How Compassion Helped One Woman Leave an Extremist Group – Happiness Article

I first became aware of the Westboro Baptist Church when it threatened to picket my son’s preschool, which was at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Megan Phelps-Roper I wondered: Why in the world would anyone do that? Some Googling revealed that Westboro was based in Topeka, Kansas, and for a quite a few years had been very active in picketing Jewish organizations and the funerals of people who died of AIDS/HIV or gay-bashings, with signs that famously said…

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Three good things: combatting loneliness – Positive News – Positivity Article

1. Intergenerational nurseries Research suggests that interactions with children can combat loneliness, lower blood pressure and delay mental decline in older people. But according to the Intergenerational Foundation, since 1991, the number of areas in which half the population is aged over 50 has increased seven-fold. Intergenerational nurseries aim to bridge this divide, uniting young and old in communities. One example is Apples and Honey, which sits in the grounds of Nightingale care home in Wandsworth, south London. The nursery…

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‘First-of-its-kind’ community restorative justice hub opens in California – Positive News – Positivity Article

A community hub in Oakland, California, has opened offering conflict resolution through restorative justice circles, alongside legal services, job training and business advice The Restore Oakland centre, which opened in July, is a partnership venture between the Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights, a non-profit organisation, and Restaurant Opportunities Centres United, a group working to improve wages and conditions in the restaurant industry. It will also serve as a base for local non-profit groups that work in restorative justice. “I…

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Knife crime project and LGBT+ football club among winners of new community initiative – Positive News – Positivity Article

Scotland’s first LGBT+ football club and an initiative that helps save the lives of victims of knife crime are among four community projects across the UK that will receive funding and mentoring Four “unsung heroes” creating positive change in their local communities have today been announced winners in The Community Projects initiative set up by giffgaff, and will receive funding and support to help boost their work. The diverse range of projects are from different corners of the UK and…

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‘It’s not enough to just make great coffee’: The roastery uplifting its local communities – Positive News – Positivity Article

Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters works with community groups in the UK to support vulnerable people, through training, mentoring and sports There are many people reading this who might claim coffee changed their lives, but for Katia Ferreira it really did. Not because she discovered the black stuff could rouse her from her slumber every morning – as it does millions of people daily – but because it provided the 53-year-old with a lifeline after arriving in Britain as a refugee…

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40 Ways to Exercise without Realizing It: Make Exercise FUN! – Personal Development Article

I know plenty of people who hate exercise but WANT to find a way to like it. And that’s what today’s post is all about: Exercising in a way where life doesn’t suck AND helps you reach your goals. Luckily, this is exactly what we do for a living! I know what it’s like to hate exercise, and ALSO want to lose weight and see results. Ugh. We’ve built an entire company and community around helping people overcome these obstacles…

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What Does It Mean to Be an Engaged Citizen? – Happiness Article

This year’s Independence Day marks the 243rd birthday of the United States—a country that today has a population of around 330 million people from all walks of life. Our growing diversity, combined with an increasingly polarized politics, challenges us to imagine what a modern American civic identity looks like. America is not the same country it was decades ago, so it makes sense that our view of what it means to be a citizen in today’s America would evolve, as…

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What Are the Solutions to Political Polarization? – Happiness Article

What drives political polarization? Is it simply disagreement over the great issues of the day? Not necessarily. Recent research by the More in Common Foundation found that more than three-fourths of Americans support both stricter gun laws and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought here as children. Roughly the same number of Americans agree “that our differences are not so great that we cannot come together.” Are they right? Advertisement X Oct. 10-12, 2019: Greater Good Institute for…

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In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy – Happiness Article

As I dialed the number, my palms began to sweat. The person on the other end wasn’t a loan officer or angry lawyer; he was an old friend and we were about to catch up. This should all be mildly pleasant but was instead nerve-wracking. You see, I had reached out to him because we had a problem.  Over the years, my friend’s politics and my own had taken incompatible turns. On social media, I saw him growing reactionary; he…

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A shared identity in a polarizing world – Spiritual Article

“Where are you from?” In a simple world, I would answer that I’m from Canada. If I gave that answer, I would look like a fool, though, because I know what the other person is really asking. They are asking for your ethnicity or culture. The expected answer from me would be, “I am Indian, but I was born in Canada.” I have had this conversation more than a thousand times, but recently, I realized how inherently isolating the underlying…

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