NEW PassItOn® Weekly Newspaper Stories

The Foundation for a Better Life is pleased to offer, at no charge, these life affirming true stories to you and your readers.

For 21 years, our Pass It On campaign promoting positive values has provided uplifting and encouraging messages. You may have noticed them on TV where they are viewed over 50 million times each day. Nielsen Media Research tells us they are the “most watched” PSA’s in the country. Through broadcast distribution, the internet and streaming they are also seen in over 200 countries. Additionally, our billboard campaign was recognized by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America as “...the most successful public service campaign in the history of outdoor advertising.”

And now, newspapers. We are excited about the opportunity! If your readers are looking for inspiration, we believe these messages will be rewarding. Each week, the Pass It On series will feature a new story to hopefully provide an uplifting moment in someone’s day and then... pass it on. We trust that they will come to look forward to them. Thank you for considering these for your readers. The Foundation for a Better Life is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mary Anderson, the woman who invented the windshield wiper.

Sometimes it just takes looking at things a little differently in order to solve a problem. Sometimes we don’t even realize there is a problem until we ask questions that begin with why? preview

INNOVATION
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The legacy of Dorothy Vaughan, the hidden figure who helped put a man on the moon.

Dorothy Vaughan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, just 45 years after the Civil War ended. At times, her load must have felt heavy, earthbound, during a time when African American women questioned how they would move beyond the barriers they faced... preview

SHOOT FOR THE MOON
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How kids have used their imagination to create some of the most beloved products.

We always talk about the beauty of a child’s unlimited imagination, as if we long to capture and access those curiosities into our adulthood. It is indeed a wonder what children come up with. And maybe if we practice seeing the world through their eyes, we might see the world differently ourselves---one of endless possibilities. So here are a few things born of childhood curiosity... preview

IMAGINATION
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The power of just being there.

Bill is a Navy vet and retired oil field engineer. His hands are thick, and his fingers branch out in all directions. Pulling on ropes as a sailor off the coast of Maine gnarled a few of them. The others were jammed playing baseball in the South African semi-pro league. He has a story for every break, and for why he leans a bit starboard. He moved back to America late in his career and, after raising his three daughters, found himself with some free time on his hands... preview

BE THERE
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How a community of one grows to include more.

Richard is a quiet man with a gentleness that belies his height. He stands a good four inches over six feet but has a friendly-giant smile that embraces everyone around him. He makes a modest living that allows him time for a hobby he is passionate about---raising pigeons... preview

COMMUNITY
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A tradition of kindness on the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail is a rugged footpath that runs from Northern Georgia to Central Maine along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. It passes through 14 states and all kinds of unpredictable weather. At age 21, Nick, an avid outdoorsman raised in Maine, decided the journey would be a good adventure.... preview

KINDNESS
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Finding slow purpose in a fast world.

In quiet neighborhoods, you find quiet people going about their lives, doing good things. Harold is one of those people. An introvert by nature, he finds himself happiest while changing the brake pads on an old truck or replacing a water heater... preview

PURPOSE
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Get up early and give back.

On a Sunday morning so cold the only people on the streets are the unhoused, the Rev stands, wearing an apron, near the entrance to a warehouse. A line of people gathers outside the Reverend’s ministry. There’s free coffee while they wait... preview

GIVE BACK
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Believe in others.

Wrestling is the ultimate sport: One-on-one, you win or lose; it’s up to you. Which sounds a bit harsh to gangly high school boys trying to fit in socially as well as win a little respect on the mat. They look more like flying monkeys than athletes, and only a few have grown into their singlets. Michael stands in a circle with the other boys... preview

BELIEVE IN OTHERS
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Being There, Being Present.

Fifty years ago, autumn in a small town meant the annual coming of age ritual that brings boys and their fathers together... preview

BE THERE
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Courage To Do.

In 1841, a physically imposing, twenty-three year-old Frederick Douglass leaned against the rail of a ferry... preview

COURAGE
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Earning Trust.

Nancy was suddenly a single mother. Her husband of 17 years passed away leaving her with kids to finish raising and no savings... preview

TRUST
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Forgiveness Heals Us

Forgiveness isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes we think it needs to be earned rather than freely given... preview

FORGIVENESS
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Let Gratitude Move You to Action.

Our modern culture tends to focus on past regrets and future uncertainty. It is the present where we need to focus... preview

GRATITUDE
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Love and Healing

Nelda was 23 years old and pregnant with her third daughter during the Great Depression... preview

LOVE
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Getting Outside is the Best Way to Get Rid of the Blues

Brad’s idea of a good time is to swim across the lake at the base of the Grand Tetons... preview

GET OUTSIDE
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The Tenacity to See the Stars

One of the most often used behavioral descriptors today is Attention Deficit Disorder, which basically means unable to sit still or focus for longer than a few minutes... preview

TENACITY
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The Road to Appreciation

Mick is a big man with long hair and beard that would place him naturally onstage with the Grateful Dead... preview

APPRECIATE NATURE
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You Can Do This.

Roland is trim and fit. Yet in his early forties, his knees are giving him trouble. He hobbles across the infield of the track, shouting encouragement to runners, pausing to give a little instruction, gathering the hundred or so small athletes together for organized drills and stretches. If one misses a practice he calls their home. They start at 8 years old and finish at 18. Welcome to the Cheetahs inner-city track club. It’s family. preview

YOU CAN DO THIS
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