Betty W. Phillips, Ph.D., Psychology
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GOOD NEWS!


                                                 GOOD NEWS!



Good news? You may be wondering what this title is all about, since there seems to be no good news anywhere. Looking at the national crisis, economic downturn, political chaos, weather nightmares, nuclear meltdown, education cuts, where is the good news?  You can subscribe to DailyGood.org and find out! Subtitled the "News that Inspires," you'll find a new article posted each day and past articles in many different interest areas (Generosity, Everyday Heroes, Nature, Work, Science and Technology, Mind and Body and Business.) The motto of DailyGood is to "Be the Change That You Wish to see in the World."  If you're feeling down, go to this website and read random articles or articles in your particular field of interest. I can assure you you'll want to join the good news crowd.


These days especially we all need to be inspired!  The good news concept helps us understand that we can contribute to improving the dismal atmosphere of the world around us and improve the prognosis for change as we enter the 2012 world shift. As individuals we're not in control of the world but collectively we are the world. Consider the Power of One:. "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do." (Edward Everett Hale, quoted in the DailyGood website.)  So let's each of us do what we can to make good news ourselves!


Another quotation from this website, "If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." (Mary Engelbreit.)  Forward thinking scientists, realizing that the entire world is composed of quantum energy, assure us that our thoughts, being energy itself, make a distinct impression upon the world around us. We can all be change makers in small ways or large and contribute to the positive, rather than the negative, atmosphere around us.


Who would develop such a program? This particular inspiring story began when a young man, Nipun Mehta, a technological wizard,with a six figure plus salary, a fortune in stocks, and an 18 hour work day, began to have some qualms about his lifestyle and future. Living in Silicon Valley, with the lowest percentage of charitable donations in the country, Nipun became concerned about the culture of greed and materialism around him. A prophetic incident made a deep impression upon him. Touring the back streets of Mumbai India with a friend, he was overcome by a wave of nausea. An emaciated beggar gave him a lemon to control the nausea and disappeared without stopping for thanks. Nipun eventually gathered together a group of computer savvy friends and decided to dedicate himself to acts of kindness and generosity. He founded the organization CharityFocus, entirely run by volunteers, now over 300,000 worldwide, with his intent to "bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart."  This group of volunteers began with the purpose of improving technology and websites for charitable organizations, but has since branched out in many areas as Nipun and the other volunteers extended their work. The group does not solicit money or charitable donations, instead being run with the time and goodwill of its participants. They believe that small but regular, daily if possible, positive contributions of kindness and generosity, extended throughout the world, will eventually change the world.


Let's step out of our selfish solitude by acting in a kind way without expectation of gratitude from others. Random acts of kindness will fill your soul with joy and happiness especially when you can anticipate that the gifts will multiply. The group came up with the idea of Smile cards: "Smile. You've just been tagged. Someone reached out to you with an anonymous act of kindness. Now it's your chance to do the same. Do something nice for someone, leave this card behind, and keep the spirit going!" This project, described on the website HelpOthers.org will even send you 10 free cards to get started. Believing that, "Kindness is contagious," the website contains lists of kindness ideas and lots of examples.


You can visit the CharityFocus website whose purpose is "Helping Others Help Others" and sign up for a number of newsletters including the DailyGood, InnerNet Weekly, South Asia Development News, Conversations, Kindness Daily, Kindness Weekly, and CharityFocus. Karmatube@charityfocus.org will bring you kindness inspired videos.


I can assure you that making small changes in kindness to others will lift your spirit and, when passed on to others, will begin to make this community and our world a better place, no matter what worldwide cataclysms befall us. You don't have to spend a lot of time volunteering in organizations, nor do you have to make large charitable cash donations. You will enjoy reading these inspirational stories and developing your own good news. So get your own Smile cards and get going!