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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Why Some Doctors Are Using VR Instead of Anesthesia!

Could virtual reality be a form of medicine? For patients who are using VR to help manage their pain and discomfort during minor surgery, it already is! Take a look at the amazing way this technology, originally popular for gaming, is getting a new life in hospitals.
Image: Varieties of gourd shapes onn their drying shelves!

How to Grow Your Own Bowls, Lamps, and Baskets!

Can we seriously grow everything we need in our backyard? To explore this question, on this edition of Saturday's Around the World we're traveling to an enchanting land to meet a woman who can transform plants into almost any object you desire!
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Did You Have a Good Morning? Thank a Goat!

What do goats, frothed eggs, a hipster and you have in common? Well, around the world, there's a thread that connects us all—and it all starts with one of the most widely preferred morning drinks of choice, coffee!
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What Do New Yorkers Love About Their City?

How does the way we talk about things shape the way we see them? On a hot July day, the artist Marco Santini took to the New York City subway to ask, "What do you love about New York City?" The answers will make you rethink the way language shapes our view of the world!
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Do You See the Ancient Superhero In This Photo?!

Want to get a dose of wonder 5 or 6 times a day, while doing something you have to do anyway? You have an element in your home right now that is critical to human history and you probably wouldn't even be here without it! 
Image: A small building with a large sign reading "Adam's General Store"

When Dreams Come to Life in Your Own Backyard!

How can we use what we are passionate about to enrich the lives of others? Some folks are extra motivated to showcase their interests in a way that others can enjoy. Kick up some dust and reach for the stars, you are about to meet two innovative individuals from very different walks of life, as they give us a tour of their very own backyard wonders!
Image: Busker (Will) playing guitar in the middle of a subway station with his head tilted down, next to the sign.

Why is This Busker Giving All of His Money Away?

Can a street performer change the way we think about helping our neighbor? Well, in the subways of New York City, one musician's experiment in kindness has spread to a global movement to do good with whatever talents we have!
Image: Neil Harbisson using his antenna to "see" the color of the flower he's holding in front of himself

A New Look at Life From the World’s First Cyborg!

What if you could hear colors? What what would an autumn hillside sound like? What about your favorite outfit? Your favorite color? This is how Neil Harbisson "sees" the world of color! How? As the world's first cyborg his experiences have a lot to teach us about the future of our senses!

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