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10 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak – Positive News – Positivity Article

10) Life on the margins: help homeless people better protect themselves People who are homeless face a particular risk from Covid-19, according to experts. They have poorer health in general, including pre-existing conditions that have weakened their immune systems. Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the charity Crisis, has urged the government to introduce testing and emergency housing for homeless people during the pandemic. “Let’s not forget that the average age of death of someone who is homeless is 45, substantially lower than…

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How to Help Teens Shelter in Place – Happiness Article

Last weekend, my kids began arriving home from their various schools. We invited our oldest daughter’s longtime best friend, Lena, over for a homecoming dinner. She’s like a member of our family, and we were excited to see her, too, despite closing schools and social-distancing recommendations. The kids are all healthy, we reasoned. We had Lena wash her hands when she came in; we resisted hugging her. On Monday we got a government order to shelter in place, and having…

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‘Caremongering’ is Now Trending – Growth Guided – Self Improvement Article

‘Caremongering’ is Now Trending – Growth Guided When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers…. When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always…

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Undergrads can now study social progress – Positive News – Positivity Article

Undergrads can now study social progress – Positive News – Positive News Could a new ‘social change’ degree help young people to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social issues? Could a new ‘social change’ degree help young people to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social issues? A London university has launched the UK’s first ‘social change’ degree, to create a diverse new generation of young professionals in the third sector. Students of the course, which is…

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University teaches students how to be happy – Positive News – Positivity Article

The University of Bristol is offering a ‘science of happiness’ course designed to teach students a set of science-based strategies for living a happier and more fulfilling life. Following a successful pilot in 2018, the course draws on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to teach what happiness is and how to achieve it, including tangible practices to apply every day. The 12-week course has been offered since October 2019 to all new students, and so far about 400…

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Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

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Three good things: virtuous video games – Positive News – Positivity Article

1. Simulating a civilisation A far cry from the shoot-‘em-ups often blamed for corrupting young minds, Eco is a simulation game that challenges players to build a civilisation without trashing the planet. Gamers must work together to survive by developing a sustainable economy and laws that benefit the environment. Eco was developed by Strange Loop Games, which is a founding member of the Playing for the Planet Alliance, a group of studios that have agreed to address the climate crisis…

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Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Self Improvement Article

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Growth Guided As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment. While we find it quite… As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.While we find it quite laughable, it is at the same time sadly realistic. The human experience often looks like the life of this rodent.Is there a better way?…

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Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Self Improvement Article

Chasing The Carrot To Happiness [Video] – Growth Guided As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment. While we find it quite… As the quote mentions below the video: this a story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.While we find it quite laughable, it is at the same time sadly realistic. The human experience often looks like the life of this rodent.Is there a better way?…

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The Welsh Government renews funding to tackle period poverty – Positive News – Positivity Article

Schools in Wales are set to benefit from more than £3m in 2020 to help address period poverty. The funding from the Welsh Government will allow primary and secondary schools and colleges to provide free sanitary products to students who might need them. In addition to the £3.1m for schools, the Welsh Government has pledged a £220,000 fund for local authorities to provide free period products in public buildings such as libraries or community hubs. The funding has been welcomed…

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It pays to be kind: improving workplace culture through kindness – Positive News – Positivity Article

Kindness might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think about work. But more businesses are recognising that it is just as important to company culture as communication or collaboration. Being kind to others stimulates serotonin and oxytocin – hormones associated with happiness. Research also shows that people who are regularly kind have significantly lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Now, the business world is starting to take note. “We’re a small, close-knit team, and…

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In the Long Run, Diversity Wins – Happiness Article

Around the world, religious bigotry is on the rise. In a number of European Union countries, rising Muslim migration seems to be driving support for anti-Muslim political parties. This has also been true, to a lesser extent, in the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, open anti-Semitism appears to be increasing. Is religious diversity too politically difficult and socially disruptive, as many argue? Perhaps, the argument goes, the stability and social peace of these countries is maintained by…

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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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What went right? July–September 2019 – Positive News – Positivity Article

Amazon wildfires and political disarray were among the major headlines this summer. But from a new record in renewable energy, to defeating a deadly disease, there was also plenty to be positive about 1. Renewable energy sources provided record levels of electricity to UK homes and businesses between July and September Zero-carbon energy sources (renewables and nuclear power) provided the majority of electricity for homes and businesses in the UK this summer, overtaking fossil fuels for the first time. The…

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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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Social Comparison and “Keeping Up With The Joneses” – Self Improvement Article

You don’t measure up with anyone, because you can’t accurately compare yourself to others. One of the ultimate traps in life, especially when it comes to our happiness and well-being, is spending too much time comparing our lives with others and trying to measure it in relation to someone else. We compare ourselves in virtually every area of our lives. We compare each other’s homes. We compare each other’s jobs. We compare each other’s bodies. We compare each other’s relationships.…

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The Devonshire town that transformed local democracy – Positive News – Positivity Article

As part of our United Kingdom of Solutions focus, we meet deputy mayor and deputy chair of Buckfastleigh town council, Pam Barrett. The south Devon town’s ‘indie council’ aims to prove that local democracy doesn’t have to be boring, archaic or ineffectual “I always say to people, if you’re going to wait for your district council, county council or the national government to sort out the social issues in your town, you’re going to be waiting an awfully long time.”…

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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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As Brexit coverage drives people to avoid the news, Positive News magazine highlights the ‘United Kingdom of Solutions’ – Positive News – Positivity Article

More than a third of people in the UK are avoiding the news because it is too negative, divisive and makes them feel powerless, finds a new report, reflecting a similar trend worldwide. Positive News magazine responds with a special focus on the social and environmental progress happening in the UK More than a third of people in the UK actively avoid the news today, according to a major new report into digital media habits. According to the Reuters Institute…

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A Better Way to Talk to Yourself – Happiness Article

THERESA SCOTT When I first got into a relationship with Louis, I kind of thought to myself, “This person doesn’t seem like a person that has been imprisoned for as long as he has.” He had such a balance to his personality, to the way that he carried himself. I’m like, what is going on with this person. We kind of saw each other for two years. Initially, I kind of kept him at arm’s length because I figured that…

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Tapestry of talent: how an entrepreneur is making the creative industries more diverse – Positive News – Positivity Article

DJ and Instagram influencer Mercedes F Benson is on a mission to get more black, Asian and minority ethnic talent into the creative industries When Mercedes F Benson looked around the office at the tech firm she used to work for, she saw few people who looked like her. “I was working for one of the biggest tech companies in the world,” recalls Benson, a north Londoner with Nigerian heritage, “and yet I was the only black female in their…

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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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