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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Super Bowl commercial features two naked animals in love. (Video)

Super Bowl commercial features two naked animals in love. (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
My kind of Super Bowl commercial... ...aims right at the feels...goes for awwwww instead of dayummmm...and has a sense of humor. Awwwww: That
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OK, I know it's a commercial, but this one really got to me. I've seen that kind of love between animals so was quite prepared to suspend my skepticism.

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#928 A company that builds in joy

#928 A company that builds in joy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Would you be more eager to go to work in the morning if you did not have to spend time in boring meetings, had a 40-hour cap on your work week (and no work on weekends), had no flood of internal e-...
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Imagine if you could choose your job based not just on matching skills to the job but also whether or not the company believed joy was important to the work place. This company is doing just that.

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#926 Eat the park!

#926 Eat the park! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Seattle was a foodie paradise when I lived there in the 70s and again in the late 80s. That scene has kept improving over the years, helped along by supportive local government. The city has a Food...
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An official in a town I won't name once told a friend of mine her group could not plant edible fruits in public spaces "because people might eat them." That was, of course, the whole point, and this Seattle group is operating from that space of generosity.

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#925 Wildlife as teachers

#925 Wildlife as teachers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Bears, crocodiles, mountain goats and owls are among the teachers at Wildlife Associates in Half Moon Bay, California. Steve Karlin founded the sanctuary in 1980, with the vision of helping humans ...
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#924 A heretic in the halls of finance

#924 A heretic in the halls of finance | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If we had any lingering illusions about the global finance system, they came crashing down in 2008 and in the years that followed. As usual, the manipulators landed on their feet and threw the rest...
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For an edgewise view on economic matters for those of us outside the rarefied halls of power and wealth, check out Brett Scott's work. 

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#922 Community shops keep rural villages alive

#922 Community shops keep rural villages alive | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
While looking for something else online, I stumbled across the community shops in the UK. In the past 20 years, more than 300 of them have opened. Only 13 have ever closed. They are a promising mod...
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With no shops, a village loses part of its beating heart. The Plunkett Foundation is helping UK villages remain vibrant, with a cooperative model for retail shops that restores hope to small communities.

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5 Ways Reading a Book Can Improve Your Life

5 Ways Reading a Book Can Improve Your Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Reading literary fiction has many positive benefits on the human mind and body.
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5 Smells That Make You Kinder, Happier, Nicer

5 Smells That Make You Kinder, Happier, Nicer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The smell of baking bread can make us kinder, says a study from Journal of Social Psychology by scientists from the University of Southern Brittany in France.
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I love every one of these smells!

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Pinehurst Resort Lined Up to Use Local Farmers' Produce

Pinehurst Resort Lined Up to Use Local Farmers' Produce | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Sandhills Farm to Chef would sell fresh and lightly processed produce to mid-size wholesale buyers such as institutions, local golf clubs, colleges, schools, restaurants and hospitals.
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Good to see commercial operations opting for local food.

 

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DailyGood: 24 Acts of Kindness To Restore Faith In Humanity

DailyGood: 24 Acts of Kindness To Restore Faith In Humanity | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Remember the time when someone let you cut in line at the grocery store because you only had one item to pay for?
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First Female Law Firm Opens in Saudi Arabia

First Female Law Firm Opens in Saudi Arabia | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In a landmark event for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, the first female law firm has opened.
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Dog Dumped at Train Depot Waits in Bitter Cold on Christmas Eve

Dog Dumped at Train Depot Waits in Bitter Cold on Christmas Eve | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Last night I received an urgent plea about a black and tan dog who was dumped by his owner at a train station in Sofia, Bulgaira.
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#918 Couple’s future rescued by social media

#918 Couple’s future rescued by social media | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The NaPaul Photographics Web site shows two talented young people skilled at capturing special moments and special places, even if what is before the camera’s eye would look ordinary without their ...
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In spite of the challenges of a rare condition, Naomi Clarke has become a skilled photographer. Thanks to social media, she will have the support to continue her work.

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Amazing: Super Bowl & TIME Magazine Both Focus on Mindfulness.

Amazing: Super Bowl & TIME Magazine Both Focus on Mindfulness. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether we sit in formal meditation with our eyes closed, go for a walk or throw a football, if we do it with awareness we are meditating.
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Dad Texts His Late Son's Phone, Gets the Perfect Reply

Dad Texts His Late Son's Phone, Gets the Perfect Reply | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Out of the blue, in a country town along the Murry River in Victoria, Australia, Kaylene Bell's daughter received a mournful text Saturday morning that read, Love you bud - miss you more than words can say. The 15-year-old replied asking, Who is this? A text pinged back saying 'sorry', explaining that it was his son's old phone number and that he had passed away in 2009. He didn't think the number was being used. April Bell sent the perfect reply.
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The Joy of Simply Waking Up.

The Joy of Simply Waking Up. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Happiness is situation based: event + perspective = reaction; joy is internally based: perspective = perspective.
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“365 Days of Mindfulness” [Day 70] Peace No Matter What…

“365 Days of Mindfulness” [Day 70] Peace No Matter What… | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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Frozen pipes, water spewing, a big fall and concerned pugs...if you are not yet a regular visitor to @Maitri Libellule's blog, stop by today. Your days will be brighter for it.

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#923 Suspend the next two coffees, please

#923 Suspend the next two coffees, please | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
One of those too-good-to-be-true stories has been making the rounds of the Internet for a while. This one is not only true but gives a longer perspective on the pay-it-forward movement. The Italian...
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The pay-it-forward movement started a long time ago in Italy, with generosity in coffee shops.

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Meet the World's Largest Rooftop Farm

Meet the World's Largest Rooftop Farm | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
With two acres spread over two buildings, the Brooklyn Grange is a working commercial farm in the heart of an urban area.
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10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience

10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These top ten amazing facts about animal sentience are sure to make you love and respect animals for how incredible they truly are (even more than you already do!)
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#921 Where people and planet trump cars

#921 Where people and planet trump cars | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Imagine a neighbourhood designed around solar power, shared community gardens and active transportation options. The homes would be energy efficient, built with locally sourced and renewable materi...
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A people-centered neighbourhood like this one, close to shops and services, creates a strong sense of community.

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#920 Common Man Party fights corruption in India

#920 Common Man Party fights corruption in India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you think a government as corrupt as India’s cannot change, think again. A new broom is sweeping the halls of power. We were driving back from Poppadams on New Year’s Eve, after savouring dinner...
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The AAP in India is showing that it is possible to change something as entrenched as political corruption.

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#919 They turn pollution into plastic

#919 They turn pollution into plastic | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Mark Herrema and Kent Kimmel have moved onto my list of visionaries to watch, thanks to an article in USA Today. They know how much we rely on plastic. They also know carbon emissions are a major p...
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Two young friends have teamed up to tackle one of the biggest environmental issues - how to capture carbon and turn it back into something useful.

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Man Mowing Vacant Field Makes Miraculous Discovery

Man Mowing Vacant Field Makes Miraculous Discovery | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read how one Houston man made a remarkable discovery while out mowing a vacant lot adjacent to his property. He found a thrown-away pet carrier...a dog inside.
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Cheerupism: the Art of Making Others Feel Good. ~ Jack Raifer

Cheerupism: the Art of Making Others Feel Good. ~ Jack Raifer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
cheerupism is an art that has to do with how we feel and manage our emotions at any given time and our true desire to be of service to others.
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