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If you are like me, after you read or watch the news, you are downright depressed. But there are actually some very positive and wonderful things happening in the world- the media just finds they don't garner the same attention and readership. I actually read the other day that reading some bad news makes our brain release a tiny bit of dopamine, so it can even be addictive!

I've decided to post some good news as often as I can, and if it brightens someone's day, all the better. At least it will make me feel better!

Here is something Rob Olason posted- great news! Fewer young adults choosing to drive...

Here's another- in the Seattle Times today...

More riders hopping aboard Seattle light rail line


And surprise, we we can be happy without lots of stuff...whoda thunk it?

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Comment by Kate Clark on June 19, 2010 at 4:45pm
We all want to have health care even if we are living a simpler life...but hospitals are typically very dependent upon lots of energy. Here is some good news that there is research now going into how to reduce hospitals' energy use- making them more resilient to high energy prices...

UW wins $1.2M grant to reduce hospital energy use

Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2010/06/19/1488311/uw-wins-12m-gran...
Comment by Kate Clark on June 15, 2010 at 11:03am
Here's a young artist who is raising money to help the birds injured by the oil in the gulf.

Girl raises thousands for Gulf birds
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37620887/ns/us_news-giving/
Comment by Kate Clark on June 14, 2010 at 10:45pm
Or how about LA discovering the joys of a good (enormous) swap meet? How's that for recycling on a massive scale?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/06/new-flea-market-t...
Comment by Kate Clark on June 12, 2010 at 7:25pm
Oh yea! I almost forgot- this is an amazing 11 minute short film that Doug Banner Storyteller sent me- about empathy. Its fun and goes fast...

http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2010/05/06/rsa-animate-empathic-civi...

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