Good News Day 24: Cognitive Function is Improved by Regular Chocolate Intake


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Chocolate. The magic word is chocolate. There are very few people in the world that don’t like arguably the king of all desserts, as besides the fact that it is delicious, it also offers a large variety of health benefits, as long as you consume it in moderation. A team of researchers from the University of Maine, the Luxembourg Institute of Health, and the University of South Australia performed a meta-analysis showing that cognitive function is improved by regular chocolate intake …

Read more here: http://www.capitalberg.com/cognitive-function-improved-by-chocolate/28375/

Good News Day 23: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year


Imagine 10 acres of woodland fields and branches dripping with butterflies. That’s what the remarkable comeback of the monarch in Mexico looked like this winter.

Source: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year

Good News Day 22: This 25-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Just Published His First Book


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Marcus Sikora has a flare for the creative.

The 25-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, has acted in school productions and wrote and produced a one-act stage performance in cooperation with a local high school.

Sikora also has Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving something that would be impressive for any 25-year-old. As of June 2015, he can add “published author” to his list of accomplishments.

Read More Here: http://themighty.com/2015/07/this-25-year-old-with-down-syndrome-just-published-his-first-book2

Good News Day 19: Doctor Brings Caring on Campus With Mobile Medical Van for Homeless Teens


This doctor delivers health care to poor and homeless teens who may otherwise never see the inside of a doctor’s office.

Source: Doctor Brings Caring on Campus With Mobile Medical Van for Homeless Teens

Good News Day 6: Iron Boy to the Rescue!


Because: Cute Kid, Iron Man, and Robert Downey, Jr … ~Tricia

This nine-year-old superhero springs into action to save his city with help from local police, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Robert Downey, Jr.

Source: Sydney Rallies to Let 9-yo Superhero Rescue the City as Iron Boy (WATCH)

 

Good News Day 5: America’s ‘Longest-Married Couple’ Wants To Give You Love Advice


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Image Credit: The Betar Family

This couple  is so adorable. I love them! Happy Valentine’s Day, and here’s to 80 plus years of love for everyone! ~Tricia


 

Meet John and Ann Betar. They’ve been married 83 years and have been named one of America’s longest-married couples by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. They want to use their decades of marital experience and wisdom to help you this Valentine’s Day. Read more below!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/longest-married-couple-will-answer-your-questions-about-love_us_56bb4e72e4b0b40245c4c0a3?ir=Good+News&

 

Good News Day 4: Rare Wildflower Superbloom Paints Death Valley in Brilliant Color (VIDEO)


Millions of wildflowers are blooming all at once in Death Valley National Park in a once in a decade ‘superbloom.’

Source: Rare Wildflower Superbloom Paints Death Valley in Brilliant Color (VIDEO)

Good News Day 1: Muslims Who Saved Jews During The Holocaust Finally Honored


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It’s important to recognize our heroes and allies that have aided us throughout history – no matter the race or religion.

Source: Muslims Who Saved Jews During The Holocaust Finally Honored

My Emancipation From American Christianity


Interesting food for thought!

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chain-breaking-freeI used to think that it was just me, that it was my problem, my deficiency, my moral defect.

It had to be.

All those times when I felt like an outsider in this American Jesus thing; the ever-more frequent moments when my throat constricted and my heart raced and my stomach turned.

Maybe it came in the middle of a crowded worship service or during a small group conversation. Maybe while watching the news or when scanning a blog post, or while resting in a silent, solitary moment of prayer. Maybe it was all of these times and more, when something rose up from the deepest places within me and shouted, “I can’t do this anymore! I can’t be part of this!”

These moments once overwhelmed me with panic and filled me with guilt, but lately I am stepping mercifully clear of such things.

What I’ve come to realize is that it certainly is me, but not in the…

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Vernal Equinox: Time to Grow Something New


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“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” ~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

I like to think that many of us spend the winter like some of our mammal counterparts, hibernating in our snug homes awaiting spring. It’s been a particularly harsh winter in much of the US this year. Our versions of “hibernating” probably included a lot of time shoveling snow or just trying to make it to work.

However you hibernated, there’s a good chance that you’ve been putting off something that’s important to you, or something new that you’ve been meaning to do. It can be far too easy to stay in that hibernatey rut and keep up the routine of kind of slogging through our days that we fell into over the winter.

If the sun isn’t shining where you are, find hope in the fact that that it’s still up there, (and maybe even eclipsing, depending on where you are!), and the the days of darkness are behind us for a while. This is a great time to stop and reassess where you are and where you want to go. Are you still traveling on the same old familiar road, wondering why it never takes you anywhere new?

Shake off the snow and cold today, or whatever form your winter blahs take,  and make today the day you revisit your goals, start yourself on a new path, or get to work on that spring project you’ve been hibernating on all winter!

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