Time To Think: Students Find Meditation, Mindfulness Help Them Calm Stress

Good News Notes: “At George Washington High School in Denver, in the dance room, a couple of dozen students sit in chairs in a half-circle, silent, feet on the floor, eyes closed. Instructor Beverly Jacobson speaks softly.” “It’s Mindful Monday, a new part of the students’ physical education class where Jacobson uses the Inner Strength…

Kenyan scientist builds with bottles to beat plastic pollution

Good News Notes: “Hope Mwanake understands the plastic pollution crisis facing Kenya better than most.” “An environmental scientist who ran a waste collection service in Kenya’s central town of Gilgil, she witnessed first hand the mountains of plastic buckets, bottles and jerry cans discarded by residents, hotels, shops and schools.” “Along with business partner and…

Homeless NYC woman reunited with dog thanks toneighbor

Good News Notes: “A homeless woman and her beloved dog are back together — more than two weeks after they were separated following a harrowing experience.” “Loreal Moore, 28, said police took away her loyal pup, Oreo, after he bit a sick man who sexually harassed her and came after her friend Nov. 26 on…

NFL star Khalil Mack pays off hometown Walmart’s holiday layaways

Good News Notes: “NFL star Khalil Mack donated $80,000 to pay off all active holiday layaway accounts at his hometown Walmart ahead of this year’s holiday season.” “The Walmart in Fort Pierce, Fla., announced earlier this month that Mack made a donation to the retail chain to wipe out all customer debt at the store….

Surprise baby born prematurely home for the holidays

 Good News Notes: “A Delaware woman who thought she couldn’t have children unexpectedly gave birth in the bathroom without showing any symptoms before delivering in September. Fast forward a few months later and the baby is home from the hospital right in time for the holidays.” “Collazo suffers from a gynecological condition that she says…

FSU researchers suggest ketamine could curb alcoholism

Good News Notes: “Could an addictive drug be the key to curbing alcoholism?” “Neuroscience researchers at Florida State University published a study this month suggesting ketamine might reduce an alcoholic’s desire to drink.” “For around three years, the team tested lab rats finding ketamine, commonly used as an anesthetic, dropped alcohol use by 70 to…