CJ Jones is not your average entertainer. He is deaf, but that doesn't stop him from following his dreams. He is a director, producer, writer, and stand-up comedian who has had a prolific career. While connecting to countless people through sign language and humor, CJ is living proof that obstacles can be overcome.
Most of us want to make the world a better place. Not all of have actually done something about it—but a grandfather named Al has, many times over.
Flowers really do have the power to heal! Random Acts of Flowers is a non-profit organization that recycles flowers into beautiful bouquets that are delivered to patients at hospitals, senior centers, and other healthcare facilities. Random Acts of Flowers strives to be a 100% recycling organization with the help of their volunteers, only using repurposed flowers from donations. Instead of throwing away flowers after a hospital stay, why not use them to make someone's day?!
Happiness is a choice, and one we all want to make. Happier people tend to live healthier lives. In this BRAND NEW episode from the HooplaHa Original Series, Happiness Made Simple, organizational psychologist and eternal optimist Michael “Dr. Woody" Woodward, PhD will talk about the simple, yet often neglected, things we can all do to live happier more positive lives.
A duck and a girl have a friendship like no other. When the Brown's brought home a duckling it was immediately attached to his 5-year-old owner, Kylie. Snowflake, the duck, imprinted on Kylie and truly believes she is his mom. Vice versa, Kylie thinks she is his mom, too! This pair is inseparable. The family had to go as fas as putting a diaper on Snowflake so he could live in doors. The pair go everywhere together, including school, sleepovers and the park. Family is beautiful and knows no bounds!
War Veterans can have a hard time dealing with adjusting to life after war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 3 million veterans! Dancing Well: The Soldier Project is dedicated to bringing the healing power of music, dance, and community to veterans and families coping with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Their mission is to restore the well-being of veterans and families affected by PTSD or TBI through community dance. Dancing Well was born out of Ex. Directors, Deborah Denenfeld's, belief in the healing power of dance.
In a pilot program with soldiers at Fort Knox, she worked closely with staff psychiatrist Edwin O. Walker to develop and implement a dance series specifically attuned to the needs of soldiers with PTSD and/or brain injury and the results were incredible, changing the lives of the vets who participated.
To learn more, visit Dancing Well.
This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by David Kastan. To see more uplifting stories about veterans, check out the HooplaHa YouTube channel!
Good News brought to you in a minute! We are on a mission to find the good news in some very important and noteworthy national and community topics, bundled up in a positive, inspiring infographic short video. After all, Good news is meant to be shared!
In our first 'good news report' we highlight the good works of Mr. Stephen Colbert. You may know him from his CBS talk show 'Late Night With Stephen Colbert' or his former 'Colbert Report,' or from his charitable deeds. He first got involved with DonorsChoose.org when he auctioned off his iconic anchor desk and fireplace hearth and gave the money to South Carolina school systems. Then Colbert inspired #BestSchoolDay, a call to action for people to fund supplies and resources for classrooms in need across America.
"#BestSchoolDay is probably the best thing I've ever been involved in," Colbert says. "It's my favorite charity because teachers in classrooms all around the country can put up any project they want to teach their children or help their kids with but they don't have the funds for."
Fifty celebrities including Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg, and Tim Ferriss, athletes, business executives and more have joined in the cause, committing over $14 million in just one day and funding over 12,000 projects in communities spanning 47 states!
This good news report was created by Andrew 'Oz' Osborne. For more inspiring news, check out our HooplaHa YouTube Channel!