"An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it"
-- Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian dramatist
|April 18, 2014|
:: what are your favorite goodthings?
Reader Monica of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, writes that "seeing the moon" is one of her favorite goodthings... [more]
:: Looking In, Looking Out
by Jen Chapin
In this personal testimonial, a woman considers her life's dual challenge. How can one invoke the internal emotion required to write good songs while maintaining the external vision to make a difference in the world? In other words, can you feed your soul and feed the world? [more]
Favorite GoodThings 2002
The year's 20 honorees extraordinary ideas, actions, and organizations helping create a better world
:: Good Gravy
Good Gravy What's your Good Gravy? We want your top ten!
Good Paper Greeting Cards 110 ways to connect!
:: Breaking the Silence
Fighting poverty Alarmed by recent reports of the toll of HIV and AIDS on the young girls of the Caribbean, a woman with a passion for film dedicates its transformative power to tackling the crisis. [more]
:: Gifts from the Soul
Great ideas The holiday season is a time of anticipation. But what is it we're waiting for? One woman shares her own ritual for changing holiday expectations: her gifts give something back. [more]
Constructive news from the world grabs archive
For the past couple of years, we've found our favorite positive or constructive pieces of world news and have featured them here as our Good Grabs of the week. If you have a positive headline to suggest, please let us know!
The automobile industry's shifting paradigm
Hybrid cars going mainstream?
Alternatives to oil
Drive to Survive 2003
(Institute of Ecolonomics)
[still more] (New York Times)
Asking important questions
Reclaiming our courage
(WorkingForChange.com -- Working Assets)
Peace is made with enemies
(Cape Cod Times)
Woman's bid to break AIDS cycle
(BBC World News)
The power of words
The human factor: What makes our species unique?
New human-interest stories on public radio
The Next Big Thing
Did we miss a good grab? Let us know!
The GoodThings Archives
GoodLetter Back Issues! our weekly e-magazine
Short stories with wisdom, compassion, and wonder.
Constructive ideas for workplace change.
Articles about and ways to support important non-profits and causes.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Entertainment to read about and buy.
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--Liza, Pennsylvania, USA
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My heart has been truly warmed by coming across your site today. The power
of positivity is something that cannot be underestimated. Many, many thanks for all your efforts!
Congratulations on your wonderful publication. I have basically stopped reading newspapers and watching TV news, as it mostly shows the darker side of humanity and does nothing except put me in a very negative space. Thank you, thank you for GoodThings! We need more of this.
In a day and age of computer games, genocides, loss of human communication and feeling, violence (juvenile, street or sport), and family breakdown, it is wonderful to see that someone still cares for the really important values in life. Thanks to you all.
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For a Hollywood facing a possible writers' strike and a public that by then may be awash in the dark side of reality, GoodThings[' "I Want My GoodTV" campaign] might have good timing.
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Probably the best thing about GoodThings is that it has a practical 'here's how to make a difference in the real world' tone.