Showing posts from December 6, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 12, 2015

“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”

Of course it will! Stands to reason doesn’t it? The longer you wait for the future, the longer your past will be, so you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out that the future will be shorter! Definitely a heads up to stop procrastinating, dithering or being indecisive. Decide who you want to be and what you want to achieve in your future and then do your best to take the steps necessary to achieve it. A definite bonus would be to begin the process while you still have more of the future than the past.


Three Ways To Bring More Kindness To Your Life

"One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health-- generous people even live longer." Researchers have argued that kindness is like a muscle that needs to be strengthened through repeated use. How do we strengthen kindness? Read further to learn about the top research-based kindness practices for fostering happiness, kindness, connection, and resilience.

Picking Up Trash is a ‘Wiz’ for City’s ‘Dancing Litter Guy’ (WATCH)

This guy busts a move while he dusts up his city’s streets.

A security camera caught “Dancing Litter Guy” turning a Milwaukee, Wisconsin street into a dance floor while he picked up trash along the curb outside the Avalon Theater.

4 Ways To Manifest Your Soul Mate And Give Up Looking for ‘Perfect’

One of the radical truths I’ve learned through my years as a happiness coach, spiritual teacher, and student is that our intimate relationships are often the most challenging to manifest and maintain.

When we’ve either welcomed the wrong relationship into our lives or have run from the right ones, we end up alone and often yearning for the “perfect man”.

Time to face facts: there is no “perfect man”. Fantasies aren’t reality and when we choose to live in a fantasy, we miss out on the greatness of reality.

Elderly Woman Shows Muslim Doctor Some Love After Donald Trump News

It was a small gesture but a Muslim doctor in Idaho said it brought back “a faith in humanity.”

After a 91-year-old patient heard about a politician wanting to ban Muslims from coming to the United States, she showed her doctor how caring America can be — she stood up for her friend.

She crocheted some stuffed animals for Dr. Fahim Rahim, letting him know a lot of Americans are like her: “(We) can feel your pain and what you’re going through.”

New Nasal Spray is Simple Treatment for Overdoses, Could Save Thousands

The U.S. government cleared the way last month for a cheap, easy-to-use nasal spray that reverses the effects of a drug overdose — and could save thousands of lives.

Ireland-based Adapt Pharma plans to have the spray, Narcan, available by January.

The simple lifeline is effective on all opioids, including heroin, morphine, and prescription pain killers like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet.

All 1300 Employees Get $100,000 Holiday Bonus From U.S. Boss

Here’s 100,000 reasons why American company Hilcorp deserved its nomination to Fortune’s list of the Best Companies to Work For three years in a row.

All 1,381 of it’s employees received a $100,000 year-end bonus this year.

After an obviously good year for the company, CEO Jeff Hilldebrand, and president Greg Lalicker decided to hand out the checks. Employees call them “great motivators.”

Receptionist Amanda Thompson told KRIV News they inspire workers to never give “any less than 100% each day.”

Pet Me! Therapy Dog Refuses to Give Up on Hospice Patient

After seeing how this dog comforts a dying woman, you’ll understand why her boss says JJ the golden retriever is one of the most intuitive therapy dogs she’s ever worked with.

Nurse Tracy Calhoun says the four-year-old pup began its career of comforting people after the awful mudslides in Oso, Washington last year, and now works three days a week in an Oregon hospice.
The loving pup won over thousands of fans after the video below showed her insisting that an elderly hospice patient continue petting her head.

“I was very insistent to have her touch me, more so than usual,” Calhoun, writing in JJ’s voice, posted to the dog’s Facebook page. “We fell asleep later with her hand splayed on my head, both of us snoring.”

Refugee Selling Pens Saw Huge Outpouring, Now Owns Bakery, Hires Refugees

A refugee so destitute he was selling pens on the street to support his three children, now runs four businesses that employ 16 others who fled Syria. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, he’s paying it forward.

Just four months ago, a photo of Abdul Halim al-Attar, carrying his sleeping daughter on his shoulder as he offered pens for sale circulated around the world.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 11, 2015

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

We never know how much a kind word or act can affect someone in pain. We may not even realize they are in pain. But, if we move through the world with empathy, understanding and compassion, we are sure to uplift the lives of everyone lucky enough to cross our path. And truly, isn’t that the greatest gift we can give to others?

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Flowered Dresses & Flour Mills: A Story of History & Kindness

"In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the flour mills realized that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. In response, the flour mills started using flowered fabric." This beautiful story shares details of a little-known act of kindness past.

The Grateful Dead: (Thankfully) Born On Stage Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today, a California rock band played its first concert under a new name and started a long, strange trip into music history.

Less than a week earlier, the San Francisco-based “Warlocks” had learned there was another group on the U.S. East Coast using the same name. With a series of prominent gigs coming up, they needed a name that would set them apart.

Thumbing through a dictionary, band leader Jerry Garcia happened upon a folk tale listed, and asked, “What about ‘Grateful Dead?’”

Rare Fish Saved From Extinction, Swims Off Endangered Species List

A tiny fish has beaten big odds to swim off the endangered species list.

Only the second fish to make it off the Endangered Species list, thanks to recovery efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the Modoc sucker on Tuesday. — The Oregon chub was removed from the endangered list last year.

Newlywed Refugees In Canada Get Surprise Wedding Party From Town

A Syrian refugee couple had more to celebrate at this reception than just a wedding. They were feting new friendships with sympathetic strangers in Saskatchewan, a place they now call home.

A CBC reporter had interviewed the couple about a story on mental health and refugees. Chatting after the interview, Eman Bare learned Mohamad Al-Noury and Athar Farroukh fled bombings in their hometown just days after their wedding and spent their honeymoon in a refugee camp, before making the journey to Canada.

Ivory Prices Fall By 50%, as Chinese Demand Dries Up

The price of ivory in China has dropped by nearly 50% in the last 18 months, as public opinion shifts and the government ramps up a complete ban on its sale.

Once seen as a sign of people’s wealth, fewer Chinese are buying ivory — a tradition that had fueled elephant poaching in Africa.

A new study by wildlife group Save the Elephants shows public opinion in China has swung wildly against the ivory trade since 2012 when less than half of the population thought it posed a problem. Today, 71% oppose the trade.

Homeless Man Wants to Buy Skis And Hit the Slopes After Winning Big

A homeless man’s luck turned on a dime, with a scratch-off lottery ticket winning him a half-million dollars.

Michael Engfors had been homeless for six years when he bought the ticket Friday at a grocery store in the skiing resort city of Aspen, Colorado — the town where he’s lived all his life.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 10, 2015

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

Whether it was our parents, our friends or the media, we’ve grown up being told who we should be, what we should do and how to behave. For most of us, this created frustration and stagnancy. Today, take some time to revisit your early childhood, when your life was innocent and carefree. What did you love? How did you feel? What were your interests? Try to reconnect with that purest form of yourself, before the world started trying to reform you to fit with its limited image. Then, give yourself permission to embrace the wonderful free spirit that’s been hiding all these years!

by Susyn Blair Hunt

Changing Ourselves by Changing the Brain

Recent scientific breakthroughs show that the brain can be trained to react to life more openly, which could improve both our minds and our relationships. This article discusses neural retraining approaches, from Dr. Daniel Siegel's interpersonal neurobiology to several forms of neurotherapy to the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method.

Three Times Santa Proved To Be A Perfect Lap For All Children

Whether children on his knee are autistic, deaf or just plain sleepy, Santa Claus has a knack for knowing just what to do to bring ‘comfort and joy’ to a child.

In Cleveland, Ohio, when an excited little girl hopped on Santa’s lap, her mother made sure to tell the jolly old elf about her daughter being deaf.

Jon Stewart Returns as Daily Show Guest Urging Aid for 9/11 Responders

Question: What could ever drag Jon Stewart back to the Daily Show? Answer: His long-time fight for full health care coverage for 9/11 first responders.

Police, firefighters, and other first responders working in the rubble of the World Trade Center in 2001 have suffered a multitude of health repercussions in the last 14 years, believed to be related to hazardous substances in the wreckage.

Seinfeld Cast Makes Dying Man’s 67th Birthday One To Remember (WATCH)

For a television show about nothing, the cast members sure know how to give a little something to a dying man in celebration of his 67th birthday.

Jim Calder had been battling lung cancer for two years leading up to this November birthday. His son, James Calder, felt inspired to throw a virtual party and began asking his dad’s favorite people to send in videos. Then he reached out to the actors of Jim’s favorite show–Seinfeld–asking for happy birthday wishes.

Responses from the sitcom’s actors poured in, including Larry Thomas, ‘The Soup Nazi’, exclaiming “No cake for you!” and Wayne Knight, the actor who played Seinfeld’s neighbor Newman, saying a snide “Hello Jim!” in classic character.

Grandmother Runs–and Drinks– to Become Oldest ‘Beer Mile’ Finisher

An 81-year-old grandmother not only became the oldest finisher at the beer mile world championships, she outran her daughter.

Beer mile runners are required to finish drinking 12-ounces of suds before each lap–four times during the mile race.

Hockey Team Gets Record 28K Toys Tossed At Them For Needy Kids-WATCH)

The artificial fur was flying at a world record pace when the Calgary Hitmen scored their first goal of the night Sunday.

The goal was a signal for Canadian hockey fans to toss stuffed animals onto the ice– and the “avalanche of fur” went on for nearly two minutes, setting a new world record in the sporting world’s most unique holiday tradition.

Vietnamese Boat People Reach Out to Help New Refugees, ‘We Never Forget’

An older generation of refugees are rallying support for those fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Vietnamese boat people — refugees who fled that country as it fell to communists after the Vietnam War — are launching donation drives in the far-flung countries where they landed and settled.

Mountains of donated socks, coats, and other cold weather gear – 5,000 items for refugees in all – piled up at Cafe Soya, a restaurant run by a Vietnamese-Chinese refugee family in Birmingham, England.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 9, 2015

“There are people so poor that the only thing they have is money.”

Poor them eh? They should try to be more like us shouldn’t they? Because we’ve all realized that the love and value our family, friends, and trusted colleagues have for us and us for them are our riches. Good health, both physical and mental, the ability to sleep well at night with a clear conscience, are things that no amount of money can buy. A bank card or bulging purse or wallet can’t hug you, love you or comfort you so what would you rather have? Thought so, me too!


The Man Who Quit Money

Money plays such an integral role in our lives that the idea of living without currency is almost alien. However, Daniel Suelo will beg to differ. Determined to reject the system of capitalism and even bartering, Suelo has removed the concept of currency from his life for fifteen years now. In this short documentary, Suelo examines the aspects of a life without money, sharing his thoughts on living off the land, the gift economy, health, and the biggest blessing he received from this revolutionary lifestyle.

President Known For Kindness is Cancer Free After 4-Month Treatment

Jimmy Carter has some great news to put in his Christmas card this year… he’s cancer free.

The 91-year-old former U.S. president made the announcement at the start of a Sunday school class he was teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. The announcement was met with applause from the class members.

IKEA Lights Up Kids’ Faces in Refugee Camps Installing Solar Lights

Thousands of refugees fleeing Syria have been welcomed in Jordanian camps, but they’ve left behind more than their homes and businesses – they have also left behind electricity.

IKEA is illuminating that problem one lamp at a time.

For every LED product that is bought by a customer in one of their giant furniture stores, one euro is raised for IKEA’s ongoing program to make refugee camps brighter and more sustainable.

Cops Go ‘Above & Beyond’ for Pregnant Driver Stranded by Engine Trouble

When a Florida woman’s car broke down, she found out that Tampa police officers are serious about the “protect and serve” mantra.

They took on the role of full service auto mechanics to get her back on the road.

Justine Bowen is seven months pregnant and stays busy shuttling between doctor appointments, her job, and university classes. She also drives her little sister to school and her mother to work.

Ringo Sells Beatles Drum Kit, Other Treasures, Raises $9.2M for Charity

How much would you pay for a scratchy vinyl version of the The Beatles’ White Album covered with fingerprints? How about three-quarters of a million dollars?

That’s what someone paid for Ringo Starr’s copy — $790,000 for the disk that was the first ever copy to come off the presses.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 8, 2015

"May you live every day of your life.”

What a lovely wish and profound few words. Sometimes, most of us are so busy dealing with the everyday needs and demands our busy lives make on us, that we forget to just “live!” By this I mean actually being aware and realizing just how very precious life is and that every second, minute, hour, day that passes has gone forever. So, slow down a little, try to live in the moment, appreciate the blessings you have instead of whining about what you think you should have but don’t. Basically, live a life surrounded by those you love most and make sure it’s full of love, laughter, adventures, new beginnings, dreams………. Off you go!


The Surgeon General on Health Via Happiness

"Happiness is not an emotion, an inherited disposition that is awarded to a select few, or even dependent on events that happen to you in life." Rather, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy argues that "happiness is a perspective, and that everyone can create it for themselves with four simple, free approaches: gratitude exercises, meditation, physical activity and social connectedness." In this interview Murthy shares some of the inspiring real-life health and happiness stories he has been collecting from around the U.S.

Frat House Writes Name of 12-yo Girl w/ Cancer in Christmas Lights –Watch

A 12-year-old cancer patient has become the sweetheart of a California fraternity.

Lexi Brown posted a sign in her hospital room window asking for a pizza delivery. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity house was directly across the street and the brothers decided to serve up more than just pizza.

7-2 Supreme Court Lets a Local Ban on Assault Weapons Stand

WASHINGTON — In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The justices by a 7-2 vote refused to review rulings by judges in Chicago who upheld a ban on assault weapons in the city of Highland Park, Ill., as a reasonable gun-control regulation.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented.

Muslims Raise $57,000 to Donate to San Bernardino Families

American Muslims are donating tens of thousands of dollars to help families of the San Bernardino, California shooting victims.

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action,” said Faisal Qazi, who set up the fundraising campaign after the man and woman responsible for the senseless killing of strangers turned out to be Islamist radicals.

Trash Dump to Power Station: How a New Jersey Utility Captured the Sun

One day later this month, Public Service Electric and Gas customers throughout New Jersey will plug in the holiday lights and they'll flicker on with electricity generated at an old landfill in South Jersey.

The energy will come not from PSE&G's traditional fossil fuel plants, but a solar farm now being constructed on the site of the old L&D Landfill straddling Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly.

Solar farms are not new to New Jersey, nor is locating them on old landfills. Including the L&D site, the state has eight landfill solar farms, said state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna.

What makes the L&D site stand out is the size of the project and how much juice it will generate.

Stuck to a Tree, Wild Sheep’s Majestic Horns Freed By Jogger (WATCH)

While out for a run, a Polish man encountered a mouflon sheep with his horns entangled in a small tree.

Krystof Wlodarczyk called up some courage to geWhile out for a run, a Polish man who encountered a mouflon sheep with horns entangled in a small tree, called up courage to get close enough to helpt close enough to the frantic wild animal to help set it free.

The man’s reaction to his success needs no translation: “YES!”

Recorded in a forest near Konin in March, 2015, the video was making a resurgence on social media.

New Law Guarantees All Military Working Dogs Retirement on U.S. Soil

Cheer up, pup.

Tucked inside a massive defense bill signed two weeks ago by President Obama was a provision that will allow U.S. military dogs to return to the United States after their retirement overseas.

Previously, these working dogs were ineligible for military transport home to the U.S., and soldiers who wanted to adopt their canine colleagues had an extremely difficult time getting them back to America.

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act changes that—and gives the dogs’ military handlers first choice of adopting them.

$2 Photo Bought At Thrift Shop Could Fetch $5Mil At Auction (Watch)

A newly discovered photo, showing the famed outlaw Billy the Kid playing croquet at a wedding in 1878, has led to another mysterious image, also purchased at a thrift store, that may depict the gunman sitting with his killer.

An auction house in October verified that the croquet photo bought for just two dollars at a Fresno California junk shop contained legendary American Old West outlaw Billy the Kid, and could fetch $5 million at auction.

What luck, huh?

Now, attorney Frank Abrams believes that a 3¼-by-3-inch tintype he bought at a flea market in North Carolina might depict both Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, the sheriff who killed the notorious outlaw in Fort Sumner in 1881.

Reese Witherspoon, Miss Piggy Light White House Christmas Tree With Obamas (Watch)

Barack Obama, his two daughters, and Michelle switched on the National Christmas Tree with some help from actress Reese Witherspoon and the musical guests.

Miss Piggy also made a special appearance reading “The Night Before Christmas” with Michelle Obama.

Healing Dreams

by Christopher Penczak

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

In the holistic world of the mind-body-spirit connection, we still tend to focus on the body in our healing practice. Body work, yoga, herbs, and even crystals are physical therapies. They require action. If we don’t work with them, we don’t receive the benefits. Action is an important part of the healing process, but there is a whole other aspect of healing that goes on beneath the surface. Healing can occur in the seemingly unconscious parts of our life—in our dream life.

Dreams are magical things. They give us glimpses, usually unbidden, into our past, present, and future. They reflect our hopes, desires, and fears. They reveal mysteries, give lessons, and grant us messages from our highest guidance. The only problem is that we are not always versed in the healing work of dreams.

From a psychological perspective, dreams are a place where the various parts of our psyche explore ideas, work out issues, and in…

The 5 Most Common Recurring Dreams

by Dr. Michael Lennox

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

When I ask people about their dreams, many times they will recount experiences of crazy landscapes where anything can happen (and probably will). But more often than not, what I hear about is the regularly recurring, repetitive dream that has haunted the dreamer their entire life; I hear over and over again from people that they “always dream of ______” (fill in the blank). It is not that these people have no dream imagination; it is much more about the effectiveness of the dream process as a tool for helping the mind achieve balance.

As an example, say you are someone who has a recurring dream of driving a car up a hill. The hill is steep. You keep going, only to get to the point where finally you are at such an incline your car can no longer move forward; you begin to slide backward, out of control. The feeling is terrifying as you completely lose control while the car careens backward, and you are left pani…

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 7, 2015

“Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

Exactly! A reminder to pay attention to what came before you “fell.” Looking back to what caused you to fall, not the actual fall itself because, by that time, it was too late to save yourself. Could you have done something, or taken steps to prevent it? Hindsight is a great thing isn’t it? We’ve all at one time or another thought, “If only?” “Why didn’t I?” “I wish I had/hadn’t………” Better to hone our foresight skills rather than feel regret with hindsight further down the line. Something to remember for the future don’t you think?


Debt As A Relationship Based On Love

For all that debt contains and constrains us, debts worth having are all around when we care to look for them. The debts that are worth having are those that allow us to be more fully ourselves, that we honor with our freedom rather than our servitude. This article presents a revolutionary way of looking at debt and provides a vision for a more compassionate and relationship-based debt system.

7 Signs You're Dropping Out Of The Middle Class

America's economic backbone is weakening, pulling millions out of the financial comfort zone.

Keeping a foothold in the American middle class is harder than ever, thanks to economic trends that are leaving many families without the financial security that is the group's hallmark.

Four out of five Americans say it's harder to be middle class today than it was 25 years ago, according to a recent survey from online credit services company Elevate. In the past 15 years, millions have fallen out of the classification, with an analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts finding that each of the 50 states saw its share of middle-class families shrink during that period.

10-Year-Old Hits The Campaign Trail For 2040 Election

A Massachusetts 5th grader is determined to run for president one day, but one snag in her plan has her hitting the campaign trail early.

KINGSTON, Mass. --While most 5th graders are focused on swings more than swing states, 10-year-old Alena Mulhern is running for something much bigger than the next piece of playground equipment. She's running for president - in 2040.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 6, 2015

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

Now there’s a thought! If we imagine that our thoughts are the fuel that drives the engine that is our physical body, of course we would ensure we only put in the very best fuel we can. A fuel that is totally pure, without any impurities to “clog up the works” or impair its performance. It therefore follows that our “engine” would always be working to the best of its ability to take us to where we want or need to go. So with life! Use your thought process to the best of your ability and see your life unfold as you wish it to be. Vroom, vroom!


Eight Steps Towards Forgiveness

No matter who you are, you have undoubtedly experienced hurt in your life. And oftentimes, that hurt is compounded by the fact that you do not have the tools necessary to offer forgiveness, and thus begin the healing process that is critical to moving on with your life. In this succinct essay, Robert Enright offers a path to help move us towards forgiveness.