Month: February 2021

African Governance Improving: Study

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAround two thirds of African countries have improved in the field of governance and human rights over the past year, according to the latest study released Monday by the Ibrahim Index, founded by British billionare Mo Ibrahim. (Thanks to Bill F. for the tip!) We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Integrating Spirituality Into Therapy: A Mental Health Minute

first_img Another type of spirituality that might be useful in therapy is the belief that everything happens for a reason. Though this philosophy often corresponds to a belief in a higher power, it does not have to — it can also stem from a belief in a just universe, law of karma, or law of attraction. If the client has experienced a negative event, the therapist can guide them through spiritual processes to find the silver linings. For example, helping them to feel more compassionate towards others who have a similar problem or disease, or becoming grateful for the discovery that they have more strength than they realized.   Spirituality can help clients make difficult decisions, using prayer or meditation to determine the choice that feels right to them.   If clients’ spirituality takes the form of helping others, this can be used as a way of treating depression. Clients may be encouraged to get involved in service as a way of becoming active and accomplishing tasks (which can help to cure depression). Spiritual thought — a sense of meaning directed outside oneself – also eases anxiety, offering the comfort that there is a purpose to the universe or a benevolent higher power in control.   Spirituality in all of its forms can help clients to heal from hard life events, to make decisions, and to find meaning. Given these benefits, therapists who otherwise would find it awkward to approach the issue of spiritual or religious belief should openly and non-judgmentally explore this avenue, even if one’s philosophy differs from the client’s. The therapist might even refer a client to another practitioner if their needs could be better served by a more compatible professional. ___________________________________________________________________________________________  IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you are feeling depressed or think you might be suffering from a mental illness, the APA website offers a listing of therapists in every state. If you are feeling suicidal, or if you know someone who is, (warning signs include marked changes in sleeping or eating patterns, profound sadness or expressions of hopelessness, giving away belongings/saying goodbye to others, and a sudden and inexplicable lifting of depression because the person may mistakenly feel they have found “a way out”), please get help. Call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)or 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is help and hope available. You can get better- suicide is not the answer for your pain. Please call now.   ___________________________________________________________________________________________ (Top photo courtesy of Sun Star; additional writing, editing by Geri Weis-Corbley) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Cristina Frick has been a contributing writer and volunteer at the Good News Network since 2006. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to gradute in December. View a list of all of Cristina’s articles here — including previous columns in her Mental Health Minute series.   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAlthough the term “spirituality” can refer to religious activity (attending formal worship services or believing in God), it can also describe a commitment to anything greater than oneself, including helping others or being attuned to nature. People can express spirituality through prayer, meditation, community service, or being mindful while hiking in the forest.   A therapist can reap benefits by encouraging a patient’s spirituality. One example is in the case of bereavement. If a person has a religious or spiritual belief in a higher power, the therapist can help them approach issues of grief from this vantage point. The therapist may help the client to process his or her belief that the deceased person still lives on. Even if the client does not believe in a higher power, the therapist can help them to think of ways in which the deceased person lives on through especially fond memories. last_img read more

Dog Leads Police to Burning Building

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A german shepherd was told to go get help after a fire started in a remote area of snowy Alaska. “Buddy” then found the police car wandering lost in the dark trying to locate the fire. His barking and running down the road convinced police to follow and like the lead animal in a dogsled race, delivered them to their destination. Watch the video below, or at the Today Show… Here’s a longer report on the event from the Idaho Statesman. (Thanks to EC_Country for the link!) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Fashion Professionals Fulfill Wishes of Teens With Life-threatening Illnesses

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith Fashion Week just days away, New York City fashionistas are lighting the way with some charity work from the heart.The Make-a-Wish Foundation teamed up with “America’s Next Top Model” photographer Nigel Barker to fulfill a shared dream of four teenagers — to become models for a day.Numerous hair and makeup stylists dolled up the girls in red carpet-worthy gowns and designer shoes on a fairy tale-inspired set. Barker then conducted a photo shoot for the teens, while their family looked on.(WATCH the video below, or read the story from the TODAY show)last_img read more

Phil Collins Remembers the Alamo, Donates 200 Rare Artifacts to Texas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe largest-known private collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo and Texas independence will soon be coming home to San Antonio as a gift to the state thanks to a British rock and roll drummer.Former Genesis musician, and singer-songwriter Phil Collins has been in love with Texas history and Davey Crockett since he was five years old growing up in a London suburb. He used to recreate the battle with his toy soldiers. For many of the items, the donation means their return to the historical site for the first time since the legendary defeat of Texan forces by Mexican troops under Santa Anna in 1836. Collins’ Alamo collection includes invaluable artifacts like Jim Bowie’s legendary knife, and one of only four rifles left that were owned by Davy Crockett. Collins has Crockett’s leather shot pouch and two powder horns he allegedly gave a Mexican officer before his death. There are letters from William B. Travis and many other invaluable historic documents that shed insight on early Texas history.While touring with Genesis in the 1970’s, Collins encountered his first David Crockett autograph–for sale at a store called the Gallery of History. “I didn’t know this stuff was out there, that you could own it,” the rock-n-roll legend said. It had never occurred to him. Later, he received a birthday-present that would change his life: a receipt for a saddle signed by an Alamo defender. From that point forward, the drummer began building his impressive Alamo and Texas Revolution collection.His famed collection of rarities is featured in a 384-page book authored by Collins, called The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.The state of Texas and the Alamo endowment will be expanding the footprint of the site to include a new wing so the entire collection will be displayed together. Collins will pay to ship the 2000, or so, individual items (if you count every musket ball) from his home in Switzerland in October. A fundraiser will be held on September 30 for $5,000 per person to help raise money for a new building.“For me it is a perfect situation,” Collins told the media. “I never actually thought it would be possible to have it here.”WATCH the full press conference in the video below. (Story tip from Bill Fithern) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

P&G Brings Clean Water to Burma and Beyond

first_imgP&G Purifier of Water has been particularly effective in Burma, which is prone to natural disasters including floods, cyclones, droughts, and earthquakes. The program was first deployed to address a severe shortage of clean drinking water that resulted from Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Working with NGO partners, P&G responded to the crisis by providing over 30 million liters of clean drinking water to disaster victims there. Since 2011, P&G and its NGO partners have provided an additional 45 million of liters of clean drinking water to families affected by floods, droughts or chronic water scarcity across the country. You can Donate to the program here.In this photo, a child in the township of North Okkalapa learns how to drink water that has just been made safe by dissolving a packet and stirring.Photo by Kelly Ramundo, Feb. 27, 2014 for USAIDAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUSAID and Procter and Gamble have been partnering to provide clean drinking water and promote sanitation practices for some of Burma’s poorest residents.Millions of the county’s people lack access to clean drinking water, and the effects of consuming unsafe water can be deadly. P&G’s water purifying packet can make undrinkable water clean and clear in just 20 minutes.P&G has been providing clean drinking water for nearly a decade through its not-for-profit Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, sharing hundreds of millions of its award-winning P&G Purifier of Water packets to water insecure populations across the world. The packets contain 4 grams of powder that clean 10 liters of water. In April, the group announced it had transformed 7 billion liters of water. In November 2012, The Economist magazine recognized it as one of the world’s best social innovations. To date, this simple but powerful innovation has saved an estimated 37,000 lives and prevented over 280 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 75 countries.last_img read more

Surgeon Lifts Young Patients by ‘Treating’ Their Toys Too (WATCH)

first_imgPositive testimonials of Dr. Travis Groth at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have flooded social media since he started fixing up children’s toys in an effort to lighten the spirits of his sick young patients.WATCH: ‘Dancing Doctor’ in Boston Busks a Move to Raise Tips for Charity Though it may seem insignificant, the children apparently feel much less alone when their best friends undergo the same treatment.“Our doctors, nurses and staff go out of their way to make sure every child feels comfortable and safe,” wrote the hospital’s Facebook page.“Whether it’s stitching up their favorite toy or dressing up as their favorite character, we know how to make children feel better.”(WATCH the video below)Treat Your Inner Child by Clicking To Share, OR,  (Photo by Yara Soler)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis dedicated surgeon goes the extra mile while treating his child patients by administering the same surgery to their favorite toys.last_img read more

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Adopt Goals in Paris Climate Accord

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHawaii has just become the first American state to ensure their accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.The announcement came just days after President Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the treaty. Though the details and deadline of this proposal are limited, thousands of American mayors and state Governors have insisted that they would be following the Paris Accord at a state and city-wide level. Hawaii became the leading example of these statements when Gov. David Ige (D), Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and other state representatives signed bills SB 559 and HB 1578 into effect on Tuesday.CHECK OUT: Michael Bloomberg Pledges $15Mil to Ensure U.S. Fulfills Paris Climate AccordThe bills outlines several strategies, plans, and advancements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the international treaty’s goals.“The legislature finds that not only is climate change real, but it is the overriding challenge of the 21st century and one of the priority issues of the senate,” reads one of the bills. “Climate change poses immediate and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life. Hawai‘i has a tradition of environmental leadership, having prioritized policies regarding conservation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and development and use of alternative renewable energy.”Furthermore, dozens of Hawaiian mayors have agreed to take action along with the state in practicing safer agricultural methods in order to meet the Paris Accord’s goals.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Guardian Angel Plumber Gives Scholarships to Kids With Parents in Jail

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt can already be tough growing up without a parent – let alone trying to finance your own way through college without parental help. That’s why Karl Winsness is lending a hand.As a means of helping out local kids, Winsness created the only scholarship in the country that is given exclusively to children with incarcerated parents. Winsness, who calls his educational gift the “Willy the Plumber Scholarship”, only makes about $30,000 working as a plumber. The father of two says that he is able to afford the scholarship by living a relatively modest lifestyle.WATCH: College Football Player Overwhelmed by Scholarship Given for His KindnessWinsness spreads word of the scholarship simply by spreading homemade fliers around Salem, Utah. While the sum of the grant is only about $1,000, the 17 recipients of the scholarship say that the financial boost means a great deal to their own wallets – as well as their self-esteem.One of the youths whose parents both went to jail when she was 5 years old said: “You get really down on yourself, people judge you, and you just feel like you can’t do anything. Then, all of a sudden, you have this random stranger who believes in you and knows that you’re not who your parents are.”(WATCH the video below)Pass On The Positivity: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Clean Water Lands in Puerto Rico Thanks to Solar-Powered Filtration

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico back in September, the island nation has been struggling to recover – but though the process is slow and arduous, businesses and celebrities alike are offering up their own resources to help in the territory’s healing.More importantly, this organization is ensuring that the territory’s residents have the most vital resource of all: clean water.The Pure Foundation, a nonprofit charity that helps give communities access to clean drinking water, is distributing emergency Waterbox filtration systems across Puerto Rico.CHECK OUT: Google Company to Restore Cell Coverage to Puerto Rico With 30 Flying BalloonsThe Waterbox is a solar-powered, military-grade water filtration that can clean thousands of gallons of water. Pure Foundation volunteers spent a week on the island earlier this month and distributed Waterbox systems to several of the Boys and Girls Club facilities on the island.The 12 Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico locations have served as community distribution points for food, water, and resources since the hurricane hit.MORE: Elon Musk Says He Can Fix Puerto Rico’s Energy CrisisThis is not the first major outreach effort conducted by the Pure Foundation, either – back in 2016, the organization traveled to Flint, Michigan and installed dozens of Multipure drinking water systems throughout the Boys and Girls Club locations in the region. They also repaired and replaced much of the damaged plumbing that had been corroded by contaminants in the water supply.Jennifer Rice, the executive vice president of the Pure Foundation, says that she and her team of volunteers are already planning a second outreach trip to Puerto Rico with the hopes of distributing even more Waterbox systems to the rest of the island.RELATED: Celebrity Chef Brings 45,000 Meals to Puerto Rico—and Won’t Stop There“We are currently in the process of scheduling our relief team’s next trip to Puerto Rico,” Rice told Good News Network. “We are hoping to be back on the island in 2-3 weeks or as quickly as logistics permit.”“Getting flights booked, figuring out how to move lots of cargo with only 3 individuals, finding hotels willing to accept new guests and arrange funding with limited ground communication all bring their unique sets of challenges… but we conquered them once and we are just as committed, if not more so, to conquering them a second time.”(CHECK OUT footage of the group’s trip to Flint, Michigan in the video below)Power Up With Positivity: Click To Share The News With Your Friends (Photo by The Pure Foundation)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more