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Happyzine September 21st, 2009

Submitted by on September 21, 2009 – 5:49 pm



Editor’s Comment

Did you know that today’s the International Bed Peace 2009 Day of Peace?  Today’s the time to make peace – with loved ones, and not so loved ones, with ourselves, with our situations.  Aside from the fact that we’re alive and breathing (always a plus), we’re extremely lucky to live in one of the most peaceful nations here in the world here in Aotearoa.  We’re a country that others around the world look to for inspiration – how do we keep our waters clean, our culture peaceful, and our natural landscape thriving and producing such abundance?  My answer to this question is that we invest time in remaining happy and peaceful within ourselves, and we enjoy using our unique talents in a way that feels intuitively right.  What are your strengths?  What ever they are, they have meaning and whether or not you’re using your gifts, you have a huge amount to offer our people and this planet.  So perhaps today’s the day to make peace with our talent – whether it’s being able to do one armed hand stands or invent cool stuff; whether you’re not afraid to speak out in front of people, or you’re a perfectionist – what ever you’re good at – be cool with it today. And as for tomorrow, it’s World Car-Free Day!  So if you forgot to be peaceful today, you can ponder ‘peace’ whilst strolling or biking somewhere! 


Charlotte Squire
Good News Roundup

Big Daddy Theron is back this week with the latest Theron and a Nappy gossip on how he’s adjusting to life as a father. We’ve had some great feedback about this series – from other fathers. Check out the this chapter of Theron’s new existence – it’s called “Ways Our Relationship Changed After Birth – part two” (Happyzine.co.nz).  
Continuing with the Happyzine ‘One Hundred Ways to Boost Your Immune System’ series, here are eleven more ways (plus a few extra and very useful comments thrown in)  from New Zealand based Reflexologist, Herbalist and Iridologist Shanti Burgess.  Check this piece out if you need some extra inspiration to create great health, naturally (Happyzine.co.nz).
And there’s always a good comedy to help you feel better – New Zealand’s famous comedy duo are creating positive ripples in the film world.  Their new documentary ‘Untouchable Girls’ has
won best documentary at the Toronto Film Festival (TVNZ.co.nz).
Perhaps you’ll dig this: Bay of Plenty and Tauranga districts are in for a major compost opportunity this summer.  Thanks to El Nino weather patterns an abundance of sea lettuce will be washed up onto beaches.  The local councils will be working hard to manage the nutrient rich sea lettuce (People’s Times.co.nz).
Over to the big apple – a quick thinking New York teenager had no choice but to leap into the driver’s seat of a bus and guide it to a safe stop after the bus driver collapsed recently (Only Positive News.com)


And while we’re travelling, how about via hot air balloon? In Europe, two university researchers have set a new women’s hot air ballooning record with a time of sixty hours and twelve minutes.  Why?  Because they can (Optimist World.com).
And speaking of determination, George Quellette couldn’t believe it when he learnt that a child’s cleft lip or cleft palete could be repaired for only $240.  Ever since that day four years ago, he’s been collecting cans and bottles for reimbursement at the local recycling centre, so far he’s provided nineteen surgeries (Happynews.com).
Here’s a country to follow – France are now including happiness in a measure of their GDP and encourage other countries to do the same (The Positive Observer.com).
Onto positive environmental news – there are some exciting energy experiments in motion on Hawaii’s six main islands – including the extraction of heat from molten rock and wave power (NY Times.com).
Finally, these Buddhist monks have taken recycling and  reusing to a whole new level by using over one million beer bottles to build a temple in Thailand (The Daily Green.com).


Beer Bottle Temple




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