Showing posts from November 29, 2015

Houston Praised for Moving 4,100 Homeless Vets to Permanent Housing

Thousands of homeless vets and their families have permanent roofs over their heads in Houston, Texas thanks to an aggressive effort to eliminate veteran homelessness.

At least 4,114 formerly homeless veterans, and their spouses and children, have been housed since 2012– which nearly cut in half the city’s homeless population.

“The Rock” Shows Soft Spot for Puppy Needing Help (WATCH)

A star known for his action movies showed his softer side, helping a sick puppy get the surgery it needs.

The Saving Spot shelter in Los Angeles named the four-month-old stray after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because he was going to have to be tough to survive. The little dog needed heart surgery to fix a murmur.

Long-Term Transportation Bill Passed by US Congress, First In A Decade

Last night, the U.S. Congress achieved something that has been unattainable for more than a decade. It passed a five-year transportation bill that finally delivers long-term national funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit. The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” (H.R. 22) restores certainty to a national transportation program that has been strung along by more than 35 stopgap short term extensions.

The $305 billion legislation, which will govern federal policy through 2020, reflects a bipartisan compromise the Obama administration “always believed was possible.”

$700 Tip Leads to Rehab Support For Humble Pizza Delivery Man (WATCH)

Little did they know about his struggles with addiction, when an Ohio church congregation, in a random act of kindness, tipped a delivery driver $700 for one pizza.

Churches have been surprising pizza drivers lately with large tips — teaching their members a lesson about generosity. But the congregation at Life Point Church in Mentor ended up learning more about miracles when they saw what their gift eventually manifested. That one act of kindness early on a Sunday morning has snowballed into a life-changing event for 22-year-old Jeff Louis.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 5, 2015

“Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Never give your enthusiasm for anything or anyone the opportunity to slip away! Keep a tight grip on it whatever happens as it’s one of your very best friends. It has served you well throughout your life and, just because you may be slathering on the anti-wrinkle cream at bedtime every night, doesn’t mean your enthusiasm needs to lessen. Believe you’re your enthusiasm is the anti-wrinkle cream for your soul, keep slathering it on and the results will continue to amaze you no matter how many wrinkles you have! The guarantee is on the box.


The Joys of Giving Large

Jeff Kaufman and Julia Wise are a young couple living in Boston. Jeff is a software engineer at Google and Julia is a social worker. For the past few years they've been giving away nearly 60 percent of their after-tax income to charities working to reduce poverty and save lives in developing countries. ...That's a lot of money, and it sounds like a big sacrifice. But they insist that it isn't...

Friday Funny: 4-yo Girl Gets to Crash Heavy Truck on Remote Control Obstacle Course (WATCH)

To show just how tough their trucks are, Volvo let a four-year-old girl drive one.

Just to be safe, Sophie was never in the dump-truck, but far away, steering it by remote control through a huge gravel pit obstacle course.

With Newborn in NICU, Parents’ Car Was Stolen But Local Celebrity Steps In

A stolen car led to an amazing act of kindness for a struggling pair of new parents.

Jessica Daniels was visiting her premature baby at a Renton hospital outside Seattle, Washington when her car was stolen from the parking lot.

She and her boyfriend, Ben, had just lost their other car in an accident — and they live 25 miles from the hospital where baby Genevieve is being treated.

He’s Got Game: Fan Rushes Public Enemy to the Show When Taxi Leaves Band Stranded

A fan came to the rescue when Public Enemy most needed a friend—and a quick ride to their gig.

Kevin Wells had stopped by a Broomhill, UK record store Saturday, where members of the iconic hip-hop group were signing autographs to get his picture with Chuck D and Flavor Flav before heading to work.

The band was still signing autographs when their taxi took off — leaving them stranded miles from the arena where they were to perform in just a few minutes.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 4, 2015

“The World is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”

Of course it is, we all know this, don’t we? That’s why we all strive to be the best we can be in this troubled world of ours. Being the diverse human beings we are, naturally we all hold different opinions on everything and everyone. That’s just the way it is. However, wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if the one thing we could ALL agree on was just to be the decent, tolerant, truthful, compassionate, people we are meant to be. Realizing that being prepared to put our differences aside and work together will encourage others who follow us to do the same. What a wonderful world this could be, if only……


Invisible Wings: A Tea Seller Who Travelled the World

65-year old tea seller Vijayan and his wife Mohana (who had never traveled outside of her home town of Ernakulam, Kerala before her marriage) have been to 16 countries and across most of India. Every three years or so, after paying off loans and saving a little money (at the rate of a few dollars a day) the couple shuts down their tea stall (their only source of income) and sets off for another destination in the world. Friends and relatives think they are mad for spending so much money that could be put to better use. But, as Vijayan says, If money is our only concern we will not be able to do anything. We have only one life to do everything, you cant create extra time for it." Sit back and savor this beautiful film that captures Vijayan and Mohana's dreams and philosophy of life.

Morality Christmas Ad Will Leave You Feeling All Warm Inside (WATCH)

This German Christmas ad may have you in tears before it finishes, but it has a happy ending.

Supermarket chain Edeka released the video of a lonely grandfather spending Christmas after Christmas alone because his children and grand children are too busy to visit.

Twitter Comes to the Rescue in India During Worst Flood in 100 Yrs

A simple hashtag is uniting thousands of people in a flooded city while showcasing humanity at its best.

This week saw the heaviest monsoons in a century hit Chennai, a city of four million in southeastern India. The rising rainwater has closed highways, railroads, and airports and displaced entire neighborhoods.

Thousands of residents began offering help via Twitter using #ChennaiRainsHelp to list open homes for people who’ve been flooded out of their own.

Minnesota Refugee Agencies Inundated With Donations And Offers to Help

Minnesota has an unusual refugee problem — too many people volunteering to help.

“We have four to five times the number of volunteer inquiries and interest,” the Minnesota Council of Churches told the Star Tribune. “It’s a wonderful problem to have.”

The sudden surge has happened in just the last couple of weeks, as 31 governors around the U.S. demanded that no Syrian refugees be allowed in their states.

Kindness of Strangers Buys Car for Man Pedaling Through Snow to Work

A powerful snowstorm, a dangerous bike ride, and a good Samaritan all came together to change a Michigan man’s life for the better.

Tony Berard rides his bike seven miles down a busy highway to work the midnight shift at a grocery store. He was making that commute in a heavy Michigan snowstorm when young Jason Kapoor, driving in the opposite direction, first saw him.

Finally, Diabetes Rates Are Falling Substantially in the U.S.

One in five people in the US population is not developing diabetes like they used to — the first sustained improvement in 25 years.

The number of new cases of the disease has fallen by nearly 20% in the last seven years, according to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 alone there were 300,000 fewer new cases than the 1.7 million recorded for one year in 2008.

Police Surprise Humble Boy After Thieves Steal His Xbox

An 11-year-old boy’s concern for his mother so impressed police officers, they replaced his prized possession after it was taken in a burglary.

Thieves struck while Tontrevion Campbell and his mother were at church over the weekend. His Xbox and all the video games he loves to play were among the stolen items.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 3, 2015

“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.”

Seems obvious doesn’t it? However, sometimes it takes a long time for people to come to this realization as their focus has always been on what they have. Sadly, this may only change when they lose someone they love but unfortunately, by then, it’s often too late. Those of us blessed enough to be aware that it is the love of our family and true friends that matters most, value the treasure we possess and take steps, by word or deed, to show our appreciation.


I Have Time

Hurrying speeds us away from the present moment, expressing a wish to be in the future because we think we're going to be late. To counter it, Master Alexander teacher Walter Carrington told his students to repeat each time they begin an action: "I have time."

$500,000 Dropped in Salvation Army Red Kettle to Encourage Generosity

Wow! Bell-ringers never had such an amazing Christmas treat delivered into their little red buckets.
An anonymous couple dropped a $500,000 check into a Salvation Army kettle Saturday — the most generous donation ever received by one of the charity’s sidewalk Santas.

The donors from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area alerted charity officials to be on the lookout for their contribution. But Rosemont city firefighters were unaware when a passerby quietly slipped the half million dollar check into their midst.

Birth of Baby Spurs Zuckerberg to Give 99% of His Facebook Stock to Charity

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced to the world in a Facebook post the birth of their first child, a daughter named Max Chan Zuckerberg.

In the post, written as a letter to their new baby, Zuckerberg and Chan also pledged to donate 99 per cent of their Facebook shares — currently valued at US$45 billion — to charity, starting the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place.

Nurse of 44 Years Finds Out She DID Make a Difference For Patients After All

If you ever wonder whether you can make a difference in someone’s life, look at this 1988 picture from Children’s Nurse magazine.

The nurse on the left is Lynn Bartos, who spent years helping treat the little girl, Nichole Frye, who had been born with a serious birth defect.

The little girl called the nurse “Sweet Lynnie” and the nurse called little Nichole, “Ninni.”

Tech CEOs, Billionaires Throw Money at Climate Change As Eiffel Tower Shines Green

As the Eiffel Tower, a marvel of 19th century engineering, is flooded with green light to salute the opening of the Paris climate change conference, tech giants were unveiling a plan to harness 21st century innovation to reverse global warming.

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson are among 30 of the world’s richest people who are calling for the world to invent our way out of climate change.

The tech titans have launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an investment fund to boost eco-friendly and carbon neutral technology designed to battle global warming.

Music, Socks, Gaming, Angel Investing: 4 Great Projects For #GivingTuesday

Black Friday has gone by, Cyber Monday deals are over, and now comes a day perfectly aligned with the holiday spirit of December: Giving Tuesday.

If you’re looking for worthy causes to exercise your philanthropic whims, here’s a handy list of four of our favorite #GivingTuesday strategies to jumpstart your holiday compassion.

Town Celebrates Renewal By Building Giant Phoenix, and Burning It Down

The first Firebird Festival lit up the sky 12 years ago, a celebration in homage to the rebirth of one Pennsylvania town named Phoenixville.

A former steel hub, Phoenixville rose to prominence in mid-19th century. When the factory began its decline–and eventually closed in 1986–the town, too, fell into disrepair.

Slowly, Phoenixville has begun its resurrection and Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg, who created the Firebird Festival, was one of the citizens most responsible for its comeback.

GNN-app-banner-ad-optAn immigrant to the United States, Teglbjaerg was drawn to the city because it had one of the few remaining walkable downtowns in suburban Philadelphia.

Utility Mails $150 Food Cards to 3000 Who Lost Power on Thanksgiving

Thousands of people who were without electricity for a week or more, will get a chance to do-over Thanksgiving.

An electric utility in Washington state has mailed out more than 3,000, $150 gift cards to people who were without power on the holiday.

Holiday Lesson Proves You Can’t Judge a Caroler by His Hoodie (WATCH)

These men may look out of place in the snuggly suburbs, but the reason they are going door to door is universal.

In this video, suburbanites hesitantly open their doors to five “brothers bringing the hood to the burbs” — only to be charmed by the men’s true motives.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 2, 2015

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

This is true of anything we do in life, whether it’s studying for an exam, preparing for a job interview, an important conversation, a new journey, etc., etc., it is in our own self-interest to prepare beforehand. It reminds me of baking a cake. You may make a list and shop for the ingredients you know you’ll need. Then comes the mixing bowl, the utensils you’ll need, turning on the oven to the required temperature. Don’t forget to wash your hands! Now to follow the recipe and trust that, by taking the time necessary to do all this preparation, the resulting “cake” will be a success. Simple!


Permaculture's Expansive View of Wealth

There are many ways to think of wealth. Approaches that lead to 'financialization' focus on 1 particular category of wealth. Read more about one regenerative approach in this interview with permaculturalist Ethan Roland.

Strangers Finally Return Lost Dog After Year of Feeding But Not Catching it

Bear is one lucky dog. The little black shepherd mix has been rescued twice — and this time, he’s back home after being lost in the woods for two years.

Kelly Thomas and Ted Kupferman had rescued Bear from a shelter, but lost him two years ago, when Ted and Bear were in a car accident.

The crash startled Bear; he bolted from the car, and ran into the woods. Ted spent 12 hours combing the forest, calling out for his “best friend.”

Cutest Science Lecture Ever: Watch 3-Yr-old Explain Chemistry to Ellen

We have scientific proof this little girl is adorable — she knows the complete periodic table of elements.

Three-year-old Brielle from Salinas, California appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to show off her smarts.

In the video below, DeGeneres holds up flash cards with the elements’ symbols and Brielle doesn’t just name them, she tells the television host about their individual properties.

British Train Passengers Jump to Defend Muslim Sisters From Hate

A Muslim woman subjected to a hateful tirade on a public train never had a chance to defend herself—other passengers spoke up for her, before she could react.

Ruhi Rahman and her sister were riding on the Tyne & Wear Metro in North East England November 21, when a man began verbally abusing them, demanding they get off the train and accusing them of trying to bomb fellow passengers.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 1, 2015

“People inspire you, or they drain you – pick wisely.”

Personally, I find it very simple to pick wisely. I think we all sense quite quickly when we meet someone for the first time, whether he or she will be someone we want to get to know better. Occasionally, of course, as we’re only human, our first impression may actually be misleading and I realize this from past experience and I expect you do too? That’s just something to be expected. However, the process of being “picky” and deciding to exclude, (nicely of course), those people who do “drain” us can be acted upon at any time in our relationship with them, so that’ reassuring. Phew!


Does It Pay To Be Kind To Strangers?

Generous people are happier and healthier, yet acts of kindness are often met with suspicion and scorn. Why? David Robson talks to a psychologist who set out to find the answer.

You’d have thought Sandi Mann was offering people a slap in the face – not a steaming cup of coffee. She’d been visiting her local café with her children, where they often enjoyed a cheap and cheerful breakfast as a treat before school. The youngest didn’t want the coffee that came with his toast, so she thought she might as well take it round and see if the other customers would like a free treat instead.

Discovery Promises New Treatments, Possible Prevention of Alzheimer’s

A new discovery of how Alzheimer’s disease destroys connections in the brain opens the door for new treatments and a possible cure or prevention of the debilitating form of dementia.

In the earliest stages of the disease, synapses — which connect the neurons, or “wiring,” in the brain — are destroyed. This happens before the disease can even be diagnosed accurately, while patients are experiencing only mild cognitive impairment. But eventually, the nerve cells die, breaking down brain function.

Businessman Spends $20K to Give US Troops in the Airport a Hot Meal

When a California businessman saw some U.S. troops eating field rations at an airport, he offered instead to buy them an expensive hot meal — all 400 of them.

Shlomo Rechnitz was on his way to Israel in mid-November when he met the soldiers during a layover at the Shannon airport in Ireland.

How To Serve The World By Turning Your Boredom Upside Down

So I had one of those boredom moments, you know the moments when life seems perfectly okay and everything is in it’s place so you should be super happy but in just one flash you feel like you want to shout “I’m so bored!”

It’s amazing how everything can be good yet not good enough: A seemingly fine period can feel like a vacuum sucking the life force out of you.

Thanksgiving Hero Nurses Who Work the Holiday, Get Surprise Feast -WATCH

There are Thanksgiving Heroes in every American fire house, police station and hospital–public servants who don’t get to stay home enjoying the annual holiday feast with their families because they are protecting our homes and property and taking care of the sick.

La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles wanted to recognize these heroes with a surprise gift– a Thanksgiving meal brought directly to their place of work.

GNN-app-banner-ad-optNurse Alfonso Cisneros who works at Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center was nominated by his wife and on Thursday got to sit down to a feast with his second family–the urgent care nurses and clerks who sacrifice their own holidays to serve others.

Strangers Are Surprised With Full Thanksgiving Dinners

Two guys went out and challenged people to fun competitions and challenges so that they could raise money for Thanksgiving dinners for families who needed a little pick me up –or for those who couldn’t afford to buy one.

“Then we had a bunch of people surprise the strangers with full Thanksgiving dinners,” Jeff Agosta told Good News Network.

“We called it a ThanksGIVING MOB.”

Angels and Guides

An Excerpt from A Book of Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel

One evening I arranged my notes on the podium and began my lecture. I noticed that what I was saying was not following my outline. I kept struggling to get back to my outline for the talk, but after a few minutes I realized the talk I had not planned was better than the one I had. So I just let the words flow out of me for the next two hours. At the conclusion of my presentation, a woman walked up to me and said, “I’ve heard you before. That was better than usual.” The next woman came up and said, “Standing in front of you for the entire talk was this man. I drew his picture for you.” When I looked at the picture I knew who it was: George.

George is my inner guide, whom I met when doing guided imagery, as a nonbeliever, for the first time. The picture she drew was the same as one I had drawn for Elisabeth Kübler-Ross years before. From that day forward, George does all ...

What Butterflies Know about Manifesting

An Excerpt from Hop, Skip, Jump by  Marney K. Makridakis

Perhaps there is no better symbol for transformation and manifestation than the butterfly and its process of moving from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly. Butterflies are often used as a symbol to show the “payoff” of hard work: “Look how hard the caterpillar has to work, and as a result, it becomes a butterfly.” Why is being a butterfly any more special than being a caterpillar? Why is an hour of meditating any more sacred than an hour of washing the dishes? Why is five minutes of blowing bubbles with a child more playful than five minutes of organizing your weekly receipts? It doesn’t have to be. Play is a state of mind.

Pausing Instead of Pushing
A person who studies butterflies is called a lepidopterologist. I am not a lepidopterologist, primarily because I am not able to pronounce it, but also because I have not studied all things butterfly. So I’m not an expert. Yet I’d like to think that a caterpillar, when building its co…

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 30, 2015

“Your best teacher is your last mistake.”

Of course it is, we all know that don’t we? That’s why it’s essential to ensure that we do learn from each and every one of the mistakes we all make and will make as we journey through life. There is always a lesson to be gained. Hopefully, the lesson we need to be learn will be an easy, straightforward, painless one. On the other hand, we may not be so fortunate and will find the learning process painful, frustrating and difficult. However, there will always be something for us in the experience, you can count on it.


Bus 7 and the Grandma in the Window

She was known to the children in Bus 7 simply as 'Grandma in the window'. Their connection was forged by the daily waves they exchanged as their bus crossed her home. A connection so deep that when the 93-yr-old missed her waving 'vigil' the children demanded the bus driver stop. It turned out that their dear friend had suffered a debilitating stroke. While she convalesced at a local care facility, the children wanted to make sure she knew they were still there and waiting to welcome her home...Read on for the heartwarming story of what happened next.

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.