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Five Things Every Young Person Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

New advancements in drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment programs occur nearly every day. So what does all this mean for teens and college students today? Here's what you need to know.

Pope Francis and Healing Love

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Ever visit an historic church after it's been refurbished? With smoky grime washed away, colors become vibrant. Sunlight brightens once hidden corners. You see the church as never before. It's an old church, but suddenly it seems new, even awesome.

Giving Back

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

To see the honesty and generosity of people like this young worker, whose wages can't be much above the minimum, and a homeless man who has nothing -- it's a reminder that I still have a way to climb before I get to their level.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Arizona's No Good, Very Bad Samaritans

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

These discriminatory laws are not about "religious freedom." From a Christian perspective, such legislation is the betrayal of everything Jesus of Nazareth taught.

WATCH: The Only Kind Of Parking Ticket That Could Make You Smile

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.10.2014 | Good News

Getting a parking ticket is always a huge pain -- unless you get a ticket from YouTube prankster Sam Pepper. Watch Pepper pose as a traffic cop in...

Good Samaritans Help Rescue Man And His Dog From Icy Lake

Posted 02.05.2014 | Good News

A Chicago man who jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in an attempt to save his dog has a jogger to thank for playing a pivotal role in his...

The Tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman: How We Can Prevent Overdose Deaths

Meghan Ralston | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

We'll likely learn a great deal more about Hoffman, his drug use and his personal demons. Some will likely call his death a 'teachable moment.' But we need to ensure that what we're teaching includes information that can save lives.

Giving House Keys to Homeless Is Not The Only Key

Joel John Roberts | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

We are worried. Not only because there are so many more people who need to be housed, but also because these newly-housed neighbors need more than just a furnished apartment. We are worried about loneliness.

What Is it About Disaster That Brings Out the Best in People?

Tracy Hoover | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Like many in Atlanta, I'm snowbound today. This week’s rare snowfall – a disabling two inches – hit our city and triggered a mas...

Family Receives Invaluable Gift Days After Father's Death

Posted 01.29.2014 | Weddings

A good Samaritan helped a grieving family outside of Des Moines, Iowa by returning a wedding band that went missing one day before their father's deat...

Salvation Army Receives Diamond Ring Donation Worth $3,500

AP | Posted 12.19.2013 | Good News

MIAMI (AP) — The Salvation Army says someone dropped a diamond ring in one of the group's kettles outside a South Florida grocery store. A release ...

Teach Your Children Well -- It Pays Off

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.17.2014 | Good News
Neale Godfrey

I am out of my office alot. I travel alot. I depend on my mobile phone -- alot. My phone must have escaped from my pocket in the cab -- the poor thing was probably so overworked it was looking for a vacation -- now what?

Groom Killed While Helping Stranded Motorist

AP | Posted 12.16.2013 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by...

Hotel Seeks Homeless Man For Being Awesome

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.25.2013 | Good News

Do you recognize this man? If so, Atlanta's Omni Hotel at CNN Center would like to have a word with you. The man, believed to be named Josh Crabbe...

Family Of Robbery Suspect Outraged At Good Samaritan Who Shot Him

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.22.2013 | Crime

The family members of a robbery suspect that held a store employee at gunpoint in Alabama are lashing out at the Good Samaritan who shot him and stopp...

Good Samaritan's Note For Sick Stranger Is Making Us Feel Warm And Fuzzy

Posted 11.16.2013 | Good News

We're not sure if this man in Shanghai knew it was World Kindness Day on Wednesday or if being kind is just on his daily to-do list. Either way, he's ...

Do We Love Enough?

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Young people have told me they want worship that is meaningful. Either way, they want it to be about being part of something that matters; they want to be challenged to think.

Good Samaritans Catch Kids Jumping From Apartment Fire

Posted 10.23.2013 | Miami

When a scorned ex-boyfriend allegedly set a Miami apartment aflame Tuesday night, two good samaritans came to the rescue, catching a four and six year...

College Student Loses Wallet, Gets It Back With Extra Cash And Some Motherly Advice

Posted 10.24.2013 | Good News

Here's indisputable evidence that moms are the best -- even when they're not our own. Wes Monroe, a freshman at Iowa State University, lost his wal...

Strangers Related by Shared Bone Marrow Dance Wedding's First Dance

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

As they waltzed around, locked in an embrace, looking at each other lovingly, they seemed to be sharing a bond that few of the rest of us could ever know or understand. Related by shared bone marrow and white blood cells, they danced the wedding's first special dance together.

NYC Subway Cleaner Catches Mugger, Redefines Everyday Hero

Posted 09.25.2013 | Good News

A New York City subway cleaner says she was just doing her job, but we're pretty sure "catching criminals" was not an MTA requirement. Nevertheles...

WATCH: Good Samaritan Leaves Sweet Surprise In Box Of Walmart Cookies

Posted 09.26.2013 | Good News

An unemployed Oregon man got an extra sweet surprise after purchasing a box of cookies from Walmart last weekend. Phil, whose last name has not bee...

Would You Give Money To Help Save A Stranger's Pet?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty

Ray Richmond, who we've written about before, shared this story with us: Last November, he said, he and his wife got some bad news about their Cava...

All Because of George

Matt Douglas | Posted 11.13.2013 | Good News
Matt Douglas

A man told me that he lived nearby, and he gave me his phone number in case I needed help. As he left he said: "Listen: if you can't find a solution, you could always borrow my car. I don't need it this weekend." I thanked him and told him that I appreciated his offer. I thought we would find a solution.