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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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Time-Lapse Video Shows Baby Growing Up

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This video was done by a father from the Netherlands who filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week from her infancy to 12 years old. This is what growing up looks like. This post makes me feel…Inspired (3) Motivated (3) Happy (2) Better (1) Challenged (2)

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Halloween: Curse the Darkness or Light a Candle

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This time of year, I enjoy a few a scary movies with friends and definitely over indulge my sweet tooth. But generally I’ve never made a big fuss about Halloween. It was neutral in my book. I was tempted to […]

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Lily’s Surprise: We’re Going to Disneyland

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of the things I love about children is how they express emotion without any reservation or thought to how they look. They can get ecstatically happy, which makes them fun to surprise. That said, meet Lily. It’s about to […]

Laughing Through the Years

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s amazing how laughter is contagious. I watched this video and could not stop laughing myself. Here’s a video that shows how great it is to laugh all the way from infancy to the golden years. LAUGHS! from Everynone on […]

Funny Video: Sleepy Baby Tries to Stay Awake

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here’s your funny video for the week. It baffles me why kids fight sleep. Please, somebody tell me to go take a nap and I’m ready. But this little guy is holding on to being awake the best he can. […]

Babies, Lemons and Funny Faces

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

This video made the rounds in our office. I’ll be honest that at first I didn’t get it. Then, our Entertainment editor Evan Derrick said, “One day you’ll see that part of the fun of parenting is feeding your kids […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (1) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Martha Stewart and Vera Wang Celebrate at White Castle

posted by lbrockway

It is all in the name of Autism. America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, White Castle, and NEST Fragrances, a specialized home fragrance company, have once again joined forces to serve up another round of The Original Slider®-Scented Candle to benefit autism […]

Positive Statements for Greater Prosperity and Love

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Sandra Lee Schubert    Radio personality Sandra Lee Schubert drafted these for a Beliefnet project a while back. Wanted to share these great, life affirming statements about prosperity, love and self-appreciation.   Money is energy. You have […]

Vote for Your Favorite Non-Profit Organization at The Three Tomatoes

posted by lbrockway

Non-profit organizations do wonderful work to help in so many ways. For some people, a non-profit organization provides a service that is like a pot of gold and a rainbow that follows life’s difficult storms. The Three Tomatoes.com, a website […]

The Scoop on Where Kate Middleton and Prince Will Shall Wed

posted by lbrockway

According to my new special sources at Westminster Abbey, Kate Middleton will become Mrs. Prince Will at this altar. It is called the High Altar.   She will glide into the Abbey through these grand doors. Of course, there should not […]

The Golden Opportunity Challenge and the Power of Micro-Acts

posted by lbrockway

People are stressed, short on time and – especially in today’s economy – short of money. Yet many of us still seek fulfillment in giving back, whether through our churches, volunteer organizations or donations. Technologies and online social media like […]

How to Love Someone without Losing Yourself

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Paige Parker   Some men are jerks. Some women are just plain crazy.    Now that I’ve acknowledged the two biggest stereotypes that people think are to blame for screwed up relationships, let’s look at the real […]

Eat, Pray, Love Brings Back the Spiritual Memoir

posted by lbrockway

By Steve Rabey   (RNS) Believers have been writing about their spiritual journeys ever since St. Augustine invented the autobiography 16 centuries ago. Today, spiritual memoirs are enjoying a popular resurrection.   Exhibit A is Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” […]

Beliefnet Inspiration Editor Speaks on Self Esteem

posted by lbrockway

We are excited about this lovely interview with Laurie Sue Brockway, Beliefnet’s Inspiration Editor (me!), in Psychcentral.com. We appreciate the work of Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, who included us in her terrific column, Weightless. She is devoted to helping her readers love and care […]

Father Paul Keenan’s Book on Surviving the Loss of an Animal

posted by lbrockway

When a beloved pet dies, the grief that often follows can be overwhelming. Father Paul Keenan know that all too well when he lost his beloved Teddy–and many cats before him.   So he wrote a book to help comfort […]

U.S. Nun Creates Impromptu Oasis for Haitians in Distress

posted by lbrockway

By Bob Braun PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS): Wearing a bright, floral blouse and pink shorts, Mita Jean Louis stares into a mirror, unmindful of the people around her. She is smiling, and someone asks if she’s smiling because she sees the […]

Seeking Stories from Teens Who Are Making a Difference

posted by lbrockway

Do you have a child or grandchild who is working on a special community service or charitable event this summer.  Or do you have a friend or neighbor who is raising a kid who is doing his or her part […]

Barry Petersen Shares Story of Love Lost to Alzheimer’s

posted by lbrockway

I attended the most extraordinary book party on June 15, for the award-winning CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen, held at the Regency Hotel. It was to honor his inspiring and heartbreaking book about his wife Jan’s sudden early onset Alzheimer’s and his […]

Today’s Youth Believe Spirituality Is Positive

posted by shuang

A preliminary study conducted by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri revealed that youth generally view spirituality in a positive light. Anthony James, a graduate student, asked children and adolescents the question, “What […]

Robin Quivers Hosts Charity Event at Caroline’s June 23

posted by lbrockway

How would you like to forget your troubles, have a great laugh, be entertained and support a super worthy cause in the process? Get ready to laugh out loud, because Robin Quivers and Brendan Murphy are hosting a special charity […]

Video: Baby Boy Hears Mom’s Voice for the First Time

posted by shuang

When we first watched this extraordinary video, we had to share it with you. In the video, Jonathan, an 8-month-old boy, just had his cochlear implant activated by a doctor.  Jonathan is sucking on his pacificer when his implant is turned on […]

Missing 16-Year-Old Sailor Is Found Safe at Sea

posted by shuang

Young teens have been doing amazing things lately, from climbing Mount Everest to making prom dresses out of gum wrappers to sailing solo (non-stop) around the world. 16-year-old Abby Sunderland started her ocean journey on January 23 from Marina del Ray, […]

Underdog High School Class Wins Prom Contest

posted by shuang

With only 35 students and just a budget of $300, the senior class of Downieville High School struggled to have a real, memorable prom. When StumpsParty.com sponsored a “Proms Across America” contest that would award $1,000 to one high school […]

Beliefnet Readers are Happy About ‘Power of a Smile Day’ 2010

posted by lbrockway

Beliefnet readers are known for their desire for inspiration and happiness. And they are always ready to put a smile on their faces! To celebrate Power of a Smile Day 2010 on June 15, we asked them to share their philosopy on smiling. […]

Lord Make Me a Channel of Thy Peace-12 Steps Prayer of St. Francis

posted by lbrockway

While doing some research on the famous Prayer of St. Francis I found this awesome Twelve Steps version, which appears in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, an Alcoholics Anonymous book. Seems with everything going on in the world this is […]

Video: Cute Toddler Sings Beatles Song

posted by shuang

Everyone loves the Beatles–including this future guitar-playing rock star!  With a diaper as his wardrobe choice and a mini guitar as his instrument, this toddler gives a rousing rendition of “Hey Jude.”  Could he be the next Paul McCartney?   […]

11 Ways to Care for Your Adopted Cat

posted by lbrockway

Looking for love and companionship?   It’s American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month in June and American Humane has partnered with the CATalyst Council to promote cat adoptions during the busy kitten season and to encourage a lifetime of proper veterinary care for […]

Kaitlyn Maher Singing on America’s Got Talent

posted by lbrockway

Wow, we just came across this video of Kaitlyn Maher singing “Somewhere Out There” on America’s Got Talent when she was 4 years old. So cute. And brave. She has since become a recording artist. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) […]

Memorial Day 2010-What is Memorial Day to You?

posted by lbrockway

What Are YOU Doing for Memorial Day Weekend 2010? Memorial Day weekend is always filled with many different acitivities. It has different meanings to each individual and family. Some people honor the men and women of our armed forces and others celebrate […]

Two Videos: 13-Year-Old Mount Everest Climber, Before and After

posted by shuang

After reading the story about Jordan Romero, watch two videos about him. First Video: Jordan Shares His Goals Before Climbing Mount Everest Second Video: Jordan Shares His Triumph After Climbing Mount Everest This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

13-Year-Old Is the Youngest to Climb Mount Everest

posted by shuang

In April we reported about 13-year-old Jordan Romero’s dream to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest.  At the time, age permits and high fees were a deterrent, but a few weeks ago, Romero’s dream came true when he […]

Video: Four-Year-Old Jessica’s Daily Affirmation

posted by shuang

ParentDish.com posted an article about this viral YouTube video of Jessica, an adorable four-year-old girl with curlicues. Standing on top of her bathroom sink, Jessica proudly and defiantly shouts out what she loves about her life. Watch the cute video […]

Who Are Your Favorite Celebrity Moms on Mother’s Day 2010?

posted by lbrockway

Madonna? Reese Witherspoon? Angelina Jolie?   Who would you be most likely to send a Mother’s Day 2010 card to?   See our gallery of photos of celebrity moms and their children.   http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/2010/05/Celebrity-Moms.aspx This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) […]

Times Square Evacuation Ends in “All Clear”

posted by Victor Fuhrman

Good news for New York and for all the world. Another sigh of relief.   Times Square was evacuated briefly Friday afternoon after a suspicious package was found a few blocks from where the failed SUV bomb was parked on […]

National Day of Prayer 2010-What Is Your Prayer for May 6?

posted by Victor Fuhrman

By Rev. Victor Fuhrman It’s National Day of Prayer 2010. Do you have a special prayer for yourself, loved ones, the nation, the world? You don’t have to be religious to put forth a prayer. All you need is a […]

Four Incredible Kids Awarded for Kindness to Pets

posted by shuang

Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only one raising awareness for pets; four kids and teens are being awarded for their humanitarian efforts to help animals. As part of “Be Kind to Animals Week” (May 2-8), the American Humane Association sponsored a contest […]

National Honesty Day is on April 30, 2010

posted by lbrockway

It is time to tell the truth. Fess Up. Tell it like it is. Be honest. In honor of National Honesty day, which occurs each year on April 30, let us think of ways we can bring more honesty into […]

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Pass it On

posted by lbrockway

What makes you happy? The folks at Red Wheel/Weiser want you to write down a line, a quote, a thought, a remembrance and e-mail it to happy@redwheelweiser.com for the forthcoming book, “If You’re Happy and Your Know It, Pass it On.” […]

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 22

posted by lbrockway

Are you ready to bring your daughters and sons to work on April 22? And do think Barbie can inspire the new generation of young men and women to have awesome careers? This annual event, according to the website, is meant […]

Teen Girl with Incurable Disease Starts Book Charity

posted by shuang

When 16-year-old Mackenzie Bearup from Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with the disease Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) about six years ago, she escaped the terrible pain she felt in her knee by reading books. Bearup had been jumping on her bed while […]

Daryn Kagan’s Big Wish for a Special Friend

posted by lbrockway

“It’s my job to share inspiring stories,” says broadcast journalist Daryn Kagan. The focus of her work at www.DarynKagan.com is to “Show The World What’s Possible!” This awesome and very personal story by Daryn Kagan just proves that the power […]

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 […]

Metropolis Supports Beloved Newspaper Editor Clyde Wills

posted by lbrockway

METROPOLIS, IL – Small town spirit is evident here as the great citizens of Metropolis make plans to take part in a bone marrow drive in Monday, April 12, from 2-6 pm. The Metropolis Planet has organized this event in honor […]

The 13-Year-Old Who Wants to Climb Mount Everest

posted by shuang

At 13-years-old, Jordan Romero has a high and lofty goal: to be the first youngest person to climb Mount Everest in Nepal. Together with his father and stepmother, Romero is an avid climber who has already traveled from his hometown […]

‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ Writer Remembered

posted by lbrockway

As baseball season revs up, it is only fitting that we remember the guy who wrote the song that everyone sings at the seventh-inning. Jack Norworth is profiled in a recent piece on AOL. “When fans arise for the seventh-inning […]

FDR’s Uplifting Vision for America–The Second Bill of Rights

posted by lbrockway

President Obama is not the first president to tackle health reform, the economy and a new vision for the United States. This famous State of the Union speech from FDR was an sharing of what he called a “Second Bill […]

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Debuts March 26

posted by lbrockway

You might have caught this top chef on Larry King Live last night with Pastor Steve Willis. The pastor is taking on his hefty town and challenging them to health. See his awesome sermon in the clip below.(It has a […]

Retired Grocer Donates 20 Million Dollars

posted by lbrockway

Patrick Roche, co-founder of Roche Brothers supermarkets, and his wife, Barbara, have given $20 million to a center at Boston College charged with revitalizing Catholic education in America. This whopping contribution honors a childhood experience.According to the Philanthropy Project, the retired […]

“The Power That We Have” Brings Message of Hope

posted by lbrockway

Prem Rawat’s message in “The Power That We Have” is simple and inspiring. It provides a very uplifting message of appreciating life, finding even one thing you can appreciate and be thankful for. What a great way to start off […]

MC Yogi Sings The Inspiring Song “Give Love”

posted by lbrockway

“Give Love… Give Your Love Away..” A very cool rap from the yogi rapper! MC Yogi – Give Love (Giving4Living Mix) from MC Yogi on Vimeo. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

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 […]

Jenny McCarthy Says She Has “Fixed” Son’s Autism

posted by lbrockway

Jenny McCarthy is more well-known now as a mother, autism awareness advocate and bestselling author these days, although media does not like to forget she has been a Playboy model and remains Jim Carey’s girlfriend. She is speaking out letting the world […]

Anita Renfroe Sings “Momisms” set to William Tell Overture

posted by lbrockway

Anita Renfroe sums up all the things that a mother says to her children in a three-minute song called “Momisms” set to the William Tell Overture. Do we really sound like that?For more information, Visit Anita’s website. This post makes […]

Meet 14 year old Entrepreneur Jason O’Neil

posted by lbrockway

By Sandra Lee Schubert   Jason O’Neil is an entrepreneur and a social activist–and he is only in the eight grade. At 14 years old, he uses his creativity and business skills to run a business and create ways to […]

Share Your Videos and Photos with The Parenthood Project

posted by lbrockway

Whether you are still raising rug rats or your kids are fully grown, with kids of their own, we all have something to say about being a parent. NBC, Ron Howard and Brian Glazer just launched “The Parenthood Project,” a […]

Study Says Child Abuse is Way Down

posted by lbrockway

It is difficult to consider anything related to child abuse as “good news” but the recent report stating that it is down by 26 percent is the best news we have had on that front for a while. Jeanne Sager […]

Mattresses Sent to Haiti for Displaced Haitians

posted by lbrockway

The mattress industry is trying to help out in Haiti and doing their part to aid displaced Haitians. With so many people injured, homeless and sleeping on the streets and random tent cities, this could be a blessing.   WorldBeds […]

Groundhog Day–Staten Island Chuck Says Winter Begone!

posted by lbrockway

The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow this morning, which means another ornery six weeks of winter for the folks of Pennsylvania. But the folks of New York are happy as can be because Staten Island Chuck, of […]

Everything is Coming Up Orange at Festival Citrusov

posted by lbrockway

Ooh la la. These images from the Orange Festival in France will lift your spirits! And they may just make you thirst for a glass of orange juice with a twist of lemon. Although they are circulating around the internet […]

She’s Alive! 16 Year Old Rescued After Two Weeks in Haiti Rubble

posted by lbrockway

The good news out of Haiti this week is the miracle rescue of Darlene Etienne, 16, who survived for 15 days trapped in her school after the earthquake caused it to crumble around her. One of the most touching parts of […]

‘All You Need Is Love’ Performed in 156 Countries Around the World

posted by lbrockway

One of the most amazing musical feats of the heart and soul late last year was the Starbucks initiative to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa. On December 7th, 2009, at 1:30 pm GMT, musicians and performers from all over […]

7 Year Old Charlie Simpson Collects $240,000 to Help Haiti

posted by lbrockway

Everyone is talking about the 7 year old who has collected $240,000 to help the people of Haiti. Charlie Simpson of West London had hoped to raise a fraction of that by cycling five miles around a local park. His sponsored ride, for […]

Jill and Kevin’s Wedding Video Still Makes Us Smile

posted by lbrockway

Jeff and Erin’s video went off line mysteriously last night after I posted it. So here, for your viewing pleasure, the famous video from Jill and Kevin’s Wedding. This fun-loving couple and their attendants danced their way down the aisle […]

Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer–Congratulations!

posted by lbrockway

This is awesome. Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer will introduce you to a couple that truly stands out! They have gone out of their way to remind people of their big day. This is guarenteed to put a smile […]

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to the Rescue of Disabled Haitians

posted by lbrockway

Although Superman could reverse an earthquake with his super powers, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation can only do their best to try to help those who have been devastated by the earthquake.   The foundation once led by Christopher and […]

Newsweek Says Good News is Good for You

posted by lbrockway

While some people can’t get enough of negative news there is a growing trend in positive news coverage, prompting Newsweek to cover the good news beat.  “Is the glut of bad news getting you down?” asks journalist Daniel Brown, in the […]

Elderly Woman Stranded at Airport Gets Help From Good Samaritan

posted by lbrockway

A man with shiny shoes and a kind heart helped an elderly traveler when she could not catch her connecting flight after the Christmas Holidays. His act of kindness reminds us how we can make a difference in the world […]

12 Year Old Zach Bonner is Still Most Inspiring Us in 2010

posted by lbrockway

Media is still talking about Zach Bonner, the 12 year old philanthropist and activist selected as Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of 2009. He won the title for his compassionate, selfless service to homeless children. Not only has Zach made it his mission […]

Baby Winnie Pulled from Collapsed Haiti Home

posted by lbrockway

Another amazing Baby rescue in Haiti! Baby Winnie is pulled from the ruins of her home and placed into the arms of her uncle, now her only surviving relative. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (0) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Miracle Baby Discovered In Haiti Rubble–Alive

posted by lbrockway

A baby named Michelle gave the world a glimmer of hope and inspiration yesterday when she was discovered alive–after five days trapped beneath a fallen building. With all the terribly sad stories coming out of Haiti, many a heart lept with […]

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