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How an 11-Year-Old Boy Scout is Saving the Planet

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:46

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Meet Diego Madani and his non-profit treesRus
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See what happens when a 11-year old boy scout decides he wants to help save the planet. Watch this story of Diego Madani, a Northern Nevadan who is planting trees to combat climate change.

Zay Zay Social Distancing Dance

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Submitted by Mary.alber_555 on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:26

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Nine-Year-Old Reno Resident Rapping Rocks!
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I loved this awesome home video of Tanayah Henderson doing her social distancing dance. Her mother shared this video with KOLO 8 News so we could enjoy watching her daughter showing us how to be safe during these times. I bet everyone is gonna be learning from Zay Zay in the days to come!

Giving Off Good Energy — Meet Priya Dey-Sarkar

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:42

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“You can make service part of your job no matter what it is. Whether it’s customer service, fixing drainage pumps for a large neighborhood, or preparing a climate resilience plan, there is always an opportunity to serve another human being.” *Priya Dey-Sarkar
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Priya Dey-Sarkar brings a lot of good energy to Northern Nevada, both in her work as an energy engineer and as a Bhakti yoga teacher.

As an energy engineer, and Bhakti yoga teacher, Priya Dey-Sarkar’s life may at first glance seem at odds with itself. But she only sees how connected it all is. “No matter what I do, I work with energy — helping it flow from point A to point B,” Dey-Sarkar explains.

When ‘Good Vibes Only’ Goes Bad: Toxic Positivity Explained

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 08/18/2019 - 16:43

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"It's OK not to be positive all the time, and it's unrealistic to believe that you can be happy every moment." ~ Psychology Professor Julie Norem
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While Just the Positive is a resource for positive stories, its reason for existence is in no way tied to promoting “toxic positivity” — which is the unrealistic belief that focusing on positivity and ignoring all other emotions will cure what ails you.

A few years ago, I was t-boned by a car running a red light at an intersection. I was later told by police that the man who ran the light was named Darwin — which I only mention because he walked away from the accident he caused without a single scratch (survival of the fittest much?). 

One Step at a Time

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Submitted by mcraddock_398 on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 01:50

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Stacy York Lends a Hand to Storey County Seniors
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Why she chooses to work with seniors? “Knowing I am helping someone who cannot always help themselves.” * Stacy York
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Born and raised in the heart of Northern Nevada, Stacy York is filling gaps within our community to better serve those who may need extra resources.

Just under a year ago, my family and I migrated to Virginia City, Nevada. The social aspect of this community is very understanding and welcoming to those who wander through. Through newfound connections in the community, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a very warm-hearted individual. This individual is the director of the local Virginia City senior center. Stacy York is a very talented professional who has successfully begun to fill gaps within the community to better serve our elders.   

Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” * April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

Just the ‘Paws’-itive: A Different Kind of Therapy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:46

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“My favorite part of having a therapy dog? I don’t know, I guess I’d say that if it makes someone happy, then we’ve done our jobs.” * Peter Maddy
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Read about Annie the Therapy Dog and her handler Peter Maddy, who visit places daily with one goal in mind: to help others.

Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 04/10/2019 - 21:30

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“When something I usually have no control over angers or saddens me, I often think about how I can turn it around. Can I take a small step toward a good resolution, at least in my corner of the world? If I can, I take that step, and it makes me very grateful to have the power to do so!” * Christel H.
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We know being grateful can improve our mental and physical well-being, but how can we experience gratitude on a regular basis? Our readers shared their answers to this important question.

We’ve all heard the platitudes about why we should be grateful. And most of us can manage it on a semi-regular basis, perhaps during the holidays or on our birthdays. But the reality is that living a life of consistent gratitude helps us in real, tangible ways.

5 Inspiring TED Talks to Bring A Little More Happiness to Your Life

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Submitted by dani_225 on Fri, 03/29/2019 - 17:40

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“True, bonified, authentic happiness is about unleashing your God-given talents to positively influence this world.” * Stacey Flowers
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We scoured the vast libraries of TED and TEDx Talks to bring you some of the most inspiring ones we could find on happiness and positivity.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever entered the TED Talk world and, before you knew it, it’s been three hours and you’re ready to start changing every aspect of your life because you were just so #inspired. Well, that was us as we embarked on this journey to research inspiring talks on happiness. Take a few minutes, watch these talks, and be amazed at how you can make some room for a little more happiness in your life.

Here’s our rundown of our top 5 positively inspiring TED Talks, in no particular order:

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