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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Powerpot turns heat and water into electricity

Powerpot turns heat and water into electricity | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Students have invented a portable cook pot that doubles as a thermoelectric generator, and are now marketing it.
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Very creative - and good for uses well beyond charging campers' cell phones

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Mormon Church Abandons Its Crusade Against Gay Marriage

Mormon Church Abandons Its Crusade Against Gay Marriage | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Prop. 8 backlash has led the Latter Day Saints to soften their treatment of LGBT church members.
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Can the Catholic church be far behind?

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Student leader says it’s time to kick fast food to the curb | Toronto Star

Student leader says it’s time to kick fast food to the curb | Toronto Star | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Campaign urges students to boycott fast food for the month of November to raise awareness of its negative health impacts
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Young people are taking the lead

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NHL Goes All-In for LGBT Equality

NHL Goes All-In for LGBT Equality | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The NHL announced that it would partner with You Can Play, an advocacy group for gay athletes, to combat homophobia in sports.
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Five Bucks Well Spent: Soup, Salad, and Support for Creative Social Change | Food on GOOD

Five Bucks Well Spent: Soup, Salad, and Support for Creative Social Change | Food on GOOD | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Every month, about 300 Detroiters each pay $5 for soup, salad, bread, and a vote to support a creative local project for social change.
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What a terrific, neighbourly idea!

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10-Year-Old Explorer Finds 330 Million-Year-Old Footprints

10-Year-Old Explorer Finds 330 Million-Year-Old Footprints | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A holiday to the beaches of Cornwall in the U.K. last summer has led to 10-year-old Bruno Debattista finding himself face-to-face with the path of a horseshoe crab 320 million years ago.
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Art can change your world, experts say

Art can change your world, experts say | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Researchers have shown it’s never too late to change your mind. As we get older, we're more likely to be thought of as 'set in our ways', but researchers have discovered that art can in fact fundamentally change our sense of who we are.
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Turns out art can have the same impact as a major event in terms of shifting people out of ruts.

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Uruguay Legalizes Gay Marriage

Uruguay Legalizes Gay Marriage | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayan lawmakers voted Wednesday to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so.
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One barrier at a time is falling

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mr uxn design: THE REVOLUTION STARTS WITHIN ...

mr uxn design: THE REVOLUTION STARTS WITHIN ... | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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One of my Twitter pals gathers some of the people who inspire her most - lots of soul-sparking stuff here

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You are as old as you feel

You are as old as you feel | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Older adults who see themselves as old and frail will start to feel old and frail.
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Pretty much works this way with everything, doesn't it? How we perceive ourselves shapes our lives.

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Roshi Joan Halifax

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‘Life and death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly, and the opportunity is lost. Let us awaken, awaken. Do not squander your life.’”

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Thanks to Marilyn Raymond for posting this link! The talks soul stirring.

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Women Take the Stage Against Taliban | Inter Press Service

Women Take the Stage Against Taliban | Inter Press Service | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Women Take the Stage Against Taliban - The Taliban may have placed a ban on theatre, but women in Pakistan’s northern provinces won’t allow the threat of the militants’ reprisals to keep them off the stage.
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These women are incredibly brave, as well as talented.

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Freedom 90 Union

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The Freedom 90 Union demands urgent action by the Government of Ontario to end poverty and make food banks and emergency meal programs unnecessary.
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There's a new union in Ontario, whose intent is to demand urgent action to end poverty. The members are food bank and emergency meal program volunteers. They have seen the face of poverty up close and are demanding government action - with a sly sense of humour.

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Ventures - Zeus Recycling Solutions turns garbage into goods

Ventures - Zeus Recycling Solutions turns garbage into goods | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Zeus Recycling Solutions developed a baler, no bigger than a tall garbage can, that manually compresses oversize plastic wrap into small, compact bundles. That eases the recycling process and makes trucking it more efficient.
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Here's another company trying to keep plastic out of the waste stream.

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Real Victory for Real Food Challenge

Real Victory for Real Food Challenge | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Real Food Challenge marked a real victory this week when it signed a transparency agreement with Sodexo, the world's second largest food service company.
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These students are leading the way

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Miracle Cat Lost in Fire Returns

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Emily Brunner had a rough start to the New Year -- her home in Chapel Hill burnt to the ground. Even worse, one of her cats went missing after the fire.
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I keep thinking of that old song, "And the cat came back. We thought he was a goner..."

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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

Via Larry Glover
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In case you need reasons, confirmation or a refresher...

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, April 13, 2013 8:19 PM

Just be and savor the moment, the breath, the heartbeat. It is all you have.

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:37 AM

I love mindful meditation!

Janet M. DeSantis's curator insight, February 7, 2014 5:31 PM

Lastly, if you're not convinced by now, here are some scientific reasons as to why it's healthy to be ""Present to the present!"

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What happens in the brain to make music rewarding?

What happens in the brain to make music rewarding? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time. The study pinpoints the specific brain activity that makes new music rewarding and predicts the decision to purchase music.
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Our old friend dopamine - fascinating! You can listen to excerpts of the music used in the study and see which ones trigger your buying impulse.

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Chimpanzees use botanical skills to discover fruit

Chimpanzees use botanical skills to discover fruit | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Fruit-eating animals are known to use their spatial memory to relocate fruit, yet, it is unclear how they manage to find fruit in the first place.
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Creativity: The Encourager

Years ago my friend Doug Lipman and I were leading a week long workshop in creativity and storytelling in southern France. Our whole group – the Creative Monsters – were staying at a large house wh...
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Jay O'Callahan has been writing a series of posts on creativity. Whether you delight in your creativity or feel as if you have deficits in that part of your life, give them a read. They are short and inspiring.

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#634 Lana Wachowski carves path for transgender youth

#634 Lana Wachowski carves path for transgender youth | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a celebrity as admired as Matrix co-director Laurence “Larry” Wachowski transitions from male to female, cracks appear in what many still view as the solid foundation of gender duality. Larry,...
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Nathan and Sylvia (a story of an autism service dog and her boy)

The inspiring story of the dog that changed my life, became my best friend, and showed me how to do more than just live with autism... If this video helped t...
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This one will bring a tear to your eyes.

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WATCH: Little Girl Is Probably Still Thirsty

WATCH: Little Girl Is Probably Still Thirsty | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Two-year-old Lyla found out the hard way that water fountains are complicated -- no sippy-cup top! No straw!
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Persistence - and a little help from our friends

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Kindness Video | The Train Maker | Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness Video | The Train Maker | Random Acts of Kindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This kindness video entitled The Train Maker is sure to inspire kindness
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I absolutely love this sweet video. Will is spending his retirement making children happy, by making trains for them.

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