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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» Being Happy, Being More Creative? - The Creative Mind

» Being Happy, Being More Creative? - The Creative Mind | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A number of writers and psychologists think too much focus on the pursuit of happiness may be limiting how we develop creativity.
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20 Great Ideas From Cities That Could Change the U.S.

20 Great Ideas From Cities That Could Change the U.S. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In recent years, as Washington has sunk further into a swamp of dysfunction, local leaders are rising to meet many of the toughest challenges facing the country -- from economic growth and environmental protection to public safety and poverty.
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Why Can't We Live Together?

Award-winning professor of social psychology at Oxford University, Miles Hewstone visits the RSA to show how 'intergroup contact' can play a fundamental role...
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The beauty is, of course, that we can - as Miles Hewstone argues in his talk.

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Should grandma join Facebook? It may give her a cognitive boost, study finds

Preliminary research findings suggest learning to use Facebook may help give adults older than 65 a cognitive boost.
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Social capital -- the benefit of Facebook 'friends'

Intense Facebook usage is found to have a positive effect on psychological well-being, according to a new study.
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10 Awe-Inspiring Animals With Prosthetics

10 Awe-Inspiring Animals With Prosthetics | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In the past few years, animals who hve lost a limb or limbs have been given the chance for something more like a normal life thanks to revolutionary advances in animal prosthetics.
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A Beginner's Guide to Crazy Wisdom

A Beginner's Guide to Crazy Wisdom | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A shortlist of Websites and books for beginners who are interested in harnessing their crazy wisdom consciousness.
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Promising battery technology packs more performance.

Promising battery technology packs more performance. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new type of lithium battery brings researchers a step closer to a more powerful, stable and longer lasting battery that could power the cars and personal electronics of the future.
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Caroline Myss' 14 Principles Of Happiness

Caroline Myss' 14 Principles Of Happiness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.
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Success! A Special Valentine for Military Same-Sex Partners

Success! A Special Valentine for Military Same-Sex Partners | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Two years after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, all military spouses and partners -- the wife of a lesbian officer, the husband of a gay soldier -- will be able to receive a military identification cards as dependents.
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When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here

When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

What would you do if your city announced it would close 19 out of 25 local libraries? Protest, complain, become a cynic, or take action and create something new? A group of residents from Rotterdam chose the latter when we learned that our libraries would be closing by the end of 2012.

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#579 Garden in a gutter

#579 Garden in a gutter | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It was the abundant strawberries, spilling over the sides of hanging rain gutters that caught my attention. The photo was from Homestead Survival’s Facebook photo stream. I wanted to know more so f...
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Dolphins Have Their Own Names for Each Other

Dolphins Have Their Own Names for Each Other | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Dolphins actually call one another by name, a behavior previously thought to only occur in humans.
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The Universe Within

Pioneering palaeontologist Neil Shubin reveals the deep connections between the cosmos and the human body -- from today right back to the Big Bang. Listen to...
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A beautiful explanation of the place we all play in the universe.

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Want to Stall Climate Change and be Happier? Just Work Less

Want to Stall Climate Change and be Happier? Just Work Less | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Shorter works hours could lead to significant cuts in carbon emissions, says new study.
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In rich and poor nations, giving makes people feel better than getting, research finds

In rich and poor nations, giving makes people feel better than getting, research finds | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Feeling good about spending money on someone else rather than for personal benefit may be a universal response among people in both impoverished countries and rich nations, according to new research.
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The Magic of Compassion Science, by Janis Daddona

The Magic of Compassion Science, by Janis Daddona | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
James Doty is no stranger to struggle. He served as a caregiver in a family whose mother was an invalid and father suffered from alcoholism. They were on public assistance all that time.
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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:42 AM

“My greatest wish is that by each of our actions, we create a "meme" of compassion that permeates our world and by doing so decreases suffering. That instead of reacting to negative behavior by, for example, spending billions on weapons to destroy lives, we are proactive and spend billions to improve lives..."
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Shane Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:02 AM

I had a talk today with a psychologist and we discussed whether people suffer the same mental disorders in other countries as we do here in the U.S., and he said no  and went on to say they have different issues. This article is so in tune with what is wrong in our society and how it is making us all sick. There are some very savvy people working on utilizing the healing benefits of compassion to heal us from the ravages of our culture. It is very much an eye-opener if you  believe that your mind has the power to heal your body. 

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Film about Sunshine Coast couple tugs hearts worldwide

Film about Sunshine Coast couple tugs hearts worldwide | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A short film about a Queensland man caring for his infirm wife after nearly 50 years of marriage is rapidly being shared around the world because of its emotional impact.
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Oh, my - here's another one that has me in tears. It is so beautiful!

 

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Transportation: Mexico City makes dramatic recovery from gridlock

Transportation: Mexico City makes dramatic recovery from gridlock | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Little more than a year after making it to the top of IBM's list of worst commuter cities, Mexico City has returned to the urban transit spotlight -- this time at the receiving end of international praise.
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It can be done!!

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Happiness Means Being Just Rushed Enough: Scientific American

Happiness Means Being Just Rushed Enough: Scientific American | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The image of the increasingly time-crunched American is wrong—and being less rushed does not always mean being happier
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Westboro Baptist Church Helps Vassar Raise $75,000 For LGBT Youth. You Read That Right

Westboro Baptist Church Helps Vassar Raise $75,000 For LGBT Youth. You Read That Right | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This is the very first time the Westboro Baptist Church has 'collaborated' with one of their targets to do something admirable for the LGBT community.
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#581 Technology not damaging imagination

#581 Technology not damaging imagination | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You know the old saying: If I had a (insert the domination that will get you rich quickest)…for every time someone told me…[e.g.: “technology is destroying children’s imagination”], I w...
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We'll always worry about the impact of new technology on children (even when we're quite sure its antecedents haven't destroyed our own), so this new study should offer some hope for worried parents and grandparents and educators.

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#580 Life-saving chicken

#580 Life-saving chicken | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Cluck Cluck the hen did not care that she had been given a ridiculous name. She didn’t care any more than Bonnie cared when I tucked her into my arms, grateful for her affection. What Cluck Cluck c...
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Kids teach parents to respect the environment

A child can directly influence the attitude and behavior of their parents towards the environment without them even knowing it.
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And a little child shall lead...

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