Harvard Course in Happiness Draws Students in Droves

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe most popular course at Harvard this semester teaches the skill of positive thinking. 855 students signed up for a positive psychology course to learn how to create “a fulfilling and flourishing life.” Harvard is one of about a hundred campuses around the country offering courses that focus on what helps people to feel good. Positive Psychology is the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. Growing piles of scientific research are promoted on the covers of magazines like Time, and leading to masters degree programs, like the one centered on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. The University of PA offers to professionals, many of whom are working full-time, the chance to earn a pioneering graduate degree from the Ivy League university, with the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). International conferences on the topic are now numerous. The Fifth International Positive Psychology Summit will be held in Washington, DC on October 5- 7, 2006 and sponsored by The Gallup Organization with Toyota and Toyota University.Read more about Harvard students and their class in the Boston Globe, (If you don’t want to register for reading page 2, read it here) NPR did a story also and includes its audio/ radio file.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


University of Denver Students Launch Free Bike Lending Library

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first_img The bikes, designed to be durable, safe and easy to operate, sport baskets that can hold up to 25 pounds, tail lights powered by the motion of the wheels, and seats that adjust to fit riders with the flick of a lever. Locks are built into the bikes so they can’t get lost or left behind. Bikes will be kept in specially marked racks outside the residence halls where they are loaned out. When the citywide Denver bike sharing program launches in April, about 600 bikes will be available at up to 50 solar-powered self-service kiosks spread across the city. Users can check out a bike at one location with the swipe of a card, and return it clear across town. DU is expected to house at least two of those kiosks. The city-University partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. “I hope everyone on campus, that includes faculty and staff, uses these,” one student said. “The fewer automobiles we drive, the more that students and the rest of us use our legs or a bicycle, it’s making an impact.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA student-led bike library opened Sept. 24 at the University of Denver offering high-tech bikes on loan for free, and a glimpse of the citywide bike sharing program that gets rolling next spring. The free DU lending library is open to all students, faculty and staff using the same bikes that will dot the city landscape in early 2010. The bike library is part of Denver University’s (DU) sustainability efforts that incorporate conservation, recycling and innovative building design. Bikes will be available for free use with DU identification. The establishment of the bike library was led by the Undergraduate Student Government, which contributed and raised some $50,000. “It’s really a perfect solution for a lot of students like me who don’t have a bike,” said student government senator Dillon Doyle. “I wouldn’t use a bicycle every day, but if I could just borrow one, I’d use one once a week to run errands or buy groceries.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


National Archives Unveils Civil War and Reconstruction Records Online

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first_img“The national archives is one of the best kept secrets of our federal government,” said filmmaker Ken Burns, renown for his PBS documentary, Civil War. Burns came to Washington last week to unveil the searchable online database. “Now, the digitization of these records means that everybody can search their personal stories with a click of a mouse.”Tomorrow, April 12, is the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Fort Sumter in 1861, marking the start of the American Civil War in Charleston, SC.In an effort to provide the Union Army with more troops, President Lincoln signed the Enrollment Act in March 1863 subjecting men ages 20-45 to a draft. Men’s names were recorded on consolidated lists from which draftees would be selected. The consolidated lists for 27 states filled more than 600 registers-now digitally indexed and available at www.ancestry.com/nara/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Archives and Ancestry.com have published millions of online Civil War records once restricted to the National Archives building.The newly digitized records will be free to the general public for one week ending Thursday and to Ancestry.com members thereafter. (The website offers a 14-day free trial, during which you can access all records.)The stars of the new Civil War collection are the draft registration records from 1863-1865. These nearly 275,000 records were previously only available by request in original form at the research center.last_img read more


Virgin Develops Jet Fuel With Half the Carbon Footprint of Others

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreVirgin Atlantic Airways and LanzaTech are developing an aviation fuel that will cut in half the carbon footprint of conventional flights.Instead of using plant stock for the fuel, waste gases are being captured from steel mills. The gases, which would otherwise burn up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, are fermented and chemically converted into jet fuel.A test facility is already in operation in New Zealand.Virgin, the first commercial airline to test a bio-fuel in flight, plans to begin using this new fuel in two to three years, with a ‘demo’ flight planned in 12-18 months.LanzaTech estimates its process to be useful for 65% of the world’s steel mills and believes it can also be applied to metals processing and chemical industries. Announcing the partnership Tuesday, the President of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, said, “This next generation, low-carbon aviation fuel is a major step towards radically reducing our carbon footprint, and we are excited about the savings that this technology could help us achieve.“With oil running out, it is important that new fuel solutions are sustainable, and with the steel industry alone able to deliver over 15 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, the potential is very exciting.”He said the new technology is “scalable” and able to be commercially produced at a comparable cost to current jet fuel.A larger demonstration facility will be commissioned in Shanghai this year, and the first commercial operation will be in place in China by 2014. Following successful implementation, a wider roll-out could include operations in the UK and the rest of the world.Dr Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive of LanzaTech, said, “While there is still work to be done and logistical hurdles to cross, we have excellent partners in Virgin Atlantic, Swedish Biofuels and Boeing and we are confident that we will have a facility with the capacity to produce fuel for commercial use by 2014.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Billionaire Philanthropist to Give Millions to Help Fix Washington Monument

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe billionaire philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will donate $7.5 million to help fix the shuttered, earthquake-damaged Washington Monument, government officials announced Thursday.The gift once again confirmed Rubenstein’s status as a generous repeat benefactor for Washington’s endangered national icons.It comes a month after he donated $4.5 million to the National Zoo’s cash-strapped giant panda program and seven months after a $13.5 million gift to the National Archives.(READ the story in Washington Post)Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Libyans Rally in Support of U.S. in Benghazi With Signs Saying ‘We’re Sorry’

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLibyans held a pro-America rally last night expressing regret and shame for the attacks on the American embassy that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 others.A CBS reporter on the scene said there is a sense of shock and anger toward those responsible for the crimes.“When you talk to Libyans here you hear the same thing: Everybody is heartbroken. They’re saddened, they’re shocked by what’s happened,” D’Agata told Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose. “They say the ambassador is a personal friend to the Libyans.” See more inspiring photos on the image site: imgur.com.(READ the story in from CBS News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Boy With Cancer Gets Secret Gifts for Over a Year

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the last 14 months, more than a dozen mystery packages have arrived for a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer and, often, for his three siblings and parents. They frequently appeared after Dylan’s “really bad days” and tough chemotherapy treatments, said Laurie Full, his mom, who blogs about their experiences.Packages would show up outside their Illinois home, sometimes arriving when the family was inside the house, but never with any trace of the source’s identity, other than the signature “Dylan’s Secret Pal.”(READ the story in the Chicago Tribune)Thanks to Sarah Jean for submitting the link on our Facebook Page! – File photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn our day-to-day lives it is easy to overlook some of the smaller, simpler things that can disproportionally boost our happiness levels.Luckily, there are lots of studies that show how to behave if you want to live a happier life.Seven actionable steps are highlighted in an article by author Gregory Ciotti. These include:Be Busy, But Not RushedHave 5 Close RelationshipsSpend Your Money on ExperiencesDon’t Ignore Your Itchesand, Master a Skill, Even if it’s a Struggle(READ the How-To article in 99u.com)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Stranger Buys Patrol Car at Auction to Give to Fallen Deputy’s Teenage Sons

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTanner and Chase Brownlee came to the police auction with $3,000 to buy their late father’s squad car.Their father, a Weld County, Colorado deputy, died in the line of duty five years ago. His squad car is one of the last physical links Tanner and Chase have to him.The county decided to auction the car, which was retired this year, to raise money for charity.Bidding quickly shot past the sum the two boys raised, and the car finally sold to a local rancher, Steve Wells, for $60,000.Winner of Boat Hands Over Keys to Less Fortunate Fisherman Wells didn’t keep the car for long. As soon as he took the keys, he turned to Tanner in the auction’s front row and handed them over to the young man, whom he’d never met before.“Tanner, here’s your car,” Wells said, and the room erupted in applause.(WATCH the video below or READ the full story at KMGH *NOTE autoplaying audio, adjust your speakers)Photo by Weld County Sheriff’s Department – Story tip from Sara NettlesAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Toy Breakthroughs: Barbie Finally Gets Realistic Body; Lego Figure Gets Wheelchair

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo staples of the make-believe world of children’s toys will soon reflect real life diversity.LEGO will add its first mini-figure in a wheelchair and Barbie will add some curves, as well as seven different skin tones.WANT MORE BREAKTHROUGHS IN YOUR LIFE? …GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP —>  Download FREE for Android and iOSLEGO unveiled its “Fun in the Park” play set, which features 14 elements including a boy in a wheelchair. The addition shows that children with mobility issues are just like everyone else who wants to play in the park.Toymaker Mattel is also addressing children’s body images by unveiling a variety of body sizes and skin color for Barbie. The message to children is that there is no one image of beauty.CHECK OUT:  IKEA Lovingly Turns Kids’ Drawings Into Actual Plush Toys Sold for CharityCompany spokesperson Michelle Chidoni says changes are “a better reflection of what girls see in the world around them.”Photos: LEGO; MattelPASS On the Good News… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more