American state successfully eradicates homelessness

Utah is successfully reducing homelessness thanks to a project that has started in 2004 and will probably end by 2015. homelesness_nThe project is called homelessness chronic and it already successfully managed to take around 2,000 people off the streets in 8 years, which meant that they reduced homelessness by 74 percent. They managed to do all this by doing something quite simple. They gave away apartments without asking anything in return. According to Nationswell.com, the cost of a person having ER visits and going to jail would cost around 16,670 dollars a year, while it would cost 11,000 dollars a year to be provided with an apartment and a social worker. It seems that the costs are so high because homeless people are using jail as an emergency shelter and they tend to spend statistically more days in hospitals than other patients( this research reports).

According to a Utah research there are around 3.5 million Americans that will be in a state of homelessness annually and so Utah decided to take matters in their own hands. Their solution was not only to provided permanent housing, but also to offer help with finding a job, do training, treatment programmes for mental health or substance abuse.

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Pet store comes with an ingenious idea to encourage people to adopt dogs

A pet store chain in Mexico has come up with a great idea to encourage people to adopt dogs. Because of a small budget, they had to think of a cheap but effective idea to bring attention to their adoption- rescue programme. So, what they did is promote the idea of the ” ownerless dogs, the dog without an owner. So, they put some special leads on the dogs’ collars so they look like an invisible pet owner walks his dog and they put a message that says ” adopt me” on their collar and they let the dogs walk around the park. The idea is pretty funny but also proved effective, as 221 dogs found an owner in two months.

Yacouba Sawadogo, the man who planted a forest in the desert

Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is a simple farmer who has managed to regenerate a forest in a desert area for over twenty years.  What is amazing is that Yacouba has managed to do this with simple and basic farming techniques in an area of 30 acres. His methods have surprised the local population, because Yacouba used only seeds, compost, an axe and a shovel.What he does is dig holes in the ground, puts compost and then puts the seeds in. According to odditycetral.com, his method comes from the ancient African farming practice called zai, a method that improves soil quality.

His story has drawn the attention of film maker Mark Dodd, who filmed a documentary on Yacouba Sawadogo’s story, called ” The man who stopped the desert”, . The movie has drawn attention to his work and thus attracted donations, thus Yacouba is able now to promote other projects such as the use of stone bounds so that the water will flow slowly in the ground.

25 positive news websites that will keep you in a good mood.

positive news)Nowadays it seems that every newspaper and news broadcast is focused on bad news. It gives you the feeling that the world has gone mad and nothing good ever happens. But still things can’t be that bad. Somebody must do something good somewhere. So why we never hear about it? Mainly maybe because drama and violence sell. So where can you look for some positive news? Where can you find out about amazing people that change the world, how to cook healthy foods, new ecological solutions for a better life, saving money, enjoying life, with articles that would motivate you to follow your dreams, to let go of hate, envy, to enjoy every little piece of your life?

Well, the good news is that there are a few good news websites out there. Here are some of the best (according to me):

Sites in English

1. Positive News

Positive news is focused more on British positive news, interviews with interesting people and ecological news.

2.. Huffington Post Good News

Huffington Post has a special section which is focused on good news, however most of the time is focused on cute animal videos more than actual news.

3.Elephant journal

While it’s main focus is on yoga practice, advice and discussions, the site does offer some interesting articles that make you think…positive, such as information about food, taking care of your body. the downside of this site is that you are allowed to read only 2-3 articles a day maximum, and if you want more you can subscribe and pay. But if you can limit yourself to 2-3 articles, then you are fine.

4. Upworthy

Upworthy is focused more on video sharing. It’s the easiest to follow on facebook. Their videos are selected from all over the web, but they are very motivational, uplifting and inspirational. Discussions, talks, funny adds, short movies, and interesting discussions from the followers.

5. Inhabitat

This site focuses more on design and architecture, but they do have some interesting and provoking ideas, esspecially because they are focused on being ecological and environmental friendly.

6. Goodnet

This site is focused on good news from around the world. Simple and positive.

7. Bucharest Lounge

This is a blog in English written by a Dutch woman who has moved to Bucharest and enjoys Romania. You can follow her also on Facebook, where she posts only positive things from around Bucharest.

8.Good News Network

A website focused on good news from around the world.

9.Positive Muslim News

While it is not an actual website, it is a Facebook page that focuses on you guess it, positive news about Muslim people.

10. Good News Planet

This site is focused on good news from around the world.

11. Daily Good

A site that is made to inspire and motivate you.

12. Good News Network

Good News from around the world and Australia!

13. Yes!Magazine

This is also a published awarded magazine . Enjoy online or in print.

14.Better India

A positive Indian news website with news from India. You can find some really interesting inspiring story and some amazing people.

15. Suspended coffees

This is not a simple website and it’s not just about the coffee! This is a movement that started on Facebook and it’s all about helping anyone who needs helping. It’s about giving forward. You can find a lot of inspiring every day stories from readers on their Facebook page.

16. Zen pencils

While not exactly a news website, it will bring tears to your eyes, laughter and joy, because Zen pencils’ comics are amazing. They are inspiring and right on positive.

17. South Africa Good News

Good News from around South Africa

18. Good

A site that offers solutions for living a good life.

19. Good Black News

Good news from around the world.

20. Good News  Finland

Good News from a Finland!

Sites in Spanish

21.Enpositivo

A site in spanish, focused on good news from around the world.

22. Noticias positivas

This website is in Spanish and focuses on Spanish news, such as education,culture, technology and healthy life.

23. Sustenator

This site is focused on solutions.  Technical, ecological, sustainable, anything that helps to improve our lives and also help the environment.

24. Noticias positivas

Argentinian website, focused on good news from around Argentina.

25. Good News Planet

This site is focused on good news from around the world.

Hamburg is becoming a car free city

Hamburg is on its way of being a greener, healthier city by becoming a car free city in about 20 years time. The project called Grunes Netz will make this city a safer city for the cyclists and pedestrian by creating more pedestrian routes, paths and green areas on an area that coves about 40% of the city.

As the Guardian, states the project will not only help in reducing pollution but will also encourage people to leave their cars at home, as  Angelica Fritsch, the city spokesperson added “It will offer people opportunities to hike, swim, do water sports, enjoy picnics and restaurants, experience calm and watch nature and wildlife right in the city. That reduces the need to take the car for weekend outings outside the city.”

Solar panels help nuns’ financial independence

The nuns of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey have been busy installing solar panels around their monastery with the purpose of supporting themselves. This idea came from the monks at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer. They suggested that the nuns to lease their land for solar panels. Since then, the nuns have been making profits and at the same time helped the environment.

The solar panel system has been managed by a company based in Watertown and the electricity generated by the panels will be used to power Franklin town’ buildings and schools. In total, it is estimated that they will save 300,000 dollars a year and the nuns will not be forced to sell their land and plus they will get enough money to support themselves financially.

If you want to help the nuns in anyway, you can visit their website and buy some candy ( home made candy!)

http://www.trappistinecandy.com/

Source : Boston Globe

A healthy example. Jim Morris, a 78 year old vegan bodybuilder.

Someone once said that it doesn’t matter if you are one of those people that eat right and exercise or if you are one of those people that smoke, drink and just eat whatever they feel like. Because you are going to die anyway. I thought that person was right. I thought that then. But in time I realised that if you eat right and exercise and just try to take care of yourself, you will die, but you will have lived at least a nice life. A life without disease, frustration and pain.

Sure, eat what you like, smoke, drink, eat fast food and a million chocolate chip cookies. You are going to die anyway, so why not enjoy it? Except you are not really going to enjoy your life if you get a disease ( from all the enjoyment) in your twenties, thirties, forties and so on. Let’s say it’s not a deadly disease and something you can live with. Will you be able to go to a party if you have to take medicine or injections every few hours? How about if your disease won’t let you move? Can you enjoy dancing or going to a cinema or a restaurant? Will you be happy to spend the rest of your life in pain?

Lucky for us, we have real people that can show us the effects of a healthy life. And Jim Morris is one of them. At the age of 78 he does not only look way younger than he is, but he is also in a really good physical shape and in great health. Being a bodybuilder surely helped but changing his diet helped him even more. Jim became a vegetarian at the age of 50 and a vegan at 65. Therefore it’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPTniEYdetY#t=17

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