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Polly Letofsky Polly Letofsky - walked around the world!

Steve Fugate walks to heal himself, and anyone else who hears his message of love. In 1999, his only son committed suicide while Fugate was in the middle of hiking the Appalachian Trail. And several years later, he lost his daughter in an accidental overdose of drugs that were meant to treat her multiple sclerosis. Fugate's "trail therapy" has taken him across the United States seven times and over 34,000 miles. He walks to raise awareness about depression and suicide - "to mend the broken hearts while they are still beating." "If I can love life then anyone can. I know every one of us has an instrinsic desire to stay alive. 'Love life' is the answer to everything." - See more at : http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6965

Steve Fugate

David Suelo
Daniel Suelo - Man who can live without Money?

Money plays such an integral role in our lives that the idea of living without currency is almost alien. However, Daniel Suelo will beg to differ. Determined to reject the system of capitalism and even bartering, Suelo has removed the concept of currency from his life for fifteen years now. In this short documentary, Suelo examines the aspects of a life without money, sharing his thoughts on living off the land, the gift economy, health, and the biggest blessing he received from this revolutionary lifestyle. - See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5807#sthash.pYsdklx7.dpuf

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"Bopsy" Salazar

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

- Simone De Beauvoir -

Willie Baronet

We Are All Homeless

Many of us feel uncomfortable and nervous when we come across homeless people carrying signs asking for money. We cross the street or look away to avoid making eye contact. Designer and artist Willie Baronet started buying signs from the homeless as a way to deal with his discomfort. In 1993, he embarked on a cross-country trip, buying signs from homeless people from Seattle to New York City. Along the way, something in him shifted in the way he felt about the homeless, as he got to know them as people. It was no longer "them and me" -- now it was "us." { read more } Video

We Are All Homeless

Do not judge by appearances. A rich heart may be under a poor coat.

- Scottish Proverb -

Paul Shoemaker

Re-Constructing Philanthropy

"The Empire State Building is a marvel, one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Yet when it was built, the most revolutionary change wasn't the architecture or the height, there were two other buildings built nearby, almost as high. The less acclaimed, quantum leap was in the construction practices by which the building was framed. Never before had a building been constructed the way they did it, as fast as they did it." Paul Shoemaker makes a case for a similar radical fundamental change in the underlying practices with which we construct our philanthropy. { read more }

Re-Constructing Philanthropy

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

- John Bunyan -

Shelagh Was Here: An Ordinary, Magical Life

"Shelagh Gordon was another name in the obituaries, an ordinary woman who had died suddenly." Or was she? Here's what her passing revealed about Gordon: "Her relationships were as rich as the chocolate pudding pie she'd whip together...She was both alone and crowded by love...She was the interpreter, she made sure everybody understood each other's feelings...You could put your heart on the table and you know that she'd never step on it, because she took great pride and honor that you gave that to her." Four years ago, a newspaper dedicated unprecedented coverage to 55-year-old Shelagh Gordon's funeral -- in a memorable attempt to illustrate the impact one 'ordinary' person can have. Read More >>

Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

If you were going to...If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and energy? While we're constantly told to lean in to work, to push harder and achieve more, The Harvard Study of Adult Development tracked the lives of 724 men for 75 years and found that the healthiest at age 80 were those who had had the most satisfactory relationships. This fascinating TED talk shares more. Read More >>


When When "Zen Pencils" cartoonist Gavin Than asked fans to vote for their favorite poem to be turned into a comic strip, they chose "Desiderata", the widely popular poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1927, whose title in Latin translates to "things to be desired". The poem has been described as a survival guide for life. Than's illustrations bring these celebrated words alive in a unique way. Read More >>

A Simple Formula for Changing Our Behavior

"I had just walked into my daughter's room as she was working on a science project. Normally, I would have been pleased at such a sight. But this time, her project involved sand. A lot of it. And, while she had put some plastic underneath her work area, it wasn't nearly enough. The sand was spreading all over our newly renovated floors." When a fraught interaction with his daughter led Peter Bregman to examine his behavior, he gained valuable insight into how each of us can change our mode of dealing with challenging situations for the better. Read More >>

The Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2015

What if we invited...What if we invited people from different parts of the world, to sit around a fireplace and share stories of their experiences with kindness? A kind act that they may have done, received, or been a witness to. That is what the online KindSpring.org community looks like. It's hard to select a few stories from thousands that were shared. Some are small acts that make someone's day, while others are life-altering to say the least. But they all have one thing in common, a big heart. Here are the top 10 stories of kindness from 2015! Read More >>

The Surprising Benefit of Going Through Hard Times

Psychologists studying...Psychologists studying "post-traumatic growth" find that many people come to thrive in the aftermath of adversity. Read on to learn more about the amazing ability of human beings to not only adapt but to grow incredibly after loss.Read More >>

5 Important Things We Learned About Mindfulness in 2015

The more we learn...The more we learn about mindfulness -- cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment -- the more health and well-being benefits we discover. In 2015 researchers delved deeper into the science of meditation and uncovered even more surprising evidence of the powerful effects of mindfulness on mind and body. Read More >>

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi -
The Best Leaders are Insatiable Learners
Nearly a quarter century ago, at a gathering in Arizona, John W. Gardner -- a legendary public intellectual and civic reformer -- delivered a speech that may be one of the most quietly influential speeches in the history of American business. Surprisingly, this speech was not about money nor power. Rather, it was on "Personal Renewal" -- "the urgent need for leaders who wish to make a difference and stay effective to commit themselves to continue learning and growing." This piece takes a deeper look at the nuggets of wisdom in Gardner's timeless speech. { read more }

Erich Fromm on the Art of Loving
Our cultural mythology "continually casts love as something that happens to us passively and by chance, something we fall into, something that strikes us arrow-like, rather than a skill attained through the same deliberate practice as any other pursuit of human excellence. Our failure to recognize this skillfulness aspect is perhaps the primary reason why love is so intertwined with frustration. That's what the great German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher Erich Fromm examines in his 1956 masterwork The Art of Loving -- a case for love as a skill to be honed the way artists apprentice themselves to the work on the way to mastery, demanding of its practitioner both knowledge and effort." { read more }

We did that. The Harvard Study of Adult Development may be the longest study of adult life that's ever been done. For 75 years, we've tracked the lives of 724 men, year after year, asking about their work, their home lives, their health, and of course asking all along the way without knowing how their life storieswere going to turn out.

 Robert Waldinger
Good Relationships makes us happy and live longer.

Some may see the makeshift tents and tarps that line the streets merely as garbage or eyesores, but Gregory Kloehn sees a game plan. Inspired by the improvised shelters that homeless people craft, Kloehn, the founder of Homeless Homes from Oakland, California, decided to start making his own “mini” homes with material mainly sourced from waste. With 35 houses built and counting, these miniature houses serve as a personal form of shelter for many homeless individuals. They give the residents an area that is dry, warm, and private. Most importantly, it is a safe space they can call their own. - See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6484


65-year old tea seller Vijayan and his wife Mohana (who had never traveled outside of her home town of Ernakulam, Kerala before her marriage) have been to 16 countries and across most of India. Every three years or so, after paying off loans and saving a little money (at the rate of a few dollars a day) the couple shuts down their tea stall (their only source of income) and sets off for another destination in the world. Friends and relatives think they are mad for spending so much money that could be put to better use. But, as Vijayan says, “If money is our only concern we will not be able to do anything. We have only one life to do everything, you can’t create extra time for it." Sit back and savor this beautiful film that captures Vijayan and Mohana's dreams and philosophy of life.

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