Saturday, January 2, 2016

12 Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Died in 2015

A lot of people died in 2015. Some of them were celebrities. Leondard Nimoy was one of them. This was his beautiful final tweet. B.B. King was another. Stuart Scott lost his battle with cancer (but not really). Scott Weiland lost his with addiction. As is the case every year, the list is far too long.

But there also were plenty of notable figures we lost who won't find their softly retouched photos in too many "in memoriam" montages. These are the people we're familiar with in a very specific way, who entered and exited our lives as one-hit wonders of pop culture. Their deaths were blogged about and quickly forgotten. Now that we've all made it out of 2015 alive, it's time to look back on those we may not have realized we lost last year.

Pope Francis Asks Media to Cover More ‘Good’ News (WATCH)

In his solemn end-of-year church service at the Vatican, Pope Francis asked journalists to shine more light on the GOOD news in the world.

The pontiff doesn’t want the world to ignore the suffering of so many people, but he said the good deeds shouldn’t be forgotten, either.

He said to the congregation, ”How many great gestures of goodness, love and solidarity have filled the days of this year, even if they are not on television news programs?”
“Good things don’t make the news.”

The Argentine pope said the media should not keep “so many great gestures of goodness” hidden while only reporting on the evil deeds. “Good always wins, even if sometimes it many seem weaker and hidden.”

Homeless Family Given a Home For Christmas From a Florida Police Officer

When a family was in need of a Christmas miracle to get them back on their feet, a compassionate police officer became their guardian angel.

Grisela Andino and her two kids were living in their car in Boynton Beach, Florida after the person they were sub-leasing their apartment from stopped paying rent to the landlord. Between working a full time job and getting the children to school on time, sleeping in the Walmart parking lot was their only option left.

That’s where Officer Craig Hanning found them.

When Hanning looked into the family’s background, he found Andino had never missed a day of work and  her girls had excellent grades, while never missing a day of school–even during recent hard times.

Man’s Arrest Prompts Police to Buy, Bring Gifts to His Kids on Christmas

Police officers in Bend, Oregon didn’t just ignore the children after a father was arrested on drug charges shortly before Christmas. In fact, they went out of their way to make it possible for the three kids to enjoy some gifts during the holiday.

After deputies approached the man who had been trafficking in street level quantities of methamphetamine, he attempted to flee on foot but was arrested. Detectives learned that his 12-year-old son had been left in the car at the Dairy Queen–and that the 38-year-old also had two younger children at home.

Child Welfare services arrived at the scene to help the boy and officials pieced together the sad story of a family living “under hardship”. Rather than walking away after dropping off the children with extended family members, the drug enforcement detectives got to work like busy elves at the North Pole.

Raccoon Steals Doughnut From Cafe In Daring Pastry Heist (WATCH)

Stereotypical crooks wearing masks are known for robbing banks or holding up restaurants. Then, there’s this little bandit getting famous on YouTube for stealing a single doughnut from a cafĂ©.

In a video posted a few days ago, a Mission Impossible plot came to light when a raccoon lowered himself from the ceiling panels just to get his mischievous paws on a pastry.

Supermarket Coolers Use Formula One Racing Technology to Reduce Energy Loss

A company known for speeding Formula 1 race cars around a track, is slowing the spin on electric moters, saving money and reducing the carbon footprint of supermarkets.

Williams Advanced Engineering, the innovation division of Williams F1, adapted a design by Aerofoil Energy that uses simple plastic strips — and the complicated physics of fluid dynamics — to throttle down the cold air escaping from refrigerated aisles in grocery stores.

Aretha Franklin Proves at 73-Years-old She’s Still the Queen of Soul (WATCH)

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Aretha Franklin proved she is still the indisputable Queen of Soul.

Singing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman in tribute to the honoree, singer-songwriter Carole King, Franklin brought the house to its feet. As the 73-year-old singer came to the piano, the moment brought a tear to President Obama’s eye and sent Carole King, the song’s composer, into orbit.

Having come back from serious health problems a few years ago, this video shows she might just be singing better than ever.

The Animal Welfare Movement Saw Major Victories in 2015 in the U.S.

Few activist groups benefited from such sweeping legislative gains in the United States as the animal welfare movement did during 2015.

The extraordinary victories came as the federal government banned the use of chimps in experiments, pushed for new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, established new protections for African lions from American trophy hunters, prevented the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil, blocked efforts to remove critical federal protections for wolves, and so much more.

Father’s Letter to Macy’s CEO Leads to Diaper Changing Table in Men’s Room

A baby’s diaper was not the only thing changed after a father discovered there was no way to clean up his infant in the men’s room of a local department store.

The frustrated father went straight to the top, writing a letter to the CEO of Macy’s, and the plea prompted quick changes at one of the company’s suburban Washington, DC stores.

Anthony Dew had taken his four-month-old son shopping for Christmas gifts at the Macy’s store in Hyattsville, Maryland. When Jeremiah needed a fresh diaper, his dad went floor to floor and asked clerks for directions, but couldn’t access a changing table anywhere in the store.

Frustrated, Anthony walked out without buying anything and wrote a letter directly to Macy’s Chairman and CEO, Terry Lundgren.

5-Alarm Charm: Little Girl Gets Ride in Fire Truck to Final Chemo Treatment

This six-year-old girl celebrated her final chemotherapy treatment in style — being escorted to the hospital in a fire truck with her own brigade of firefighters by her side.

Her parents had always taught Finley Brown and her brother to thank firefighters, police, and service members for keeping them safe whenever the kids saw them.

The little girl did exactly that when she ran into a group of firefighters in her hometown of Moraga, California.

The crew chatted with Finley who was optimistic and bright while explaining her cancer treatments.

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 2, 2016

“Do not look for sanctuary in anyone except yourself.”

In times of crisis or feeling vulnerable it’s tempting to unload our concerns onto a family member or a close friend and, indeed, their advice can be helpful. However, nobody else will ever know us as completely as we know ourselves so we need to be our own place of sanctuary and use this sacred space to seek peace and resolution. Nobody else can do this for us.


What Does A Grateful Brain Look Like?

Evidence is mounting that gratitude makes a powerful impact on our bodies, including our immune and cardiovascular health. But how does gratitude show up in the brain? At the University of Southern California a new study sheds light on the neural nuts and bolts of gratitude, offering insights into the complexity of this social emotion and how it relates to other cognitive processes.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 1, 2016

“The Universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.”

It’s synchronicity in a nutshell! For example, those well-known sayings, “As above, so below”, You reap what you sew,” Ying and Yang etc., sum it up. The Universe/Life is all about balance, therefore it makes sense that there is always a solution to your problem or you wouldn’t know you have a problem in the first place! Know what I mean? It reminds me of that old adage, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” Darned if I know but somebody must know as there is always a solution or an answer. I just wish they’d put me out of my misery and let me know…


Beannacht: A Blessing for the New Year

Not long before his untimely passing in 2008, the beloved Irish poet John O'Donohue recorded a poem that he'd originally written for his mother. Titled 'Beannacht' (the Gaelic word for blessing), these exquisite verses set a beautiful tone for the New Year.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

These Stars Give Others the Red Carpet Treatment: Best Celebrity Stories of 2015

From donating millions to taking a full time job, from giving away houses to singing for stranded passengers, here are ten times that celebrities shone brightest in 2015.

18 Chart-Topping Examples of Kindness in 2015

Here’s a way to start your New Year with a full heart!  We’ve collected our favorite stories from 2015 to remind you how good humanity can be – 9 acts of kindness from adults, and 9 from kids and teens. Which good deeds are your favorite?

Lonely Elderly Pianist Places Ad, Drums Up 80 Musicians to Jam

This 95-year-old jazz piano player is booked solid since placing an online advertisement asking musicians to join him for a jam session.

Edward Hardy tickled the ivories in a jazz quartet for 40 years when he was younger. When he had to go into a care home for dementia, he needed to strike up a new band.

The World War II vet placed an ad on the website Gumtree and musicians have been beating a path to his door in Wookey, England.

At least 80 musicians jumped at the chance to sit in for a set. On top of that, the other three members of his former quartet — who he hadn’t seen in 30 years — all showed up because of the ad.

Top 10 Health, Cancer, and Science Breakthroughs of 2015

This past year saw giant leaps in how we cure cancer, with breakthroughs in treating Alzheimers and preventing Ebola. These technological developments – both big and small – promise better lives in the years to come.

Here are ten of the most positive health and science breakthroughs of 2015.

Finally Sick Teens Get Something Suited for Them– Hospital Room Makeovers

If teens already have a hard time with positive body image and self-esteem, imagine how they feel going through the drudgery of chemotherapy or a long hospital stay, possibly losing their hair or a limb, and always giving up their individual freedom. Hospitals have many volunteers and programs to amuse little children, but when it comes to teens, there is little to take their mind off the misery.

That’s when “Design My Room” makes them feel like a firework.

Working with 36 hospitals across the United States, the nonprofit redecorates sterile patient rooms to look “more like home” for teens whose spirits could use a lift.

Comedy Couple Commit $1M Act of Kindness for Refugee Children

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen and actress wife Isla Fisher have given a million dollar Christmas gift of hope to children in war torn countries.

Cohen, who played the title character in “Borat,” and Fisher, star of “The Great Gatsby” and “Wedding Crashers”, divided their contribution evenly between two international charities.

Half will help Save the Children immunize 250,000 Syrian children against a measles outbreak in their country.

Shelter Dog Can’t Contain Emotions, Realizing He’s Rescued (WATCH)

Benny the shelter dog isn’t sure what to think when strangers show up outside his kennel door, but once he figures out he’s being adopted, his enthusiasm takes off like a rocket.

The eight-month-old pit bull mix had spent weeks living at the Los Angeles, California Carson Animal Care Shelter before being offered a forever home earlier this month.

A delightful video shows Benny, shy at first, retreating into the corner of his kennel as dogs bark and the shelter worker steps inside.

People Respond with Texas-Sized Generosity to Dallas Tornados

“Everything’s bigger in Texas,” the old saying goes, and Texans are demonstrating their hearts are bigger than any storm.

Since December 26 when the Dallas area was hit by tornadoes — some with winds as strong as 200 miles per hour — so many volunteers have come to the rescue that recovery teams have sometimes turned them away because of an over-abundance of help.

Cities have started asking people to sign-up before arriving at disaster sites to better manage the volunteers. The city of Garland has set up a website specifically for people who want to help. In Rowlett, citizens have set up an unofficial Facebook page to let community members know what and where contributions are needed.

“This is an amazing community,” Rowlett resident Brandi Hurst told Good News Network. “Many restaurants and grocery stores have been giving away food to those affected, complete strangers have opened their homes and have been searching for missing pets— such an outpouring of love!”

Neighbors have been stopping by Moates Elementary School in Glenn Heights to drop off toys and food for displaced families sheltering there.

About 400 people showed up Monday at another elementary school to salvage desks, books, and other school supplies from the building that had been destroyed while unoccupied in Red Oak.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 31, 2015

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

That first step to change is always the hardest. We struggle with letting go of old habits and embracing new ones. We fear taking a risk. Intellectually, we can find a thousand reasons not to try. As we close out 2015 and begin a brand new year, let’s make a solid commitment that for every resolution on our list, we will make the decision to “try!”

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Ten Ways to Set A Positive Tone For the New Year

"For thousands of years, humans have marked the beginning of a new year with sacred festivals. January is named after the Roman god Janus, whose two faces looked to both the past and the future. As you consider the many days ahead in 2016, take some time to reflect on the past as well. Try these tips if you're searching for ways to make this year's New Year's celebration more meaningful."

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 30, 2015

“Go after your dream no matter how unattainable others think it is.”

Naysayers…they’re everywhere! If I think back on how many times people told me I couldn’t do something, which to me was merely a challenge, my life would be completely different. If you have a dream, a desire, a mission, follow your heart! Taking that leap of faith off the cliff will either teach you to fly or teach you to swim!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Mandela: An Exemplar of Lifelong Learning

Nelson Mandela's remarkable spirit and life story are celebrated the world over. Author Karen MacGregor takes a deeper look into how Mandela used his time on earth as a lifelong learning experience. From formal higher education, to tribal and political education, and then of course, to prison education, the breadth and depth of Mandela's learning is truly remarkable.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Busboy’s Deed is So Impressive It Earns Him $26,000 in “Tips”

A busboy’s honesty has led to an avalanche of “tips” from people rewarding the 50-year-old man for his good deed.

As soon as Johnny “Thumper” Duckworth found an envelope full of $100 bills on the floor of the diner where he worked, he gave it to his boss and got right back to work.

His boss, Randy Emmons (pictured, right), knew $3,000 was a huge amount of money for Duckworth, who has no car or home and whose wages are garnished to pay medical bills. He rides his bike through cold and snow to get to work on time.

It turns out the lost money belonged to one of his regular customers at Randy’s Southside Diner in Grand Junction, Colorado, who immediately rewarded Duckworth with $300 for returning the Christmas shopping cash.

Bachelor’s Christmas Lights Attract a Wife (LOOK)

A bachelor’s over-the-top Christmas display attracted thousands of spectators — and even a wife.

Chad Koosman didn’t have much time for dating around the holidays. He was busy running 50 miles of wire and cord to power the 450,000 lights in his annual display.

But, like shepherds are attracted to a bright star in the Christmas story, his future wife, Angie, was drawn to see the fantastic display — and she saw quite a catch in the Minnesota bachelor, especially his charitable, giving nature.

Chad has been raising money for a Christian charity every year since he was in eighth grade. His light extravaganza has collected more than $400,000 in donations for the charity in eight years.

Deputy Pulls Over Drivers to Give Christmas Cash Instead of Tickets

Drivers being pulled over for minor violations were skeptical, tearful, and ultimately thankful when a deputy sheriff handed them $100 bills instead of traffic tickets.

The sheriff’s department in Monroe County, Georgia sent out Deputy Timothy Campfield armed with a stack of money to surprise motorists.

“Use it on your young ‘uns,” he told one man he pulled over.

Another woman, who looked terrified at the prospect of an unexpected fine, asked to hug the deputy after he handed her the cash instead.

And a tearful woman said it would let her buy Christmas presents for her grandkids.

Homeless Man Given Job by Home Owner Who Kicked Him Off Property (WATCH)

The new owner of a vacant house asked a homeless squatter on the property to leave, but then returned to offer the polite young man a job — and a room in the house.

James Eppler had been homeless since he was 16 and recently found shelter on the old house’s porch. When Chris Crever bought the property in Portland, Oregon, he confronted Eppler and told him he had to move on.

Eppler thanked Crever, which startled the new property owner into seeing him differently. The homeless man was grateful that Crever had been polite in telling him to leave, which made him feel like a human being.

The respectful exchange shifted everything.

The new owner offered Eppler a job helping to repair the house and told him he could live in one of its rooms temporarily. The homeless man suddenly had a place to sleep and to shower.

Family in Restaurant Gets Unexpected Surprise

It was the last thing these Muslim families expected while dining out in America’s Deep South on Christmas Eve — a stranger’s random act of kindness was like a “light” in the darkness.

Eslam Mohamed was enjoying himself in a party of seven adults and five children at a local Olive Garden restaurant in Augusta, Georgia.

When the waitress brought the check at the end of the meal, it was marked, “Paid. Merry Christmas, Beautiful Family.”

He says it was clear to everyone in the restaurant they were Arab Muslims since the women were wearing head scarves.

Protecting Christmas Mass After France Heightens Security at Churches

After the French Interior Minister called for strengthening security during Christmas worship services, a group of 12 Muslim men stood outside the entrance to one church in Pas-de-Calais to offer protection from any possible terrorist attacks.

The symbolic show of unity during midnight mass was organized by Hashim El Jazaoui of the Union of Muslim Citizens in the northern French area of Lens, reports Belgium’s RTL.

“We want to say that we are all together. We are brothers. We are in the same boat. If the boat sinks, we all sink. If mentally ill people want to kill us, they will have to kill us all together,” El Jazaoui reportedly said in a statement.

The warm gesture was received with gratitude by the clergy and the 200 Christians who attended Thursday’s service and offered words of peace to the Muslims.

Man Spreads Joy By Delivering Christmas Gifts to Homeless- WATCH

The homeless people of London weren’t expecting gifts on Christmas, and they definitely were not expecting them from a Muslim Santa Claus.

Nubaid Haroon decided to send out a compassionate reminder of his religion’s core tenant this holiday season by wrapping up presents he bought with his own money and delivering them to homeless people on the streets.

His goal was to challenge stereotypes about Muslims – and spread a little Christmas cheer at the same time.

“I think that a lot of people think because Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas that we don’t accept it when people celebrate Christmas,” wrote Haroon in an email to TakePart. “But in reality my family give chocolates and food to neighbors/friends regardless of their race/religion. It’s just about being one with the community.”

Stranger Swoops In With Private Jet When Sick Baby Needs It Most

8-month-old Jett has been fighting a rare form of leukemia at the Children’s Hospital in Louisiana with few positive results since he was born.

His parents, Brittany and Tylan Self, having tried everything to aid their baby boy, heard that there was an experimental treatment available at John’s Hopkins hospital – 1,100 miles away in Baltimore.
Due to Jett’s weakened immune system, commercial flying could be fatal, and the 16-hour drive would be too long.

After searching high and low for a solution, James Davison, the owner of Davison Trucking, suddenly swooped in to save the day – literally.

James heard about Jett’s dilemma from Congressman Dr. Ralph Abraham, who served with him in the National Guard. Though he didn’t know the struggling family personally, he said he is happy to fly them to Baltimore in his private jet—especially when he heard the boy’s father serves in the Guard also.

Businessman Saves Boyhood Friend’s Home, Donates It to Habitat for Humanity

They were his neighbors but so much more. Now he has honored their memory by buying their family home and donating it to Habitat for Humanity.

Bill and Janice Henning were like second parents to Lenny Bazemore, who grew up in the working class row houses in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Their son Curt was Lenny’s first childhood friend.

“I had a beautiful childhood—filled with family, friends and neighbors like the Hennings—and though we didn’t have much, we didn’t need much because we had each other,” Bazemore wrote to Good News Network. “I remember there were times when there wasn’t enough food, I remember poverty, but most of all, I remember love, good friends and a safe neighborhood.”

So when Curt, who had fallen on hard times, asked his old friend to buy the house where he grew up, the home across the street from where Lenny’s Mother still lives, it was nearly impossible to say no.

52 West Basin Street, just outside of Philadelphia, was where Janice and Bill taught the neighborhood boys the meaning of brotherhood, discipline, and caring for others. Before Janice passed she said to Bazemore, who grew into a successful businessman, “Please look out for Curt.”

The real estate investor and owner of Bazemore Design Group and Bazemore Enterprises wondered if he realistically could flip the property. How could he earn a return on his investment with a projected purchase price of $45,000?

But something didn’t feel ‘right’ about it.

Youth Donates His Late Mom’s Car to Couple Who Lost Theirs in Wildfire

A woman who escaped a wildfire with her life was devastated to lose her most prized possessions in the flight but has a reason to be grateful this holiday, thanks to a local youth.

Deb was fleeing in her four-door sedan from the Pinery bushfire in South Australia in late November. She was carrying everything of value—baby pictures, photo albums, and laptop— when the air became so filled with dust and smoke that she became disoriented and bumped into another car.

After that, her vehicle stalled and wouldn’t start again. Deb had to abandon the car, and it was destroyed by the fire, along with all her prized possessions inside.

An apprentice training to be an auto mechanic, Fraser Hocking, decided to donate his old Pajero SUV to the couple after seeing an appeal on Facebook from community advocate, Mark Aldridge.

The 4-wheel-drive Pajero belonged to his mother who passed away last year, so Fraser figured it would be a “good legacy” to give it to someone who needs it.

Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned for 1990s Offenses

California Governor Jerry Brown granted Robert Downey Jr. clemency Thursday for 1990s drug and other offenses. The Christmas Eve pardons are an annual tradition, and this year the actor received one of 91 granted by the governor, issued primarily for nonviolent crimes and minor drug offenses.

Contemporary audiences know him as Tony Stark in Iron Man and The Avengers. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Robert Downey Jr. had already shared the screen with Molly Ringwald, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Ian McKellan and Annette Bening, and earned an Academy Award nomination for the leading role in Chaplin. But that decade also saw trouble with drugs and multiple run-ins with the law. In 1996 he was arrested three times in one month.

He was sentenced in November 1996 for possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle with a prior conviction, driving under the influence with priors, and use or under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the governor’s office. He served probation for two years and eight months, spent 15 months in prison and was on parole for two years before completing his sentence in December 2002.

The Selfless Reason Why This Young Boy Returned His Christmas Presents

After Kim Taylor’s best friend passed away from a heart attack, donations were being scraped together to pay for the funeral expenses.

This is when Kim’s 11-year-old grandson Joseph Martin stepped up to the cashier’s desk with arms full of his own Christmas presents.

The boy returned all of the gifts he received, earning $95 in contribution to the funeral’s Go Fund Me page and inspiring Kim to do the same.

With Joseph’s noble action being shared all over the internet, the funeral donation page has now almost reached it’s goal of $4,000.

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 29, 2015

“By being yourself you put something wonderful in the world that wasn’t there before.”

How much time to we spend comparing ourselves to others? I wish I had her hair, his money, their house… When we do this, our serenity and inner peace go right out the window! Instead of lamenting what you don’t have, turn your perspective around by acknowledging the unique and wonderful presence you bring to the world. Whatever we focus on grows stronger, so make it a point today to celebrate the real you!

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Unexpected Joy on the Copenhagen Metro

In the quiet of the Copenhagen Metro, the clear, sweet notes of a flute panned across the train. As commuters looked on with smiles, the members of the Copenhagen Phil joined into a rendition of Morning Mood from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Op. 23. As listeners drank in the beauty of the melody, perhaps they were aware that at least for this particular commute, they were bonded with the strangers on the train in their appreciation and joy. They boarded the train as many, but departed in unity as one.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Use Venus to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

by Jessica Shepherd

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

The New Year, and its promise of starting over, dangles the carrot of a clean slate in front of us. We want to lose weight, finally start meditating, drink less, make more time for friendships and family… the list is as universal as it is personal. It’s so important to take our desire to be happier seriously, yet sadly far too many resolutions don’t pan out. As sure as the winter snow will melt with the weather, so too, does our resolve. We often blame ourselves: our lack of willpower, consistency, and steadfastness. In reality we just may be failing to think with our Venus.

We don’t normally connect Venus with will, resolve, and discipline. Venus, being the lush of the Zodiac, is inclined toward pleasure, beauty, and enjoying the good life. Saturn is the harsh taskmaster, and with the Sun in Capricorn and Aquarius, Saturn’s signs, for January and most of February, an attitude of “out with the old, in with the new” prevails. Yet, when setting a goal, ...

5 Ways to Heal with the Wheel of the Year

by Tiffany Lazic

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Increasingly, as we become more attuned to holistic approaches and the intersection of body-mind-spirit, we are expanding our awareness of the diverse influences upon physical, emotional, and energetic well-being. We pay attention to home, leisure, and work environments. We read labels to determine the integrity of ingredients that we put into our bodies. We shift to natural cleaning solutions to eliminate chemicals from our quest for cleanliness. We bring peace into our bodies with meditation and yoga. But, though we can feel great love and affinity with Nature, we don’t always necessarily extend our awareness of the impact of the environment upon our overall health to that of Nature around us, particularly as it relates to the annual dance through the cycle of the seasons. There is much informal evidence to support the concept that, consciously or not, we innately understand this impact. Many of us feel the urge to cocoon in the cold, barren months of Winter. We feel our spirits come alive once more in the refreshing, warming breezes of Spring. We tend ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 28, 2015

“It’s not forgetting that heals, it’s remembering.”

Sometimes our emotions become so overwhelming that we try to push them down, ignoring them in the hopes they will go away. And yet, any sadness or upset that we repress always finds a way to come back up. Allowing the feelings to move through us, remembering the positive aspects and gifts that are borne out of any loss or disappointment, gives all our life experience value. Acknowledging the past allows us to move beyond the pain so the healing process can begin.

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Does Trying To Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

"As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the kingdom of Bhutan, there's a national index to measure happiness. But what if searching for happiness actually prevents us from finding it?" Read on to learn more from Adam Grant about why we might need to change our focus in order to find happiness.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – December 27, 2015

“In life, surround yourself with those who light your path.”

This is the opposite of “misery loves company”. And it is so true that the nature of the people we surround ourselves with dictates our own nature and attitudes. In this holiday season, if we can’t be around people who light our path, let’s BE those people with the lanterns and remind all who cross our path of the joy and light that we all have access to.

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

Sparking Curiosity by Embracing Uncertainty

Teachers often present subjects to children as settled and complete, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found. Students may think they've learned all the facts and lose their sense of curiosity. In "Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing," Jamie Holmes invites them to spark their curiosity to better prepare them for the "real world," where answers are seldom clear-cut or permanent.