#SIWSDay53 – Is chocolate good for you?

Eating chocolate is good for you It’s many people’s favourite vice – but if the latest evidence is tobe believed, the last thing you should feel when you secretly tuck into hunk of chocolate is guilty. Scientists have revealed that eating chocolate – in reasonable amounts – makes you feel emotionally better and so improves the smooth running of your body’s endorphins. It even protects against heart disease. So here we tell you all you need to know and reveal why we should all, occasionally, indulge in a sweet treat… Chocolate makes you live longer Researchers at Harvard University in the U.S. studied 8,000 men for 65 years and found that those who ate modest amounts of chocolate up to three times a month, lived almost a year longer than those who didn’t eat any. They concluded that this is likely to be due to the fact that cocoa contains antioxidants…

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#SIWSDay52 – We are never too old to hold on to our teddy bears

  Up until February of 2010 I had a second cat named Olivia whom I also adopted from a shelter two years after I adopted Zoe. She and Zoe didn’t really get along too well; they either kept their distance from one another, or once in a while they’d go at it with Zoe pinning Olivia to the ground (Olivia was a tiny thing), and there was a lot of yowling and I’d find tufts of fur on the carpet later. But neither cat seemed to be seriously injured.   Link:   https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/both-sides-the-couch/201310/we-are-never-too-old-hold-our-teddy-bears

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#SIWSDay51 – Children cover town with kindness

Brackendale Elementary teacher Sarah Hain includes acts of kindness as a regular part of her itinerary with her students. This year, though, things snowballed a little, and the students created a campaign of good deeds that culminated in a whirlwind day of helping others Friday. “The kids have been planning the project for about a month and a half,” she said. The students from her Grade 3-4 class, as well as Marian Kelly’s Grade 5-6 class, spent the day visiting seniors, handing out vouchers for free coffee, dropping off donations for dogs at the local shelter and gifts for a Syrian refugee family, among other activities. See more at: http://www.squamishchief.com/community/children-cover-town-with-kindness-1.2182619#sthash.FVw3WclA.dpuf  

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#SIWSDay50 – Pink Shirt Day opens door to re-define adage: ‘boys will be boys’

Ryan Avola still remembers being a boy. He loved soccer and formed many relationships through sports. He kept the other things he liked quiet. “We get a lot of messages about what being males means,” said the facilitator of iGuy workshops designed to empower nine to 12-year-old males. “And it’s great for me to be in that room because I can relate. There’s a lot about being tough about being strong a lot about holding in emotions and kind of working out things through aggression and violence. We’re trying to get away from that.” In his talks he breaks down gender and sexuality and talks about how fluid and complex human beings can be. There’s no one way to be a boy. iGuy attempts to empower all kids to be themselves. Painting fingernails is OK Avola says he does more listening than talking and through dialogue the kids figure things out. “Boys speak up and say sometimes I…

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#SIWSDay49 – Toronto Polar Bear Cub Spends 3 Month Birthday Playing in the Snow

The Toronto Zoo recently announced a major milestone for one of their new cubs. Their unnamed female cub just turned three months old. To celebrate, the zoo introduced the young cub to the snow for the very first time. And from the look on her adorable face, it’s clear that she enjoyed it. The cub is slowly being acclimatized to the outdoors as she currently resides in the maternity den of the zoo’s polar bear exhibit and is not yet on view to the public. But she is on view for this video posted to Twitter by the zoo! Twitter – @TheTorontoZoo Official Twitter of the Toronto Zoo, an organization that inspires people to love, respect & protect wildlife & wild spaces.  WARNING: May contain traces of cute Link to article to read more – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/12/toronto-polar-bear-cub_n_9221066.html?ir=Canada

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#SIWSDay48 – 9 Random Acts of Kindness

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are 9 generous ways for you to pay it forward and brighten someone’s mood… Never underestimate the impact of a random act of kindness. Whether it’s just holding the door open for someone or helping to carry their luggage down the tube steps, acts of kindness are easy to perform and they can make such a difference. A recent survey found that 65% of its participants perform a random act of kindness daily with 83% claiming to do so at least once a week. The acts don’t have to be elaborate and costly, just smiling at a fellow commuter is a good deed and has positive effects on everyone involved. People who engage in selfless acts are proven to be happier and healthier, the gestures supposedly improving your mood and decreasing social anxiety. To mark Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are 9 generous…

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#SIWSDay47 – Heart Surprise Cake

Hearts desire surprise inside cake (Serves 8) Ingredients: For the heart 125g margarine, softened 125g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 200g plain flour 10g baking powder Dr. Oetker bright red gel food colouring For the chocolate cake 115g margarine 125g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 1tsp Madagascan vanilla extract 100g plain flour 1 sachet of Dr. Oetker fine dark cocoa powder 1tspn baking powder For the decoration 40g milk chocolate 40g extra dark chocolate 50g unsalted butter Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan, Gas Mark 4). Lightly grease a 7cm (2¾ inch) deep, 450g (1lb) loaf tin. 2. To make the heart centre: Put the margarine in a bowl with the caster sugar and eggs. Sieve the flour and baking powder on top. Carefully mix all the ingredients together then whisk for a few seconds until well blended. 3. Mix in sufficient red gel food colour to make…

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#SIWSDay46 – Blackhawks goalie RAK’s

Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling didn’t expect anyone to notice his recent random act of kindness. The opposite has happened since a beer-league player shared the the story in a tweet that went viral over the weekend. The player, Kane Van Gate, relayed a second-hand version he’d heard from his Uber driver about how Darling went out of his way to assist a man who’d approached him asking for money during the Blackhawks’ road trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., last week. Instead of dismissing the request, Darling took it a step further and paid for the man to stay in a hotel for a month to help him get back on his feet. “On the way to the airport in Phoenix …. Link:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl-news/4694314-scott-darling-homeless-man-story-blackhawks-pay-it-forward-act-of-kindness-nhl

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