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Jennifer E. Jones is a writer, editor and Web producer. She has written for entertainment, trade and inspirational organizations for nearly 15 years. She has a Master of Education and a Master of Journalism degree from Regent University. However, her greatest skill is crushing anyone in a game of "Name That Tune." In her spare time, she is an amateur home chef, a rock star marathon runner and wannabe novelist.

Hallelujah! Come On, Get Happy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Another thing that makes me happy is musicals. I love the drama, the laughter and ability to burst out into song and dance at any moment. I don’t need to tell you that Judy Garland was legendary in everything she […]

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Five Things You Love about You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m borrowing this idea from Downtown Dharma, because it’s an excellent exercise in self-love. Could you list five things you love about yourself? I’ll go first. 1. I’m funny 2. I’m a writer 3. I have crazy, fun curly hair […]

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Everybody Needs Somebody: Dog Cries with Baby

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Sometimes you just need someone to commiserate with you. This baby and Siberian Husky found each other. More videos: Babies, Bubbles and the Family Dog Talking Babies Laughing Babies

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Gratitude: The Secret to Practicing Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This week’s theme is happiness. If you haven’t read the blogs, here’s a recap: It kicked off with a video from Pastor Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness. Then, a discussion on What Makes You Happy. Followed by the results of […]

A Few of Your Favorite Things

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In my pursuit of happiness, I’ve been doing an informal survey amongst my friends, family, co-workers and you precious Inspiration Report readers to discover what makes you happy. Interestingly enough, there were a lot of items that appeared on everyone’s […]

What Makes You Happy?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things” – Oscar Hammerstein II, ‘The Sound of Music’ […]

Joel Osteen on Habitual Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If people were to describe you in one word, what would it be? I thought about that this weekend as I was going through a box of keepsakes. In many old letters, I noticed several friends wrote down that when […]

Laura Bush Raises Her Voice for Mothers Across the World

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Watch this inspiring message from former First Lady Laura Bush for the ONE Campaign. Related Posts: The One Campaign Asks, ‘Why Bother?’

What Advice Would You Give the Class of 2011?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Graduation season is upon us. Doesn’t it come with a sense of hopefulness? For the graduates, so much as been accomplished and they have a blank slate ahead of them to fill with their wildest dreams. For family and friends, […]

Team TobyMac Raises More Than $100,000 for New Hope Academy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m a big fan of anyone who uses their star power for good. Recently, I highlighted celebrities like Justin Bieber and others who help promote good causes. I just heard about this and wanted to share. Recent BMI “Songwriter of […]

Dreams Come True in Time

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The other day, I was watching some old TV shows on my laptop. I love stand-up comedy and found an archive of old Comedy Central specials. It was all my favorite comics in some of their early performances. I laughed […]

The One Campaign Asks, ‘Why Bother?’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of The Inspiration Report‘s many missions is highlighting organizations and individuals that are making the world a better place. One such organization is the ONE Campaign that helps fight poverty and preventable disease in the U.S. and abroad. You […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I know you love these videos so I’ve another one for you. This world will put all kinds of labels on you, but this video will cause you to stop and think about who God says you are.     […]

If You Could Only See

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This video made the rounds amongst the Beliefnet editors and I wanted to share it here. The next time you get impatient with the world around you, remember to see people through the eyes of compassion. “Be kinder than necessary, […]

The Power of the Olive Branch

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I recently had an occasion to forgive and forget. It’s always tougher than it sounds. It got me thinking about an age-old symbol for peace and what it can teach us about loving our neighbor as ourselves. The olive branch […]

Turning Heartache into Hope

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We’ve talked a lot about hope after loss on this blog. Grief in its many forms affects everyone, so I’ll always want to discuss how we can live our lives to the fullest in spite of its occasional pitfalls. In […]

Babies, Bubbles and the Family Dog

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you’re even human or not. Everybody loves bubbles. This video is proof… Baby Cracks Up At Dog Attacking Bubbles – Watch more Funny Videos More Videos: The Royal Wedding Dance Talking Babies […]

What the Resurrection Means for You (even if you don’t believe)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

April 17th this year began Holy Week. Palm Sunday, Passover, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday all lead up to Easter Sunday. I know many of you will be observing the holiday season in a variety of ways. Obviously many go […]

I Believe in Miracles

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Gabrielle Bernstein, motivational speaker and author of Add More ~Ing to Your Life. I believe in miracles. Period. Full stop. For some of you that may be a pretty ballsy statement—for others it may seem like […]

The Royal Wedding Dance

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Dancing down the aisle is all the rage. So wouldn’t it be funny if royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to add a little fun to their wedding nuptials? Well, someone had a great idea… Now, this almost […]

What We Learned from Soap Operas

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

ABC announced yesterday that it is cancelling two of its longest running soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live. Come September 2011 and January 2012, the respective towns of Pine Valley and Llanview will go to sleep […]

Free Hugs and Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here are some people out to spread the love. In London, England, there’s a group called Action for Happiness that has made it their members’ sole mission to make other people just a little bit happier. They give out free […]

What Your Words Say About You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Have you listened to yourself lately? What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? I’ve heard a person out loud berate themselves and it just disturbs me. “Ug! I’m so stupid. What’s wrong with me? I’ll never get […]

Be The Change

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi I visited a new church last Sunday. It was very small – less than 30 people. They meet out of a studio downtown and quickly tear down […]

Denying Fear

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you don’t know Gabrielle Bernstein, let’s make some introductions. She’s a motivational speaker and author of the popular book Add More ~ing To Your Life. On this blog, we’ve been talking a lot about hope in difficult circumstances and […]

Extraordinary: Meet the Man Without Limbs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Bouncing off of yesterday’s blog, I’m sharing a video that I know will touch your heart and inspire you. Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs, yet today he’s traveled all around the world doing what many thought would […]

Life without Limits

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Growing up, my mother used to tell us often to banish the word “can’t” from our vocabulary. We were not allowed to think that we were incapable of doing something we set our minds to. The older I get, the […]

Quiet Your Noisy Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Readers, you and I both love these videos, so I found another one to share with you. I’m taking a few days to quiet my life as much as possible. I’m still going to work. I’m still talking with friends, […]

Hope… I Dare You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If I haven’t told you lately, I love you, dear readers. For the last few weeks, I’ve seen you pour out your hearts in response to blog posts like “Don’t Give Up”, “Count Your Blessings” and “Hope After Loss”. Your […]

A Youth’s Climb for a Nation

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Meet Rob Gibbs. He’s a 20-year-old British University student who’s about to climb the fourth largest mountain in the world. And he’s doing it for Childreach International. I recently reached out to Gibbs about his upcoming feat and what lead […]

Don’t Give Up

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Everyone has dreams and hopes. Some are as grand as changing your career. Some are as small as getting through the day. Here’s a quick video to remind you to press on. Better days are on the way.

Talking Babies

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Since you loved the “Laughing Babies” so much, I just had to share with you these two talking twins. What do you think they’re talking about? I’m guessing one is concerned where his sock went and the other is trying […]

The Importance of Kind Words

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is my birthday. No, I don’t say that to solicit birthday wishes. Since the wee hours of the morning, I’ve been the happy target of more than enough warm regards, kind thoughts and prayers for happiness. My friends and […]

Fly the Friendly Skies with Richard Simmons

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A friend of mine sent me this video. It’s so bright and bubbly that I had to share it with you as well. We’ve all sat through boring in-flight safety announcements, but you’ve never seen them done like this before. […]

Hope After Loss

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last Tuesday’s blog sparked some interesting responses. I wrote on the importance of taking life one day at a time. Don’t fear about tomorrow and try to live in today. A woman wrote: My husband was killed in a small […]

Count Your Blessings

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I love this video, because it so illustrated the point that, when everything looks half-empty, you can realize just how full your life really is.

One Day at a Time

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I schedule a lot, probably too much. Even down to my meals, I have a mental calendar (and several tangible ones) of everything I’m doing at least two weeks out. It comes in handy when I’m at work, because I’m […]

CCM Artists Cover ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

How many contemporary Christian music artists does it take to sing a Beatles’ song? Apparently a hallway’s worth.

The Importance of Being Creative

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What’s holding you back from being creative? Maybe you’ve got a book idea or you’ve always wanted to be a part of community theater. Really, what’s stopping you?Ever since I was in the second grade, I’ve wanted to be a […]

Celebrities Giving Back

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I like to highlight different organizations that are making the world a better place or simply bringing do-gooders to the forefront. It’s inspiring for us all to know that everyone can make a difference and here are a few who […]

Overcoming The Fear of Meditation

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Meditation completely unnerves some people. I understand why. If I asked you to sit perfectly still and empty your mind or (worse yet) concentrate on one thing for longer than 30 seconds, I wonder how many of you could do […]

Women’s History Month: Who Inspires You?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

March is Women’s History Month, and it got me thinking about inspiring women of the past and present. As a woman and a writer, many of my historical heroes are the same. I’m utterly fascinated by the life of Zora […]

Laughing Babies

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

There is truly nothing better than the sound of a baby laughing. I don’t even have kids, and I chuckle every time I see something like this. I saw this YouTube video making the rounds on Facebook a few days […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve had a love for the written word ever since I was a child. I guess that’s why I became an editor for a living. My parents used to read to me every night, and I can remember every nursery […]

Justin Bieber Fans Help Raise $7 Million for Charity

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here’s a great example of using fame for good. For his 17th birthday (March 1), teen pop star Justin Bieber asked his fans to donate money to Charity:Water, an organization that provides clean drinking water for impoverished countries. He wrote […]

Laugh a Little

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I figured you could use a laugh today. This is a clip from comedian Jim Gaffigan’s comedy special King Baby. It’s the only comedy album I own, and it’s my go-to stress reliever. Jim Gaffigan Online Sometimes you just need […]

Be Here Now: The Solution to Distracted Living

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Rohn It’s one of my favorite quotes and one of the hardest things to do. I live in my head a lot; it’s a horrible habit. Take for example right now. I’m […]

Choose to Be Free

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I came across this young man’s vlog, and he has some inspiring videos. Thought I’d share one with you today. If you’ve been enslaved by negative thinking, choose to be free today.See more videos from More Life at www.morelifeinc.org.

Operation Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine who was lamenting the unexplained tragedies that had befallen her and people she loved. It’s been a frequent topic of conversation, and I’ve been there before. You’re staring at the mountain […]

The Starfish Story

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Just when you think one person can’t make a difference…Read More:Jim Wallis on Making a Difference9 Ways to Create Positive Change10 Ways to Become a Sacred Activist

If Cats Could Talk

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A little something to make you laugh today. This goes out to all the pet owners who have watched their cats or dogs play and wondered, What are you two thinking?Read More:Chicken Soup of the Soul: Never High-Five Your CatAre […]

Think on These Things

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Finally, brothers and sisters whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. – Philippians 4:8 NIV If you’ve ever wondered […]

Reconnect with Compassion

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

How do you define “compassion”? NPR host and author Krista Tippett says we are out of touch with the real meaning of the word, its roots and how it’s the key element to understanding and relating to the world around […]

Life Under Construction

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

As I type, all I can hear is the continuous shriek of drilling. My new home is being restructured. Since I stepped foot here a month ago, I’ve been ankle deep in debris and over my head in noise. Construction. […]

Your Love Stories

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Last Friday, I asked readers to tell me the sweetest thing they’ve done for love or that someone did for them. The response was heart-warming. Some of you have had some true romantic movie magic in your lives. Here are […]

The Sweetest Thing You’ve Done for Love

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be fun to recount some of the kindest acts of love you’ve done or experienced yourself. My story is very simple. When I was in college, I worked in a hotel […]

Dealing with Holiday Grief

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

On Monday’s blog, a woman named Delores posted a comment that touched my heart and the hearts of many other readers. It read:I had a very special valentine until 2-26-08 then the love of my life my husband was killed […]

A New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve had maybe one Valentine my whole life, so naturally I’ve had an odd relationship with this holiday. Some years, I tolerated it. Other years I ignored it altogether. And then there were those college years when I loathed it… […]

The Kindness of Strangers

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire When was the last time someone did something unexpectedly nice for you? Not someone you knew, but a total stranger? […]

Love, Compassion and The Golden Rule

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My little cousin is full of questions and very few answers will satisfy her. It makes for interesting conversation, to say the least, but she came up with a tough one the other day. She was recounting some kids in […]

Further Thoughts on Friendship

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The response to last week’s blog on Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King almost made me cry (see the comments). It’s so sweet to see so many people with precious, decade-spanning relationships. I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships since I […]

This Intentional Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I love this website, Intent.com. The concept is so simple. It’s just people posting their daily intentions, and it’s very inspiring. “To act compassionately and passionately in all areas of my life and toward all beings” “Accept life as it […]

Oprah on Friendship: Everybody Needs a Gayle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The blogs are buzzing this week about the discovery of Oprah’s half sister (my favorite tweet thus far being from TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert: “Oprah revealed she has a secret half-sister. Great, now everybody is going to want […]

The Pursuit of Peace

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“… Seek peace, and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14b Yesterday, I was lying in a yoga studio listening to a woman softly tell me how to breathe. It was the end of our practice, and we were supposed to be […]

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People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less ...

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The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, ...

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Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
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