Author Archives: Dan O'Donnell

Lucky Lakers Fan Scored Half-Court Shot And Won $95,000!!

Fun games and sideshows for fans are common thing during professional sports games. Fans are often given a chance to score a difficult shot and win some money car or something even bigger. That’s just what happened to this lucky guy. He got a chance to try his luck and win  $95,000. What no one expected was […]

Adorable Therapy Dog Helps Children Read Better Than Ever

If you love to read, then you’ll definitely love Gizmo! Gizmo is a therapy dog with Paws For Friendship, Inc. and the Hartford Public Library’s program “Paws To Read.” Twice a month, Gizmo visits the library and provides a gentle atmosphere for readers who might have some trouble reading aloud to others. Check out this […]

Teacher Turns 4th Grader’s ‘Worst Day Ever’ Into ‘Best in the World’ With One Promise

As adults, it’s easy to forget just how hard kids have it sometimes. Luckily, one Washington State 4th grade teacher didn’t forget, and went out of her way to turn a student’s day from “worst day ever” to “best in the world.” Tori Nelson is a teacher at Winlock Miller Elementary School in Winlock Washington. […]

16-Year-Old Girl’s Solo Sail Around the World

When 14-year-old Laura Dekker set out in 2012 to become the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe, filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger documented the remarkable 518-day journey. In this excerpt from the full-length documentary Maidentrip, Dekker follows the route her parents took 20 years earlier through French Polynesia. Today, Dekker holds the record for the youngest […]

It’s Never Too Late, Embrace Your Life, Embrace Yourself

I saw Lisa speak once in Vancouver, among a star-studded lineup of authors and speakers, and she blew them all away with her sincerity and conviction. What a powerful person and message. It’s never too late to choose to love yourself and design the life you dream of. I hope this touches some of you […]

Honesty Test, How Did We Do?

Are people generally honest? Here’s a great video from one of my favorite YouTube channels testing how many people do the right thing. They tested people by systematically dropping hundreds of identical wallets all around the US, everywhere from Disneyland, to Salt Lake City, and even the Las Vegas strip. Some very interesting findings, and […]

Inspiring Story Of A Brave And Passionate Deaf Musician That Will Melt Your Heart

What an incredible story of passion and persistence. This deaf musician blew away the judges and the crowd and had my eyes watering. A truly heart-warming example of the human spirit. Wishing her all the very best, and sending a big thank you for setting a great example for us.

Dog And His Human Save Each Other

This is a fantastic story of a man and his best friend, a rescued pit bull. He was recovering from addiction and she was so shy she hid from him at first. But when they went outside, everything changed, and it set both their lives on a course of exploration and joy. I’ve adopted several […]

Ha Ha Mantra With Gina Fendelman – Could It Help You Heal?

What an interesting way to deal with “serious” issues like disease, financial problems, etc. I couldn’t help laughing along as I watched this video. This takes not taking things too seriously to another level. It’s the first time I’ve heard of this method for groups with chronic illness, although this video is from 2009. Readers, […]

Laughter Yoga! Having Fun Staying Healthy And Stress-Free

This video is all about laughter! Vishwa Prakash is a significant leader in the world of Laughter Yoga—a powerful wellness tool to enhance both mental and physical health. Vishwa helped bring Laughter Yoga to the U.S. and currently serves as the head of the North American Laughter Yoga office. No yoga poses, yoga mats or […]

Universal FanCon Celebrates Diversity and All Who Love Pop Culture!

The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon’s mission […]

3 Simple Ways To Enjoy The Outdoors

Happiness is a choice, and one we all want to make. Happier people tend to live healthier lives. In this BRAND NEW episode from the HooplaHa Original Series, Happiness Made Simple, organizational psychologist and eternal optimist Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD will talk about the simple, yet often neglected, things we can all do to […]

Meet The Doggie Dress Designer Whose Fashions Have Inspired So Many!

What’s more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs?? That’s exactly what took place recently at New York City’s Historic Hotel Pennsylvania. The New York Pet Fashion Show (NYPFS) is among the world’s largest animal rescue benefits, bringing fashion lovers from around the world together for a […]

Tennis Program Helps Underserved Teens Develop Resilience On and Off the Court

Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to […]

The Lift Garage Is Fixing Cars and People’s Lives

Lift Garage Executive Director Cathy Heying initially knew nothing about car repair. At 38-years-old, she went back to school for auto technology. To date, Cathy and The Lift Garage has saved Minneapolis residents over $30,000 in repair bills. Her mission is to lifts spirits, lives and families through their struggles.

Nurse Who Treated Abused Twin Baby Girls Gives Them Forever Home

When Jess Hamm began her shift as a nurse, she never would have expected it to change her life forever. 14-month-old Delilah was being treated for non-accidental trauma at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. She was extremely underfed, had several broken bones, and a fractured skull. She was so weak she couldn’t even hold her own head up. […]