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Help Others Find Happiness with a “Bookless Book Club”

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness…. You have to find it yourself.” We are none of us entitled to happiness, but we are all equipped with the basic resources to pursue it. How we choose to find it,

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A Little Tip for Helping the Big Problem of World Hunger

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All those who were told when they were little to eat all the food on their dinner plate because there were starving children… in China, raise your hands. I, who repeatedly heard that, was too young to appreciate the underlying message of such a statement, which was that we should

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10 Simple Ways to Teach the Benefits of Recycling

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There is nothing like a visit to your nearest landfill to get a feel for the need to recycle…. Having in sight huge mounds of trash that, though buried, still reek definitely puts in mind the need to keep those mounds from getting bigger, because you know they’re going

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Literacy: Closing the Gap

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According to research in Bridges to Literacy by David K. Dickenson, the home environment – specifically the reading material that is readily available – is a stronger predictor of later academic achievement than socioeconomic status. Let’s compare the statistics.  Research shows that children from high-income communities have 199.1 books per …

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Taking Time to Enrich Lives Through Trees and Books

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Last summer, I shared some ideas for doing acts of service involving the word “time.” Some of them were pretty good, I thought, like the suggestion to vote for a community to receive a free fruit orchard through CommunitiesTakeRoot.com, Dreyer’s Fruit Bars, and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. …

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Season of Service: A Food Miles Discussion

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We usually talk about bite-size ways to help others based on random verbs each week. Last year about this time, we were talking about simple ways to make a difference by “moving.” One idea I suggested was that you learn how to calculate the food miles… your food has

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10 Ways to Improve the World Through Learning

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Learning has a way of changing both the learner and the teacher. There are many ways we can improve both ourselves and the world around us through the learning process. I suggested a few last year. Here are a few more:

10 Bite-Size ways to Improve the World

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10 Bite-Size Ways to Combat 10 Harsh Realities

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Last year about this time, I talked about ways to realistically incorporate small acts of service into your day-to-day life…. This year, let me if I may, provide another list along those same lines, but with a twist. These are 10 realities of day-to-day living for other people in

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10 Simple Ways Make a Difference

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This week, I challenge you to think of 10 simple things you can make to lift others’ spirits. I gave you a few ideas last year. Here are a few more.

10 Simple Things You Can Make to Lift Others’ Spirits

  1. Make contact with a manager at the next hotel

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10 Easy Ways Dancing Can Make a Difference

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Last year about this time, I suggested a few ways to help others through dancing, like creating a dance about an issue you feel strongly about, recording it, and posting it on YouTube…, or going to a dance performance and blogging about it. Dancing can be a powerful

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