The Daily Kindness Digest #444

 

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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~Princess Diana

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Share some change and words of encouragement with a homeless person. Their stories are likely to shift your perspective and inspire you to see beyond the labels.

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Today I am dependable. A shoulder for someone to lean on, a listening ear, an open heart and a true rock solid friend.

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A homeless man’s act of kindness is life changing.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #443

 

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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~Nelson Henderson

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Say “I love you” to those who make life worth living for. It’s time we cherish the people who make our moments unforgettable.

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Today I am thankful to be ALIVE! I live in the moment and live it to its fullest.

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A teen is reunited with the hero who saved her from drowning.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #442

 

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“Do what is right, not what is easy.” ~Roy T. Bennett

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As you go about your day, ask yourself the question “Am I leading with kindness?” Simply contemplating this will inspire you to shift the way you engage with others and the way the way you see yourself.

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Today I am the light that illuminates the darkness. I embody hope and share it outwardly with those I meet.

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Students share their twist on Life Vest Inside’s viral sensation, Kindness Boomerang.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #441

 

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“Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!” ~Author Unknown

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This #GivingTuesday contribute to a cause you believe in. The amount you give is unimportant; simply giving makes you apart of the change that organization is having on the world.

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Today I am a GIVER in every sense. My giving comes from a place of strength, not a place of sacrifice. Giving is a privilege not an obligation.

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Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #440

 

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“Life is a puzzle, and we are all unique pieces that fit together.” ~Steve Maraboli

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Share a loving memory with someone special today. Memories can take us back to the good times in our lives and give us hope for an even better tomorrow.

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Today I focus on the possibilities instead of the problems. What we believe is the key to what we can achieve.

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Can an act of kindness you’ve done over 30 years ago still create ripples of goodness in its wake?
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #439

 

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“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” ~Jim Rohn

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If you see someone carrying groceries, offer to lend them a hand. Go the extra mile and help them to their car, you just might make a new friend.

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Today my purpose is to spread JOY and positivity! A smile is a gift and passing it on makes the world a happier place!

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Shoppers at a grocery store are taken aback by unexpected kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #438

 

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“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” ~Seneca

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Help someone prepare a dinner meal. Offer to help prepare the meal, set the table, or maybe even head out to do a last minute grocery run.

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Today I live and breathe gratitude. People like to feel appreciated and today I acknowledge their kindness!

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A Western NY mom wants people to know how kind the staff is at a restaurant in Wlliamsville. She says they showed “uncommon kindness” to her son with autism.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #437

 

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“Sometimes it’s not the journey or the destination, but the people you meet along the way.” ~Nishan Panwar

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When purchasing items in the check out line, take a moment to engage in conversation with the employee or clerk helping you. A little bit of pleasant conversation can go a long way.

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Today I remind myself that to the world I may just be one person, but to one person I may be the world. I matter, I’m important and I’m making a difference in someone else’s life.

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A teacher gets a wonderful surprise from her students.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #436

 

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“Life is truly a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see and be.” ~Trudy Symeonakis Vesotsky

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Leave a thank you card for your local mail carrier. Every day there are at least a couple people we come into contact with, but don’t necessarily acknowledge because they have become so much a part of our everyday routine. Let’s take the time to let them know we see them!

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Today I change the world one relationship at a time. I recognize my value and therefore recognize the value in others.

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A woman performs 20 Acts of Kindness to celebrate her birthday.

The Kindness Flash #20

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This month’s theme: IMPERFECTION – a fault, blemish, or undesirable feature; the state of being faulty or incomplete.

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Everyday Kindness: An Unexpected Compliment

Walking down a Target aisle with her toddler, Ann was in her relaxed, happy place. She had no idea how she appeared to those around her until she was stopped by someone who gave her a compliment that she never forgot!

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Everyday Kindness: Piercing Through The Cloud Of Confusion

After she ended her relationship and quit her job, Melissa decided to travel across the world, out of her comfort zone, to find happiness. But she was plagued by inner voices of doubt, confusion and anxiety about her bold decision. When she felt like she was about to lose her sanity, a friend of hers made a gesture that Melissa believes was a bright ray of light which saved her from darkness.

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4 Ways To Embrace Imperfection, Nicole Franco – Tiny Buddha

Most of us at one time or another are painfully aware of what we consider our shortcomings. Parents can be especially vulnerable to this when they see that totally dependant bundle of joy. Here’s a few tips everyone can put to use, whether a parent or not.


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“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
~ Brené Brown

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Nothing is ever completely good or bad; totally perfect or imperfect. Challenge yourself to find a benefit of that one thing you have trouble accepting. You can change your perception to see that it’s not quite so bad having it after all.

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How do you think about your own “imperfections”? Do you embrace them or hide them, try to change them? Share with us in the comments.

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Why do you think this picture represents imperfection? SHARE your thoughts!
 

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Do you like you? You don’t have to try so hard. You don’t have to, give it all away. You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up. You don’t have to change a single thing.
 

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It’s a classic story: boy receives dog in a cardboard box, dog has to win over boy’s affection, dog is adorable, etc. You know how it goes… or do you…
 

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Painter Alyssa Monks finds beauty and inspiration in the unknown, the unpredictable and even the awful. In a poetic, intimate talk, she describes the interaction of life, paint and canvas through her development as an artist, and as a human.
 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.to Washington State. Looking for a space to begin your renewal? This book has it!


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Melissa Maldonado

Berlin, Germany

 

Piercing Through The Cloud Of Confusion

quote-openIn an age when social media is so often used to disseminate insults and disparaging commentary, my friend took to her keyboard and pulled me out of my darkness by shining her beaming joyful light!quote-close

Melissa had just quit her job, ended her relationship and settled on taking a possibly permanent break from the country that had been her home for the past 15 years. Her family were thousands of miles away and she was choosing to leave her friends behind as well.

When all the pieces of the life puzzle get tossed about, it is terrifying. Uncertainty is a fog that seeps into your thoughts leaving you with confused, muddled, skeptical doubt that continuously threatens to rob you of your perseverance, at best, and your sanity, at worst.

There were may days Melissa spent questioning her choices. And the closer she got to her departure date, the louder and more persistent the voice in her head became. It told her that stepping outside the bubble of her life to find true happiness and purpose was nonsense. The voice began to consume her, telling her that she was naive and inadequate.

But all it takes is one bright ray of sunshine to pierce the cloud. For her, it came in the form of an unusual friendship. A girl she met about 10 years ago. They only saw each other in person for a few days when they worked together but remained in contact via e-mail and then through social media. Melissa had told her friend about her plans and fears. About her choices, the trip and her future.

She probably looked startled because he looked away and said, “I just thought you should know. I guess that was weird.” He started to walk away.

And this beautiful soul, who I have not seen in ten years, decided to lift me up by dedicating her Facebook status to me. This was her status:

“Just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow New Yorker, dancer, creative thinker, traveler, writer, photographer, and so many endless other qualities and talents, that’s taking on a walking trip in Spain for a few months starting in May. That trek, that reason, that upheaval, you know that this will change you in many ways, but it will also solidify you, nurture and cradle you. I am bowing to that spirit within you that carries out the ideas it sets out to. Thank you for the inspiration. It’s always noticed and ever remembered. Be safe! And conquer your fears. What is a life without inspiration and friends that inspire you? I say it’s no life at all. Thank you and I and everyone that will like this post will wish you a great journey.”

– Edited by Soumya John

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Ann Rosen

Westfield, USA

 

An Unexpected Compliment

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Ann clearly remembers the moment that she decided to make a conscious effort to share compliments, positive thoughts and kind words as they occurred to her.

She was in the pharmacy section of Target, pushing her youngest daughter, Tatum, in a cart loaded with flip-flops, diapers and Band-Aids adorned with cartoon characters. She had my face pressed up close to her daughter’s as they sang “You are My Sunshine” to each other. They both had big smiles.

It was otherwise just another weekday morning of running errands and Ann was wearing a nightgown she had mistaken for a summer frock. It was an oppressively hot, thick summer day that made her want to wear something that felt like nothing. Tatum liked to pick out her own outfits, so she rocked a dainty floral pattern of one color scheme with a loud plaid of an entirely different one. Her wispy pigtails were beginning to go a summer blonde and her sandaled feet swung happily from the cart.

A man walking by them smiled at Ann as he told her, “You are beautiful.”

She probably looked startled because he looked away and said, “I just thought you should know. I guess that was weird.” He started to walk away.

“Thank you,” she said, starting after him. “I’m sorry. I just wasn’t expecting that.”

He smiled and said, “It’s true.”

It was a strange feeling to receive a compliment like that in the middle of a regular day. Ann didn’t feel particularly beautiful. In fact, she thought she was downright bedraggled, trolling around without a stitch of makeup in flip flops and, unbeknownst to her, pajamas. She was a mom, still working on the baby weight, checking little things off my list and living life. The idea of being beautiful at such a moment was mystifying to her. She had to stop and process it. And that is exactly why that compliment had been so special.

As they returned to singing our song, his words rang through her mind like a lovely bell. It occurred to her then that what she felt most in the moment that this stranger had chosen to highlight was “happy”. She had been truly in the moment, connecting with my little girl. She wondered whether a person really could radiate the beauty of a moment.

Since then, Ann decided that everyone can radiate beauty and tries to acknowledge and appreciate it. At the very least, it gives energy to things she wants to see more of in this world. And it feels good to notice.

– Edited by Soumya John

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The Daily Kindness Digest #435

 

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“You never know the value of a moment until it is just a memory.” ~Dr. Seuss

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Pause. Reflect. And rejoice in the moments and the people that have brought you to where you are. Reach out to one of those people and let them know that they are a significant part of your journey.

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Today I am grateful. Grateful I have made it this far. Grateful for the people, however few they may be, that believe in me, that trust me and that love me for no reason but to simply love.

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An act of kindness changes the life of a homeless man.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #434

 

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“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” ~Carol Burnett

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Reconnect with your hopes and dreams. We are never too old to stop dreaming. Write down your dream and list some of the smaller steps that will lead you to eventually achieving them. The smaller the steps, the better.

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Today I am a dreamer. I see the dream and the pathway to get there because I have what it takes and it’s time I take ownership of that.

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A man who donated his kidney to a stranger receives a wonderful surprise.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #433

 

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“A fellow who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.” ~Albert Einstein

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Keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and engage the world in kindness. Walk by a hospital every day on your way to work? Pay a visit and perhaps drop of a bouquet of flowers to someone that may not have many visitors. Keep your experience just between you and that person.

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Today I see past the end of my nose. I recognize that there are those out there who have it harder than I do, regardless of how difficult my life may be right now. There is always something I can give to others and by so doing I give far more to myself.

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Man fighting MS is gifted a one of a kind day.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #432

 

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“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ~William Shakespeare

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Take on a small act of kindness that you will repeatedly look to perform throughout the day. Holding the door open, smiling, saying thank you, looking at people in the eye. Whatever it may be, embody that action today in every way possible.

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Today I LIVE kindly. It’s not about the action, it’s about the awareness and mindfulness of the countless opportune times to engage the world in love and kindness.

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A reporter who helps save a man during Hurricane Harvey gets surprised by Ellen.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #431

 

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“The bad news is, time flies. The good news is, you are the pilot!” ~Michael Altshuler

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Take even one step closer to pursuing a dream that you’ve been keeping at bay. It’s time to answer the call. Forget the fear, give in!

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Today I ACT! There’s no day but today and I will make the most of every moment.

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A woman who is about to lose her home is blessed with a beautiful act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #430

 

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“Tomorrow isn’t promised, all we have is today.” ~Sylvia Solomon

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Pick up the phone, swallow your pride and call someone that you’ve been meaning to ask forgiveness from. Let’s put our ego aside to not only mend relationships but mend a piece of our heart.

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Today I am brave. I do what needs to be done because each day is a gift and you never know when that gift can be taken away.

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A bartender who saves a life receives an amazing act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #429

 

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“The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor’s shoulder is to pat him on the back.” ~Anonymous

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Give someone who may come off as stand offish a 6 second hug. Not just a hug that comes from the arms, but one that comes from the heart. Human connection can melt away years of pent up pain and disappointment.

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Today I am loving. To those who love me and to those who may come off as hating me. I will continue to remember that hurt people, hurt people. Time to shower this world with LOVE!

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Always remember that no matter your situation you always have someone to lean on.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #428

 

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“Strive to be the person you needed when you were younger.” ~Dr Laura Miranda

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Reach out and offer advice or mentorship to someone within your community that can use a guiding hand. We owe it to ourselves to give to others what we had hoped others would give to us.

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Today I am insightful. I see more than what a person shows on the outside, I see what they are longing for on the inside and offer to be a sounding board.

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A man walks strangers to their cars during a rain storm.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #427

 

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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~John Wooden

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Let integrity be your guiding light with every decision you make today. From big business decisions to the small choices you make when interacting with family, friends and yourself.

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Today I am honorable. I choose what’s right rather than what’s easy.

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Diner owner helps an older man with his meal.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #426

 

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“I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” ~Dr. Jonas Salk

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Gather coats and scarves that are in good condition, but you no longer use and donate them. Perhaps involve some friends and invite them to join you as you bring both physical and emotional warmth to those without.

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Today I am patient. I may not understand why things take longer than expected, but I recognize that the act of waiting does wonders for my character.

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An unexpected show of gratitude as we launched the Kindness Boomerang Cross Country Tour in Vancouver, Washington.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #425

 

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“Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.” ~Anonymous

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Give someone you don’t know the benefit of the doubt. It’s easy to judge. Strength comes from stepping into the shoes of another.

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Today I devote less time to fixing the past and put effort into starting over and creating something better!

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An inspiring teacher, Wyatt Oroke, sat down with Ellen to talk about giving more opportunities to his students. Guess what Ellen did next?
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #424

 

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“It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.” ~Ellen Glasgow

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Surprise someone with an unexpected birthday gift. Take a look at who’s birthday is coming up on your Facebook feed, whether it’s someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile or someone you speak to every day. Let’s celebrate people!

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Today I embody the word FUN in every aspect. I enjoy the small moments of beauty within the day and the people that make up my world.

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Angel’s reached out to Sudbury.com with a simple wish – she asked to give her husband just one good day. Sudbury.com stepped up to the plate and did one better.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #423

 

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“Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” ~Pinda

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Hold the door open for a stranger today. Step back and watch how such a simple gesture is so greatly appreciated.

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Today I love myself, flaws and all. I live my truth proudly and confidently.

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A gesture of kindness goes a long way… One man sees himself in a new light.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #422

 

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“Never get tired of doing little things for others. For sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.” ~Ida Azhari

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Go out of your way to make someone laugh today. Laughter feels so good and is a true gift!

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Today I am stronger than yesterday. I see the sunshine peering through the darkness.

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Meir Kay spreads positivity and cheer by complimenting complete strangers through free style rap and beatboxing.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #421

 

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“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” ~William Butler Yeats

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Donate blood or take the time today to make an appointment to donate blood. We can all give from ourselves to make a difference in the life of another.

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Today I am BOLD. I step out of my comfort zone and see what happens when I push myself to the limits.

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The Kindness Effect takes to the streets to spread some happiness on a dreary Autumn Monday morning.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #420

 

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“Live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.” ~Dillon Burroughs

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Donate to a worthy cause that you believe in. Every dollar counts.

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Today I appreciate the journey instead of focusing solely on the destination. The rewards are in the lessons I learn on the way to achieving my goals. I will not rush the process and instead use it as an opportunity for growth.

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Bringing back dignity to people who are homeless in San Fran.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #419

 

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“There is something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.” ~Unknown

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Stop by your local Police or Fire Department and thank them for all the work they do for your community. Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure we are safe. How impressive is that?

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Today I am fearless. I let go of any doubts that would hold me back from achieving my goals!

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Not Your Typical Homeless Makeover.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #418

 

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“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” ~Kobe Bryant

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Pay a visit to a local nursing home and chat with some of the residents. You’re likely to hear some of the most fascinating stories!

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Today I embrace my individuality and remind a friend to do the same. We are all special in our own unique ways.

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How would you spend your dollar bill?
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #417

 

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“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who come into a room and say, “Here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are!” ~Fredrick L Collins

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Surprise someone with an unexpected gift. It’s not about the value of the gift, it’s the thought that counts.

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Today I strive to say YES to every kindness opportunity that comes my way. The positive energy I put out into the world will find its way back to me!

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This Arizona Police Officer goes above and beyond by giving this student a ride home late at night in a dangerous area. But her act of kindness doesn’t stop there.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #416

 

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“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ~Janis Joplin

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Start a conversation with a complete stranger today. You may be surprised at how much a simple conversation can brighten both of your days.

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Today I accept my flaws and love myself for who I am. Through acceptance comes freedom.

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An act of kindness above the call of duty.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #415

 

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“It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~Roy Disney

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Cook someone you care about a hot meal today. The most important ingredient in any recipe is love. What a great way to show them how much they mean to you!

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Today I hold my head up high. I am proud of who I am; one of a kind!

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Simple acts of kindness keep the world afloat.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #414

 

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“Think of the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ~Anne Frank

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STOP! Stop in the midst of your hectic life, stop whatever you’re doing right now and take a moment. Place your hand on your heart, take a deep breath in and out. Breathe out the pain, frustration, sadness and anxiety. Who said kindness can’t be found in the simple things.

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Today the troubles of the world won’t weigh me down, they will ignite and inspire me to take action in any simple way I can.

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A young man with a big heart scores big.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #413

 

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“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” ~Johann von Goethe

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Call a friend you’ve lost touch with and remind them how much they mean to you, perhaps you’ll discover how much you mean to them as well.

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Today I remember that I am a WARRIOR. I can achieve that in which I believe. My confidence overpowers my self-doubt.

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Leukemia Survivor Meets Bone Marrow Donor.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #412

 

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“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” ~Raymond Lindquist

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When it seems someone is having a rainy day, step out of your comfort zone and be their umbrella. Sometimes, a person just needs a shoulder to cry on even if it’s an unfamiliar one.

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Today I will be make the impossible possible. There is so much I can do when I believe in my own strength to achieve what others deem unachievable.

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Spreading kindness coast to coast and engaging people in dialogue; something the world is in desperate need of right now! Take part in the cause!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #411

 

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“Under the shelter of each other, people survive.” ~Irish proverb

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Engage in real honest to goodness dialogue with someone that may not have the same ideologies or vision of the world. Remember a key factor in dialogue is listening.

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Today, I am judgement free! I won’t judge or criticize the people around me but rather approach each situation from a place of understanding and a willingness to learn.

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Ellen surprises an extraordinary teacher.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #410

 

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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ~Mark Twain

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Be mindful of your words in conversations with family, friends, coworkers and YES – yourself. Words are more powerful than we can imagine.

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Today a new opportunity will present itself and I will take ADVANTAGE of it!

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Students give an amazing teacher a beautiful gift.

The Kindness Flash #19

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This month’s theme: HEALING – The courage to allow ourselves to grow positively by removing the shackles of pain and negativity.

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Everyday Kindness: The Power To Change

Good things came easy to Lorelie growing up. But when she was 22, a terrible incident changed the way she saw life. But she didn’t let that stop her from picking herself up again and finding how to heal.

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Everyday Kindness: The Healing Effect Of Kindness

In 2008, Ahmed’s life was at an all time low. He was depressed and was dealing with negative thoughts every single day. One day, on a walk in Paris, a small act of kindness he witnessed turned his life around!

Edited By Soumya John • Read More >>


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Reflection on Healing: by Orly Wahba

Thinking about the theme of healing, the first word that comes to mind is believing. That may seem a bit strange at first but consider this; our minds are more powerful than we can begin to imagine. When we believe something to be true it becomes our reality, for the good and unfortunately for the bad.


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Healing Begins With You!

The author shares her unique experiences in overcoming depression holistically and provides practical ways to tap into the power of mind, body and spirit to unlock the key to healing from the inside out.


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“Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain”
~ Unknown

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Take 30 minutes a day and set it aside for doing something you love. It could be meditation, a creative hobby, cooking, taking a walk, or a warm bath. Make sure that during this time whatever you do does not involve taking in too much information from the outside world. Let these “30 minutes of healing” be time that you spend with yourself, releasing both good and bad energy from within you because healing comes from within.

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Do your thoughts contribute to health and healing? Share with us in the comments.

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Why do you think this picture represents trust? SHARE your thoughts!
 

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The “Heal The World” short film furthered Michael Jackson’s goal of making art and music that would inspire worldwide peace, love and tolerance, by showcasing a diverse group of children united in their abilities to love unconditionally and their wishes for a brighter future. This song personally inspired me as a child. I vividly remember the first time I ever heard it, the feelings that filled my heart, the tears that streamed down my face and the yearning I felt to become part of the solution of healing this world in a way like never before.
 

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Poetess Rupi Kaur speaks with bravery and grace about her encounter with sexual abuse, and how she healed and reclaimed her body through her creativity, art and compassion towards herself. Rupi’s story and work has related with scores of young men and women across the world, through Instagram and two books of soulful poetry. Her life reminds us how sometimes our pain is simply the beginning of a revolution of self-love that can move more people than we can ever imagine.
 

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In this powerful and thought proviking TEDx talk, Alison Ledgerwood provides insight into understanding how people think, how they can think better and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live. Get ready for an eye opening talk!
 

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You Can Heal Your Life

You can heal your life by Louise Hay

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” In this wonderful book she shares a great deal of her personal experiences with healing, including how she cured herself after being diagnosed with cancer.


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Reflection on Healing

by Orly Wahba

Thinking about the theme of healing, the first word that comes to mind is believing. That may seem a bit strange at first but consider this; our minds are more powerful than we can begin to imagine. When we believe something to be true it becomes our reality, for the good and unfortunately for the bad.

This past month has been a month of enormous pain and suffering. From those whose lives were turned upside down by the onslaught of natural disasters to those and their families innocently victimized in the Las Vegas attack on Sunday, October 2nd. Whether you’re personally connected to someone that has been a victim or not, we are all mentally, emotionally consciously and subconsciously feeling the hurt. As for myself, I’ve been feeling out of sorts as though the weight I generally feel on my shoulders has not only gotten heavier but in a sense become unbearable. As I’ve been conversing with people it’s evident that others are feeling the same way. We all want to do something to make a change but with so much pain it feels almost impossible to think we are powerful enough to make that change.

Pain can oftentimes change us. Make us lose faith, make us question, make us shut people out, make us break down, make us become cynical or bitter and worst of all – make us stop believing.

I woke up on the morning after the Las Vegas attack to hear the tragic and devastating news and I started crying. It wasn’t so much a feeling of hopelessness but more a feeling of helplessness. Knowing that people are suffering and feeling as though there is nothing I can do to help. Naturally I began questioning myself, after all the work I’ve dedicated myself to is focused on uniting people, infusing kindness, love and respect. Am I actually making a difference? It was only when I jumped on a call with a dear friend of mine who reminded me of something I already knew in my heart to be true, but was so blinded by the pain that I couldn’t see. “This is exactly why you need to keep on going Orly,” he said. Because if you impact one person it’s as though you impact the world. It’s in times like these that we need to hold steadfast to the belief that our actions matter. Each person is a world of their own, so touch the life of one and you touch the life of all those they are connected to. We are all interconnected. Through giving the greatest healing ensues.

This statement alone is the foundation of Life Vest Inside. The concept that kindness keeps the world afloat. We may not be able to prevent the hardships, curve balls and obstacles from coming our way, but what we can do, what we have the power to do, what’s in our ability to do is to throw someone a life vest – a life line of kindness. Even though they may still be surrounded by waters, by troubles that small life vest can literally be the difference between life and death. It instills within a person the hope that all will be ok.

I’ve always found that like attracts like. The moment we allow ourselves to feel defeated, the more reasons to feel defeated come our way. So how do we shift our mindset? How do we heal when we feel so much pain and confusion? How do we believe in spite of hardships?

We give. But here’s the important part, giving isn’t something we only give outwardly – it’s something we must first give inwardly. If we are healed from the inside – then we can more readily heal the world on the outside. Think about a life vest. What’s the difference between a life vest that saves someone and one that allows a person to drown?

AIR.

The more we GIVE from our own air supply the stronger our life vest becomes. The strong our life vest becomes, the stronger we become to help others around us. To lift them up when they can’t lift themselves. So how do we stay afloat in a world that sometimes seems to be pulling us downward? How do we heal? The answer is INSIDE of you – your greatest life vest exists within YOU! We keep each other afloat in this world. So take a deep breathe, remember that YOU can and together let’s keep this world afloat one life vest, one act of kindness at a time.

As Michael Jackson put it in what I call the single most powerful song of all time,
“And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace”

Listen to the words, let them enter your heart, your mind and your subconscious. Even the most cynical of us, deep down inside, believe in our hearts of hearts in our ability to HEAL THIS WORLD. Join me and bet on this world and the people in it so that we can “Heal the world, make it a better for you and for mean and the entire human race.” All we need to do is “make a little space” in our hearts, see past the pain, the fear, the negativity the endless reasons to give up – and remember…

“There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow

And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place
For you and for me



If you want to know why
There’s a love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares for joyful giving

If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living

Then it feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world
Make a better world

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be G-d’s glow

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we’ll cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares

We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me.”

Thank you Michael Jackson for your art and your heart. This song made me such a strong believer, ever since I was a little kid, that I can in fact make this world a better place.

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Ahmed Janabi

Baghdad, Iraq

 

The Healing Effect of Kindness

In 2008, Ahmed was going through a dark time in his life, when he decided to visit Paris.

He was living with diabetes and epileptic fits, feeling depressed and having thoughts about ending his life. Ahmed considered optimism as a big lie spun to make people who suffered tough luck forget their misfortunes. He found himself constantly surrounded by negative thoughts.

One day he was walking through one of the most crowded streets of Montmarte with a frown on his face. All around him were people enjoying life with their friends and lovers. Nobody looked at him or saw the frown on his face.

He walked on for a couple of hours, lamenting his sorry life. When suddenly, amidst the crowd he saw an old woman who was looking at him.

quote-openShe smiled deeply at me and my face. She inevitably made my frown bloom into a smile. It was mutual. She was the only person there to share her happiness with me and I was smiling for some time without evening knowing it!quote-close

At the time, Ahmed realized for the first time the true effect of a small act of kindness, one even as small as a smile. He looked through the alley again, but could not find the woman.

Ahmed hopes to someday see her again and tell her thank you because since then his life changed. He began to be known for his smile and positivity. He entered medical school and will soon graduate to heal people and remind them that their smile is always the best remedy!

– Edited by Soumya John

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Lorelei Phillips

Halifax, Canada

 

The Power to Change

Lorelei Phillips grew up in the small, rural town of Digby, Nova Scotia. She is the oldest of three sisters, and was always involved in leadership roles throughout school. She was chosen to represent her town in regional and national exchanges, was a solid B+ student and was even prom queen in her graduation year. To this point, all the good things in her life just seemed to happen with very little effort on her part and she took for granted that’s just the way it is.

At 22, Lorelei found herself a victim of date rape and from there spiralled into dangerous patterns of self-sabotaging behaviour. She began to socially detach, found it difficult to trust friends or make new ones and eventually developed symptoms of anxiety and depression.

After therapy and a lot of personal healing, she finally understood that she had the power to change the course of her life by being kind to herself! This began a decade long journey of self-discovery and forgiveness culminating in the realization that the power of her mind could be used as a force for good!

She was asked to help bring a project to life that eventually blossomed into a non-profit called Start with a Smile; whose aim is to change the world by starting with ourselves! Her work through Start with a Smile reaffirmed the power of consciously choosing how to exist and interact with the world on a daily basis.

quote-openFor Lorelei, it wasn’t about being positive all of the time, it was about accepting that we are all human, herself included, and to her that meant that some days we have the strength and power to lift others in dark times and sometimes we need to be gentle with ourselves and lean on the strength and power of others to lift us!quote-close

It’s about positive social interaction with people who genuinely care and it’s about being mindful of how she chooses to show up everyday.

Today, Lorelei looks at life as an adventure with ups and downs, successes and failures and incredible opportunities for growth! She has learned that life isn’t always the plethora of positivity and good fortune she experienced in high school but that it is her choice to make the best out of every situation by loving herself first!

She has since started a business that connects with her passion for helping others be gentle with themselves, takes better care of her health and is working with a personal trainer, actively faces fears (ex. tubing on the Gaspereau River and moving across the country!), volunteers in the community and makes having fun a priority by letting it all go once a week (at least) with some dance therapy! She is now excited to see what the next decade has in store and knows that through self-compassion anything is possible!

– Edited by Soumya John

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The Daily Kindness Digest #409

 

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“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ~Winnie the Pooh

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Reach out and make amends with that someone in your life. If you’re thinking of someone right now, don’t wait – make the call. Sometimes we need to take the first step so others can meet us halfway.

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Today I accept what comes my way. Before reacting I take a deep breathe and remind myself that nothing is more important than my mental wellbeing.

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Join thousands across the globe as we unite the world through song and dance!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #408

 

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“Procrastination, makes easy things hard and hard things, harder.” ~Mason Cooley

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Make today a day of action! Make that call, send that text, answer that email or make that appointment you’ve been pushing off. The relief you’ll feel will be more than worth it.

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Today, I live in harmony with myself and others. I fill my life with positivity and pass that on to the people around me.

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People connecting in spite of their differences.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #407

 

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“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” ~Mark Twain

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Been battling with a decision that tests your integrity? Silence the noise convincing you to set your values aside or even worse justifying the action. Stick to your guns – your integrity is priceless.

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Today I will cherish my family and loved ones as they cherish me.

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A boy meets the donor who saves his life.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #406

 

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“Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” ~Unknown

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When engaging in conversation, take an extra minute to think how your words can impact another. Even in times of frustration we can use words to communicate instead of reprimand.

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Today I am compassionate and understanding of others and their daily struggles.

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A family facing eviction gets a wonderful gift of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #405

 

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“The single biggest problem in communication is, the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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Be understanding and assume the best in others. If someone is running late or has called in sick don’t assume they’re trying to get out of something. Benefit of the doubt goes a long way.

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Today I am transparent. I express myself openly and honestly.

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A former back up dancer who becomes a coach to change the lives of people in his community gets a wonderful surprise.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #404

 

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“Sometimes, good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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You are your biggest critic. When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to give yourself a break — you deserve kindness too!

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Today I epitomize forgiveness, recognizing that sometimes the most important forgiveness is self forgiveness.

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A boy and his family meet the bone marrow donor who saved his life.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #403

 

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“What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.” ~Cleveland Amory

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Find a public wish list on Amazon.com and send a gift to a stranger. What an awesome way to infuse someone with kindness energy they will most definitely pass forward!

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Today I do something new that I’ve never done before. I am open to learning and growing.

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Take a look back at these everyday heroes who have helped make the world a better place.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #402

 

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“I’ve found that the more we give, the more we heal.” ~Orly Wahba

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Take a moment to share what you feel whether on social media, in a family chat, or on a private call with a friend. In times of hardship, we must connect with others and allow ourselves to be vulnerable so that we can make our way to the other side.

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Today I am strong. I won’t allow tragedy to break my spirit but only reaffirm why I need to keep on going.

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Today’s Daily Kind media is a bit different. I posted this the other night at the end of a long day. Just some thoughts about all that’s been transpiring.