As of today, there are now 800 articles at Ever Widening Circles (EWC) that prove this is still an amazing world!

And every day more and more people are using EWC for their daily dose of optimism!

Image: Collage of EWC article photosToday, we give you something to really celebrate: a personal tour of some of the hidden gems among our hundreds of articles to put a spring in your step.

There are concepts here that we reference constantly when speaking to people about what we’ve learned by writing all these pieces, but some are in articles that very few might read.

So today is like a scavenger hunt, only we will point you to the prizes!

We have two goals, to connect you to some of the most inspiring and often overlooked topics, and to make certain you haven’t missed the articles that are the most shared.

Ingeniously Simple

Let’s start right off with a couple articles that point to exquisitely simple insights that are changing the world for many:

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The Ocean Cleanup Project

At only 19 years old, Boyan Slat of the Netherlands developed an ocean cleanup array which has removed over 7 million <em>tons</em> of plastic from the ocean. Learn more about <em>The Ocean Cleanup Project</em> and how you can help in today's important feature.

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Lucky Iron Fish: Simply Brilliant

How lucky can an iron fish be? It's not just a charming cultural icon anymore! This is amazing!

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A Complete Surprise

Now let us introduce you to two articles that might not seem very appealing or compelling on the surface, but we promise you won’t be disappointed if you dive in. These articles contain some of our favorite jaw-dropping and radically uplifting insights.

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Expanding Our Notions About Good Versus Bad Luck

What makes a "great" childhood? Here's an absolutely amazing story that points us in the direction of the right answer, while turning some of our initial impulses upside down.

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Rats Becoming Our Heroes?

What potential are we missing by ignoring the "untouchable" things? Let's start with the amazing abilities of rats to save millions of lives! Really!

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Superhuman Abilities

Articles about sports might not be the first things to come to mind if you are looking for solid reasons to think the world is actually getting better, but I’d love for you to drop into several that we wrote in a state of awe. Very often the physical feats of amazing athletes really do push our collective sense of possibility way back! Here’s three that you should not miss, just for the sheer sense of wonder they inspire!

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No Safety Net

Here's a quiet young man and friends, with a passion you won't believe! Today's story will expand your idea of what's possible for us too!

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Dance that Defies Gravity!

What happens you take dance, flip it sideways, and defy gravity on the side of a building? Check out BANDALOOP a dance troupe that is spreading awe and wonder with a new kind of dance!

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Technology on the Immediate Horizon

And we couldn’t do a proper job of pointing to wonder all around us without making sure you see these two astonishing technologies in development:

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Bill Gates Drinks Sewage: Introducing the Omni Processor

Learn about the Omni Processor which, as Bill Gates puts it, turns "poop to potable in minutes." Learn more today on Ever Widening Circles.

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Powering Your World with Fish Scales?

Yes, you read that correctly, we can use fish scales to generate power! It turns out those fish you see in the market could be an alternative energy source! Here's how this alternative energy source could be used in the future!

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Wonders through the Funny Bone

How about some humor?! We’ve found some very funny people out there with some unforgettable insights:

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Hilarious James Veitch: Scamming an Email Scammer!

What would happen if you replied to an email scam in your inbox? Comedian James Veitch decided one day to find out. The story that ensues is very funny and revealing!

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Stunning Animal Insights

We’ve been surprised and delighted by the fact that over a third of our visitors each day find us when they are searching for solid content about animals.  Some of our most stunning articles are about new insights in the field of animal intelligence. Don’t miss these two:

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Nat Geo Photographer’s Tales: Leopard Seals and Penguins

Ever see a breathtaking photo from the natural world and wonder how they got that image? Often the backstories are even better than the photograph! Listen to the remarkable tales from a Nat Geo photographer and you will be transformed.

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Can Animals Communicate Deep Thoughts and Emotions?

Have you ever had an experience with an animal that left you certain that animals have rich emotional lives and thoughts we might relate to very well? Today's feature will make you feel very wise.

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Creativity Unplugged

Maybe art is not your thing? Especially if you are not a fan of the arts, then get ready to be delighted and transformed. Here are a few articles that give us all the recipe for making something very special out of nothing!

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When Graffiti, Stop-motion, and Wild Illustration Collide

COMBO by David Ellis and Blu is an incredible collaboration that combines graffiti, stop-motion animation, and wild illustration into something mindbending.

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Saving Rivers by Turning Toxins Into Art!

How can painting with toxic sludge save rivers? Two professors at Ohio University are teaming up to combine art and science to conserve and protect polluted waterways!

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The Wild Potential of Embracing Our Limitations

What if embraced our limitations? What possibilities might we discover if we just owned them and let them force us to get creative. We might actually find possibilities we would never have discovered. Take a look at how remarkable this mindset can be!

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Transforming TED Talks

We could be accused of saving the best for last by avid TED Talk fans. Here are three “Must See” talks from TED.com that most people would never choose. But trust me: they are really positive game changers! See why we consider them treasures.

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Making Struggle and Vulnerability a Good Thing!

What could possibly be good about Struggle and Vulnerability? Don't we spend every waking moment trying to avoid them both!? Turns out there are some amazingly valuable things to celebrate about both!

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Sam Berns and His Happiness Secrets

Have you heard 17 year old, Sam Berns' secrets to a happy life? I watch this TED Talk periodically as a refresher course, no matter how busy I am - and maybe because of that. See why!

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Karen Thompson: What Fear Can Teach Us!

DON'T MISS THIS hidden gem!.. If you are turning your back on all the fear and malice in the news media these days, this TED Talk is a really fun and "game changing" insight! I use it almost every day.

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Lastly, I’ll leave you with an uplifting article that seems to make many people’s heart soar. We need a little more of that “hearts soaring” sensation these days!

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Peponi with the Piano Guys

Want to crack the door open on a few moments in Paradise? The Piano Guys are back! This time with a rendition of Coldplay's "Paradise," Peponi version!

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Here’s a quote that seems to sum up the take-away message from 800 articles about meaningful insights and innovation:

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  – Wayne Dyer

Thanks for visiting possibility with us here at Ever Widening Circles: the nicest place on the internet!

Stop in tomorrow for your daily dose of optimism!

Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

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Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.