PRESS MILWAUKEE -- It might not be unusual for schoolchildren to write to the president or vice president.
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A child's good idea, a vice president's hand-written response, and a bit more sweetness in the world.

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You’ve Already Arrived, Darling | Lissa Rankin

You’ve Already Arrived, Darling | Lissa Rankin | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Lissa Rankin reassures you that you've already arrived; you're already enough.
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A good reminder that the spark of divinity within each of us is enough - without our having to single-handedly change the world, become uber-rich or super-famous.

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24 TED Talks That Will Help Save the Food System

24 TED Talks That Will Help Save the Food System | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Food Tank has decided to highlight 24 TED talks specifically around food issues that we found compelling and worth sharing.
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There is so much hope in these talks - and it is founded on clear-eyed, hard-headed, informed commitment.

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Deformed Dolphin Accepted Into New Family

Deformed Dolphin Accepted Into New Family | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Swimming among a pod of sperm whales in the North Atlantic is a dolphin with an S-shaped spine.
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Amazing and beautiful. This pod truly has adopted the dolphin. Unusual behaviour on both sides.

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Trying to be happier works when listening to upbeat music

Trying to be happier works when listening to upbeat music | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Recent research discovered that an individual can indeed successfully try to be happier, especially when cheery music aids the process. This research points to ways that people can actively improve their moods and corroborates earlier research.
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We know intuitively that music affects us, but it's fun to read the results of research as well.

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A dog with a special talent | WTHITV.com Clay County, Indiana

A dog with a special talent | WTHITV.com  Clay County, Indiana | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Finding a dog that can fetch is hardly news.

We’ve found a dog that can fetch; that we think is worth a news story.
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I'm grateful to Denise Brownlie for this link. Beautiful story.

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Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video)

Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
All too often, along the blurry borders of civilization and the natural world, it can seem our presence must come at the detriment to local wildlife.
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Bamboo farming can offset carbon emission

Environmentalists throughout the world have proposed bamboo farming as an alternative way to offset carbon emission from the human population.

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And here is someone who has been offsetting carbon for decades, starting with bamboo and planting a forest: http://thisgivesmehope.com/2013/05/12/665-jadav-mulai-payeng-planted-a-forest/

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River volunteers deliver ‘low impact, big results’ in frequent cleanups

River volunteers deliver ‘low impact, big results’ in frequent cleanups | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A child’s swimming pool. Shotgun shells. A mountain of tires. And a 3-foot alligator — cold but very much alive. All of the above —
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It's volunteers like these who will assure the river's future for their grandchildren.

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Gas pump prank turns couple into Internet sensation

Gas pump prank turns couple into Internet sensation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Leno struck viral gold with a gas station prank featuring the talented Will and Monifa Sims.
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And they're good! I was smiling all the way through it.

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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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“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing

“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
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What fun - changing the benches changes the interactions.

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This Kid Was Bullied A LOT. He Could Have Told His Teacher Or His Principal. He Had Bigger Plans.

This Kid Was Bullied A LOT. He Could Have Told His Teacher Or His Principal. He Had Bigger Plans. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I hope I would have the courage to do that too.
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#669 The long walk of Nicky Gallas

#669 The long walk of Nicky Gallas | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When suicide, murder and loss marred her childhood, Nicky Gallas turned to a friend she could always count on. That friend was food. Food offered dependable comfort, year after year. With her 40th ...
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2 Weeks, 3 States: Minnesota Becomes the 12th State to Legalize Marriage Equality

2 Weeks, 3 States: Minnesota Becomes the 12th State to Legalize Marriage Equality | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Six months after becoming the first sate to reject a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Minnesota will become the twelfth state to legalize it.
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Dorian Payton's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:03 AM

I am glad that same-sex marriage is going to be legalized in MN.  Although I was already under the impression that it was legalized.  When the amendment to ban same-sex marriage was rejected, I guess I assumed that it meant that same-sex marriage was legal by default.  I was wrong apparently, but at least there wasn't much time in between the rejection to ban and th lagalization.

 

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India nurtures youth advocates for climate action

India nurtures youth advocates for climate action | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The government is funding climate change education, hoping it will raise awareness and tempt young people into related careers
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Training a generation of problem solvers

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Daily Cute: Man and Fox - A Love Story

Daily Cute: Man and Fox - A Love Story | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After Cropper the fox was injured during a fight with a dog, he was near death. Luckily, Mike found him and he recovered beautifully. Now the two are besties.
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Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning House

Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning House | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A pit bull saved his owner from a fire in her Long Island, NY, home on May 3, barking to alert her of the flames that would soon engulf her home.
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Tree surgeon in England goes out of his way to save 20,000 bees

Tree surgeon in England goes out of his way to save 20,000 bees | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Thankfully, there are folks like John Joinson who are doing their part to keep those black and yellow bugs in the pink.
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Hats off to John Joinson for saving these bees.

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Why Sharing News About Solutions is a Revolutionary Act

Hope isn't blind optimism. It's a sense of possibility—delight in the new and joy in creativity that characterizes our species. So let's break the good-news ban and become storytellers about real breakthroughs. (Below, don't miss my top ten go-to's.) I'm convinced that in the process, we will strengthen our capacity to incorporate and act on the bad news as well.

 

After all, it's only in changing the small stories that we change the big, dangerous story—the myth of our own powerlessness. Remember, what we do and say doesn't just influence our friends, but also our friends' friends and our friends' friends' friends (yes, research shows it goes three layers out).

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Yes! This is why I'm blogging for hope. I believe we are far better than we are given credit for in most reporting.

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Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples

Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
And one man's quest to bring hundreds more back.
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This modern-day Johnny Appleseed is working to change that dismal picture.

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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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