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In A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton-Porter writes, “The world is full of happy people, but no one ever hears of them. You have to fight and make a scandal to get into the papers.” Here is your opportunity to hear the good news: Every day people like you build a grateful world through acts of creativity and compassion.
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It’s Chinese New Year! Everybody welcome the Year of the Horse
The horse is the seventh of the twelve animal signs in the Chinese zodiac calendar and those born in this year are believed to have a gift for communication and public speaking. » Full Story
Valerie Weisler takes on bullying with the Validation Project
Leslie Hawke helps Roma children get an education
Leslie Hawke was already middle-aged when she arrived in Romania for the first time. Thirteen years later she is still there, running a nongovernmental organization she cofounded and continuing her work helping severely impoverished children in Romania succeed in school. » Full Story
Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think
In recent years geologists have hotly debated the age of the Grand Canyon. Research now shows that although the Grand Canyon as a whole is relatively young, they say, a couple of sections are ancient.
» Listen to or read the story
CVS Caremark pharmacies to halt tobacco sales
The move will cost the company about $2bn in annual revenue but, "Tobacco products have no place in a setting where healthcare is delivered," CEO Larry Merlo said, "It’s the right thing to do.” » Full Story
Take Four Minutes To Reflect On Your Place In The Cosmos
So it's New Year's Eve again and that means resolutions — resolutions to stop this and resolutions to start that. Maybe just looking at where we are from a different perspective is all we need…It may not help you with your New Year's resolutions, but it will fill you with a sense of pure wonder.
» See the photo and video.
Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude
Giving thanks is no longer just holiday fare. A field of research on gratitude in kids is emerging, and early findings indicate parents' instincts to elevate the topic are spot-on. Concrete benefits come to kids who literally count their blessings. » Full Story
Defying Japan, Rancher Saves Fukushima’s Radioactive Cows
Angered by what he considers the Japanese government’s attempts to sweep away the inconvenient truths of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Masami Yoshizawa has vowed to protect hundreds of abandoned cows from the government’s kill order. » Full Story
Bay Area's Steep Housing Costs Spark Return To Communal Living
It's no secret rents have skyrocketed in the San Francisco Bay Area, fueled by tight housing stock and the latest tech boom. But some young professionals have turned the situation into an opportunity with a return to communal living, or "co-living," as it's now called. » Listen to the Story
Saving Relics, Afghans Defy the Taliban
Every piece of antiquity that is restored to the halls of the bombed, pillaged and now rebuilt National Museum of Afghanistan sends a message of defiance and resilience.
» See the video.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President,
Dies at 95
We are grateful for this great leader who became an international emblem of dignity and forbearance.
» Read and watch many tributes here.
How Could A Group Of College Kids Do This To An Incoming Freshman? Because They're Geniuses.
17-year-old Dee has Brittle Bone disease, and luckily hooked up with a class of engineering students at Rice University who designed him a robotic arm. » See the video.
With One Photo, The Average Commute Becomes Super Special
On an NPR photo assignment, Jabali Sawicki found his subject and that “All the noise and chaos of the subway and commute (had) died down. And all that was left was a mother and her son reading." » Full Story
A Messy Sort of Gratitude: Giving Thanks For Radiation
With thoughts of nuclear bombs and the Fukushima disaster, it is no surprise that most of us have a deep unease about radiation. Barbara King, however, is grateful for the fractional doses she received in her cancer treatment.
» Full Story