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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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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Can Technology Create Happiness?

Can Technology Create Happiness? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For decades, GDP has been the primary measure of the success of a society. Is it any wonder than we’re ever more prosperous but no more happy?
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Greg Satell writes:

 

"What most surprised me when I arrived in the former Eastern Bloc was that many people were happy even under the failed Communist system. Not because they liked the system or that they would like to return to it, but because they had many of the things required for happiness, such as good friends, strong families and community ties.

 

"So while happiness is certainly a worthy personal goal, it could be an unrealistic one for societies. Maybe what we really should be shooting for is dignity, which Immanuel Kant defined as the right for people to be treated as ends in themselves, rather than as means to an end."

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A 75-Year Harvard Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life

A 75-Year Harvard Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Insights from the landmark Grant Study.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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The secret? "Happiness is love. Full stop!" Ahhhh

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 26, 2013 7:12 PM

"“The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion: ‘Happiness is love. Full stop.’ ”

 
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Love, relationships, and MOM!  : )  

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The secret? "Happiness is love. Full stop!" Ahhhh
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The Simple Act of Validation & Acknowledgement

The Simple Act of Validation & Acknowledgement | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

When you can spare five minutes, please use it to watch this touching video.  It shows interaction between Naomi Feil, who developed what she has termed Validation Therapy for older people with cognitive impairments and dementia.


In this video she is administering Validation Therapy to Gladys Wilson, an elderly Alzheimer's patient who is non-communicative.  The basic principle of the therapy is the concept of validation or the reciprocated communication of respect which communicates that the other's opinions are acknowledged, respected, heard, and (regardless whether or not the listener actually agrees with the content), they are being treated with genuine respect as a legitimate expression of their feelings, rather than marginalized or dismissed.


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This is so simple and powerful - and poignant

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Eagles continue comeback along northern Mississippi River

Eagles continue comeback along northern Mississippi River | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
More bald eagles are soaring over the Twin Cities as they continue their comeback along the Mississippi River
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Good news!

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This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied? : NPR

This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied?  : NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Bullitt Foundation's new Seattle headquarters, billed as the world's "greenest" building, is designed to be entirely self-sustaining. The developers hope it can inspire others to build this way.
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Leading the way in building for the future

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Daily Cute: Secret Service Helps Lost Ducklings Find Their Mom

Daily Cute: Secret Service Helps Lost Ducklings Find Their Mom | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An oblivious mommy jumps up on a ledge and wanders onto the White House lawn. Unfortunately, her babies are just too tiny to follow after her. Enter, the Secret Service.
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Rachel Maddow comments, "Come on. Melt your frozen hearts." ;-)

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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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In Praise of Very Large Staircases: A Brief History of the Social Function of Stoops

In Praise of Very Large Staircases: A Brief History of the Social Function of Stoops | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Say the word “stoop” to a New Yorker of a certain generation and their eyes light up. “Do you remember stoop ball?” our friend Roger used to say. “Or Ring-a-levio?
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Places to gather are important. In my neighbourhood those places were porches.

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Sunflower Lady plants seeds of contentment

Sunflower Lady plants seeds of contentment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
On a rainy afternoon, Tamara Litke hands out seeds to Ms. Collins's Grade 3 class at General Wolfe Elementary.
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She wants to leave a legacy and has discovered a beautiful way to do it.

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Write Your Burden on an Airplane

Josh Ritter and Rainn Wilson ask a venue full of music fans to write their burden on an airplane! Subscribe to our youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/su...
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Something to try at other gatherings. The paper airplanes could be on paper that's been used and is being discarded - then recycled.

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Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots

Sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Washington University Sustainable Land Lab Competition's goal? To find something creative to do with all the vacant lots in the country.
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The city's behind this

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Model for megacities? Mexico City cleans up its air.

Model for megacities? Mexico City cleans up its air. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
As people around the world celebrate Earth Day, Mexico City may serve as an unlikely environmental example for cities in developing countries suffering poor air quality.
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If Mexico City can do it...

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The Most Inspiring Slab Of Concrete You’ll See Today

The Most Inspiring Slab Of Concrete You’ll See Today | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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She's an urban farmer, growing her summer's food in a small space. Wonderful story from one of my favourite sites, Upworthy.

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