Happiness & Hope

Need a pick-me-up? These feel-good tales of people changing the world for the better will restore your confidence in humanity and put a spring in your step.

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Engineering Students Build a Wheelchair Swing in a Neighborhood Park

Born with spinal muscular atrophy type 2, 20 year old Tristan Lee was never able to ride on a swing as a child due to his wheelchair. But in his community of Waco, Texas, Baylor students collaborated with the locals to raise the funds, design the swings, and install it in a local park. Now everyone can soar, no matter their ability.
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Laugh More to Live Longer: The Health Benefits of Laughing!

Did you know there’s a secret universal language out there that every human on earth (and many animals too) speak fluently? I’ll give you a few hints… It’s silly. It’s contagious. And, it may hold the key to staying young at heart, regardless of what life throws your way. We're talking about laughter!
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Image: A woman standing in a desert with a paper bag on her head, a frowning face drawn on the front. Symbolic of the emotions felt when we constantly say "I'll be happy when..."

The Problem with “I’ll be Happy When…”

We often believe achievements or purchases are what make us happy in life, but this is rarely the case. Rather than saying “Happy When,” focus on being happy now, each day. Here's how you can practice being grateful for what you have and find ways to improve your happiness in place.
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Secrets to the “Happiness Advantage” at Work

Want to be happier at work? Solid science predicts we actually control 90% of our happiness and only 10% is related to our circumstances! Today, Shawn Anchor tells us how to nurture the "happiness advantage" in our work and home. Amazing!
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Conspiracy of Goodness: A Movement That’s Changing our Future

Why don't we know about the awe-inspiring people who are making the world a better place? There is already a movement underway of people working towards a better collective future and you're already a part of it. This is the Conspiracy of Goodness, the movement all around us just waiting to be celebrated!
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Five Keys to Bringing More Ease and Joy into Your Work

We all have our ups and downs. We all have our tough days and tough times. But our days are not supposed to just be painful means to a future end. Even on our toughest days, we can allow ourselves brief moments of joy, ease, and gratitude. Here are 5 ways to make it happen.
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The Wonder is in Your Eyes, Not in the Scene!

Could the stories we tell ourselves about our experiences matter more than the experiences themselves? It seems all we need is a little perspective and mindset shift to make the most of life. Here's an incredible story of how one man did exactly that.
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Non-Speaking Valedictorian Gives College Commencement Speech

College commencement ceremonies highlight the transition from being a student to going out into the real world. The moving speech at Rollins College – a private college in Winter Park, Florida – on May 8, 2022, admonished the graduates to use their own voices and serve others. It was especially poignant because the valedictorian is a non-speaking autistic woman who never said a word.
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