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DailyGoodSeven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find PurposeHow do we bring engagement, real-life lessons, and a sense of meaning into teens' lives? Patrick Cook-Deegan discovered after years of experience and research that the most fulfilling and useful real-world lessons are not being taught in typical high school classrooms -- like collaboration, passion, and learning from failure. In a system that values extrinsic rewards over internal values, students are likely to become bored and disillusioned. On top of this, teens are reporting that they are not developing meaningful relationships with adults at school, an important aid in finding purpose. In this age of technology and distraction, Cook-Deegan has found that the answer begins within, an idea that makes sense not just for teenagers but for all of us. Whether you have teens or not, you'll appreciate these concise, insightful suggestions on how to bring meaning to your life -- and help others find purpose for themselves. [Full Story on]  

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Stories of Kindness

It All Started With Her Young Son's Bicycle Tire, Subh
Dec 11 -- When you are kind, the world becomes kind. This was my son's experience last week. He went out biking but as ... Full Story

Desparate Times, Extraordinary Effort, compassion777
Dec 05 -- The drizzle had just stopped in the late night today when I walked on the streets. Coming in the opposite direction ... Full Story

Nursing Home Love Connection, autumnsky38
Dec 09 -- There is a lady at the nursing home where my Dad is, and one day she stopped as she rolled her wheelchair down ... Full Story

Sharing Warmth and Love, AndiCas
Dec 08 -- My friend waited at home with me the other evening whilst her partner drove mine and my son to the health centre. In ... Full Story

Small Acts

"Inter species kindness. Wrapped in a blanket in front of the stove is a little lamb who isn't doing so well. Stumpy the dog is guarding it, lying with it to keep it warm." AndiCas, Dec 08

""Live as if you were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever" Mahatma Gandhi" leoladyc728, Dec 09

"maybe you will like it.. a beautiful creation by a child. "someone says-children can make a beautiful world, if they get brushes of creativity."." kmbhai, Dec 08

"Thank You so much to Rajni for sending me so many postcards! " raevienne, Dec 12

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Liesl Clark and her family traveled to Nepal on a "quest to find answers." They returned home with a new perspective on community and a better way of living. Clark saw how the Nepalese cared for each other, insisting on sharing gifts equally upon the populace and taking responsibility for the aging, fragile, and infirm without regard to family ties. She believed these principles could be applied to their area and possibly beyond. With help from her friend Rebecca Rockefeller, Clark began The Buy Nothing Project with a Facebook page and a list of ideals. Their hope was to focus more on community and connections and less on stuff, thereby removing physical wealth from the equation. The project encourages the feeling that we are all connected and that everyone has something to offer. Some cook meals for others. Some collect food growing on trees and vines in public places, food that may often be left to rot. The movement, started from one collective on Bainbridge Island, Washington, now has 450,000 members and counting. Watch this video to learn more of the backstory behind the local gift economies of this experimental social movement sweeping across the globe. [Source: KarmaTube]

A film by Sky Door Films.

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image What You Missed In Fourth Grade, by Brad Aaron Modlin
Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas, how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took questions on how not to feel lost in the dark. After lunch she distributed worksheets that covered ways to remember your... Read more on

image Kitchen Teachings: Conversation with Cherri Farrell, by Richard Whittaker
Cherri Farrell teaches consumer and family science, a subject that used to be called home economics. She teaches at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, California. Her curriculum is devoted largely to cooking and nutrition and it's also. Read More on

Today's Quote

The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. David Viscott

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