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Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” ~ April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

Symbiotic Giving

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:45

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Businesses & Non-Profits Benefit from GratisGives
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“People think it’s too good to be true, but we’ve identified a no-brainer way for local businesses and charities to both thrive simultaneously.” ~ Kirk Allaire
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Kirk Allaire and partner Andy Lafreniere have created a unique way to help businesses do their business while also creating a consistent stream of cash donations to go to local non-profits. 

In October of 2017, Kirk Allaire had a crazy-big idea. 

The roots of this idea: As the successful owner of a company called Gratis Payment Processing, he wanted to give back to a non-profit that held great meaning to him personally. In the early days of his company, he contacted this specific charity to try to initiate the process. But he found the simple idea of trying to donate to a national organization to be overwhelming for the company’s bandwidth at the time. 

Just the ‘Paws’-itive: A Different Kind of Therapy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:46

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“My favorite part of having a therapy dog? I don’t know, I guess I’d say that if it makes someone happy, then we’ve done our jobs.” ~ Peter Maddy
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Read about Annie the Therapy Dog and her handler Peter Maddy, who visit places daily with one goal in mind: to help others.

Part 2: Hey Northern Nevada, What Makes You Stay Positive?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:38

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"The wide variety of microbrews in the biggest little city turns a frown upside down.” ~ Melissa M. 
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Here’s the second part of our round-up of responses in which we asked: What makes you happy? Northern Nevadans came forward with their awesome lists of smile-creators. 

Did you ever notice how something as simple as reading someone’s positive post on social media, or just passing by a happy person on the street, can make you immediately joyful? That’s the reasoning behind this crowdsourced story, in which we’ve summarized ways that locals create their own happiness. 

Here’s Part 2 of our 2-part series — because we got too many responses to make it just one story (and we LOVE that!).

Top 10 Positive Messages from the 2019 Oscars

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 18:54

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"I'm an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone." - Best Supporting Actress Regina King
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We’ve scoured all three hours of the Oscars and filtered out the bad jokes and awkward moments, so that you can experience the best and brightest moments of positivity, uninterrupted!  

If the 2019 Oscar ceremony were to have a theme, we think it would be about the sheer power of positivity. We heard so many of the winners share inspirational messages about the forces in their lives that brought them to the stage — and the takeaways for those watching to model in their own lives. 

We Asked, You Answered: What Makes You Stay Positive?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 18:58

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“I smile when I hear a song on the radio that reminds me of my wife." — John M.
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Sometimes, we just need to live vicariously for a few minutes — because learning what makes others smile daily may just help inspire our own positivity. So we asked locals to tell us: What makes you stay positive? Here are the responses. 

Let’s face it: Some days, staying positive can be a challenge. But just when we’re feeling low, oftentimes something in our daily lives will inspire us to pause, reflect and smile. These are the things we were hoping to capture in this round-up of smile-generators. 

Lexie’s Gift, Barbie’s Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:11

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How a Mother’s Grief Has Transformed into a Tireless Crusade for the Community
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"The kids just break your heart, but you can’t step away because you know you’re making a difference, and you’re the person helping them survive." - Barbie Marcoe
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Barbie Marcoe has found a way to channel her love for her daughter, who unexpectedly passed away in a car accident, into novel ways to support the community.

A typical birthday for most people involves a couple of presents, a few texts from friends, and perhaps culminates in a dessert topped by a lit candle brought into a dim room by a handful of singers. 

But Barbie Marcoe, whose birthday happens to be the same day as this interview, isn’t most people. 

“We’re expecting 60 high schoolers to be here today, starting in just a few minutes,” she calls out across the room as a volunteer walks through the door on this gray Friday morning. “And I have the perfect job for you!” 

Manogue Students Shower Inspiring Food Services Worker with Gratitude

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:38

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Grab the Kleenex — you’re guaranteed to smile AND cry — maybe even simultaneously. Watch what happened just a few years back when a national org called "Dude. Be Nice" came to Reno to surprise a food services worker. "I’ve always looked up to Lynn," said one Manogue student. "If someone has a really bad day, she comes out of nowhere, swooping in — a hero without a cape, basically — and just makes that day better."

Kelly Brothers Paints It Forward for Ronald McDonald House

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 02/02/2019 - 16:49

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In 2018, Kelly Brothers Painting asked the community to nominate a non-profit in need of up to $10,000 worth of painting services. The resulting recipient in the Paint-it-Forward initiative: The Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients. Here's the transformation.
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