AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “Hubble is back in action. Together, NASA and Hubble are opening new vistas on the universe,” astronomer and frequent Hubble user Heidi Hammel said. The 10 images of galaxies and nebulas — clouds of stellar gas and dust — are sharper than previous photos taken of the same places by Hubble before its fifth and final upgrade. One of those resembles an eerie cosmic butterfly, but is really a stellar nursery or nebula not too far away. (Read the AP Story at Yahoo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStanford University will open an institution with the sole purpose of alleviating poverty in developing nations, thanks to a $150 million gift donated by a Silicon Valley businessman and his wife.“More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day,” said Robert E. King with his wife, Dorothy, in a video. “That’s just not right.”Called the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (known informally as “SEED”), it will draw from the school’s world-class MBA program and suite of courses in entrepreneurship to stimulate business ideas that can empower the people receiving food aid today so they can become self-sufficient and not need the aid in the future.The Institute’s work is based on the belief that a powerful way to help alleviate poverty is through the stimulation of new entrepreneurial ventures and by scaling existing ones.“Today’s students aspire to achieve a global impact that will change people’s lives for the better with everything from businesses that create employment and income sources to creating access to better education, health care, and governance,” said Garth Saloner, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.The InspirationThe idea for the gift came out of home stays that founding donors Dottie and Bob King have offered to international students at Stanford for more than four decades. They witnessed first-hand the impact that education and entrepreneurship can have on a wider community back home. One student, Andreata Muforo from Zimbabwe, brought peers from her global study trip to Africa to the King home for dinner. “We heard how those first-hand experiences compelled some of the MBAs to return for internships in Africa,” said Dottie King. “We saw the direct connection between the learning experience and the motivation to make change.”“We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty,” said Bob King, who with his wife also founded the Thrive Foundation for Youth. “And we believe Stanford’s tradition of innovation coupled with a forward-thinking global bias as well as its multidisciplinary resources will make a real impact.”The Kings have made a $100 million gift to fund the Institute. They have committed an additional $50 million in matching funds to inspire other donors to fuel Stanford University’s commitment to alleviating poverty, bringing the total philanthropic investment to potentially $200 million.To amplify its impact, SEED will partner with organizations such as Endeavor, which mentors and accelerates the work of high-impact entrepreneurs; the Skoll Foundation, which drives change by investing in social entrepreneurs; and the global social enterprise investor Acumen Fund. All have established operations abroad.www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRobert Emmons was shocked. The University of California psychologist found that after just ten weeks, people who kept a gratitude journal were 25 percent happier than people who didn’t. People who were reminded to say “thank you” at least once a day were healthier and spent more time exercising. As he writes in an essay for the Greater Good Science Center, “This is a massive difference. The gratitude group participants also experienced fewer symptoms of physical illness than those in either of the other two groups.” Researchers even got similar results in a study of adults with neuromuscular disorders, many of whom suffered from fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness, and pain. The 2007 study provided a unique opportunity to determine if the gratitude intervention could help improve the well-being of these people coping with a chronic physical disease.Participants showed significantly more positive emotions and satisfaction with life than a control group, while also showing fewer negative emotions. They also felt more optimism about the upcoming week and felt closer and more connected to others, even though many lived alone and did not increase their actual contact time with others.Based on these dramatic findings, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center worked with Emmons this year to launch the project, “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude“, with $5.6 million in funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The general goals of this initiative are to:-Expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science;-Promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in medical, educational, and organizational settings and in schools, workplaces, homes and communities;-Engage the public in a larger cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society.This month the Center launched a web-based digital gratitude journal at Thnx4.org designed to track and promote the practice of gratitude worldwide while serving as an invaluable source of scientific data on gratitude. Register on the webpage and start your own journal. You will be improving your life and adding to the database of what makes the world grateful.(READ more from the Berkeley Greater Good)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
After one year of physical rehabilitation at a hospital medical center, he had regained some movement of his arms and legs, but was still highly impaired, confined to an electric wheelchair and unable to handle any of his own personal needs.Baker’s mother, Laquita Conway, said, “We were told that the maximum amount had been done and that Aaron had recovered as much as possible.” But, she refused to give up hope in a better outcome for her son.A friend informed her about an exercise physiologist named Taylor-Kevin Isaacs, who was the professor of kinesiology at the Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled at California State University Northridge. Isaacs had been a professional soccer player who shattered his ankle during a match. In fighting his way back to recovery, he discovered his true passion — physical therapy.A strong believer that exercise is medicine, Isaacs designed an exercise and nutrition regimen for Baker and after 12 weeks, his flexibility had improved dramatically, allowing him to move in a more normal range of motion.Baker’s mobility significantly improved month after month, year after year. While training with Isaacs, Baker went from being tied to a walker, to relying on arm crutches, to using a basic four point cane. Eventually, he was able to walk independently with a single point cane for support. Also noteworthy for Baker’s mother: he regained the ability to hug.By year three, Baker swung his first golf club and rode his first tandem bicycle. In 2007, he and his mother became an unstoppable team, riding a tandem bike across the United States. They rode from San Diego to Florida in 2007 and from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. in 2008. They cycled to raise awareness of the possibilities of recovery, and the necessity for ongoing therapeutic exercise after sustaining a catastrophic injury or illness.After the tour, Baker’s competitive spirit was in full swing. He began training for the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team in 2009, won gold at the National Championships riding a trike bike in 2011, and was selected to be on the national U.S. Paralympic team for the London Olympic Games in 2012. As an ambassador for Red Bull’s Wings for Life foundation, he will be participating in the world run, on May 3, 2015, to raise money to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. Learn more at AaronBakers.com.Aaron was able to beat his one-in-a-million odds for recovery, and now, along with Isaacs and his mom, he wants to help others move beyond their perceived limitations. The trio opened a state-of-the-art facility in Northridge where other special-need individuals could receive support and have the same opportunity for recovery as he did. The Center of Restorative Exercise (C.O.R.E.), provides customized exercise programs and equipment to those suffering from a spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and other disabling conditions.“Too many people with a disabling condition accept their grim diagnosis and stop pushing for their health,” explained Issacs. “We strongly believe in the restorative and preventive properties of exercise. While physical inactivity can cause the body to break down and degenerate, an active lifestyle can energize, maintain, and return function to the body.”(WATCH the video about Aaron Baker below)SHARE the Inspiration with the Buttons below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFifteen years after a profoundly life-altering accident, Aaron Baker lives a life that medical professionals never believed possible. A professional motocross racer deemed a complete quadriplegic after a training accident in 1999, Baker is now fully independent, walking with just a cane, and accomplishing feats of endurance, from riding a tandem bicycle across the country, to independently walking 20 miles across Death Valley. Aaron’s drive and commitment to his rehabilitation is inspiring people around the world and proving that the human spirit can be an indomitable force.At 20 years-old, Aaron’s motorcycle stalled mid-air during a practice run. When it touched down, the wheels locked, sending him over the handlebars in a dive that broke his cervical vertebrae 4-5-6. When Baker woke up from an emergency surgery, he couldn’t feel anything below his neck.“I couldn’t take a breath on my own,” said Aaron in a video. “All I could do was blink. . . Multiple neurosurgeons gave me a one in a million chance of ever feeding myself again, but this only fueled the fire within me. I thought, who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do?”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“More than 300 mayors have vowed to end military veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. New Orleans celebrated the new year by becoming the first city to do so,” reports the CS Monitor.On Jan. 2, social workers moved the city’s last known homeless veteran into his new apartment – becoming the first US city to effectively eliminate veteran homelessness. In total, the city has placed 227 veterans in housing since the start of 2014.The New Orleans model is being hailed by cities around the country who want to end homelessness, not just for veterans, but for anyone needing a permanent home.Here’s How 11 New Orleans Veterans Got Homes in Time for Holidays(READ the story from CS Monitor)Photo courtesy of UNITY of Greater New Orleans – Story tip from Kim CampbellAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere’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?1. Man Builds Tiny House for Homeless Woman Sleeping in the Dirt (WATCH)The kindness of Elvis Summers has gone down in Good News Network history after he whipped up a tiny shelter for his homeless friend in only 5 days. Since his initial construction, Summers has hosted several tiny house building events in L.A. and crowdfunded over $80,000 to construct more houses. (Full story here…)2. Firefighters Pay it Forward–Big Time–After Waitress With Heart of Gold Picks Up TabWhen a young New Jersey waitress picked up the tab for some firefighters struggling against a neighborhood blaze, it sparked another good deed after the civil servants found out she had been struggling in her own way, using a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a wheelchair accessible van for her father. (Full story here…)3. UK Football Stars Buy Hotel, Invite Homeless to Stay For WinterManchester United football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs scored big time when they bought an old Stock Exchange building at £1.5 million for UK homeless folk to keep warm in the winter. (Full story here…)4. Elderly Strangers Step In To Help Struggling Young Man Tie His TieA senior couple in the subway showed how kindness crosses boundaries. They noticed a young man dressed to the nines but struggling with his necktie. The photo above was snapped by a pedestrian who overheard the exchange and it has been shared almost a million times on Facebook. (The wife looks like she is kindly blocking the view so no one spies on the young man being tutored.)5. Woman Buys Entire Toy Store to Donate to Kids in Homeless SheltersCarol Suchman wasn’t playing around for Christmas this year – the New York woman bought the entire inventory of a toy store going out of business and donated it to the local homeless shelters. (Full story here…)6. Homeless Man Spends Hours Pushing Cars in the Snow, Now His Luck is Turning AroundShelby Hudgens hadn’t been able to push himself out of homelessness since his house burned down, but that didn’t stop him from helping others whose cars were stuck in the snow. After a news crew interviewed him about his three hours of good Samaritan exercise, a GoFundMe campaign was set up for the generous man, which gathered over $23,000 in donations. (Full story here…)7. Orphan Burn Survivor Gets Over 185,000 Christmas Cards, $300K in DonationsThe internet wasted no time in stepping up to help little Safyre Terry have the best Christmas ever in 2015. Gifts, Christmas cards, and donations poured in after she sent out a Facebook plea asking for holidays cards to decorate with this year. As an update, she received a card and note from President Obama, and university students are now building her a prosthetic hand. (Original story here…)8. Karma Comes Back Around for Man who Broke Religious Rule to Help BoyOne good deed has led to another for a man who broke a tenet of his religion to help a little boy hurt in an accident. Even though Sikhs are never supposed to take off their turbans in public, Harman Singh removed his and used it to help an injured boy. The reward for the poor college student was even more beautiful than his kindness. (Full story here…)9. Find Out Why A Step-Father’s Photo Got 15 Million Views in 24 HoursIt had already been discussed that the biological father would walk Brittany down the aisle, but as a last-minute surprise, dad grabbed the hand of her step-father so they could give away their daughter together. (Full story here…)And Now, For Our Favorite Kids of 2015…1. Teen Volunteer Wins $70,000 SUV in Charity Raffle, Then Stuns CrowdSuper volunteer Erin Byrnes beat the odds and won a free car at only 13-years-old. Having a heart of gold, however, Erin immediately wowed the crowd by donating the car to the charity that had conducted the money-raising raffle. (Full story here…)2. When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the CourtDee Andrews’ has always had a unique way of dancing, but when bullies started criticizing her sweet cheerleading moves during a game, three eighth-graders on the Lincoln Middle School basketball team walked off the court to defend her. Dee has since described their actions as “sweet, kind, awesome, and amazing.” (Full story here…)3. Kind-Hearted Boy Helps Blind Deer Find Food Every Day Before SchoolBambi’s got nothing on this duo: every day before school, this little boy took the time to walk a blind deer from grassy patch to grassy patch to make sure he had enough to eat. Inspired by his kindness, one of the neighbors called a local rescue group to help the little deer. (Full story here…)4. High School Kids Start Food Pantry to Keep Classmates From HungerThe students of a North Carolina high school have opened their hearts – and their pantries – to fellow students in need. Filled with toiletries and non-perishables, the supplies have made a great difference to the needy teens attending the school. (Full story here…)5. Boy Who Emptied Piggy Bank For Vandalized Mosque Gets Big SurpriseJack Swanson had put away $20 in pennies to buy himself a shiny new iPad, but when he heard about a place of worship being vandalized, the boy pulled out every stop in his piggy bank to contribute. His good deed did not go unnoticed, however, when an Islamic attorney heard about his donation and sent along an iPad, courtesy of the American Muslim community. (Full story here…)6. Quick-Thinking Teen ‘Befriends’ Couple to Thwart Kidnapping in ProgressA detective in the making, Malyk Bonnet saved the day after watching over a scared-looking woman who was being abducted by an old boyfriend. Once the kidnapper asked for bus fare to a town 25 miles away, Malyk knew he had a chance to step in and possibly help. That is just what the brave teen did. (Full story here…)7. Teen Walks Home Old Man With Groceries, Photo Goes ViralChristian Trouesdale walked his way to internet fame after walking old man Bob and his groceries home from Aldi. The young teen has since kept in contact with Bob after sharing the news of their popularity. (Full story here…)8. Teen’s Simple Question Saves a Man’s Life, Baby Is Named After HimJamie wasn’t expecting to save a life when he went out to the cafe that day, nor was he probably expecting the man to call him ages later and say that he and his new wife had named their baby after him. (Full story here…)9. 30,000 US Teens Converge on Detroit in Massive Christian Volunteer Clean-up30,000 hardworking teenagers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church spent an entire week cleaning up the downtown Detroit city area along with 70,000 abandoned houses. (Full story here…)MAKE Someone’s New Year Warmer–SHARE This… (Top photo, Ed Yourdon, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore What keeps friends apart for 12 years? Successful careers, or maybe just that “Smelly Cat?”Five of the six stars from the long-running American TV comedy, “Friends” reunited for one night to salute the driving force behind their sit-com – a television icon named James Burrows.David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow sat together on stage during the all-star gala reminiscing about their ‘friend-ships’ and paying tribute to the creator and director of so many hit shows—“Friends” in the 1990s, but also “Cheers,” “Fraiser,” “Will and Grace,” and “Taxi,” among others. (See a second video below…)RELATED: ‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary Spawns Real-Life Central Perk Coffee ShopMatthew Perry, who is currently working on a stage play in London, couldn’t attend in person Sunday night but sent a video introducing his co-stars to the stage.The actors reflected on how working together was the start of actual real-life friendships between them:“We really just fell in love and adored each other instantly, and would hang out at each other’s houses and watched the show together,” recalled Aniston, while her cast mates nodded.*GET MORE ENTERTAINING STORIES WITH OUR GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSThe actress who played Rachael also called the series “the opportunity of a lifetime, and probably the best 10 years of our acting careers.”WATCH: Seinfeld Cast Makes Dying Man’s 67th Birthday One To Remember (WATCH)The five also talked about their favorite episodes–although Smelly Cat, with it’s unforgettable song, remained just a memory.Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, What are they feeding you? Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, It’s not your fault.(WATCH the videos from Yahoo! and NBC) – Photo: NBCShare This With YOUR Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The 1-year-old toddler was hospitalized in September after coming down with a dangerous neurological virus.Medical experts had advised her parents to disconnect the child’s life support system after aggressive therapy was used just to keep her alive. Additionally, they were skeptical she would ever walk or speak again.WATCH: Baby Ejected From Car Found in Distant Storm Drain With Only a Scratch Ten days after the doctors made the decision to suspend the life support – and after Marwa’s parents submitted a petition with 70,000 signatures asking them to delay the end of life – Marwa woke up.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This ‘Just In Time’ Story…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome might call it luck, others might call it a miracle – either way, Marwa suddenly woke up just when doctors were going to disconnect her life support.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThese zookeepers are taking the “cat vs. dog” debate to the next level. The trend hasn’t been exclusive to wildlife specialists, either – other Twitter users wrote some pretty popular reviews as well. Conservations and wildlife experts are posting hilarious appraisals of animal species in the style of online shopping reviews. The #RateASpecies hashtag is quite similar to the #CuteOff competition that broke out amongst zoos on Twitter back in January 2017. Since then, dozens of wildlife specialists, aquariums, and zoo pages have joined in on the fray with amusing #RateASpecies reviews of their own. The ongoing joke first kicked off when the Oregon Zoo tweeted a picture of an otter with the caption reading: “4/5 stars. Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me. #RateASpecies.” Parks and zoos across the nation had all been competing to see who had the cutest resident – and while the world’s smallest deer could have won the general election, the Seattle Aquarium rebuked them with a picture of their newborn otter. Check Out More Of These Amusing Tweets On The Next Page…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
“When the bear was brought in I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of the facility. “But she’s responding very well to treatment and by winter we believe we’ll be able to return her to the wild.”WATCH: Childless Couple Rescued an Orphaned Bear—Now 7-feet Tall, He Loves to CuddleFirefighters working on the massive 416 fire, which burned 47,000-acres of national forest, but is 37 percent contained as of Saturday morning, kept an eye on the bear for a couple of days but didn’t see a mother bear nearby.Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager in Durango, then made the decision to send the bear to Frisco Creek to determine if it could be treated.“We weren’t optimistic at first,” Thorpe said. “It probably hadn’t eaten in a couple of days, but it had survived on its own so we wanted to give it a chance.”Photo by Colorado Fish and WildlifeWATCH: Amusing Video of Two Cats Trying to Pass Each Other Atop a Narrow DoorframeHow the cub became separated from its mother is unknown, but Sirochman speculated that ‒ as is common with most wildlife species ‒ the mother placed the cub in a safe place but was unable to return.One concern about treating bears for injuries is that they could become habituated to humans which, in turn, can makes them unfit to return to the wild. Consequently, Sirochman and his staff have set up Frisco Creek so that bears have almost no contact with humans. In the case of the injured cub, it must be anesthetized for every treatment, and when it wakes up the human is gone.Photos by Colorado Fish and Wildlife“We have good luck returning young bears to the wild,” Sirochman said.The bear is being fed a liquid milk replacement that imitates the milk of a sow. It’s also receiving solid food.MORE: Gorilla Hugging Man Who Saved Her Life: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year AwardSirochman estimated that bandaging the feet will continue for up to a month. After the feet are healed it will be placed in an enclosure with the four other cubs currently at the facility. The bears will grow and fatten up throughout the summer and fall.While no decisions have been made about how the bears will be released, it’s likely that after they begin to hibernate in late fall Colorado wildlife officers will build a den close to the area where the bears were found. Responding to the natural hibernation cycle, the bears will emerge in the spring of 2019, probably by April.The fires are also affecting communities across the state with smoke inundating towns as far as a hundred miles away. One employee at a Conoco gas station in Pueblo told Good News Network, “The smoke has been really bad… A friend of mine had ashes falling all over his car.”Spread the Good News–Share with your Pack!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDry, hot, and windy weather conditions have fed a dozen wildfires across Colorado forcing the safe evacuation of thousands of homes in the West and South, but one furry resident ‘bearly’ made it out.Firefighters spotted a bear cub wandering alone in a burned-out area north of Durango with no sign of her mother.The cub suffered severe burns to its feet, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff who have been treating the animal, estimated to be 4-5 month-old, at their Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte.