This Woman Did Yoga on the Highway While Stuck in 2-Hour Traffic Jam
Jun24

This Woman Did Yoga on the Highway While Stuck in 2-Hour Traffic Jam

Perspective can enslave you or it can free you. You may not always choose the scenarios that arise in your life, but you can always choose how you will react to them, and in that choice you create your happiness (or misery). In an effort to “clear the traffic in her mind”, this bored driver hopped out of her vehicle last Wednesday to do some good ol’ fashioned blacktop yoga. The woman, Kristin Bjornsen, had been sitting in a bumper to bumper Miami traffic jam for two hours before finally deciding to do something fun. The driver behind her snapped a photo of Kristin’s spur of the moment cobra pose, resulting in a hilarious example of roadside stress...

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Making sense: are we ready to ditch the disposable economy?
May07

Making sense: are we ready to ditch the disposable economy?

From a surge of interest in repair cafes, to a new wave of workspaces for freelance makers, we explore fresh signs that we’re demanding a new relationship with ‘stuff’ Can possessions ever be positive? asked our feature in 2016 titled True Riches. There are fresh signs that our relationship with consuming is undergoing an overhaul. On 1 January, a tax break bill came into force in Sweden that reduced by half the VAT on repairing items such as bicycles, clothes and shoes, as well as dishwashers and washing machines. The legislation will, it is hoped, encourage people to fix their possessions instead of buying new. In the UK, not only are we consuming less (Office for National Statistics data shows that we each used, on average, 10 tonnes of raw material in 2013 compared to 15 tonnes in 2001) but government figures released in December suggest that we’re also sending less to landfill. The community of makers at Building BloQs in north London includes ‘old dogs’ and young graduates, says co-founder Al Parra. Image: Jon Cardwell/AHEC Digital disruption has been credited at least in part for the change, as consumers buy fewer resource-intensive goods and source things digitally instead. But is it a cultural shift too? Transactions in the UK’s ‘sharing economy’ doubled to £7.4bn in 2015 according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, making it the fastest-growing market of its kind in Europe. Support Positive News From just £1 a month you can help fund good journalism about good things. Become a Positive News supporter member Sharing and making are more positive ways to satisfy the innate human need for novelty, believes Ruth Potts, co-author of a manifesto for ‘new materialism’. “Making makes us more adaptable, better able to respond to changing circumstances and better at solving problems.” Making makes us more adaptable, better able to respond to changing circumstances and better at solving problems And a team at the University of Dundee have discovered other benefits. While exploring prototyping, they found that those working in three dimensions created more imaginative solutions than those working on paper or screen. What is more, the process created stronger, healthier teams. This sense of comradery is thriving at the 1,022sq m Building BloQs workshop in Enfield, north London, a suburb that was previously best known for its high rate of knife crime. The social enterprise rents space and tools on a pay-as-you-go basis to freelance makers and designers in wood, metal, textiles, CNC and paint. Demand means it is due to expand within the year, when it will become the largest open access workshop in Europe. ‘People are placing greater value on things...

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Young Neighbor Invites Ailing 89-Year-Old Woman to Move In
Feb13

Young Neighbor Invites Ailing 89-Year-Old Woman to Move In

Even though 31-year-old Chris Salvatore and 89-year-old Norma Cook are vastly different ages, they are the perfect roommates for each other – and the best of friends. The duo first met about four years ago when Chris moved in across the hall from Norma. “After a couple weeks of saying hello through her kitchen window that looked out onto our apartment complex courtyard I decided to knock on her door and enter Norma’s world,” says Chris, who is an actor living in Los Angeles. “I soon learned that she had no family of her own living here in California, was suffering from a long list of health complications, including leukemia and just that week she had to give up her car because she lost her ability to drive.” MORE: Grieving Man Can Sleep Again After Girl Reaches Out in the Grocery Store The two grew steadily closer as Chris continued to volunteer for tasks involving her home and medical care. “I would help her cook meals, drive her to the doctors, banks, pharmacies and even just recently I got the amazing experience to accompany her to vote. We had such a blast these past few years filled with so much joy and laughter.” His assistance was needed more than ever when Norma’s health rapidly started to decline over the last six months. She was hospitalized several times for pneumonia, asthma attacks, and sustaining nasty falls in her apartment. The bleakest news came when doctors said that unless she was given 24 hour care at home, she would be sent to a state care facility. Chris created a GoFundMe page which raised over $75,000 for private care — and, most importantly, invited Norma to live with him so he could look after her and cut her out-of-pocket costs. After the two became roommates, they realized it was a perfect match. “She loves it! I do most of my work at home so I am here most of the time to care for her, so it only made sense to the both of us.” “She is my adopted grandmother, after all, and I am her grandson she never had.” Even though 31-year-old Chris Salvatore and 89-year-old Norma Cook are vastly different ages, they are the perfect roommates for each other – and the best of friends. The duo first met about four years ago when Chris moved in across the hall from Norma. “After a couple weeks of saying hello through her kitchen window that looked out onto our apartment complex courtyard I decided to knock on her door and enter Norma’s world,” says Chris, who is an actor living in...

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Police Officer, Student End 911 Call in Funky Dance Competition-Watch
Feb13

Police Officer, Student End 911 Call in Funky Dance Competition-Watch

When Officer Jarrod Singh received a call from a citizen reporting a fight, he was expecting to bust some crime – not bust a move. But when he arrived at the scene in Toronto, he found eight students from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in the middle of filming a music video. “I saw eight people gathered around one person, so I can see how a member of the public thought it was a fight,” Singh said in a statement released by the Durham Regional Police. “But when I got closer I could see he was break dancing in the middle and there was someone filming it.” RELATED VIDEO: Dancing Cop Builds Friendships at Black Lives Matter Cookout Though the youths had been filming a teaser video for an upcoming dance competition, they were nervous at the sight of the approaching police officer. Then Singh mentioned that he had also been a hip hop dancer in college. After one of the students asked if Singh could show them some moves, the scene turned into an epic dance battle that has since gone viral. Source: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/police-officer-student-end-911-call-funky-dance-competition/ Video Source:...

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Mark Ruffalo’s Inspirational Message to Humanity
Dec19

Mark Ruffalo’s Inspirational Message to Humanity

Short and sweet boost for humanity.Thank you Mark Ruffalo. Source: the young turks via youtube

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