It’s Friday, the start of the weekend. Keep your focus positive, and remember that there are many amazing people out there.
Police in Massachusetts are using money seized from drug dealers to fund rehab for people who come to the police station and voluntarily turn in their drugs. They’ve helped over 100 addicts in two month. This is an amazing program that focuses on helping people rather than punishing them.
A 9 year-old stood up to protesters at a gay pride parade. I’m not a fan of when people respond to peaceful protesters in a hateful way; I think that’s an example of being intolerant of other people’s opinions. However, I think this kid responded to the protesters in exactly the right way. He stood in front of their signs with a bunch of balloons, blocking them so they couldn’t be read. No hatefulness or negativity was exchanged. You go, kiddo!
Doctors are studying near-death experiences, and showing that people experience something after the brain stops functioning. Very interesting article if you’re interested in learning more about this.
Formerly abused dogs, many of them used in dogfighting, show that they deserve a second chance. This is a story about dogs who’ve been rescued and shown that they can overcome the past.
The Rock is someone who appears in the news from time to time as a good-guy-celebrity. He recently spoke at the graduation of inmates from a voluntary prison boot camp program. This was my first time hearing about it, but in Florida, they’ve allowed some men convicted of crimes to attend a boot camp to help them become better citizens, rather than serve sentences in prison. Where do I start to gush about how wonderful this is? I could go on and on, but many studies show that prison sentences don’t deter crime. Programs that rehabilitate do. *stepping off soapbox*
Be amazing today. Smile at someone for no reason. Be forgiving instead of judgmental. Be the best you that you can be today.