News To Feel Hopeful About
DAILY JOY EXPERIMENT
NOVEMBER 13, 2016
In the last Daily Joy Experiment, we asked you to share stories, links and articles that make you feel hopeful, even when there's a lot in the world to be worried about. Here are a few of the many suggestions we heard...
"He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries." And it did.
An organization called "Fill My Basket" pays for strangers' groceries and is giving back one cart at a time.
A podcast series that focuses on "stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities."
Two elementary school students in California have proven that friendship can go beyond any language barrier.
Wright told BuzzFeed News that on Wednesday, “students brought their concerns about how they felt into the room... So, we did what we always do: we did our cheer,” she said. And that cheer is bringing a lot of people joy.
Mr. Chavez said he arrived at the tunnel on Wednesday with a stack of sticky notes, some pens and an open mind. “Express yourself,” he posted on the wall. Thousands of people responded to his offer by day’s end.
After passing homeless people on her way to school each day, 9-year-old Khloe Thompson launched her own charity, Khloe Kares, to help vulnerable women in her community.
"On Thursday morning, April Benson-Scearce grabbed a pack of sidewalk chalk and her three-year-old son, Hudson, and headed to the Islamic Center of Nashville. Benson-Scearce, who is a Christian, wanted to let its members know... they were cared about and an important part of Nashville's community."
"Ron Munsey is the definition of someone who whistles while they work. As the nighttime custodian at Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, New Hampshire, he makes his jovial presence known by surprising the students each day with creative designs vacuumed into the classroom carpets."
Recently in the UK, a man petitioned for people to walk along side he and his elderly dog Walnut who was soon going to be put down due to old age. The petition gathered hundreds of people and their dogs as they walked down Walnuts favourite beach one last time to celebrate his life.
Eight years ago we elected President Obama. He promised change, reform, and even the end of the war in Iraq. Yet he got to the White House and realized there was no way he could responsibly end the war in Iraq. That probably took a lot of humility and grace. This country may swing right and swing left. Presidential candidates say a lot of things that are troublesome for people. However, looking back on this great nations history, I cannot see a single time where we ever ceased to be who we are as a nation. We are going to be okay.
Today in my 5th grade classroom, a new student did not have a notebook to use for collecting grammar notes. The young man sitting next to her said, "I have an extra in my locker that you can have." And turning to me said "Can I go get it for her?" The young lady smiled so big and said thank you. That young man wouldn't have known, but the young lady's family is going though a very hard time right now. That one simple kindness really meant a lot.
I spent Wednesday signing up for volunteer opportunities in my community. The first one that I contacted was The MD Food Bank. Their next available Saturday shift for a group is Saturday, June 10. While we were hoping to do something sooner, it was a wake up call to me to realize that people were already active in the Food Bank and didn't need the election to motivate them. That made me so happy. We signed up for the available day and the waitlist.
While cleaning up my window boxes this Summer, I pulled what appeared to be a dead Marigold and tossed it in the bushes. Much to my surprise it rooted and is still blooming in November. Life is full of little miracles. You just have to be patient sometimes!
My daughter told me there was a woman giving hugs at the Chicago train station the day after election. It made her feel better on a day when she was feeling anxious.
"I feel that with all the hatred around, I'm compelled to show even more kindness and friendliness to strangers, and especially people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. I find myself going out if my way to show people that I see them as my own brothers and sisters. This reminds me of the commonality of all human beings, especially in being able to express kindness to each other."
"I have been witness / helper to my mother through her cancer "adventure." Three times over 35 years, my mother has battled breast cancer. She will finish this round at 90. Survive? Oh yes, her joy in little things, her indomitable spirit and her willingness to help others has taught me deep reality, deep love, deep faith. She is a living spirit warrior. She chooses JOY as do I."