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10 Most Inspiring Stories for 2008

These are some of top good news stories from last year that really tugged at the heartstrings. They were also ten of the most...
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‘Layaway Angels’ Appear at Sears

Anonymous "Layaway Angels" have embraced the essence of the holiday spirit by secretly paying off layaway balances at Sears' stores. The benefactors first appeared at...
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Study Suggests Good Cheer May Spread Itself

When you're smiling, the whole world really does smile with you. A paper being published Friday in a British medical journal concludes that happiness...
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Pay It Forward Kidney Donations Create Chain of Blessings

One man decided to donate his kidney to a stranger, starting a chain of kidney swaps that changed the lives of 8 people, saving...
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Kindness Tornado Rips Through Town

Without warning Biddeford, Maine experienced a tornado of kindness on Thursday. Residents were lifted up and spirits were tossed into unfamiliar territory as Michael...
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Kindness Tornado Rips Through Town

Without warning Biddeford, Maine experienced a tornado of kindness on Thursday. Residents were lifted up and spirits were tossed into unfamiliar territory as Michael...

Couples Trade in Historic Kidney Swap

"Two married couples give EACH OTHER a kidney in Britain's first transplant between strangers" (BBC) Thanks, Andrew!
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“Free Hugs” Campaign Aims to Inspire Reserved Japanese

FOLLOW-UP: A group of university students were on a mission earlier this year to change Japan — and make hugging more acceptable. Inspired by...
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Encouraging Signs That Elder Care is On the Mend

Finally, for the first time, I have hope. I started my career in the aging field in the "mean old days" of the 1970s,...
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Communities Smile at the Payoffs From Friendliness

Port Phillip in Australia is encouraging people to smile or say "G'day" — the standard Australian greeting — to both neighbors and strangers as...
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The Muslims I Know …

I am concerned. When I turn on my television and see Muslims, I feel scared. I see acts of violence. I hear rants of...
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Cab Driver Returns Wallet and $5,950

The more we hear about honest cab drivers, like the one earlier this week in New York, the more it makes each of us...
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Top Ten Stories of 2006: 7) Internet Videos Spread Inspiration and Hugs

7) Boom in Internet Video Spreads Love, Inspiration and Hugs to Millions • Utilizing YouTube and MySpace, citizens are uploading...
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Top Ten Good News of 2006!

With casualties in Iraq reaching record numbers, the war in Lebanon punctuating the continuing crises in the Middle East and the ongoing slaughter in...
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Secret Santa Revealed

The Secret Santa from Kansas City has long brightened the hearts of hundreds each holiday season by handing out hundred-dollar bills to strangers on...

From Miner to Superhero, then a Cold Beer

An Australian man noticed a serving tractor-trailer truck on the other side of the road on his way to work. He turned his car...
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The Joy of Giving is Hormone Based

Neuroscience has once again shown that selfless giving has its root in human nature: People do it because it feels good. Researchers...

Man Gives Away Free Flowers in City Streets (Video)

Another inspiring video: Making people smile on a day in April, 2003, giving away free flowers to strangers on the streets of London. With...
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Amish Parents Forgive Gunman, Befriend his Family

After a man burst into a Pennsylvania schoolhouse Monday and shot five young girls to death, the Amish community that was left to deal...
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‘Free Hugs’ Campaign Video Sweeps Web

This video, posted on You Tube four days ago, documents a "Free Hugs" campaign staged in a busy pedestrian square in Sydney, Australia. Juan Mann's...