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August 10th, 2009

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Big news for Happyzine – I’m inviting our Charlotte SquireKiwi politicians to partake in an Hour of Kindness in Parliament this September the 8th, during Questions in the House.  During this hour, I’m asking M.P.s to praise and compliment each other, to focus on the positive aspects of each political party, and to even throw in a few hugs.  Help us kick off our campaign and be amongst the first to support the Hour of Kindness by leaving your comment at the end of this Happyzine press release.  If you like the idea, please put the word out and encourage your friends and family to check out Happyzine and leave a brief comment of support.  So do I think this will actually happen?  Anything’s possible!  Stay tuned …
Charlotte Squire
Good News Roundup

In an attempt to make strong immune systems a hot and sexy issue, Happyzine has launched ‘100 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune system’ – click here to check out the first seven easy tips for great help from Naturopath Francisca Griffin.  We’ll be gathering inspiring information from natural health workers nationwide.  If you’d like to contribute some tips, email us.

Check it out, Marty Mars who runs a blog devoted to environmentalism and Maori issues draws positive attention to the end of the three year long Mo Tatou exhibition about Ngai Tahu, at Te Papa. 

Mo Tatou 


This is a deeply touching story of an autistic teenage boy with teretts syndrome who experienced great success via reiki – check out it here.

You know they deserve it – congratulations to the breastfeeding mothers of Aotearoa/New Zealand!  We’ve had another successful ‘Big Latch On’ (Happyzine).

Onto another tale of success – Vegemite.  Thousands of Vegemite eaters are currently voting on the name of a new flavour – which is a combination of vegemite and cream cheese.  This is in line with tradition, as the name ‘vegemite’ was taken on after a public poll in 1923 (NZ Herald).
More polls, according to new research, having an imaginary friend boosts language development and could enhance academic performance (NZ Herald).
Compliments Guys These guys would have nothing but praise for your imaginary friend!  The Compliment Guys are doing a tour New Orleans to New York – they hand out free compliments (Lafayette-online.com)

Onto praise for breastfeeding, in this article UNICEF highlights the major health benefits that breast feeding has upon babies, and encourages mothers of Nigeria to re-embrace this health boosting practice.

Here’s another practice that aids in great health – this is a story about a Contortionist Folding Bike that folds up smaller than wheel (inhabitat.com).
Onto positive environmental stories – the first eco-class room in New Zealand to be designed and managed by students is going to sit upon a foundation which uses 1500 wine bottles – provided by parents and supporters of the school.  Students are also posting messages in 600 bottles (peoplestimes.com).
Let’s nip across the planet now to the UK where officials in London have comitted their city to planting two million trees by 2025 in an effort to make London ‘greener, cleaner and more civilised’ (guardian.co.uk).


And now, onto India – they’ve got an ambitious plans for solar power, and they’re hoping the richer nations will foot the bill (guardian.co.uk).

One of those rich nations – the US has an  exciting new Green the Block initiative, it’s a coalition of the White House and two organisations – Hip Hop Cacaus and Green For All (grist.org).
Also in the States, the Navajo Nation Council, responding to calls from tribal members and other supporters, has voted to form a Green Economy Commission – which plans to inspire both traditional and modern forms of economic activity (yesmagazine.org).
The US Government has just announced that is now accepting applications for funds to support the development of renewable energy projects around the country, around three billion dollars is up for grabs (enn.com).
Finally, in Surriguren, an eco-town is being hailed as a beacon of hope as a blueprint for urban sustainability (NZ Herald).

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