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Daily Digest 12/29 - Good News Friday: How To Keep Your Resolutions, Making The Most Of Charitable Giving

Friday, December 29, 2017, 1:28 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

The Only Way To Keep Your Resolutions (jdargis)

If what I’ve said so far sounds familiar, that’s because over the past 30 years, in response to these findings, something of a cottage industry has sprung up to tell us how to increase our self-control. If you peruse the books on the best-seller lists, you’ll find variations on a theme: The best way to increase self-control is to use our willpower (and related mental capacities like executive function — that part of the mind that directs planning and reasoning) to ignore or suppress our craving for immediate pleasure.

Want To Be Happy? Think Like An Old Person (sv)

Older people report higher levels of contentment or well-being than teenagers and young adults. The six elders put faces on this statistic. If they were not always gleeful, they were resilient and not paralyzed by the challenges that came their way. All had known loss and survived. None went to a job he did not like, coveted stuff she could not afford, brooded over a slight on the subway or lost sleep over events in the distant future. They set realistic goals. Only one said he was afraid to die.

How to make the most of your charitable donations (sv)

One way to save while increasing your charitable impact is to make a donation in lieu of exchanging gifts. Rather than spend money on each other, you can give money to a cause that's important to you, said Ellen Sirull, a senior manager of content at Experian Consumer Services. You can even adopt a family in need over the holidays and provide them with winter staples like coats, and toys and other gifts.

On New Year's Day, Many Low-Wage Workers Will Celebrate With A Raise (jdargis)

As of New Year's Day, workers in the following states can expect a round of raises: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Those states already meet or exceed the federal minimum wage, so these new raises will push up the bottom even higher. For example, in Ohio, the state minimum wage is $8.15 an hour. After Jan. 1, it will be $8.30.

Raising the minimum wage in Britain has been a huge benefit to workers — and employers are largely unharmed (jdargis)

So far, the results have been largely good for low-paid workers and largely bad for conservative economists: Wages have gone up and unemployment has gone down. There has been no observable negative effect on job creation in the UK since 2000, according to data supplied by the Office for National Statistics.

Yearning To Breathe Free (tmn)

A year ago, eight Syrian families fled the violence of their homeland and immigrated to Greater Boston. They were among the last such refugees allowed into the United States as a result of the Trump administration’s multiple efforts to ban immigrants from certain majority Muslim countries, including Syria. To smooth the transition, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest launched the Syrian Refugee Humanitarian Project, working with Jewish synagogues, Islamic centers, doctors, dentists, businesses, and an army of volunteers to provide safety, hope and a new life to these immigrants. The Globe spent the past year following the refugees’ sometimes painful, sometimes joyous journey.

There’s An Ocean Of Energy In The Sea. And This Team Just Unlocked It. (jdargis)

Shintake’s turbines would fit right in anywhere along the 30% of seashore currently dotted with tetrapods, submerged concrete pyramids placed to prevent erosion. His team designed the system to work in concert with the wave-breakers, drawing energy from the ripples as they slow them down. After all, it’s where waves break hardest that coastlines are most endangered — and where the ocean’s force is at its most concentrated and accessible.

The week in wildlife - in pictures (jdargis)

A rare golden monkey, Hawaiian green sea turtles and Malaysia’’s last female Sumatran rhinoceros all feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Gold & Silver

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