Monday, October 8, 2012

What are you thankful for?

 Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers :)  

What are you thankful for today?

-- Quote of the Day --

“One of the things I started seeing (upon doing acts of kindness) was that it certainly moved me through the grief and I started to feel happier in life. Science shows that when you give you get endorphins and a bit of a high so there are physical benefits as well. …There are so many things that you get back and that you can learn when volunteering - skills and who you meet. …I think because of the media we are just so bombarded by all the things that are wrong in the world, but if you turn off the news - you’ll notice all the good things that are going on. …Really it is just a habit that you are changing and you are starting to make such a difference.”

Linda Cohen

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode titled: Healing Through Acts ofKindness

 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)

-- Positive News --

I've just learned of Homedoor - a wonderful Japanese non-profit organization (based in the city of Osaka) - which created the Bicycle-Share HUBChari and the Coco Morning projects in April of 2012. 

The Bicycle-Share HUBChari program offers people on welfare, the homeless and other poverty stricken individuals a chance to learn a new skill - repairing abandoned bicycles - and then sells or rents the bicycles for a profit. So not only are the people in the program able to build a more current resume, they are learning bicycle repair and business skills. The participants are also rewarded by playing a role in making the world a better place through recycling bicycle parts and abandoned bikes. Additionally, those bikes, when used, provide people with a green transportation.

Their Coco Morning project serves breakfast for the poverty stricken individuals in their city, and became so successful that they branched out with another project they call Kama Meets where people actually deliver cooked meals to the homeless.

The most impressive aspect of Homedoor is that it was started by a 14-year-old girl who was compelled to do something about the poverty and homeless tragedies she saw around her. 

With this in mind - I am personally thankful for the girl who started Homedoor - and to Japan for Sustainability (, the non-profit communication platform where I learned of the Homedoor's efforts. 

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