Feel Good Friday #80

Every week Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news.

These kids win the prize for best excuse for not having their homework. They had to burn it to stay warm. Moral of the story: homework saves lives.

Providing safe and clean spaces for our unsheltered neighbors to camp is one of the best ways to combat homelessness. A 32-year-old woman from Oakland reclaimed an overgrown lot and, with the help of neighbors, transformed it into a sanctuary campground for homeless women. Any land lying fallow in your neighborhoods that could be used for those in need of a safe space?

I have long maintained that doing something nice or good for others makes us feel better, but I had no idea it was actually analgesic. A new study suggests that altruism and pain relief are definitely linked.

Amazon Prime users will want to check out this documentary about a school principal who applied some radical principles to her school and found great success.

And speaking of schools, this is my favorite story of the week. I have always questioned the wisdom of punishing kids who are already struggling by kicking them out of school. A school in England has said no more. Now at risk kids get extra help and attention through a program called Base, and it’s demonstrating some impressive results.

Get some rest, do something fun, connect with people in real life and spend some time with God this weekend. Make renewal a priority so that you are able to be the person God calls you to be. Take care of yourself. The world needs you.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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