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Public Fridge for the Homeless

How many times have you left a restaurant with a to-go box, only to toss it in the trash a few days later? In Kochi, India, you can share your leftovers with the homeless population by leaving it in an outdoor fridge! Minu Pauline, restaurant owner of Pappadavada, came up with this solution to help the less fortunate folks in her city: She covers the cost of the fridge and electricity while she, along with the community, do their part to donate excess food that they are going to throw out anyway. I just love this. When I first arrived in the United States, one of the first things I noticed were the large portions, so there is always an abundance of wasted food. I know some companies are already donating their unsold goods to food banks, but, as Minu shows, you don’t have to be a giant corporation to make a difference in people’s lives. What an inspiration!   Source: BetterIndia.com

A Little Help with a Tie

When an elderly lady noticed a young man struggling to tie his tie in a subway, she asked her husband to help and teach him. Her husband then taught him how, step by step, and even asked the young man to demo it back to show that he can now do it himself. It’s a simple story from last year that stuck with me. Perhaps it’s the photo of these two generations interacting or it’s the simple act of taking the time to help a random stranger that resonates with me. Either way, I had to share today. :) Source: Redd Thomas, Facebook

Prison Bake

Imagine you’re a prison warden and you forgot to lock up some inmates at the end of the night … what do you think they’d do? In Sweden, the Norrtälje inmates decided to bake a chocolate cake and watch tv! In translating the source website below, the article ends with: “It is still unclear whether the inmates used a recipe, or if they made the cake on their own.” (Important stuff!) Just an amusing piece of news from a while ago, that made me smile today. Source: Aftonbladet

Christian the Lion

My sister recently reposted this video of Christian the Lion on Facebook. It’s one of those videos I’ve seen at LEAST 20 times on YouTube, to the point where I’ve probably memorized every single frame. I knew exactly what to expect, but I clicked the thumbnail anyway because I know it will make me smile. It never fails to grab my heart and squeeze it so much — in a good way. You may have already seen this 20x too, but I’m posting it here in the off chance that someone has not, and I get to be the lucky (re-)sharer of this beautiful story.

Just Like You

I’ve seen a lot of videos and heartwarming articles over the holidays but for some reason, this clip from Skype is the one that brought tears to my eyes — even after viewing it a second time! As I have written about before, I LOVE the internet mainly because of its sheer power for connecting people. Whether it’s keeping in touch with a parent or a best friend who lives thousands of miles away, or with a friend who is just like you and whom you have a meaningful bond with though you’ve never met in person … through this technology, we are able to express love, show support, and share happiness. And that, is more than enough reason to celebrate. Happy New Year!

A Dress a Day: A 99-Year-Old Woman’s Mission

  Although I’m not at retirement age yet, I sometimes wonder what I would do when I am not able to work anymore. How would the days look like to begin with? If I’m blessed with good health enough to live up to my 90s and jetpacks aren’t around yet, would I read books? Continue blogging? Spoil my grandchildren? Do old-people dances with my husband to “pop classics” such as Katy Perry (jk!)? Maybe all of the above. What didn’t cross my mind immediately is what Lillian Webber is doing now: She is making a dress each day for a child in Africa. In the past two years, Lillian has made more than 840 dresses for less fortunate kids — she even personalizes each one so that the recipient can call it her own. The frocks are sent overseas through the nonprofit organization, Little Dresses for Africa, who then delivers these pretty blessings to orphanages, schools, and churches. Lillian’s goal is to make 1000 dresses by May 6th, which will be her 100th birthday. What will she do after that thousandth dress? “When I get to that …

Cup of Good - Richie Parker, Armless Engineer

Richie Parker, Extraordinary Engineer

  Let me be the first to say that I am not immune to complaining. While I try to remember all the good things in this world and everything that I should be grateful for on a daily basis, I still have days where I am just a brat. I am not alone on that one, I think. Waking up in the morning to exercise is “hard,” commuting to a work place where there is a ton of traffic can get “hard,” washing a car is “hard.” As Richie Parker demonstrates, however — it’s all relative. Richie Parker was born without arms. Yet he did not let this stop him from doing what he wanted to do — from riding bikes, driving cars, to becoming a respected NASCAR engineer in Hendrick Motor Sports. He uses the computer on a daily basis by placing the keyboard and mouse on the floor for his foot to operate. He uses his chin and his shoulder to wash his car, and he uses his toes to weld — among other things! …

Smiling Kids in Cape Town

This video is bursting with excitement and smiles, you’d think the kids won a trip to Disneyland…  but the children are orphans from Cape Town, South Africa and they are simply excited. To say that they do not have much is an understatement, yet they really are just THAT happy  to see a friend/volunteer whom they’ve missed in the past six months. Captured from a first person’s point of view via GoPro, it is hard not to smile back at the lovely faces.   Read about Intsikelelo’s story. Really impressive, you guys. I am so inspired by your kindness, motivation, optimism, and heart.

Inspired: Arthur’s Transformation

Although this video mentions a fitness program, Arthur’s story is true and utterly inspiring nonetheless. His journey is not just about weight loss — it shows a person’s inner strength, earnest perseverance, and having faith in one’s self against all odds. He demonstrated that the human spirit knows no bounds, and it motivates me in a way that only inspiration could. The clip is less than five minutes but if you’re anything like me, you’re in for an emotional ride. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending. Yay Arthur!!

Caffe Sospeso: The Best Cup of Coffee

  Caffe Sospeso (“Suspended Coffee”) is a tradition in Italy that involves a customer buying a cup of coffee for someone who cannot afford it, as an anonymous act of charity. This started when cafe patrons in the working-class parts of Naples who experienced good luck would buy two cups of coffee and consume only one. The cafe would then reserve the other cup for a less fortunate person, and serve it to him/her for free. I thought that this story is an internet hoax because it just sounded too nice to be true. As it turns out, snopes (urban legend debunker site) confirmed it based on several personal accounts, and I’d like to believe it is. This is one way to spread good karma around — although simple, it shows people sharing their joy and caring for their fellowmen, strangers included. Thank you for the idea, Naples!