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Surprised With ‘Magical Wintery Ferry Ride,’ 75 Families Fighting Cancer

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What would persuade officials at the San Francisco Bay Ferry to allow its first private event ever on its iconic ferry? How about a Magical Winter Ferry Ride for 75 children fighting cancer this Christmas?

It all started when the people of a community outreach group called Vallejo Together wanted to do something special for these California kids struggling with illness. The group turned toward the Waterfront because it is one of the best things about their city.

After calling Vallejo Mayor Intintoli to pull some strings, the ferry tour was booked, but kept a secret from families who arrived downtown for a mystery date.

“A mother came to us and said that her son was in line and when he saw the ferry, he wanted to ride it,” says the Vallejo Together Facebook page. “His mom told him that maybe one day he will be able to. He said that he hoped so because it was his dream. When the families found out that they were in fact going into the ferry the young boy jumped up and down raising his hand…

US to Cover Cost of Robotic Legs for Some Paralyzed Veterans

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American veterans with spinal cord injuries may soon be back on their feet, thanks to robotic legs and the Veterans Administration (VA).

The VA has announced it will start picking up the $77,000 cost of the “wearable robotic exoskeleton” for some qualified veterans.

ReWalk robotics developed the powered legs that have given partially paralyzed people the ability to walk, but most veterans can’t afford the steep price tag.

Army veteran Gene Laureano started crying when he tried the legs two years ago in a demonstration.
“The tears came down,” Laureano told the Associated Press. “I hadn’t spoken to somebody standing up in so long.”

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/usa-to-cover-cost-of-robotic-legs-for-some-paralyzed-veterans/

Kids Tell Santa They Just Want Military Dad Home, Then He Appears-WATCH

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It was a Christmas miracle. Well, more of a Christmas trick played by a soldier on his two daughters with the help of the big man himself, Santa Claus.

When Jordan Baskerville and her little sister went to see Santa at a mall in Clarksville, Tennessee, Saint Nick asked them what they wanted for Christmas.

“Have my daddy come home,” Jordan answered.

Her father, Trent Baskerville, had been deployed with the Army to Afghanistan for nine months.
Santa already knew Trent was home, and waiting just out of the girls’ sight. He had them cover their eyes and motioned for the soldier to come over and made him appear like magic to his kids.

“Daddy!” Jordan squealed as she ran to hug Trent.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/kids-tell-santa-they-just-want-military-dad-home-then-he-appears/

Help Us Build Solar Tiny House for Homeless Mom and 4-yo Girl

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A homeless mom who is always volunteering her time to help others is about to move out of a public shelter and into the first solar-powered tiny home born of a plan to launch a pay-it-forward housing movement.

Especially around the holidays we have the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.

Last year Good News Network held a Christmas fundraiser for a family that was about to get evicted, after falling behind on rent. Peter Campillo, his wife, mother and son, were overwhelmed by the warmth, generosity and positive messages from our community. On Christmas Eve, we got his bills paid, allowing hope to be revived in Peter’s heart.

He wrote to thank the concerned strangers who contributed from as far away as Australia, saying, “The last thing I need to complete the scenario is a good job, and I believe it will come – just got to keep the faith and not let bad things beat me down again.” Happily, the former medical billing worker wrote to me in June saying he finally, after more than …

Mom Stunned by Her Tuition-Winning Alley-Oop Miracle Shot (WATCH)

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This mom’s expression says it all, after she – first missed, then – sank a seemingly impossible basketball shot from half-court at her daughter’s school.

The basket won her daughter half-priced tuition next year — worth about $5,000.

Angela Ramey got the chance at the “Half-Court/Half-Tuition” shot after her family turned in the most money for a school fundraiser in Bloomington, Minnesota.

She only had one shot as daughter Grace urged her to “just throw the ball at the goal.”

Angela made an under-handed, alley-oop shot from between her knees, and the ball fell short…
But, then it took a bounce and landed on the rim, where it tipped over and fell into the net.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/mom-stunned-at-her-own-tuition-winning-alley-oop-miracle-shot-watch/

Philadelphia Eliminates Homelessness Among Veterans Who Want Housing

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The “City of Brotherly Love” is showing a lot of love for homeless veterans.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania city leaders announced yesterday (December 17) that every vet in the city who wants a permanent home, now has one.

Since 2013, the city has found permanent housing for 1,390 homeless veterans living on Philly’s streets.

“You have actually done it. You have effectively ended veteran homelessness,” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told city leaders. “The thing is that we can’t stop our work until every single veteran has a place to call home in the United States.”

The Philadelphia effort was led by Philly Vets Home, a coalition of local government agencies, nonprofit groups and the local Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in the city.

It developed a program that moved vets into emergency housing within just a few days of becoming or being identified as homeless. Veterans were then moved into transitional housing within 47 days and into a permanent home within 1…

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 19, 2015

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“People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely.”

Who we spend our time with can influence our perceptions, attitude and abilities. We’ve all experienced those psychic “vampires” who will take and take and drain us of all our energy. Breaking free of them may not be easy, but it’s essential if we want to maintain our wholeness. Strive to surround yourself with inspiring positive people every day - you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Attention is the Secret to Virtue

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How many times do you find yourself doing the same thing over and over, barely changing your behavior despite realizing that an alternative way of doing something would be more beneficial to your life? Don't worry, you are not alone. And fortunately for everyone, recent studies have shown that if you just "focus" more "attention" to what you are doing, that change is well within your reach.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1182/attention-is-the-secret-to-virtue-art-markman/

Giant Chestnut Tree Found in Maine Could Help Save a Near-Extinct Species

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The discovery of the tallest Chestnut tree left in North America may mean new hope for an iconic species nearly wiped out by disease.

Why this tree was able to survive for 100 years to become 115 feet tall, when billions of others died-off is the latest clue for activists and scientists who have been working for decades to save the species.

Ever since the accidental importation of an Asian virus in 1904, the American Chestnut, once abundant along the U.S. East Coast and Canada has become “functionally extinct” leaving ghostly gaps in the landscape.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/towering-chestnut-tree-found-in-maine-could-help-save-the-nearly-extinct-species/

American Teens Shun Alcohol and Cigarettes in Record Numbers

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Despite what you might believe, American teens are not smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol at nearly the rates their parents did – in fact, today’s youth are abstaining more often than any time since surveys began in 1975.

On top of that, 40 percent fewer teens are participating in extreme binge drinking compared to ten years ago —10.6% of teens in 2005 down to just 6.1% this year.

The University of Michigan’s annual “Monitoring the Future” study has been one of the most extensive annual surveys of teen drinking, smoking, and drug use for 40 years. It questions 40,000 eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students every year from 400 public and private schools around the U.S.

Some of the highlights from this year’s survey include the fact that the percentage of kids who’d had an alcoholic drink in the past year fell to 40%, and in the 30 days before being surveyed, the number was just 22%. Those are the lowest numbers in the survey’s four decade history.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/amer…

Grandma Drives Away Trouble On Her City’s Toughest Streets

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This 77-year-old lady proves you don’t need to be a heavyweight boxer or carry a big stick to keep the peace on Milwaukee’s toughest streets at night.

Martha Freeman believes young people make bad choices in life because they don’t receive proper respect and guidance.

The former detention center guard, who during the day delivers donated bread to the neediest in her neighborhood, isn’t afraid to confront the teenage tough-guys hanging out on street corners–but she does it with compassion and the concern of a grandmother.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/grandmother-scares-away-trouble-from-her-citys-mean-streets/

Michael Jordan Wins Lawsuit, Donates the Millions to 23 Charities

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He led his teams to national and Olympic championships on the basketball court, but his latest victory in a court of law is a win for charities in his adopted city of Chicago.

Basketball legend Michael Jordan is taking all the award money from a lawsuit settlement and donating it to 23 nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of the city’s youth. 23 is Jordan’s jersey number.

He won $8.9 million in a judgement against supermarket chain Dominick’s in August, after they used his likeness and jersey number in a magazine ad in 2009 without his permission. He recently settled the case, and a second, similar court action against the grocery chain Jewel-Osco, owned by the same parent company.

Forbes magazine estimated earlier this year, Jordan’s name and image is worth roughly $100 million a year for product and company endorsements.

“The 23 charities I’ve chosen to make donations to all support the health, education and well-being of the kids of Chicago,” Jordan said in a statement. “Chic…

Secret Santas Pay Off Nearly $300,000 in Layaways for Hundreds of Families

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A pair of “Secret Santas” have shelled out a total of $286,000 to give a merrier Christmas to families struggling with holiday budgets.

Two anonymous benefactors have paid for every item put on layaway at four Walmart stores — two in Ohio and two more in Pennsylvania.

Friday, a man known as “Santa B” in central Pennsylvania paid-off a total of $180,000 remaining on customers’ layaways. That holiday gift cleared the debts from nearly 400 purchases.

Store managers say the same man paid for $50,000 worth of layaway purchases last year.

In northeast Ohio, another secret Santa sent checks totaling $106,000 to pay off what customers owed at two different Walmarts. Items on that list ranged from a pair of socks to a 70-inch television.

Customer Tara Neal had only paid $10 toward a “Frozen”-themed bed for her daughter when the Secret Santa swept in and covered the remaining $80 she owed.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/secret-santas-pay-off-nearly-300000-in-layaways-for-struggling-families/

All-Star Concert Honors John Lennon’s 75th Birthday Saturday on TV (WATCH)

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Imagine what songs might be playing in your iTunes today had we not lost John Lennon 35 years ago.

The co-founder of The Beatles would have celebrated his 75th birthday October 9th — and to mark the occasion some of today’s biggest stars have joined surviving Beatles Ringo and Paul to honor the rock-and-roll legend in a broadcast set to air on cable TV this weekend.

An A-List music line-up performed some of his greatest hits on December 5 at a charity concert in New York. “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” airs this Saturday on AMC network.

John Fogerty opens the show with back to back performances of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler does a crowd-pleasing reprisal of his role from the 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, in which he played leader of the Future Villain Band. Additionally, in a duet with country music superstar Eric Church, Tyler belts out “Revolution.”

The roster also includes Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers …

How To Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful for Children w/ Special Needs

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Parents of children with special needs do an amazing job of juggling many different factors while keeping calm and providing their children with amazing care. But there are always tasks and experiences that can wear you down and nowhere is that more true than while navigating the ins and outs of air travel. For parents of children with special needs, hopping on that flight to see grandma for Christmas can be especially taxing. If you’re traveling with a child with special needs this holiday season, here are a few tips:

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-to-make-holiday-travel-less-stressful-for-children-with-special-needs/

Watch 196 Countries Approve Historic Climate Agreement in Paris

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On Saturday, after two weeks of grueling negotiations, delegates to the climate change conference in Paris broke out in cheers following unanimous approval of an agreement on how to mitigate global warming across the globe. Watch the historic moment in the video above, and read more about the accord from the Los Angeles Times below…

LE BOURGET, France — Representatives of nearly 200 countries made common cause in the fight against climate change Saturday, adopting an agreement they hope will avert some of the worst effects of global warming and shift economies around the world to cleaner energy sources.

The agreement reached at a United Nations conference outside Paris, the culmination of years of difficult negotiations, will mark a "historic turning point," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said when a final draft was announced earlier in the day.

Negotiators had been struggling to overcome deep divisions on key issues, including the agreement's long-term goals, how t…

Teen Reunites With Doctor Who Saved Her Life: The Best Homework Ever

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A high school writing assignment began with a thank you letter, and ended with a tearful reunion between a teen and the surgeon who saved her life.

15 years ago, Ashli Taylor was born with a failing liver and needed a transplant to survive.

She never met the surgeon who performed the operation, but she says the stories her parents told her about the experience had taught her to be grateful for everything she has.GNN-app-banner-ad-opt
So when her creative writing class was told to write about anything, she penned a page-and-a-half long thank you letter to Dr. Robert Goldstein for saving her life as a child.

“You probably have no idea who I am, but you had a great impact in my life,” Taylor wrote. “I know you’ve had a lot of patients over the years and they appreciate your work. But my parents’ lives would be totally different if it weren’t for you.”

Dr. Goldstein was so moved, he drove two hours to surprise Ashli in front of her classmates in Temple, Texas.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hom…

Queen Elizabeth Personally Thanks Man for 60-year Christmas Card Ritual

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When a young man took over his grandfather’s Christmas tradition, he was brought to tears by a personal letter from Queen Elizabeth II.

Every year since she ascended the throne in 1952, Andrew Simes’ grandfather would tenderly address a Christmas card to the queen.

When they eventually met at a reception in Turkey in 1972, the Queen skipped the usual formal introduction and handshake.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/queen-elizabeth-personally-thanks-man-for-60-year-christmas-card-ritual/

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 18, 2015

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“Broken crayons still color.”

It’s so easy to say, “I’d do this if I had that” or “I can’t do this because (fill in the blank).” The truth is, we have the tools we need every day to do the things we dream of doing. If someone says they can’t color because the crayons are broken, they’re simply practicing the art of procrastination. Look around to see where you’re limiting yourself in life, simply because the tools you have don’t look the way you think they should. Then, break free of that mindset and paint a beautiful picture of your dreams!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

The Story of the Chinese Farmer

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In "The Story of the Chinese Farmer," philosopher Alan Watts looks at the idea of what we consider good or bad fortune with the parable of a Chinese farmer, who refuses to see anything as positive or negative. This beautifully animated video will make you question whether one can truly know if something is good or bad when you can never know the consequences.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5625

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 17, 2015

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“Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry, and don’t decide when you’re sad.”

Brilliant advice! Emotions can tend to make our decisions for us, and that isn’t always a good thing. Acting from a calm and steady place assures us that our intuition is guiding us. That way, there are no regrets. So the next time you’re facing a decision, stop and take the time to make sure you are responding from the heart!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

A New Home For Brothers Reunited Against the Odds

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This is the time of year families reunite to celebrate the holidays. Many people travel a long way to be with their loved ones. For some, the distance is so great it's measured not in miles -- but in years. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports on a reunion a decade in the making. The moving story of three children thrust unexpectedly into foster care, the brother who dreamt of bringing them back together, and the community that pitched in to bring his dream to life.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-home-reunites-long-separated-brothers/

Football Star Pays Electric Bills for 83 Fans as Holiday Kindness

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When you’re facing fourth down and 20 yards on the football field, it’s time to call in your punter — they make the best of a bad situation for their teams.

This one did the same for fans — paying the electric bills for 83 families.

If they weren’t fans before, they are now, after Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee laid down $18,000 so people could keep more of their own money for the holidays.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/football-star-pays-electric-bills-for-83-fans-as-holiday-kindness/

99-Year-old Wins Shopping Spree at Dollar Store, Uses It For Needy Kids (WATCH)

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Given a free shopping spree for her 99th birthday, this woman filled her cart not for herself, but with stocking stuffers for needy kids.

Donna Goldstein is a weekly fixture at the California 99-cent store in Beverly Grove, where the staff knows and appreciates her kind heart.GNN-app-banner-ad-opt

They noticed her buying items for Thanksgiving charity baskets last month, and gave her a beautiful gift for her birthday–a chance to fill her cart with anything she wants at no charge.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/99-yr-old-womans-shopping-spree-helps-needy-kids-at-christmas/

Rare Quadruplet Calves Are Together Again After Miracle Birth

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Holy cow! A herd of cuteness survived odds of 11 million to one, on a farm in Texas, and it’s been reunited as a family once again.

Back in March, a cow delivered rare, quadruplet calves, against huge odds. Now, nine months later, Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo can be spied on Facebook, healthy and happy.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/quadruplet-calves-together-again-after-miracle-birth/

Kirk Douglas Gives $15 Million on 99th Birthday to Build Alzheimer’s Center

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Screen legend Kirk Douglas celebrated his 99th birthday last week, but instead of receiving gifts, he used the occasion to give one — a new Alzheimer’s treatment facility to Southern California.

He used his birthday party to announce the $15 million donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The money will help pay for the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion, which will be able to take care of up to 80 Alzheimer’s patients from the entertainment industry.

Douglas and his wife, Anne, have donated $40 million to the fund over the years and in 1992 launched the fund’s first Alzheimer’s facility, Harry’s Haven, named for Douglas’ father.

The star of “Spartacus” broke the news as party guests including his wife and four children gathered at his Beverly Hills, California home.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/kirk-douglas-gives-15-million-to-build-alzheimers-center-on-99th-birthday/

Berlin Turns Former Secret Police HQ into Home for 500 refugees

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Once the most feared building in East Berlin, the headquarters where the communist secret police plotted Cold War spy operations, is now a welcoming safe-house shielded against the cold for asylum seekers.

Offices leftover from the dreaded East German Stasi now provide warm beds for more than 400 refugees. Plans for the three-month temporary shelter include housing up to 900 refugees at any point during the winter.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/berlin-turns-former-secret-police-headquarters-into-home-for-500-refugees/

Saudi Arabia Forms Muslim ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Coalition With 34 Countries

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Saudi Arabia has formed a coalition of 34 mainly Muslim countries - including powers such as Egypt and Turkey - to coordinate a fight against "terrorist organizations".

The alliance was announced by the country's defense minister and deputy-crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday.

Arab countries such as Qatar and the UAE will join the coalition, as well Middle Eastern, Asian, and African states, such as Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Nigeria.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/saudi-arabia-forms-muslim-anti-terrorism-coalition/

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 16, 2015

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“Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

It’s easy to look back on our lives and say, “Oh, that’s why this happened” or “I’m glad I didn’t get what I thought I wanted” because we see how Spirit led us to a better place. The gift of this is that as we move forward through our lives, we become more aware of the fact that when things don’t work out or life seems difficult, there is a higher purpose in operation. Our challenge is to walk our paths with faith and hope, always believing that whatever unfolds is in our best interest.

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

On Seeing

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In this simple and poignant reflection, photographer Paul Van Slambrouck shares a moment of quiet revelation that illuminated for him the beauty of truly seeing the majestic world we live in.

As a relatively new photographer I laid out a series of black and white prints for a fellow artist whose opinion I valued. “Ah. Look what you see,” she said.
It was one of the most encouraging yet non-judgmental critiques I’ve ever had and it has stuck with me through the years as a sort of ultimate reaction to someone’s else’s art. It transcends labels of good and bad, and like or dislike. It simply acknowledges a sort of basic truth that what the artist is conveying is something he or she honestly sees.
Honestly seeing can be the hard part.

http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=430/

The Complex Relationship Between Nature and Culture

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With a trip inside Angkor Wat, a temple inside one of the world's most mysterious and important archeological sites, Norwegian photographer Christian Houge asks a question that has long perplexed man.  "Is nature with us or against us?" Through a series of brilliant photographs, Houge gives us a glimpse of the complex relationship between man and nature.

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=6496

Orphan Burn Survivor Gets 185,000 Christmas Cards, $300K in Donations

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Thousands of people have fulfilled an eight-year-old’s wish for Christmas cards — and also donated $300,000 for her future.

Safyre Terry survived an arson attack on her upstate New York home two years ago that killed the rest of her family. She has endured 20 surgeries since then.

When her aunt, Liz Dolder, brought home a tree that could hold dozens of Christmas cards, the little girl wanted to fill every spot.

“My response was ‘I don’t think it’s gonna get filled up but I am sure we will get a few more cards’,” Dolder wrote on her Facebook page.

Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the post, and were moved to action.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/orphan-burn-survivor-gets-18000-christmas-cards/

Ed Norton Moved to Tears by Syrian Scientist Story, Raises $400K to Bring Him to USA

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Hollywood superstar Edward Norton was so “moved to tears” by the story of a Syrian scientist whose home and family was bombed that he launched a campaign to bring him to America – raising more than $400,000 in just two days.

Dubbed “The Scientist” on the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page, the man tells a tragic story of loss, but never loses his optimism and determination to use his engineering talents for good in the world.

The Scientist was away from home, working on a project, when Syrian government missiles crashed into his neighborhood two years ago. His brother’s entire family died in the attack along with the Scientist’s wife and daughter.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ed-norton-moved-to-tears-by-syrian-scientist-story-raises-400k/

Muslims Raise Nearly Quarter Million Dollars for San Bernardino Victim Families

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A fund started by American Muslims to raise money for families of the San Bernardino shooting victims reached nearly a quarter-million dollars in its closing hours last night.

Over the 12 days, more than 2,000 people contributed $215,515 to the “Muslims United for San Bernardino Families” crowdfunding campaign on LaunchGood. The initial goal was just $50,000.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/muslims-raise-nearly-quarter-million-dollars-for-san-bernardino-victim-families/

Cancer Cells Self-Destruct With New Therapy, Patients Live Longer

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Jimmy Carter’s quick cancer recovery this year is part of a revolution in how doctors treat cancer – Immunotherapy.

While the former president’s medical staff used it to quickly and effectively treat his brain cancer, doctors in Texas report their work with immunotherapy and prostate cancer is letting more patients live longer with the disease.

GNN-app-banner-ad-optTheir process causes prostate cancer cells to self-destruct, leading to a 20% improvement in the number of patients surviving at least five years following treatment.

Researchers combined traditional radiation therapy with what they called “suicide gene therapy” to get the results. The new process works by genetically altering the cancer cells so they alert the body’s immune system to attack them. It’s effectively a personalized cancer vaccine created with a patient’s own cancer cells.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/cancer-cells-self-destruct-with-new-therapy-patients-live-longer/

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 15, 2015

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“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”

Have you ever met someone and formed an instant connection? I like to think of these as past life connections, a person we may have known long ago. I have a friend I met when we were five years old - over the decades, whether we talked once a month or once a year, the depth of the friendship has never waned. On that same note, I have a dear friend whom I’ve known less than a year, but it feels as if we are long lost sisters, and the connection between us was instant! When we meet a kindred spirit, a friendship can form almost immediately, in the most surprising of ways!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

New Cure For Hepatitis C Heals 90% of Patients

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Scientists have announced they now have a cure for the hepatitis C virus.

The pills not only wipe out the virus in nine of ten patients who suffer from the disease, they also restore liver function.

When attacked by the virus the liver gets scarred or even cancer as a result, making hepatitis C the leading cause of liver transplantation in the United States.

In just 12 weeks, the new drug treatment can cure advanced cases of the disease and eliminate the need for a transplant.

The treatment involves a combination of two drugs — sofosbuvir and velpatasvir — in a single pill.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/new-cure-for-90pt-of-hepatitis-c-patients/

Tinder Users Can “Swipe Right” to Become Organ Donors in UK

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It’s a match made in heaven.

The dating app that can find your perfect match — can now find the perfect organ donor for people awaiting transplants.

Tinder is working with the UK’s National Health Service to let its users become organ donors by “swiping right” — the same action that lets a user “like” a profile on the dating site.

British celebrities, including actress Gemma Oaten (pictured above), got involved by creating Tinder profiles to promote the campaign.

Users who swipe right on those profiles will get a message saying: “If only it was that easy for those in need of a life-saving organ to find a match.”

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tinder-users-can-swipe-right-to-become-organ-donors-in-uk/

France Votes to Force Supermarkets to Give Away Unsold Food

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The French parliament has voted unanimously to require supermarkets to give away — rather than throw away — the food that reaches its “sell-by” date.

France throws away 7.8 million tons of food every year — more than a quarter of that is by restaurants and shops, which could result in as many as 858,000 tons redistributed to the nation’s hungry.

The law will take effect when it is expected to be passed by parliament’s upper house — the Senate — on January 13.

It allows citizens to seek approval from the agriculture ministry for creating groups to collect and distribute the saved food.

At least 100 Paris restaurants already take part in a program to redistribute unused food to the city’s poor and hungry.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/france-votes-to-force-supermarkets-to-give-away-unsold-food/

24 Ideas for Raising Kind and Grateful Kids

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It’s a great time of year to remind ourselves how we can reinforce and encourage kindness and gratitude in our kids. Especially in December, there are so many great opportunities to do this.

Brad Aronson and his wife have often thought about how to make sure their son will turn out to be a grateful, kind and compassionate young man, but parenting is difficult.

“We have no idea what we’re doing, but we wanted to share some ideas and related thoughts.”

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/24-ideas-for-raising-kind-and-grateful-kids-pt2/

How An Angel Tree Gift Changed One Boy and 1000s of Lives

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Jimmy Wayne’s introduction to music came in the form of a guitar he received through the Christmas Angel Tree Program when he was eight-years-old – a random act of kindness from a caring person. The guitar, the first gift he ever received, ignited Wayne’s love of music. That love took Wayne down the path of becoming a musician, and eventually, an award winning country music star.

“None of this would have happened had it not been for a guitar.” said Wayne. “So I’m in debt and making sure that I do my part in raising awareness for a program that helped me out when I had nothing.”

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-an-angel-tree-gift-changed-one-boy-and-1000s-of-lives/

Canadian Kids Are The Most Welcoming People Ever (WATCH)

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Canadian kids sure know how to make people feel special, eh?

A video of Canadian children singing a historical song from the Middle East was published Friday as a welcome gift to the the new refugees flying to safety in North America.

The choir’s performance has not only scored a half million views for its beauty, but also touched the hearts of foreign speakers for a wonderful reason: the kids are singing in Arabic.

The song’s significance comes from its reputation for having been sung to the Prophet Muhammad when he was looking for solace. For the 163 Syrian refugees who were greeted with residency and warm winter coats by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after landing at the airport, the new video is just one of many gestures by Canadians to make the asylum-seekers feel safe and welcomed.

And speaking of feeling welcomed, the kindness doesn’t stop there.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/canadian-kids-are-the-most-welcoming-people-ever-watch/

The Divine Signs Around Us

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by Jennifer Spees

Do you believe in guardian angels? Have you ever felt the presence of yours? Maybe a near-miss on the highway, where a split second made the difference between continuing your journey as planned and taking a detour to intensive care? Or maybe it was something that put you just the right place at just the right time to hear or receive the exact thing that you most needed at that moment—anything from a job offer to a kind word from a stranger. Maybe your actions have saved someone else’s life. In that case, perhaps their guardian angel was working through you!

What about “signs?” Have you ever had an experience where things just seemed like too much of a coincidence? How many times have you heard someone exclaim, “It’s a sign!” about something that might not seem like a big deal to you, but seems to have incredible significance for them?

Call it serendipity, synchronicity, good luck, providence, intuition, your guardian angel, or even “a sign”—often these become some of t…

Connecting with Your Spirit Guides: The Five Friends You Meet in Spirit

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by Rose Vanden Eynden

I have three special girlfriends known as The Posse. Each of us brings her own unique personality to our group. Stylish and sophisticated, Tracy possesses a strong opinion about every topic imaginable. Holly is blessed with a sharp intellect and even sharper repartee. Energetic and supportive are words that describe Kristy, and she is also the best conversationalist I have ever met. The four of us try to meet once a month, for dinner and to catch up on life events. On those evenings, the other patrons of the establishment we invade know one thing beyond a doubt: The Posse has arrived.

Many of us have friends like these, a group of kindred souls with whom we laugh, cry, and measure the successes or failures of life. Over the last few years, The Posse has supported each other through a wedding, a reconciliation, the birth of a child, and the illness of a parent. I know that as more challenges enter our lives, The Posse will remain a steadfast haven in every storm.

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Daily Inspirational Quote – December 14, 2015

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“If you’re spending a lot of time working on your relationship, then the relationship is not working.”

Although I believe that, in order to create a harmonious, fulfilling, loving relationship, the two people involved do have to work at it, there is a difference between working and “working.” A good relationship means working together, being in harmony (most of the time), being of one mind in building and sustaining the feelings between you. If you feel you’re getting no support, your affection isn’t being returned, you’re being ignored, or that the relationship has, in fact, become hard work, that’s the time to assess your relationship.

by CathiBew.co.uk

Welcome to the Empathy Wars

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Critics of empathy call it biased, saying we should unemotionally help the greatest number. But Roman Krznaric suggests two kinds of empathy: 'affective' -- feeling or mirroring others' emotions, and 'perspective-taking' empathy -- imagining oneself in someone else's shoes. He gives examples of how they can work together, from sympathetic focus on a child caught in a mineshaft (affective) to the abolition of slavery (putting oneself in someone else's place).

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1180/welcome-to-the-empathy-wars-roman-krznaric/

Canada Welcomes Refugees At the Airport With Coats and Healthcare

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The 163 refugees that stepped off the airplane into the chilly Toronto air on Friday were given a very warm welcome indeed: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau handed them winter coats with their new citizenship.

The airport terminal was converted into a special processing center that not only conducted the normal customs and immigration screenings, but also greeted the Syrians with completed paperwork for citizenry, along with winter clothing, and toys for the children.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/canada-welcomes-refugees-at-the-airport-with-coats-and-healthcare/