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People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

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 […]

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People Who Do Good: The Adventures of Coach Crawford

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In March, I proudly started a series on people who go the extra mile to inspire and enrich the community around them. First, we met Shari Grimes and the work she does for the Hope House, then we met a […]

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Think You Can’t Lose Weight? Watch This Inspiring Video

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m going to let this video speak for itself. Never give up. Just don’t. Learn more about Arthur at Team DDP. This post makes me feel…Inspired (13) Motivated (10) Happy (6) Better (4) Challenged (5)

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86-Year-Old Grandmother Starts Email Ministry

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s blog is a reprint of a story originally published in Pamlico News of North Carolina. Just think. This woman went from not being able to type to launching her own newsletter that helps connect and pray for people. Never […]

People Who Do Good: Shari Grimes and The Hope House

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I think we need to hear more about good things. In this world of natural disasters and tragedies of every kind, I want to read about people helping one another and being living, breathing miracles. That’s why I’m starting a […]

When Tyler Perry’s ‘Good Deeds’ Meet Great Needs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Tyler Perry has a new film coming out today called Good Deeds. In it, the lives of a businessman and a cleaning woman collide with a single act of charity. As you can imagine, Good Deeds is about what happens […]

Video: Man Makes a Coffee Run for Cancer Patients

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean that the love has to stop. Check out this touching story of a man who shares love through the gift of espresso. This post makes me feel…Inspired (1) Motivated (1) Happy (1) […]

Stand with Hope: The Story of Gracie

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Gracie Rosenberger’s life changed forever in 1983 when she was involved in a horrifying car accident. After more than 70 surgeries and millions of dollars in bills, she’s still standing… even without her legs. Now she’s taking a message of […]

10 Great Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are inspirational quotes from the great leader. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” “We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside… True compassion […]

Anonymous Donors Pay Off Kmart Layaway Accounts

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

How precious is this story! I hope it encourages you to do a good deed this holiday season or at least still believe in the kindness of strangers. OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The young father stood in line at the […]

Beliefnet Spreads Holiday Joy through ‘Angel Tree’ Giving

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s so great to work at a place that is always thinking of others, and this year Beliefnet wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. Last week, we partnered with our sister company Affinity4 to help as […]

It Will Be All Right

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Marielena Zuniga, an award-winning journalist/writer from Bucks County, PA. Her first novel, Jane, a contemporary re-telling of the classic Jane Eyre, is currently available for Kindle at Amazon.com. Mom is upstairs. Dad says not to bother […]

Have a Little Faith: The Film Based on the Book by Mitch Albom

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I encountered Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven) last year when I was on a kick with audio books from the library. I listened to it all in one […]

Finding Beauty in Tragedy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

So, it’s been a rough past couple of weeks, but I am hardly the only one. As I’ve been open about my heartbreak, I’m encountering others who’ve been going through the same lately. Seems like everyone has lost family members […]

Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Each year, Beliefnet nominates 10 inspiring individuals for our Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award. We’re excited to share with you that we’ve announced our 2011 nominees and voting is underway as we speak! To vote, visit our page […]

Remember the Littlest Veterans

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is speaker and author BJ Gallagher. Check out her Beliefnet blog The Power of Positive Doing This Veterans Day all across the America, patriotic music is played, parades march down Main Street, speeches are given, and small […]

Kris Carr Shares Her ‘Crazy Sexy Life’ on Oprah’s Network

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Just a few of my favorite things are colliding this Sunday. First of all, we all know that Oprah has her own TV network now. Literally, it’s called OWN. This Sunday, they are featuring “Super Soul Sunday”, television programming dedicated […]

Be the Hero

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Everybody wants a hero – you know, someone to swoop in and save the day. That’s why hero stories are so popular. That’s why no Hollywood movie or bestselling novel is complete without one. There always needs to be someone […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: Finding Inspiration in the Fight

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this terrible disease in some way. The mother of my best childhood friend died from it many years ago, and I’m still haunted by the […]

Remember 9/11 on Beliefnet

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today is Patriot Day. I hope you can take this day to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the tragedies of 9/11. We also honor those who fought for our country that day and every day […]

John Goddard and His 127 Goals

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m still thinking about the idea of bucket lists and to-do lists. When I sent out last week’s blog, a family friend sent me the name of John Goddard, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of him before. Sky […]

Hold On to Hope: What It Takes to Survive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I spoke with Diane Sawyer yesterday about her upcoming interview with abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard. If you recall, Jaycee was kidnapped from her school bus stop back in 1991 when she was only 11 years old. She went missing for […]

Why Your Dad Is the Best

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

A few days ago I asked you to brag about your dad. And boy, did you brag! More than 100 comments full of touching stories and life lessons from your fathers. You all have been blessed to have such amazing […]

Toddler Dances Through Life Threatening Illness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Watch this video from the Associated Press about a baby in Texas who is battling a rare blood disease but keeps on dancing! You can learn more about Winslet and her condition on her web site: www.cotaforwinslets.com. I don’t know […]

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?’ This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roosevelt Hospital Hosts NICU Alumni Reunion

posted by lbrockway

Today is my son Alexander’s birthday.   He came into the world 19 years ago and spent his first 77 days in neonatal intensive care.  Now he is a grown up Queens College sophomore and college sportscaster living his dreams and making […]

A Prayer for George Steinbrenner

posted by lbrockway

George Steinbrenner died this morning, Tuesday, July 13.  My son, Alex, was close with him.  Today he will dedicate his radio show to The Boss.   They discovered each other 10 years. Mr. Steinbrenner was such a great supporter and welcomed him into […]

Marathon Runner Makes a Difference Donating Kidney

posted by shuang

We received this encouraging story about a woman who decided to donate a kidney in order to make a difference in someone’s life.  The following is a condensed and edited version of the story, featured with permission of the National […]

John Tesh Radio Show Wants You to ‘Adopt A Fisherman’

posted by shuang

We’ve all seen the horrific photos of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Water birds, fish, and other sea animals have been affected along with fishermen whose livelihood depends on the Gulf. At least 27,000 jobs have been […]

World Cup 2010: Inspiring Quotes from Famous Footballers

posted by lbrockway

As the world watched the World Cup Opening Ceremony and rejoiced at the start of World Cup 2010, we looked through a beautiful book called A Beautiful Game: The World’s Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives by Tom Watt, […]

On Memorial Day 2010 We Remember the Loved Ones of the Fallen

posted by lbrockway

What is Memorial Day about? Today, Donna Trussel of AOL posted a stirring article about the famous photograph of Mary McHugh prostrated on the grave of her late fiance, James Regan, taken by photo journalist John Moore three years ago. […]

Memorial Day 2010-Remembering the Heartbreak of War

posted by lbrockway

The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. This photo by Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News sadly shows what […]

German Shepherd Saves His Owner from Fire

posted by shuang

One incredible dog is an uncontested hero for his owner and the state troopers of Anchorage, Alaska. When 23-year-old Ben Heinrichs was in his workshop fixing his truck, a fire started after a spark ignited the gasoline.  His clothes caught […]

A Mayor Gives Her Own Kidney to Facebook Friend

posted by shuang

When April Capone Almon, the 35-year-old mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, saw Carlos Sanchez’s Facebook update about needing a kidney, she immediately knew what to do. Capone recalled reaching out to Sanchez on Facebook: “I sent him a private message […]

Man Saves Suicidal Woman By Falling 30 Feet

posted by shuang

Would you save a suicidal person by falling 30 feet through the air with them? Robert E. Smith Jr., a 48-year-old father and grandfather from Allentown, PA, did exactly this on Monday. A 20-year-old suicidal woman climbed up a fire escape to […]

11-Year-Old Saves Mom from Attacker

posted by shuang

Last month we wrote about Carlos, a brave 7-year-old boy who saved his mom and sister from robbers with guns. This month, another brave young boy in Chicago named Luis Reteguin saved his mom from a dangerous attacker and intruder. At 1 […]

In Memory: Math Teacher Who Inspired ‘Stand and Deliver’

posted by shuang

Everyone knows the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver” with Edward James Olmos, about a high school math teacher in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood who helped his students succeed in AP Calculus.  Jaime Escalante, the real teacher whose life inspired the movie, passed away from bladder cancer today at […]

Good Samaritan Saves a Choking Woman

posted by shuang

One french fry brought two women together. While driving on the highway in Liberty Township, Ohio, Amanda Mountel found herself in a desperate situation–she began choking on a french fry she was eating. Immediately, Mountel “slammed on the brakes, threw […]

Video: Inspiring Women’s Quotes

posted by shuang

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” — Toni Morrison March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate and honor female pioneers who have made an impact in history–whether in science, literature, film, politics, civil rights, etc.–watch this brief video […]

Haiti Survivor Christa Brelsford Aims to Keep Climbing

posted by shuang

Would you keep rock climbing after losing a leg? Christa Brelsford was a 25-year-old volunteering in an adult and child literacy program near Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the earthquake happened. Christa and her brother, Julian, were on the second floor of a […]

7-Year-Old Boy Saves Parents from Robbers with Guns

posted by shuang

Courage can be found in all ages. When three robbers, two with guns, forced their way into the home of a couple with two children in Norwalk, CA, 7-year-old Carlos grabbed his 6-year-old sister and a cell phone and then locked themselves in […]

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of “Miracle On The Hudson” Retires

posted by lbrockway

Just short of 14 months since piloting one of the most extraordinary landings in aviation history, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger hung up his wings yesterday and retired from US Airways. Capt. Sullenburger, 59, joined US Airways in 1980 and became […]

Iraq War Vet is Hero in Austin Plane Crash

posted by lbrockway

The insane story about the troubled man who flew his plane into a building last Thursday also brought some heroes to the rescue as the building burned.  Robin De Haven, a 28 year old Iraq war veteran, was one of […]

A Chain Letter that Will Touch Your Heart

posted by lbrockway

This inspiring story arrived in the form of a chain letter e-mail this morning. Please pass this link along to friends. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the […]

‘Law & Order’ Actor Tackles a Thief in Seattle

posted by shuang

When actor Peter Rini heard the sound of cars colliding and a woman’s scream, he also saw a van hit a telephone pole and the driver dash out of it on foot. With quick thinking, Rini ran after the driver, a […]

Brooklyn Subway Hero Saves a Young Woman

posted by shuang

Everyone in New York City remembers Wesley Autrey, the “Subway Hero” or “Subway Superman.” who jumped onto the subway tracks in Harlem to save a 19-year-old student who had fallen off the platform.  Another “Subway Hero,” 23-year-old Lance McGraw, rescued a […]

Dog Rescued from the Icy Waters in Poland

posted by lbrockway

This is a really cool story with heartwarming ending. A pup somehow wandered onto Poland’s Vistula River and ended up on an ice floe about 18 miles out to sea. He’d been spotted along the river earlier by firemen, but […]

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Poem: In The End
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A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God ...

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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 ...

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

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, ...

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first ...

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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