It’s Good News

Twenty Good News Stories:

 http://www.interestingshit.com/nature/good-news-stories/

This is my occasional series on happy good news.

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Three Happy Stories

New Dehli trying to ban single-use plastic
New Delhi trying to ban single-use plastic

Today I’m starting an occasional series on good-news events. Three stories have made me happy this past week, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
*First, this is amazing. New Delhi, India, banned plastic bags and single use plastic. It will make a difference for our oceans, and Delhi’s air quality. A plastic ban will not be easy to implement, and I wish them luck. Read about it from Independent News, and from Ecowatch.
** Second, Solar energy added 73,615 new jobs to the U.S. economy over the past year while wind added a further 24,650. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. Read about it from Forbes

Making a Positive Difference!
Making a Positive Difference!

*** Third, PBS did a marvelous story of an American woman making great efforts to educate girls in Liberia. Watch on PBS

 

 

Have an Awesome Week!

12438998_10153843832252731_2145918992496123918_nOctober is a marvelous time of the year, but it is also a stressful time with school starting, the days getting shorter, and the temperatures getting colder. For those of us that live in the United States it is exceptionally stressful with the election. Two articles about happiness stimulated my thinking today. What can we all do to relieve some stress and just be happier? Getting outside for a walk always makes me happier, as long as I can find a quiet outside place. Turn off the TV, get outside and I wish you an AWE day.

Maybe some of these suggestions will increase your happiness:

  1. Go outside and observe. It is a beautiful time of the year
  2. Be mindful and grateful for the people and good things you have.
  3. Drop all your devices and do something you love.
  4. And from Parade.com: Take an AWE WALK in your neighborhood, noticing things as if for the first time.
  5. Finally,  maybe lower your expectations , and take a deep breath.
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    Brilliant trees!
    Find the most brilliant tree!

International Day of Happiness!

Get Outside and Enjoy!
Get Outside and Enjoy!

First Day of Spring and International Happiness!

http://climaterealityproject.org/blog/come-get-happy

Below is from Wikipedia:

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.

Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/281 states in pertinent part:

Balloons of Happiness
The General Assembly,[…] Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal,[…] Recognizing also the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples, Decides to proclaim 20 March the International Day of Happiness, Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities[…]

—United Nations General Assembly, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 28 June 2012[1]
The International Day of Happiness Resolution 65/309 was the result of the effort the Kingdom of Bhutan and its Gross National Happiness Initiative. [2]

This UN resolution marked the historical milestone of globalizing the Happiness Development Movement that started in 1972. [3]

Happy Holidays!

Made 300 fruit baskets for food shelves
Made 300 fruit baskets for food shelves
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I recently read that Americans aren’t very happy. What could make us happier?

Below are 10 Commandments of Happiness from the Happiness Project:

* Take it easy.

* Be yourself!

* Handle your responsibilities.

* Exercise understanding.

* Leave your worries behind.

** Live honestly!

** Behave positively.

** Open your heart and your mind!!

** Share your time, attention and talents with others.

My Additions:

*** Smile

*** Recycle at least 50% of your trash, and do everything you can to protect our water and air.  I promise, this will make you happy!   recycle

Lake Superior
Lake Superior

http://www.startribune.com/business/235791861.html

http://gretchenrubin.com/ Happiness project