Canadian charity comes up with homeless friendly benches

After the anti homeless spike scandal in London a Canadian charity called Rain City has come with a brilliant idea. They have installed adverts that can be transformed into clever shelters for the homeless people.

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Source: now-here-this.timeout.com

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Funny video campaign warns us about the effects of texting

Technology is a part of our lives and nowadays we can’t really live without it, but how far some of us go in being addicted to it that it harms their lives and others?

We hear about accidents caused by people talking or texting on the phone and it is heart breaking. This video shows real people walking with their phones and just walking into things, not looking where they are going. While this video is funny because nobody is actually harmed and people are just walking, it reminds everyone that it’s not funny anymore when people’s lives are hurt when using these phones while driving.

 

Would you help someone who fell down? An interesting social experiment.

If someone fell down on the street would you jump to help that person? How about if the person would not be well dressed? Everyone’s instinct would be to say that of course we would help that person, you never know when it would happen to you.

However an experiment on the streets of Paris showed that actually people do care about appearances and would help only someone who looks OK.

Want not to waste your food? Give it away through an app!

Would you donate half your lunch to someone instead of throwing it if you had too much to eat? How about eating half of someone’s lunch?

At first this idea gave me chills, however if you look more into this matter you would find out that you would actually help the environment and the waste of food.  According to The Guardian, statistics show that developed countries throw away about 40 % of their food. That is almost half. Imagine half of the food we buy thrown away in the garbage. When you think about it, you actually waste a lot of money, too.

For a while nobody knew how to solve this matter, until a few applications and websites came with some pretty good ideas.

One of them is called Leftover Swap and it’s an application that helps people share their leftovers. How does it work? Let’s say you bought or cooked too much pizza. You would take a picture of your food, uploaded on this application and if someone wants it, they can come and get it . You would say maybe it’s disgusting to eat a stranger’s pizza but already 10,000 users from  USA, Europe, Asia and Australia are doing it.

Another helpful website is foodsharing.de although this one works just for people in Germany. Barbara Merhart, the coordinator of this website said “The original idea was for people to post on our website if they had leftovers in the fridge that they wanted to give away. But now shops, bakeries and restaurants are participating as well.” Unlike the Leftover Swap, this organisation is non profit.

 

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.

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.

Does money really bring happiness? A journalist investigates.

Some say money brings happiness. Some disagree. But at the end of the day we all wish for more money to enjoy our lives. Some say that maybe money don’t bring happiness but at least it supports it financially.

How about rich people? Are they truly enjoying their money? What would you do if you had millions of dollars or pounds or yens? Would you buy a big house, an expensive car, shiny jewellery? How about years after that when you bought everything you could ask for? Would you get bored? Would you start throwing money on ridiculous things like a very rare bottle of wine worth 100,000 dollars or would you eat a 160 dollar steak?

Benjamin Wallace is a journalist that had the opportunity to investigate the world of the rich and to have a taste of their taste. He savoured a 160 dollar steak, ate a 120 dollar pasta with white truffles at a restaurant, visited a hotel room worth 30,000 dollars a night and washed his hands with a 125 dollars soap. Did he feel any better? Well, the food was average and nobody complimented him on his skin. Do the rich really live better than us? See his very entertaining talk here.

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