2. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program
Most cities worry about graffiti: how to stop it and what it means about disaffected youth. Philadelphia had a different idea. In 1984, the city’s Anti-Graffiti Network decided to reach out to graffiti writers. Instead of putting the screws to them, the Network wanted to re-direct their energies into mural painting. In the years since, Philadelphia’s young artists have produced more than 3,000 murals. The Mural Arts Program not only transforms public spaces, it changes lives. The program’s Mission Statement is a manifesto for celebration and a model for any group wanting to make change.
This site is always on the hunt for good news and manages to come up with a healthy dose every day of the year, as well as delivering “One good thing a day” to subscribers. This year they have been inviting readers to document 30DaysofGOOD by taking a photograph, adding a caption and posting it to their site. Every day has been a different theme: something you made, a room in your house, the inside of your fridge, your commute, a friend.
4. Louis Schwartzberg’s TEDxSF talk on Gratitude
Louis Schwartzberg’s photos and videos are reason enough to be grateful he shares his vision with the world, but the excerpt from his film, Happiness Revealed, gets my vote for one of the most inspiring reminders of how to live gratefully. It features the extraordinary reflections of a child and the observations of Brother David Steindl, who is also the inspiration behind Gratefulness.org. Brother Steindl reminds us,
You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you: today. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
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