Grateful News October 2015

This month’s Grateful News focuses on Sweden reducing fossil fuel use; Californians conserving water; an innovative way to help Syrian refugees; a ground-breaking children’s book series in Argentina; an ex-football star helping single moms; and rituals for happiness.

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Sweden sets its sights on becoming the world’s first fossil fuel-free nation

The move comes after Sweden suffered extreme heat waves last summer, and one of the worst bush fires in the country’s history. The government has committed to taking action to protect its citizens from the effects of climate change in the future. » Full Story

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A Culture of Nagging Helps California Save Water

Water shaming has plenty of precursors. Public safety advocates, for instance, have said that greater use of seatbelts, and a drop in drunken driving episodes nationwide, can be traced in part to friends and family members giving offenders a mouthful. » Full Story

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How one American found a way to help Syrian refugees: baby carriers

Cristal Logothetis of California had the idea to collect baby carriers, then and raised money to have someone from Greece deliver them to Syrian refugees. Similar programs have been started in California, Las Vegas, and Australia and Israel. » Full Story

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New book series for children features real-life female heroes

In Argentina, stories of inspiring Latin American women are highlighted in a new collection of books for kids, the “Anti-Princesses Collection.” The books focus on real-life women who do not depend on a “prince” to save them – they change their own lives. » Watch Video


Former NFL Warrick Dunn honors his murdered Mom by helping other single moms

He has created Warrick Dunn Charities, which independently and with other companies and organizations places single parents, first-time homeowners into new houses and provides financial support and home furnishings. » Full Story


A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Neuroscientists say that the first ritual is to ask yourself, “What am I grateful for?” Gratitude can boost serotonin. Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex. » Full Story