If you're thinking about adopting a dog from a shelter, these photos should seal the deal. The Bark Post shared these heartwarming photos of dogs from the Chicago Animal Shelter being taken on their "Freedom Ride" -- the ride from the shelter to the pups' forever home with their new owner. We don't know exactly what these animals are thinking, but their smiles say it all.Read More »from The Face of Pure Joy: Check Out These Shelter Dogs’ Freedom Rides to Their New Homes
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- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 2:42 PM EST
- Ellen's Good News | The Good News – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:46 AM EST
Want your kids to be smart, critical thinkers who empathize with others? Send them to the museum! A scientific study shows that exposure to cultural institutions and the performing arts provides significant mental stimuli to youngsters.
The new study was published in the journals Education Next and Educational Researcher. It found that students who participated in field trips that were involved with the arts had higher levels of engagement with the arts, and displayed tolerance, empathy, better educational memory and critical thinking skills.
To gather data, researchers administered surveys to 10,912 students and 489 teachers at 123 different schools. Subjects were asked a series of questions, including a written piece, after they attended field trips to museums and the likes.
"Before the study, a lot of people told us that the kids would just stare out the windows," says Jay P. Greene, professor of education reform and a researcher on the study. "Well, no, they don't. They're payingRead More »from Becoming Cultured Really Does Make Your Kids Smarter
- Ellen's Good News | The Good News – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:45 AM EST
Losing a leg can force a football player into retirement, but JaQue Billingsley wasn't ready to give up on his dreams.
While a freshman at Northside High in Warner Robins, GA, JaQue signed up for wrestling to stay in shape for his true passion, football. One day, his wrestling partner slammed him to the ground, and his knee rolled underneath his body. He was rushed to the hospital, where he discovered that he had dislocated his kneecap and had severely torn ligaments in his knee.
JaQue's complications with his knee got worse when doctors told him he had severed an artery in his leg and circulation was being severely limited. Eventually, the teen's right leg was amputated below the knee.
The teen couldn't believe this happened to him. "I was just thinking, 'What went wrong? How is that an option?'" he recalls. Still, he was lucky - doctors told his family they were initially concerned that blood clots could rush to his head or his heart.
Just three years later, JaQue is not only back toRead More »from This High School Football Player Hit the Field After Losing a Leg
Police officers can have a little fun with their jobs while protecting the public. Retired Police Officer Tony Lepore is a landmark in Providence, RI, capturing the attention of passersby and drivers with his flamboyant style of directing traffic.
Lepore dances - he blows his whistle, shakes his hips, and spins, points and waves, all while directing cars where to go.
The 66-year-old incorporated dance into his police work soon after joining the force in 1984. "I was watching 'Candid Camera' back in the '80s, and I got an idea to do some dancing the next day, but I had to watch out for my bosses," he says. "I didn't know they were gonna like it… the police department let me do it because the public really liked it."
After he retired, the city missed his infectious dancing, and invited him to direct traffic and bust a move to help lift people's spirits during the holidays.
"I'm out here having fun, but you still have to direct the people," he adds.
Watch even more of Lepore's sweet movesRead More »from Dancing Cop Makes Sitting in Traffic a Treat
- Ellen's Good News | The Good News – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 4:39 PM EST
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- Ellen's Good News | The Good News – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 3:58 PM EST
In 1993, legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano made a speech at the ESPY Awards that became permanently etched in American ethos. This year, patients at Duke Children's Hospital recited his motivational words, offering their own inspiration for the next generation.
The montage of poignant thoughts and examples of human spirit was filmed at the Jim Valvano Day Hospital, and posted to YouTube December 6. The goal of the piece is to raise money for Valvano's The V Foundation.
In the video, the kids let Valvano begin. "Time is very precious to me," he says. "I don't know how much time I have left and I have some things that I would like to say. There are three things we all should do every day."
The children took it from there…
In true Jimmy V Fashion, the emotion will move you to tears.
We love seeing the extraordinary ways servicemen and women surprise their families upon returning from active duty. Sailor Raymond McKnight decided to take his homecoming to Hollywood.
McKnight was set to return home for the holidays after a 9-month tour of duty with the US Navy. He teamed up with Tim Allen and the cast and crew of the ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing" to give his family a moment they'll never forget.
McKnight's wife and two sons were told they won a contest to join other military families as extras on the show. On tape day, the McKnight family was on the set, and was positioned next to a giant gift-wrapped box. Suddenly, Raymond pops out!
"Merry Christmas everybody, Daddy's home!" exclaimed the sailor, as his wife reacted in shock.
"On this show, we really honor vets, and you get very emotional," said Allen to ABC 7. "When you see the reality of being away from their families, service to the country, however you view it, this is a very special breed of men and women."
- Ellen's Good News | The Good News – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 3:10 PM EST
Would you be nicer if it saved you some money? One coffeehouse in the south of France is willing to bet on it.
La Petite Syrah café in Nice (how appropriate!) charges customers a cheaper cup of coffee if they're polite while ordering… and charges more if they're not.
Ask your server for "a coffee, please", and it will run you €4.25 ($5.85). If you don't add "please" to your request, your coffee will cost you €7 ($9.65).
If you're nice enough to say "hello, a coffee please" when you order, you get yourself a deal - €1.40 ($1.95) a cup.
The café's manager, Fabrice Pepino, says the payment policy began as a joke, though he did want to encourage a more polite environment.
"It started as a joke because at lunchtime people would come in very stressed and were sometimes rude to us when they ordered a coffee," he told The Local. "I know people say that French service can be rude, but it's also true that customers can be rude when they're busy."
"Most of my customers are regulars, and theyRead More »from The Best Way to Motivate People to Be Nice: Offer Cheaper Coffee
The iPads is one of the most popular gadgets on the market, and one of the best surprise tips you could give a restaurant worker.
Clay Lawson, 16, is a full time student who works as a busboy at the Cavalier Diner in Charlottesville, VA. The teen had worked hard and had finally saved enough money to buy an iPad for school.
Unfortunately, Clay's iPad was not long for this world -- mom accidentally threw the device in a fire pit after Clay placed it on a stack of cardboard boxes. The iPad was destroyed beyond repair.
The next morning, Clay's coworkers were discussing his bad news with one another. A customer was eavesdropping on their conversation, and inquired about Clay. The patron paid his bill and left, but returned an hour later with a gift for the busboy.
The customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, gifted him with a $360 Best Buy gift card to purchase another iPad.
"It's really amazing," the teen told WVIR. "I am still in shock that someone went out of their way to do this for aRead More »from Busboy Gets a New iPad as a Tip