The Daily Kindness Digest #354

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~Mother Teresa

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Start moving today! Don’t wait until the perfect time to be kind to your body. Do it today!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am an INDIVIDUAL! There is no one else quite like me and that’s what makes me so unique.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

The smallest acts of kindness can have the biggest impact!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #353

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.” ~Duane Michals

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Volunteer at a local community organization or center. Step one: learn more about ways you can give back. If we all gave back to our own community, the world would take care of itself.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am STRONG. I will use my strength to help others. Nothing can get in my way!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A rescue dog gives back to another puppy in need.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #352

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world.” ~Bob Anderson

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Spend some quality time with your siblings or family members. Head to an amusement park and make some great memories!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will be considerate. I will think about how every action I take affects another.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

“Let’s congregate instead of spreading hate.” An important message for us all. This year’s anthem for Dance for Kindness!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #351

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.” ~Woodrow Wilson

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Make get-well cards for kids in a local children’s ward.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will LET GO. I don’t need to have control over everything and I can just be.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Watch the video that started it all for Life Vest Inside!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #350

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.” ~Victor Hugo

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Engage someone new in conversation. We can learn something from every person we come into contact with.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I embody faith. Everything will work out just the way it is supposed to.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Students elect an amazing young man as Homecoming King!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #348

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” ~Samuel Johnson

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Bring a batch of cookies or cake to work and share them with your co-workers.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am peaceful and at ease. No matter what is going on around me only I hold the key to my inner peace.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A police officer helps a young father out with a generous act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #349

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” ~William Arthur Ward

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Send a heartfelt letter and photograph to a loved one who lives far away.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am playful. Life is meant to be fun and I will live it up!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

An employee of 40 years is given an amazing gift for his years of service.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #347

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!” ~George Elliston

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Send a thoughtful card to you or your child’s doctor. Small things make a big noise.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I choose HAPPINESS! I am in charge of how I feel and I choose to feel good!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A car salesman is recognized for his generosity and kindness working with the homeless.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #346

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.” ~Sukhraj S. Dhillon

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Ask the local bagel store or shop to give their leftovers to you this evening to gift to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am a student in every way – yearning to learn something new. I will read a book, research a topic that I may not understand fully or approach each interaction with an open mind.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Incredible teen with amazing special gifts is given an opportunity to shine.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #345

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.” ~Sunshine Magazine

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Surprise your family by preparing dinner or helping out with chores that you wouldn’t normally do.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will be conscientious of the needs of others. Sometimes people just need someone to understand their needs.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

An encounter with a police officer leads to an incredible act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #344

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Become the kind of leader people would follow voluntarily; even if you have no title or position.” ~Brian Tracy

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Buy a cup of coffee for a bus driver or construction worker.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am EXCITED! I will break off from my daily routine and do something fun and different.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

The St Anthony Catholic School share their Kindness Rap!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #343

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Offer to help someone carry packages to their car. Keep your eyes peeled – the opportunity will present itself.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I will not allow others dictate the way I should live. I must weigh my choices and be confident in my decisions.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

What would happen if we stopped within our day and opened our eyes to the kindness opportunities that surround us?
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #342

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.” ~George Sand

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Next time you’re a restaurant, be sure to catch eye contact with the waiter & thank them. They’re doing their best!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will prioritize! I will make sure I am on the path to achieving my dreams.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

These customers are in for a special treat, when a random stranger decides to treat them.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #341

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“I want to be the kind of person that kind people like and want to be like.” ~Jarod Kintz

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Pass along a coupon to the person behind you at the grocery store today. Random acts of kindness go farther than you think!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will conquer a fear. There is nothing to be afraid of and I can do anything that I put my mind to.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Simple random acts of kindness that can change the world one person at a time.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #340

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Encouraged people achieve the best; dominated people achieve second best; neglected people achieve the least.” ~Anonymous

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

The next time you receive good service, share some positive feedback with the person’s manager or boss. What a great way to boost the employee’s confidence and perhaps help them advance.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will overflow with GRATITUDE! When I look around I will open my eyes and heart fully to all of the blessings around me.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A woman gifts kindness to a stranger grieving the loss of her father.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #339

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Happiness is not something that you get in life. Happiness is something you bring to life!” ~Dr Wayne Dyer

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Pull up an old picture with and old friend and send it to them What a great way to put a smile on their face. Who doesn’t like a good throwback?

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will remember to breathe! Inhale and exhale is all I have to do to find my peace of mind.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A young man competes in a triathalon for a friend with special needs.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #338

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.” ~Kiana Tom

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Try to add a dose of happiness to every conversation you have today. Be mindful of the words you say, how you say them and your body language. Each tell a story.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today is my chance to change the world! I have the ability to make an impact and and it’s time for action.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

College football players take an amazing young lady to prom.

The Kindness Flash #16

vest-separator

This month’s theme: TRUST – the firm belief that you can lean on someone or something without fear or doubt.

everyday kindness

Everyday Kindness: When You Need To Trust – The Gift of Wisdom

Edited By Jewel Fries • Read More >>


Everyday Kindness: Trusting The Message of Kindness

After spending the weekend as an advisor at a leadership event, Andy received an Act of Kindness (AOK) card. Little did Andy know the difference it would make in his life when he trusted the message on that little card and made an important phone call.

Edited By Jewel Fries • Read More >>


good-newsGood News

Ryan Hamilton was on a rooftop near Wrigley Field on Saturday when he noticed a blind man trying to hail a cab for several minutes without success.

Read On >>


good-newsArticle of the Month

Trust is the last thing we expect to solve problems at a workplace. In his story, Simon Cross shares the importance of trust within any group or team. And how saying three simple words, “I trust you” can make all the difference to a team accomplishing their goals.

I Trust You – Simon Cross


kindness-quote-of-the-monthKindness Quote

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

act-of-kindness-of-the-monthAct of Kindness

Charles Feltman describes trust as “Choosing to make something important to you vulnerable to the actions of someone else.” This month look at the people in your life whom you can trust and let them know why they are important to you and how they have earned your trust.

kindness-media-of-the-monthKindness Media

lvi-hr

photo-of-the-month

PHOTO

of the Month

photo-of-the-month-july-17
Why do you think this picture represents trust? SHARE your thoughts!
 

song-of-the-month

SONG

of the Month

Between assassinations, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war, the ’60s were clearly a time of social unrest and mistrust. Bob Dylan’s song is a call for change, and an affirmation that change is possible.
 

video-of-the-month

VIDEO

of the Month

Trust is often established with little things. There are moments that come along in life where we can earn trust, or walk on by and lose it. Watch this insightful video to know what makes up the anatomy of trust, how we can earn it for ourselves and learn to trust others.
 

talk-of-the-month

TALK

of the Month

Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust in musical leadership — then shows how it works, as he conducts the Scottish Ensemble onstage. He also shares clips from two musical projects: the opera “U-Carmen eKhayelitsha” and the ParaOrchestra.
 

book-of-the-monthBook of the Month

The Truth About Trust by David DeSteno

The Truth About Trust by David DeSteno

A key ingredient in our success in all spheres of life is our ability to determine the trustworthiness of the relations we form. Be it at work, in our families or romantic relationships, being able to trust the right people plays an important role in carrying us forward. In this book, David DeSteno uses his extensive research to speak about practical takeaways to help readers understand, communicate and build relations based in trust.


Subscribe to The Kindness Flash | Archives

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #337

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Rise up, start fresh, see the bright opportunity in each day.”

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Pay a visit to a local old age home or perhaps make the drive to see an elderly relative. Quality time is a great way to make people feel loved, cherished and most importantly relevant!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am educated. I will make sure I have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Teens support their friend with Downs Syndrome in an amazing way.
blog-avatar

Andy Mizrahi

Oakhurst, USA

 

Trusting The Message of Kindness

Andy spent the weekend as an advisor at a leadership event. Orly Wahba, founder of Life Vest Inside, also happened to be an advisor there and as she is well known to do, at the end of the weekend gave an Act of Kindness (AOK) card to Andy. An AOK card has an act of kindness prompting the person to perform the act and then to go the next step and pass the card to someone else. They remind us that small things do make a big difference.

The AOK card Orly placed in Andy’s hand said, call your grandparents. Andy only had one grandparent left, his grandfather and he hadn’t heard from him in a while. He realized he really didn’t know how his grandfather was doing. Andy did know his parents had been coaxing his grandfather to get away over the winter and enjoy himself, but his grandfather had been tentative the last time Andy had heard anything.

After receiving the AOK card Andy decided to trust the message. It was time to give his grandfather a call. He discovered his grandfather was doing fantastic, having just returned from his third cruise that winter! That call allowed Andy to connect with his grandfather as they shared the good things in each other’s lives and were happy for each other.

quote-openTo connect like that was awesome. I went on a kindness binge after that. Like a Netflix marathon.quote-close

As most people who find the kindness bug, Andy discovered some people were distrustful of his intentions. Reactions he received, ”Like why would you be nice to me? What do you want?” But that didn’t stop him as he “pounded through” the good deeds. Instead Andy’s response was short and sweet, “To do random acts of kindness, man.”

We wonder how many lives have been touched with kindness because Andy decided to trust the message on an AOK card and make that phone call.

– Edited by Jewel Fries

<< Back to Everyday Kindness
  • EverydayKindness-Blog-Thumbnail
    Permalink Gallery

    Everyday Kindness: When You Need To Trust – The Gift of Wisdom

blog-avatar

Alina Negoita

UK

 

When You Need To Trust – The Gift of Wisdom

Before he passed away, Alina was given a wonderful gift by her dear friend and talented artist Jonathon. She shares his gift of wisdom with us, a gift many of us will do well to take to heart.

Be patient.
Focus on what you are really good at.
Work hard.
Don’t take for granted the luxury of time.
Put your game face on and destroy obstacles.
Be selective.
Don’t compromise.
Stay real.
Be a dream.
Express deeply.
Fear not.

As I pondered Jonathon’s eleven points I realized at their heart is trust. Trust timing, trust your skills and talents, trust your ability. Trust your plan. Trust yourself. Trust.

Alina also gifts her own gift of wisdom,

Please, never give up on your dreams.
Stand up for your beliefs.
What you plant now, you will harvest later.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop working on the art that is a mirror of yourself.

Remember your dreams
Remember your dreams
Remember your dreams

And again the echo of,

quote-openTrust… trust yourself…. trust, believe, remember.quote-close

– Edited by Jewel Fries

<< Back to Everyday Kindness
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #336

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Spread the message of kindness! Share a kindness themed post from a page you love and watch the ripple expand.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I’m the decision maker of my own life. What I see is what it will be.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A stranger donates an organ to save a life and ends up with a wife.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #335

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“The best gift you can give someone is your time, because you are giving them a part of your life that you can never get back.” ~Unknown

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Take the time to observe those around you. Someone is crying out for help – let’s start to take notice to our surroundings and become part of the change.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am healthy mind, body and soul. What I feel on the inside is what I will project on the outside.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A stranger’s act of kindness on a train brings a woman selling flowers to tears.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #334

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Offer a cup of coffee to a bus driver or delivery man working late. What a great way to let them know someone is thinking of them. Coffee won’t be the only thing helping them stay energized on the road.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am supportive. Supportive of others, supportive of myself and supportive of the choices that led me here.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A young man helps a stranger change a tire and teaches a lesson in humanity.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #333

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Eye contact is way more intimate than words will ever be.” ~Faraaz Kazi

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Create a kit of materials to give to homeless people. Fill up a bag with socks, mouth wash and a snack. Keep it handy so you’ll be prepared the next time you spot an opportunity to give it forward!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am a beacon of positivity; smiling with my heart at every person I encounter.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Teens save the life of an infant locked in a car.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #332

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” ~Doug Larson

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who looks like they could use a break. A seat for some can be a ray of hope in an otherwise dreary day.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am mindful of the way others perceive my actions. Perception and reality are two completely different things.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Teen relinquishes his homecoming crown to his friend with autism.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #331

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” ~Unknown

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Show a new neighbor around the area or give them some neighborly tips. We can all use a lending hand when adapting to a new place.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I remember that everything that has happened in my life has led me to this specific moment in time. I can rest easy knowing that I am where I am meant to be.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A special Prom invitation for an amazing friend.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #330

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honoring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities.” ~James Fredericks

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Make someone laugh today. Humor is a great tool to brighten someone’s day and push out any darkness.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I love myself more than yesterday. To love others fully, I must first love myself.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Ellen and Will Smith have a surprise for an amazing teacher and her students.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #329

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.” ~M Grundler

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Smile at someone when you talk to them. Be enthusiastic!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I make everyone in my life feel loved. No matter how many times I say it or show it, there is always more love to give.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A special school with special students and staff receive a very special graduation and prom.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #328

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Give a gift of housekeeping service to a new parent. The gesture itself will do wonders for their state of mind and ability to cope with the new responsibilities gifted to them.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I take some time to daydream. What do I really want in life?

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A homeless dog and her puppies are rescued!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #327

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.” ~Frank A Clark

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Send a message of appreciation to pages you love to follow. Tell them how much you appreciate their work, or how it brightens your day. We hope to make the list!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will express my needs and my true feelings. I will not expect others to read my mind and I will feel confident expressing myself!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Ellen surprises a former guest with a life changing gift to help her achieve her dream.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #326

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Three things in human life are important. The first to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.” ~Henry James

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Offer a lend a helping hand to a neighbor. Water their plants, walk their dog, or keep an eye on their home when they’re away.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I trust others. When you open your heart to trust, trust is reflected back at you.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

The kids at St Anthony’s Catholic School share what kindness means to them.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #325

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ~Malala Yousafzai

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Organize photos in a virtual or paper album as a special gift for a special someone.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will take a moment to relax, breathe and capture the beauty around me! Life is beautiful. It’s time to celebrate it.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Jay Leno gives a gift to a wounded veteran in gratitude for his service.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #324

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Be mindful and make kindness a priority. Kindness can truly be a way of living, it doesn’t have to be a one-time act!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I am confident. Believing in myself is the first secret to success.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

NFL player JJ Watt surprises his fourth grade teacher on her retirement.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #323

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.” ~Anthony Liccione

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Create a homemade gift for someone. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will have fun. No matter what I’m doing or where I am I will be mindful to make each moment count!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A school administrator who is battling cancer receives a gift from her coworkers.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #322

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.” ~Mother Teresa

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Be a friend who listens. Reach out and offer to talk with a friend who can use a listening ear. Think of all the times you needed someone to listen and be proactive by being that friend for someone else!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I am invincible! I can do anything, and I will succeed!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A police officer loans his coat to a child walking home in a rain storm.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #321

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” ~Brad Henry

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Write someone a letter letting them know how important they are in your life. It can mean the world to someone to know your life has been better because they’re in it.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I take a chance. A chance on myself and the people I love.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Local police and city officials help a mother in need.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #320

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Receiving is good but giving is much better. Nevertheless, sharing is the best.” ~Shahrizad Shafian

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Give a surprise gift to a friend; everyone enjoys a pick-me-up!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today I will laugh! Laughter, even amidst tough times can magically brighten my day.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

This ad shows how people can overcome their differences and see people for what they are… people.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #319

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Find a need and fill it.” ~Ruth Stafford Peale

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Share your breakfast or lunch with someone who could use a bit of company. Whether it’s someone less fortunate or perhaps a bit shy, sharing a meal is a one of a kind bonding experience.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I will make an effort to be patient with myself and others. Everything will happen in due time.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

An incredible act of sportsmanship emerges on a High School basketball court.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #318

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“If you only keep adding little by little, it will soon become a big heap.” ~Hesiod

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Be strong and stand up for what you believe in, even if you’re alone.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

What kind of day will today be? That’s all up to me!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A woman sacrifices a race to help her competitor.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #317

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“A neighbor isn’t simply someone who lives next door; a neighbor is someone who’s got your back when you don’t have the strength and the ability to have your own.” ~Orly Wahba

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Surprise a co-worker with a cup of coffee or their favorite morning drink and kickoff their day off with a smile and an extra bit of warmth.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I will create my own experiences, remembering that good experiences begin with a great state of mind.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A man steps up to become a father figure to a group of girls who really need a positive role model in their lives.

The Kindness Flash #15

vest-separator

This month’s theme: FORTITUDE – the courage and strength of heart to push through the fear and adversity that can oftentimes paralyze.

everyday kindness

Everyday Kindness: When You Find Courage

While recovering from a serious medical procedure Lee met a loving family caring for their father dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Lee’s daily routine came to include a visit with the man, his wife and four children. Soon Lee discovered the ultimate gift of kindness and that sometimes it isn’t always clear who is giving the gift to whom.

Edited By Jewel Fries • Read More >>


Everyday Kindness: Love is Patient Love is Kind

Abuse from the age of two taught Tam to be fearful and silent. She jumped when someone touched her. She cried for what appeared to be no reason. Dating seemed completely impossible. “I was always that ‘weird girl’ in the corner.” But Aaron’s kindness and patience turned the key and opened the lock.

Edited By Jewel Fries • Read More >>


Podcast: Radically Loved with Rosie Acosta

Rosie Acosta of Radically Loved chats with LVI Founder, Orly Wahba on her uplifting and inspiring podcast!

Listen here >>


good-newsGood News

This Dog Owner Is Fighting Back After Being Told She Should Be ‘Ashamed’ for Having an Assistance Dog. We all know the benefits of companionship dogs offer, but some bring more than that, and it’s through their skills as man (or woman’s) best friend that they can offer someone a quality of life that they might not have.

Read On >>


good-newsArticle of the Month

The fortitude Sarah Amento showed as she shared her journey through stage IV triple negative breast cancer gave hope to others. She taught us to grab the moments, let go of the “what ifs and if only’s”, to accept kindness and to have faith. True to her word, cancer never did define Sarah, Sarah redefined cancer.

If Only…written by Jewel Fries


kindness-quote-of-the-monthKindness Quote

“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.”
~ Claire Cook

act-of-kindness-of-the-monthAct of Kindness

In the words of Author Margie Warrell, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” This month muster up the courage to boldly step out of your comfort zone and embrace change by taking the chances that will allow you to tap into your utmost potential. It’s time to exchange procrastination for action. Your world awaits you!

kindness-media-of-the-monthKindness Media

lvi-hr

photo-of-the-month

PHOTO

of the Month

photo-of-the-month-june17
Why do you think this picture represents fortitude? SHARE your thoughts!
 

song-of-the-month

SONG

of the Month

Justin Furstenfeld has never been shy about sharing his story through his lyrics and his music. Justin Furstenfeld has spent most of his adult life battling mental health and addiction. In Fear he shares with us the idea that no matter how low we find ourselves, no matter how dark of a place we are in, we can always find the courage to “get back up.” He allows us to tell ourselves “Today, I don’t have to fall apart. I don’t have to be afraid. I don’t have to let the damage consume me.” Through Justin’s journey of recovery, we can find our own courage to face the challenges that lie ahead of us.
 

video-of-the-month

VIDEO

of the Month

Having a passion for something can motivate us to move mountains. The impossible suddenly becomes possible as we fight to achieve our dreams. WATCH how this young lady’s fortitude turned what some would call a weakness into her biggest and most defining strength.
 

talk-of-the-month

TALK

of the Month

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In this captivating talk she discusses her abduction and encourages us all to never give up and never surrender in the face of adversity.
 

book-of-the-monthBook of the Month

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

In 2013 Paul Kalanithi was a young resident in neurological surgery when he was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. Suddenly he was thrust into the role of patient and with a new perspective, Kalanithi began sharing his very personal questions and thoughts on living, illness, dying and medicine. His autobiography details his experiences as a doctor, patient, new father and husband as he faces a terminal illness with this unforgettable and life affirming reflection. Published posthumously, the final word is left to his wife who shares her thoughts on Kalanithi’s final journey.


Subscribe to The Kindness Flash | Archives

blog-avatar

Tam Pham

Pittsburgh, USA

 

Love Is Patient Love Is Kind

There was always a little voice inside her that said “I’m worthwhile,” but from the age of 2 that voice grew steadily softer and softer. Eighteen years of abuse by someone she trusted stole Tam’s self-worth, her dignity, trust, and childhood. The abuse taught her to be fearful and silent. She jumped when someone touched her. She cried for what appeared to be no reason. Dating seemed completely impossible.

As Tam reflects, “I was always that ‘weird girl’ in the corner.”

Aaron was twice her age when they met but he was the first man Tam fell in love with. It was his kindness and his patience that turned the key and opened the lock.

Tam’s traumatic experiences had dramatic impacts yet Aaron showed nothing but kindness and love. When they first dated, Tam couldn’t be in the house alone with him unless the front door was wide open. If she felt threatened, she needed to know she could run. They didn’t even hold hands until 6 months had passed and his first kiss was on her cheek 2 months later. During the time they dated Aaron was understanding, compassionate and kind.

quote-openI used to imagine me not falling in love…actually; I used to imagine someone not falling in love with me. But [he] came into my life and showed me that it was possible to not only fall in love with someone but also have someone fall in love with me! Aaron proved to me that I am worthwhile.quote-close

– Edited by Jewel Fries

<< Back to Everyday Kindness
blog-avatar

Lee Babird

Buffalo, New York, USA

 

Where You Find Courage

While regaining her own health, Lee met a loving family caring for their father dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Soon Lee’s daily routine included a visit with the man, his wife and four children, who were his caregivers and companions. To alleviate the pressure the family felt, she helped where he could whether it was tackling homework, playing catch, or doing dishes.

Lee was honoured when invited to live with the family and assist with end of life care as the father approached final stages of the disease. Without hesitation Lee gave away everything in her apartment, moved into their basement and proceeded to master tube feeding, the suction machine, catheterization, shower, transfer and more. Beyond those skills she learned a lot about herself and the importance of putting others first.

Through this journey Lee says, “I had developed a deep relationship… It was hard to see a father sitting in a chair without the ability to hug and kiss his wife and children… He never complained…

quote-openHe taught me so much about life through his slow death, without saying a single word… His testimony through dying, ignited my fire to live and to love unconditionally…quote-close

I consider that the ultimate gift of kindness.” Lee was with the family when the father passed. Mingled with the sadness was a heartfelt joy knowing his suffering with such a terrible disease was over. Lee says this experience was just the first of many, all teaching her more about kindness and putting others first. She reminds us,

quote-openVery often, we have to put ourselves in a vulnerable state in order to achieve an act of kindness. There is where you find courage.quote-close

– Edited by Jewel Fries

<< Back to Everyday Kindness
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #316

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.” ~Maggie Stiefvater

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Recommend a great local restaurant to a friend. What a great way to give back to small business owners in your community.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I am focused on letting the past be the past and embracing future endeavors. Onward and upward!

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Good sportsmanship and kindness shown from one competitor to another.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #315

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~Mark Twain

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Surprise someone by doing something around the house that is typically their responsibility. Kindness makes a happy home!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I am simply me! I feel comfortable doing what I love and being myself while doing it. I do not criticize myself or try to live up to some illusory standards for someone else.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A young man’s patience and kindness is rewarded with a new career opportunity.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #314

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~John Lennon

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Show kindness to a stranger today. We don’t need to know someone to express kindness.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I remind myself that there is always time to start over and to be a better person then I was yesterday.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A football team enjoys some good old kindness!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #313

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” ~Walter Winchell

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Take time today to reminisce with an old friend! Friendship is a beautiful thing- especially one that has developed through the years!

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I keep in mind that I matter! I matter to myself, to the people around me and to the world at large.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

One act of kindness leads to another.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #312

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~Les Brown

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Don’t keep your change. Next time you’re at a coffee shop or cafe, instead of keeping the change from your purchase, leave it in the tip jar. People work hard to make sure you enjoy your food, why not reward them. Take it a step further by leaving a bigger tip if you can.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I don’t let the difficulties of my past interfere with my JOY in the present. I experience the present purely and without negativity.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

Kid President shares his views on making friends.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #311

 

vest-separator

kindness quote of the dayKindness Quote

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” ~Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

act of kindness of the dayAct of Kindness

Be mindful of saying thank you today and mean it! Perhaps take the extra moment to make eye contact with the person you are saying it to.

positive affirmation of the dayPositive Affirmation

Today, I will come one step closer to being the person I dream of being. I will be more forgiving, more accepting, and I will be more kind.

kindness media of the dayKindness Media

A ten year old’s speech on kindness is amazing!