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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Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living

Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you need conversation material at parties, I suggest planning a seven thousand mile bike ride. It gives you the ability to talk to anybody. It’s a story that spreads on its own. People will just walk right up to you and ask, "Is it true?
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A voyage of self-discovery is always worth taking.

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Plastic shopping bags banished

Plastic shopping bags banished | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Plastic shopping bags will be banned from Tasmanian shops and supermarkets, after a Government bill passed the state's Upper House.
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One more jurisdiction bans the ubiquitous bags

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5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten

5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and for 5-year-old Sophia Moss, that would be true. Upon looking at her, you’d never believe little Moss, a kindergartner, actually read a total of 875 books this school year.
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My kind of girl

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In Search of Silence

In Search of Silence | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Searching for silence in a world where quiet doesn't occur very often. It's difficult to find silence in the modern world.
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Sending out love to all the other quiet lovers

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Woman Rescues Burned Puppy and He Grows Up to Save Her Life

Woman Rescues Burned Puppy and He Grows Up to Save Her Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A woman rescued a puppy who was so badly burned, he was going to be euthanized. He grew up to become the reason she woke up from a coma and recovered.
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Grab a tissue. This one's a heart grabber.

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Good for the world, good for shareholders: Study finds social responsibility means less risky stock prices

Firms that make greater investments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives see less risk in their stock prices during economic downturns, according to a new study.
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Turns out investing with ethics in mind is good for investors' bottom lines.

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The Long March Towards Abolition of War

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The Long March Towards Abolition of War - Slavery. Colonialism. Apartheid. Gender discrimination in voting. All were abolished in most places after longstanding battles – largely in bygone eras.
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An outrateously peaceful - and possible - goal: a world without war

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Students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books

Students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one, new research shows.
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It's the content, not the medium.

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How 3D Printing Saved This Baby’s Life

How 3D Printing Saved This Baby’s Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Kaiba was born with a rare condition that caused his windpipe to collapse. Using a 3D printed implant, doctors were able to save his life.
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Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later

Mother Duck Dies, But Her Egg Hatches 26 Days Later | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The story is so rare, so unusual that Jay Holcomb, International Bird Rescue’s director, can’t remember it ever happening in his 40-year career.
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A most unusual kind of animal rescue.

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People with Disabilities Finally Getting Some Attention on TV

People with Disabilities Finally Getting Some Attention on TV | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
We'll be seeing more disabled characters on television this fall, which is exciting news for a historically underrepresented group.
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Fingers crossed that this is just the start of a major trend.

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Hope

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks about the need for hope in our lives in this clip from his Keynote Address at Tulane University's 2013 Commencement held a...
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I agree - "our existence is based on hope."

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Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video)

Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Luka, a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy, can't skateboard, play basketball, or swim since he is wheelchair bound. But, that doesn't stop him from imagining doing those things.
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#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver

#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Line up the bananas. Connect them to the computer. Voilà! Instant keyboard. Seriously...or, rather, playfully. Jay Silver must have one of the most original minds on the planet. He starts his TED t...
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The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies

The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
B Lab shares the ultimate list of green businesses, the ‘B Corp Best for the Environment List’ recognizing those companies creating the most positive environmental impact.
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Teacher's $1,500 haircut a lesson in kindness

Teacher's $1,500 haircut a lesson in kindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Boulder Avenue Elementary School kindergarten teacher Matt Santala has had only two haircuts since coming to the school six years ago.
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What a good role model for his students...

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How Gardening Can Feed the Soul - Environment

How Gardening Can Feed the Soul - Environment | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Discovering the spirituality in nature helped one young woman navigate life. She learned the secrets of the “backyard parables.”
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How California Is Debunking The GOP's Obamacare Talking Points

How California Is Debunking The GOP's Obamacare Talking Points | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
California officials revealed insurance companies’ opening bids for the state’s Obamacare marketplace in 2014. The numbers are great for consumers — and terrible for right-wing fear mongering over the health law.
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Truth's winning out in California.

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Comfort Dogs Assist Tornado Survivors

Comfort Dogs Assist Tornado Survivors | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
comfort dogs help Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims recover and heal with friendly and calming companionship
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How Optimism Moves the World Forward

How Optimism Moves the World Forward | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Life is not simple. However, we are often told that it is. Modern consumerism offers a quick solution for every inconvenience. An increasing stream of gurus
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Jurriaan Kamp's 55 reasons to be optimistic are worth posting on our walls. 

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5,000 Prehistoric Paintings Found in Mexico Brush Off Preconceptions

5,000 Prehistoric Paintings Found in Mexico Brush Off Preconceptions | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A recent discovery in Mexico shatters narratives about who lived in Central America and when.
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We know so little about the people who walked the earth before us - and now we'll have a new and intriguing glimpse into the lives of some of them.

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Strangers Band Together to Save 91-Year-Old From Being Evicted

Strangers Band Together to Save 91-Year-Old From Being Evicted | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Thousands of strangers have banded together online to raise money to prevent John Potter from being evicted from his own home by his daughter.
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Crowdsourcing has become a path to doing good

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This 9-Year-Old Girl Told McDonald's CEO: Stop Tricking Kids : NPR

This 9-Year-Old Girl Told McDonald's CEO: Stop Tricking Kids : NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Over the years, McDonald's has gotten a lot of flack for marketing to kids. At a shareholders meeting Thursday morning, Hannah Robertson, age 9, took the fast-food giant's CEO to task.
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Pint-sized activist from my own home town.

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Snowy Egret and Heron Babies Saved from Fallen Tree

Snowy Egret and Heron Babies Saved from Fallen Tree | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a large tree fell in Southern California, rescuers worked quickly to retrieve the precious residents - snowy egrets and herons.
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