We have the opportunity on the daily to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Whether one goes through their day searching for good deeds to be done,
or simply takes advantage of random opportunities to spread love,
every action (or inaction) has a resounding impact.
The question is: Is your impact today going to be positive, negative, or indifferent?
I have been told that one person can't make a difference.
I affectionately call these people "dummies"...
Those who actively try to hold the rest of us down,
those who would rather watch you drown than help you soar, those who can't grasp the power of positivity to create change.
Whether it's a great recipe found, or an uplifting story to share, you can be sure to find it here.
Let's start a Positivity Revolution, and drown out the dumb!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Good News

this is an older post, but I love it so wanted to share again...
There aren't enough of these stories being shared, and it's happening all around us...
Share your good news, send me a link, click on the links provided to learn more...let's drown out the dumb together!

These were some of the stories that got me inspired in 2014.
Browse around, and share your Good News to be included below!
I continue to share these via my Facebook page, hope to see you there!

Have you heard of the dry cleaner in Minneapolis who will dry clean interview outfits for FREE???
Elite Dry Cleaner shop has helped over 2,000 unemployed workers, at an estimated total cost of $32,000.
If there were a shop here in Dublin that did this, I would definitely give them my business!

This Goodwill employee found $10,000 at the store and turned it into her boss.
You would hope that everyone would choose to do the right thing in this scenario...

More ABC US news | ABC World News

We’re Tobacco Free
It’s official! All CVS/pharmacy locations are tobacco free as of September 3, 2014, beating our original target date by nearly a month. When we first shared our decision to remove cigarettes and tobacco from the shelves of our 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations, some called it a bold decision. We called it the right decision then, and we call it the right decision now.

We all know the dangers associated with tobacco products. In fact, smoking is the leading cause of premature disease and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths each year. While the prevalence of cigarette smoking has decreased from approximately 42 percent of adults in 1965 to 18 percent today, the rate of reduction in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade. More interventions, such as reducing the availability of cigarettes, are needed.

"CVS Health is always looking for ways to promote health and reduce the burden of disease," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. "Putting an end to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco will make a significant difference in reducing the chronic illnesses associated with tobacco use."

For some of our customers this is nothing new; they already experience a tobacco-free CVS/pharmacy. For example, two stores in the San Francisco market and dozens of stores in Massachusetts – where tobacco sales are banned by local ordinance – are tobacco free. And since the spring, new and relocated CVS/pharmacy stores have opened without cigarettes and other tobacco products behind the counter.

"Every day, all across the country, customers and patients place their trust in our 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners to serve their health care needs," said Helena B. Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy. "The removal of cigarettes and other tobacco products from our stores is an important step in helping Americans to quit smoking and get healthy."

Throughout the rest of 2014, our CVS/pharmacy stores will be unveiling new signage behind the checkout and will introduce a robust smoking cessation program and an enhanced selection of nicotine replacement products in select stores.

This is wonderful! Cigarettes are hard enough to stay away from, I hope this is a huge kick in the gut to Big Tobacco to let them know there ARE still companies who care more about people than dollars.
Read about it here.

Start at 3:47...
I love these ladies on "Today" anyways, and they make some great points here about feminism and a woman's prerogative to do WHATEVER SHE WANTS with her own body.
PS-Go, Miss Zellweger, for not giving in to the drama.

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Project Sunlight
"Project Sunlight is a movement that has already started.
It’s made up of a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world
where everyone lives well and lives sustainably.
Who recognise we can only achieve this if we all work together to do small actions every day that make a real difference.
And who inspire others to join us in making this the way everyone chooses to live."

This made my soul happy...A Pay It Forward Flash Mob!
I don't dance in public, nor do I have the time to learn how, so this is my cup of tea, for sure!
At 4 p.m Eastern time on Saturday, October 11, stop whatever you're doing and pay it forward.
Maybe buy someone a coffee...
or gas..
or groceries..
big or small, let's have an event where all over the world, we are paying it forward at the same time.
However, if you are NOT able to make it in that time frame, ANY TIME on October 11 will be great.
This is going viral, around the world...
This pay it forward event crosses the world...includes everyone...of all beliefs, backgrounds and cultures.
Kindness has only one language...love.

To help shape future generations of young men
who desperately need positive gay role models.
The Gay Men Project is simply beautiful!

These employees boycotted when their favorite CEO was put out of his job.
Most employers will never understand what an impact their employees can have!
Read the article from Co.Exist.com, here.

This guy seems at first to be a bit douche-y, but I think his heart's in the perfect place!

I'm not saying I'm going to stop shaving my armpits,
but I am a feminist for exactly these reasons!

Amy P., you are one of my heroes!

Did you know that instead of packing away your wedding dress in the back of a closet,
you can donate it?
"At Every Girls Dream "EGD", our mission is to provide a beautiful wedding gown to brides undergoing financial hardship in the Southeast Michigan area. We have a variety of gorgeous gowns in every size and style. Through the generous donations of community partners we're working to make every girls dream come true. Our goal is to provide a free wedding gown that matches each brides personal style."
See how simple such a huge gesture can be on their website.

On a similar note as the wedding dress donation, imagine what you would do with a broken engagement but the wedding already planned and paid for?
A man found himself in just that situation, and instead of focusing on his own broken heart,
he turned his wedding day into a fundraising event!
See how he turned lemons into LemonAID on HuffPost's website.

An eight-year old girl heard about a veteran's fundraising efforts to professionally train his service dog,
something that he sorely needed after serving our country.
She immediately took action, asking her parents if she could help raise money for him, even though they had never met!
Watch the inspiring video here.

Some parents are really doing things right...
We recently got invited to our dear friend's 6-years old's birthday party, and inside the invite was this:

On the website, Uplifting Entertainment , I found this little nugget of Taylor Swift singing with a fan.
The power of music is truly amazing!

In Massachusetts, a little boy's birthday wish is simple: he just wants birthday cards. Danny turned 6 years old on July 25; and battling a brain tumor, he's unable to continue kindergarten and gets lonely without his buds.
I also adore cards, and figure a late one is better than none at all!
Read more here, and why not send a card to this bright-eyed kiddo?

This is from a website called Uplifting Entertainment, and the video almost brought me to tears.
We truly have no idea what crosses others have to bear...
(Read the article here)

Last month, the patrons at back East bar & Grill in Colorado Springs banded together to raise money
and make a little girl's first trip to chemo not so terrifying...
What a wonderful group of people!

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