Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Power of Thanks: Research Links Gratitude to Successful Marriages

A key ingredient to improving your marriage might be the simple sweetener called gratitude, according to researchers.

“We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last,” said study co-author Ted Futris, an associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

GNN-app-banner-ad-optThe study by the University of Georgia asked 468 married individuals questions about their financial well-being, their communication styles, and expressions of spousal gratitude.

Homeless Families Treated To 5-Star Dining at Chez Le Church

Volunteers transformed a nondescript church room with plain walls into a fancy restaurant where waiters in white starched shirts served a Thanksgiving feast to the invited guests—local homeless families.

A jazz trio played dinner music while the glow of candles on every wall and floral table centerpieces gave families the feeling that they were as special as any other in South Los Angeles this weekend.

“This is amazing. It’s beyond our wildest dreams,” Marty Nislick told KCBS-TV. His group, the Water Buffalo Club, picked up the tab.

Police Officers Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners to Neighborhood Just in Time

Residents living in low income housing in Madison, Wisconsin were able to have Thanksgiving feasts, thanks to two police officers who delivered 51 holiday baskets on Wednesday.

Volunteers at the Goodman Community Center packed up more than 130 turkey dinners–with stuffing and all the fixings needed for a feast, but there was one problem. They were located across town and they had no drivers to deliver the last 50.

Facebook Founder Donates $20 Million Toward Public School Internet

Facebook’s founder is getting a lot of “Likes” from people wanting better Internet service in America’s classrooms.

Less than half of the country’s schools have fast broadband service, but a large donation from Mark Zuckerberg should speed things up. He donated $20 million November 19 to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that bring high-speed Internet to public schools.

Crew Frees Deer Tangled in Wire and Their Own Antlers (WATCH)

It took a whole herd of humans to untangle two battling bucks, locked in a fierce tango, tangled by wire.

The two bucks’ antlers had gotten locked during a scuffle on the plains of eastern Colorado. To make matters worse, the animals twisted themselves up in wire making it even harder to separate them.

Farmer Harvests 4-Mile Sunflower Memorial to Wife, Sells Seeds for Hope

It was a cheery highway of sunflowers throughout the summer, planted in memory of a farmer’s wife who died of cancer.

But the turning of seasons meant the flowers would die too. Their seeds, however, like memories live on — and raise money for others with cancer.

Don Jacquish lost his wife Babbette one year ago. In the spring, he planted acres and acres of her favorite flower— four-and-a-half miles of sunflowers along both sides of a Wisconsin highway (pictured at left). It was Don’s living tribute to the love of his life.

The blossoms faded and turned brown as autumn settled in. Don used his combine harvester to roll across the stalks collecting every seed he could from the crop, and dropping some tears along the way.

18 Months With Terminal Cancer… Turns into 18 Years of Survival

When doctors discovered Kristin Johnson St. Goddard’s breast cancer had spread to her lungs, they told her she had 18 months to two years left to live.

That was 18 years ago.

GNN app banner ad 300x250But Kristin is still going strong. In fact, her life is a blur of activity in this video — never slowing down as she caters a fundraiser for her cancer support group and serves as it’s motivational speaker.

Blindsided by Donation: Stranger Leaves $125M to Charity for the Blind

A charity that helps the blind was stunned when a man they’d never heard from before left them $125 million in his will.

GNN app banner ad 300x250A Seattle, Washington businessman, Donald Sirkin, left almost all of his estate to LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, but no one at the charity had ever heard of him. Their records showed he’d never contributed to the nonprofit group in the past.

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 29, 2015

“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”

That sums up very nicely the difference between what makes a loser and what makes a winner. There’s no use aiming for success or achievement in something you’ve set your heart on if you’re prepared to stumble, fall and give up at the first hurdle is there? So now you know what you have to do. No matter how many hurdles, small, medium or large, you have to push yourself up and over, up and over, again and again, if you want to be a winner not a loser. Not easy I know, but what’s the alternative? Think about it.


My Daughter Malala

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don't want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. In this TED talk, Yousafzai tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot in the head at point blank range by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. Yousafzai encourages those living in patriarchal societies to break a few norms to abolish discriminatory laws. In his school, girls unlearn the lesson of obedience and boys unlearn the lesson of honor. "Why is my daughter so strong?" Yousafzai asks. "Because I did not clip her wings."

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 28, 2015

“Your attitude determines your direction.”

I want you to picture your attitude as a steering wheel? Stay with me here…you’ve turned the key in the ignition and your “engine” is purring over nicely. You are ready to mirror, signal, maneuver but, hold on a moment, what’s your destination? If you have no destination to aim for you aren’t going to get very far are you? Even if you do drive off you’ll be travelling aimlessly, fruitlessly and needlessly. However, if you know exactly where you are heading for, then it’s mirror, signal, maneuver, and away you go! Thank you attitude!


The Problem of Precrastination

We all know that habitually putting tasks off for a later time can be problematic. But what about getting tasks done more quickly than is necessary? Recent research out of Pennsylvania State University documents a phenomenon called "precastination," a tendency to hastily complete tasks in order to get them over with. This article recounts several studies that illuminate the problems with precastination and ways to counter them.