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Pledge to be a Tidy Kiwi

Around 14 million dollars is spent every year cleaning up litter from New Zealand streets.  Last week a campaign was kicked off to highlight New Zealand's litter problem and to invite kiwis to band together to keep New Zealand clean.  Lyn Mayes from the Packaging Forum and Richard Leckinger from Be a Tidy Kiwi talked to Andrew about the campaign.  

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Teenage Advice: Joy from Parenting Place

Tom interviews Joy, a family coach from Parenting Place, about how to guide kids into the teenage years using three key points.

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NZ Art for Charity

NZ Art for Charity encourages artists to donate their artwork as a way to fundraise for charity.  So far the organisation has run six exhibitions and have now opened up a shop in Hamilton. Robyn Jackson is the founder for the chartiy and spoke to Diane on the phone about how it works!

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Advent Explained!

Our advent series continues with the Reverand Frank Ritchie in studio talking with Andrew about how advent relates to the second coming of Christ.  

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Theologians Without Borders

Theologians without Borders is all about leveling the playing field of theologians, like Doctors Without Borders it's about getting theologians to places where they are needed most.  Director Dr Ian Payne joined Andrew to explain this concept.

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Gratitude Research

We've heard a lot about in recent years about the practise of gratitude.

Isn’t it great when scientific research lines up with the wisdom of the Bible? Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things” (Philippians 4:6-8)

Lots of research studies have been done to test the effects of a thankful attitude. The results show the huge benefits of being a grateful person.

Here's some of the research here: 

Compared to other people grateful people are:

Happier. Being thankful lowers depression and self-blame and increases optimism, energy, self-acceptance, and life satisfaction. It seems that the positive emotions associated with gratitude undo the painful and debilitating effects of negative emotions.

Less Stressed. Grateful people have lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in their bodies. They have better coping mechanisms to deal with personal difficulties and life transitions: they are quicker to seek help and less likely to avoid or deny their problems or to use drugs.

More Social. Being grateful is associated with increased social connections and leads to greater satisfaction in your relationships.

More Purposeful. Thankful people are more focused on their priorities and they are more mature in their personal growth.

Sleep Better. Grateful people think positive things before going to sleep and it greatly improves their sleep. They spend less time in bed unable to sleep and are more refreshed when they awake.

Fewer Health Complaints. People who are more thankful have fewer symptoms of physical illness. Their bodies have increased resistance to viral infections.

Increased Financial Well-Being. Grateful people are less likely to be greedy or envious. At the same time they are likely to have more wealth.

More Altruistic. Being thankful helps people to be more generous with others, giving of their time and money to help others. Surely, this is the most important finding of all! We are blessed by God to be a blessing to others! Being happier, more energetic, less stressed, and so forth helps us to be more effective in loving God and our neighbour.

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Plant Powered Recipes

Jeremy Dixon from Revive Cafe joined Andrew in the studio to talk vegan cheeses and plant powered recipes from his latest cookbook, 'The Revive Cafe Cookbook 7'.

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Processing Painful Christmas Memories

How do you process Christmas year in and year out, when your own Christmas memories are painful?  Tanya Unkovich talked about this with Andrew in the Rhema studio.

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