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Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier
Performing small acts of kindness and gratitude can make people happier, researchers believe, but how this occurs is more of a puzzle. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, has studied happiness for more than 20 years. She and others know that positive activities boost positive emotions, thoughts and behavior, in turn improving well-being. Now, how people can deliberately change their thinking and practices to bliss out to the max is her focus. “I have evidence that the dosage of an activity is important,” she said. Reviewing past studies on happiness, including some of her own research, Lyubomirsky concluded there is no single prescription for happiness-boosting acts of kindness. Variety, frequency and motivation all play a role, she said. How often you perform the behaviors influences happiness, Lyubomirsky found, but not always in the way you may think. Studying the effect of counting your blessings... Continue Reading
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Quote of the Day: President Barack Obama on Climate Change : TreeHugger
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will... Continue Reading
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Toronto college student saves stranger from subway tracks
The thud of the man hitting the tracks was followed by shrieks from a nearby commuter who watched from the platform in horror. In the distance, a train could be heard rumbling into the station. It was shortly after noon on Tuesday at Toronto’s St. Clair West subway station and few others were around when Dwight Orchard, 23, leapt onto the tracks to save the life of another. Orchard, a George Brown College plumbing student originally from Bracebridge, had just stepped off the stairs and onto the platform when he saw the man teeter over the edge and onto the... Continue Reading
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Canadians rush to save 11 trapped killer whales
(CNN) – Time is running short for a pack of killer whales trapped by ice near a small Canadian village on Hudson Bay, the town’s mayor said Wednesday. The 11 whales are confined in a space of about 30 feet by 30 feet, where they use an opening for a breathing hole, Inukjuak Mayor Petah Inukpuk said. The orcas were discovered Tuesday morning by a northern Quebec seal hunter. The two large and nine smaller killer whales are at least 6 miles (10 kilometers) from open water, the mayor said. They appear to be part of a family pack. The Canadian... Continue Reading
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Roots and Shoots
Jane Goodall on Roots & Shoots from the Jane Goodall Institute on Vimeo.   What is Roots & Shoots? Roots and Shoots is a large network initiated by Jane Goodall years a go that is actively active in over 132 countries of people of all ages making a difference. So if you are anywhere in the world and you want to do good find the local Roots and Shoots groups. http://www.rootsandshoots.org   Related articles The Heart of the Jungle (theglobalmail.org) Jane Goodall to promote conservation as Rose Parade grand marshal – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)... Permalink
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Eat Packaging, Save Landfills
We’re a society addicted to plastic. Sure, more and more municipalities are outlawing plastic shopping bags, but we’re still consuming tons (literally) of it in other parts of our lives. Plastic is increasing as a portion of our overall waste and is expected to account for 12% of household waste in 2012. It’s no surprise if you consider what we’re loading into our reusable shopping bags. Granola bars, juice bottles, pre portioned treats, sleeves of crackers, cereal, cheese, hummus, tofu, bread…. they’re all wrapped in plastic. All that plastic isn’t going anywhere fast – it just sits in landfills and floats... Continue Reading
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How One Bike Changed a Village
When Bill and Nancy Bamberger from San Diego first visited Cambodia as tourists in 2002, they were struck by its long history, the warmth of its people, and the devastation that was still evident from long years of violence and neglect. A whole generation of educated people had been killed or fled the violence of the Khmer Rouge, holding back the growth of Cambodia today. To help reverse that trend, the Bambergers created the Cambodian Village Fund, supporting education in the rural village of Kaun Khlong. The Bambergers’ 40th anniversary was approaching soon after they returned to San Diego, when Nancy... Continue Reading
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This Massive Land Art Portrait Fights for Human Rights in Central America
In support of women’s rights in Central America, artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has created the largest portrait ever installed on Dutch soil. Spanning the length of two football fields, and located in Amsterdam, the picture was produced with the help of over 80 volunteers. The face, of an anonymous Central American activist, was made from sand and soil and will stay up as long as the elements allow. Commissioned by the feminist foundation Mama Cash, the piece helped launch the campaign “Vogelvrije Vrouwen: Defend Women Who Defend Human Rights,” a response to escalating violence against human rights activists in Mexico and Central America. In... Continue Reading
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People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House
“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he’s moving back in with his parents so he can do it. Tolbert’s mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son’s plans, she asked him, “Have you lost it?” But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need.... Continue Reading
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