The Kindness Flash #35

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This month’s theme: PURPOSE – Living your vision


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News from Life Vest Inside

Check out an interview hosted by Renée Poindexter as she chats with me about my personal life purpose and how I came to create Life Vest Inside. Read More >>


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“How to Find Your Purpose in Life” by Jeremy Adam Smith

Are you struggling to discover your purpose? That may be because you feel isolated from other people. Here’s how you can overcome that.

“You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It by” by John Coleman

In this article, Jon Coleman discusses some of the greatest misconceptions people build up in their minds about finding their purpose.


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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ Pablo Picasso

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Define and do! Take the time this month to listen to your heart. List what you believ to be your life’s purpose. Answer the following questions for yourself and keep the answers near to your heart. How do you want to be remembered in this world? What is your vision? What goals have you or will you set in place to help you realize your vision.

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Over the last six months, when have you felt most alive and electrified? What were you doing? Who were you being?
Share.

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What does this picture make you feel and why? Share your thoughts.
 

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I stumbled upon this song randomly and was in shock that I haven’t heard it before as the words represent the way I lead my life. This song is a reminder to us all that “every time that you wake up breathing, every night when you close your eyes, everyday when your heart keeps beating – there’s purpose for your life.”
 

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Your purpose isn’t something you need to find. It isn’t hiding around some corner – it is waiting for you to become more present and more conscious.
 

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“The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?” by Rick Warren

In The Purpose Driven Life you'll find the answers to three of life's most important questions:
· The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
· The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
· The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond survival or success to a life of significance – the life you were meant to live.


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“A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.


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“Simplify Your Life: Tips For Developing A Purpose Driven Life And Unlocking Your Potential” by Sarah O’Flaherty

Is your life lacking purpose? Are you often stressed and overwhelmed? If so, then it’s time for a crash course in the skills that will lead to a more meaningful life.


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“The Candle: Remembering the Purpose” by Hunter Truner

A candle wants to be used in the Candle Maker's shop, but on his own terms. Through a series of funny efforts, the candle finds that his happiness and purpose are not determined by him but by the Candle Maker. When that happens, everything changes.


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“Making a Difference: Teaching Kindness, Character and Purpose” by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

Kindness, courtesy, respect and purpose: Through positive and motivating text, Making a Difference assures children that they are important, and that what they do matters. Boost your child’s confidence and sense of purpose as you read and affirm that their hopeful thoughts, kind words and good choices can make a difference to themselves and others. Making a Difference is a book that can help build social skills and character, teach life lessons to your children, and put them on a pathway to kindness, courtesy, respect, and purpose.


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The Daily Kindness Digest #769

 

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 “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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Publicly share an act of kindness someone has done for you. It just may inspire others to seek out opportunities for kindness.

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Today I inspire and empower myself and others.

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A boy born with only one hand receives an incredible surprise for inspiring others.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #768

 

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 “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” ~ Nina Dobrev

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Plan a family outing. A game of bowling, karaoke, or just make it a game night.

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Today I am fun loving. I seek opportunities to enjoy life despite the hardships.

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Having fun by spreading kindness out in the community.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #767

 

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 “Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success.” ~ Taylor Lautner

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Be courageous. Stand up for what’s right, in business, in school and in your day to day comings and goings.

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Today I am loyal and I express my loyalty in word and deed.

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A group of YouTubers support the United Nations and stand up for what’s right.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #766

 

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 “Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” ~ Thomas Merton

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Practice humility. Remember, the skills we have are the tools we’ve been given to make the world a better place.

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Today I am humble. In this world, there is no room for ego.

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Sadhguru discusses the concept of being humble.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #765

 

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 “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” ~ John C. Maxwell

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Choose your word wisely. It’s not always about the words we say, but rather how we say them.

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Today I aware of my strength. My actions can inspire for the good or bad – the choice is mine.

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Words are powerful and truly magical.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #764

 

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 “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” ~ Richard Bach

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This weekend, offer to give an entire day to someone you know and let them set the agenda.

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Today I am free spirited and take life one moment at a time.

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Imagine coming across a spontaneous performance in the airport terminal!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #763

 

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 “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Choose to be happy. That’s right, happiness is a choice we make each and every day and when truly achieved is never based on circumstance.

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Today I am happy mind, body, and soul. Happiness comes from within.

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This Ted Talk explains how to be happy each and every day.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #762

 

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 “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

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Throw a gratitude party at work, home or school. Ask people to bring along some snacks and give everyone the opportunity to go around the table and share what they are grateful for in their life.

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Today I am grateful for what I have and for what I may not have.

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This video shows the incredible kindness of Red Cross volunteers.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #761

 

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 “Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond.” ~ Tom Stoppard

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Treat someone to lunch on you.

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Today I am authentically generous. I don’t give to simply receive.

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Young woman performs small act of kindness by feeding the homeless in her community.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #760

 

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 “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~ Michael Jordan

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Lend a skill or talent you have to someone in your life.

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Today I recognize my talents and express gratitude in the form of sharing.

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Harlem Globetrotter surprises deaf students by signing.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #759

 

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 “True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness, we offer to others.” ~ Alek Wek

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Send someone a bouquet of flowers to brighten up their weekend.

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Today I am caring. I don’t simply do kindness I live it.

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Acts of kindness that will warm your heart.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #758

 

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 “Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” ~ Bob Goff

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Visit a family member, friend, or perhaps a stranger in a local hospital. This is the best medicine you can give.

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Today I heal and by so doing am healed.

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A young boy who has been battling illness his whole life performs acts of kindness during his hospital visits.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #757

 

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 “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ~ Auguste Rodin

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Find a local charity in your area that is meaningful to you and offer your service.

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Today I am a giver. Giving to others and allowing others to give to me.

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A man’s boss surprises the employee by giving him his car.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #756

 

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 “Make a friend when you don’t need one.” ~ Jamaican Proverb

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Spend a few minutes chatting with someone you pass by each and every day; a secretary, security guard, bus driver. Let’s open our eyes to truly see people.

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Today I am aware. My actions speak louder than words.

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An incredible new photo compilation highlighting heartwarming acts of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #755

 

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 “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball

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Open your heart to someone. To love someone and allow them to love you is a powerful act of kindness in deed.

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Today I love and am loved through and through.

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United Airlines passenger says she was stunned by an incredible act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #754

 

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 “An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.”~ Lynn Johnston

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Reach out to apologize to someone in your past or perhaps your present who you’ve hurt or offended in some way. Oftentimes a heartfelt “I’m sorry” can heal the deepest of scars.

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Today I am accepting of myself and of others.

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Watch this powerful Ted Talk about the risk of forgiveness and why it is still worth it.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #753

 

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 “The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.”~ Phillips Brooks

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Listen to someone who is reaching out for advice, guidance or just to blow off some steam. Sometimes the thing one is searching for most isn’t answers to difficult questions but the knowledge that someone will allow them to get to those answers on their own.

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Today I am supportive. I may not believe in something, but I will always believe in someone.

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Kindness is your superpower!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #752

 

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 “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”~ George Bernard Shaw

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Open yourself up to the idea that things are not always as they seem. Give someone in your life the benefit of the doubt. The hardest yet most powerful gift you can ever give.

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Today I am open-minded. I think before I act.

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Being radically open-minded can lead to immense success.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #751

 

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 “The umbrella won’t stop the rain, but it will help you to get out during rainfall. As well as confidence is not going to guarantee your success, but it will give you the opportunity to achieve it.”~ Eyden I.

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Bring along an extra umbrella with you on a rainy day to gift to an unknowing stranger.

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Today I am an umbrella for others.

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A video of a UCLA student sharing an umbrella with strangers.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #750

 

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 “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Surprise a family member with a meaningful gift, letting them know you’ve been thinking of them.

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Today I am thoughtful. I find a need and fill it.

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Elementary school students share about what thoughtfulness means to them.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #749

 

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 “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” ~ Ronald Reagan

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Take time today to consider your role in a conflict. It is much easier to come to a resolution when we can each own our part.

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Today I am empathetic. I do my best to see a situation from a different perspective.

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Check out this week’s episode of the Kindness Kickoff with Orly Wahba.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #748

 

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 “You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” ~ George Michael

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Share something positive that has happened in your life over the past week with a friend or family member. Here’s the fun part, ask the person you share with to share as well. Celebrate the happy moments.

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Today I am at peace with myself. I may not be who I want to be just yet, but I acknowledge the progress I’ve made.

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This video explains how we stop overthinking and find inner peace.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #747

 

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 “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Enjoy dinner tonight with family or friends completely tech-free. Put your phone aside and open yourself up to some good old human connection.

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Today I am present in every moment. I make the most of each experience that comes my way.

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Watch this Ted Talk about living in the moment.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #746

 

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 “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” ~ Frank Zappa

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Perform a surprise act of kindness for a neighbor. Drop off a bouquet of flowers, bake some cookies, shovel their walkway, or simply roll out their garbage can on garbage day.

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Today I am open-minded. I see opportunity around every corner.

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5-year-old with Autism mistakes bridge for Cinderella.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #745

 

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 “I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family.” ~ Reba McEntire

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Make someone feel extra special; a heartfelt compliment, a thoughtful letter, spending some quality time together. Be a someone for someone.

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Today I see my value and therefore see the value in others.

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Soldier surprises daughter at a holiday concert after being deployed for over a year.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #744

 

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 “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Make an introduction. Whether it be introducing two people you think can hit it off, be great friends or work together. What a great way to show someone you have their interest at heart.

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Today I connect, with myself, with those around me, with nature. Everything and everyone in my life serves a purpose for the greater good.

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Check out this week’s episode of the Kindness Kickoff with Orly Wahba.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #743

 

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 “Give back in some way. Always be thoughtful to others.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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Offer to run an errand for someone; give them a lift, drop off medicine they need or pick up some groceries.

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Today I am thoughtful. I think of ways I can lend a hand to those in my life.

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Colorado High School teaches students math through a hands-on method that also helps their community.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #742

 

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 “That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ~ William Wordsworth

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Give a treat (a sweet dessert, cup of coffee, fruit) to a security guard or crossing guard you encounter on your way to work or school.

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Today I contribute to the happiness of others by letting them know, in action, that they matter.

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Woman pays it forward to a local Fry’s security guard who always makes customers smile.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #741

 

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 “Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” ~ Charles Glassman

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Mindfully do a favor for a sibling or close relative. We oftentimes lose sight of the fact that kindness begins at home.

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Today I am grateful for the people in my life I can often take for granted.

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A little girl keeps her brother’s spirit alive through acts of kindness. For her dedication to giving back to the community, she receives a special gift herself.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #740

 

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 “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” ~ Lady Gaga

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Pay a visit to a local old age home with a few friends or family members. Drop off some treats, serenade them with a song, play a game of bingo or just swap some good old stories.

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Today I am thoughtful. I treat others the way I would like to be treated.

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Incredible moments between celebrities and their fans.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #739

 

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 “Choosing kindness is just as easy as smiling.” ~ Jacob Tremblay

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Be authentic in words, deeds, and actions as you engage with others today. The best person to strive to be is ourselves but it’s oftentimes the hardest person to be. Talk from your heart without constantly trying to impress others, when engaging in an act of kindness do it with a smile and your best intentions.

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Today I am authentic and sincere with myself and with others. I’m proud of who I am and feel secure to show my true colors.

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Check out this week’s episode of the Kindness Kickoff with Orly Wahba.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #738

 

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 “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” ~ Publilius Syrus

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Listen. Fight your urge to preemptively interrupt someone who comes to you for advice. Sometimes offering a person a platform to speak is the greatest form of advice you can give them.

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Today I am a sounding board. I am mindful of truly hearing others.

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Emotional man describes deceased wife to sketch artist.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #737

 

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 “It really is a blessing when two people who are so full of dignity and kindness and really live to make the world a better place get together.” ~ Karen Duffy

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Call a mom you know and offer to babysit, free of charge. Moms need all the loving support they can get.

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Today I am reflective. I see myself in others.

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Wisconsin bus driver rescues a young boy running down the sidewalk alone.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #736

 

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 “Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.” ~ Holly Branson

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Promote someone else’s ideas. Whenever possible, champion others and you yourself will become an automatic champion.

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Today I am empowered and in turn empower all those I meet to be the best they can be.

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Happiness isn’t about what we don’t have but about appreciating what we do have.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #735

 

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 “Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Leave a bouquet of roses or some other exciting surprise outside a loved one’s doorstep. Don’t forget the note, it’s oftentimes the most valuable part of the entire gift.

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Today I seek out ways to not simply do kindness but to live it.

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Being rich is dependent not on what you have but on what you give.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #734

 

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 “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” ~John Leonard

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Take the initiative and organize a fun night for you and a couple of friends. Whether it be spending time at a movie, cooking a meal together, or heading out for a night of karaoke. The more we put into our friendships, the more valuable they become.

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Today I see the value in those who choose to be a part of my life.

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Check out this week’s episode of the Kindness Kickoff with Orly Wahba.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #733

 

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 “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

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Snap a photo for a couple and be the one that captures a memory for them.

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I am valuable and will honor my worth through all my decisions.

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Warrior Wyatt has a DIPG Brain Tumor but his joy brought out police and fire to make him deputy for a day!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #732

 

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 “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~ Carlos Castaneda

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Deliver a compliment to a stranger it may just be the unexpected gift they need.

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Today I can accomplish anything. My strength is greater than any struggle.

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Witness 12 acts of kindness by police officers.

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This month’s theme: OPPORTUNITY – It’s knocking!


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Reflections on Opportunity: by Orly Wahba

“Like the sunset, opportunities are fleeting specks of light that vanish within seconds only leaving behind the residue of their beauty with colorful radiant skies. But when seized, opportunities have the power to change worlds and their beauty remains even after the sun has set.” ~Orly Wahba

As I began to think of this month’s theme of OPPORTUNITY – I recalled the passage above from a journal entry I wrote years ago, before starting Life Vest Inside. I loved teaching but something within me seemed to be calling me. I didn’t quite understand how to decipher what that “call” was telling me, but I felt that there was something more I was meant to do. Read More >>


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4 Truths to Set You Free

We can ask questions as use them as tools to shift our perspective and ease our minds into new ways of operating. We create our lives from our thoughts and actions. What we think and what we do are how our choices take form and paint our reality. They’re rooted in what we believe to be true. By changing what we choose to be true, it follows that our thoughts, actions, and feelings will change as well.

6 Ways to Create Your Own Opportunity

There are people in this life who always seem to be in the right place at the right time. They’re the ones who appear to always land the dream job and live the dream life, fulfilling their dharma, or their life’s purpose, in ways you can only imagine. Their life seems to be marked by a profound sense of groundedness, self-realization, and joy. Opportunities are present all around you as well; you just need to learn how to identify and step into them.

Create Your Own Opportunities

Here are three ways to create opportunity in your life. Here is one of those basic laws of life: There will always be opportunities for those who recognize and pursue them. The lucky people are simply those who have taken more chances than average.

4 Truths of Creating Your Own Opportunities

Simple approaches to creating opportunities. When we work in unity with others who share our values and core principles, we reach our target together, while lifting one another up and having a lot more fun along the way.


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“Good things come to those that create…not wait.”
~ Jay Shetty

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Over the month of January, the month of opportunity quiet the negative voices in your head that tell you you can’t advance more than you already have. Be on the lookout for opportunities to grow, personally professionally spiritually and let go of the fear of pursuing them. In this world you need to not simply dream big, but play big. It’s time to show up because your life is NOW! Don’t let the opportunities pass you by – hang on with all your might and trust yourself a bit more.

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What opportunity would you jump to say “yes” to?
Share.

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Why does this picture represent opportunity? Share your thoughts.
 

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At Life Vest Inside we strive to inspire, educate and empower people of all backgrounds to speak the language of kindness which we know transcends race, religion, ethnicity and nationality. We all can believe different things and respect them at the same time. This month’s song of “opportunity” comes from Matthew West who is a Christian artist and uses some lyrics that may not be relatable to you. However, the beautiful theme that the lyrics and video convey are very clear and appropriate for this month. This inspirational song reminds us that there are opportunities to make an impact all around us and it is our responsibility to create them and be the solution. Listen with an open heart and enjoy.
 

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In this world we have a choice to see opportunity and seize it with both hands or let it pass us by. Where others see blank space, seek out “infinity waiting to be unpacked and expanded.”
 

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Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly

“Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly” by Isaac Lidsky

Behind every hardship lies an opportunity to overcome. In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality. Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to what’s familiar. Lidsky shows us how we can overcome paralyzing fears, avoid falling prey to our own assumptions and faulty leaps of logic, silence our inner critic, harness our strength, and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life’s trials with initiative, humor, and grace.


“No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity” by John C. Maxwell

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell’s latest book will enhance the lives of leaders, professionals, and anyone who wants to achieve success and personal growth. We often treat the word capacity as if it were a natural law of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off limits rather than what’s really possible. Could it be that many of us have failed to expand our potential because we have allowed what we perceive as capacity to define us? What if our limits are not really our limits?


The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

“The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith” by Gabrielle Bernstein

#1 New York Times Bestseller! In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom.


“What Do You Do With A Chance” by Kobi Yamada

A captivating story about a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you have courage, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.


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“Loser” by Jerry Spinelli

From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen.


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Reflections on Opportunity

by Orly Wahba

“Like the sunset, opportunities are fleeting specks of light that vanish within seconds only leaving behind the residue of their beauty with colorful radiant skies. But when seized, opportunities have the power to change worlds and their beauty remains even after the sun has set.” ~Orly Wahba

As I began to think of this month’s theme of OPPORTUNITY – I recalled the passage above from a journal entry I wrote years ago, before starting Life Vest Inside. I loved teaching but something within me seemed to be calling me. I didn’t quite understand how to decipher what that “call” was telling me, but I felt that there was something more I was meant to do. Teaching is a GREAT love of mine, one that I will never ever forget. Perhaps one that I will have the opportunity to go back to at some point in my life. Yet, even though I loved what I was doing and knew that it fit me like a glove, deep in my heart I felt that there was something more. It wasn’t that teaching was no longer for me, but rather that I was meant to use all I learned during those years as a stepping stone to teach and inspire on a whole new level. My journal entry continued as follows all those years ago,

“We all have dreams, but few of us have the courage to pursue them. Too often a person’s passion and dreams are put aside, neatly swept under the carpet, shuffled away deep beneath the heart, in order to settle for the far easier attainable goal. But somewhere in the subconscious that passion continues to burn. As time passes it only grows. For most such feelings are conveniently neglected; after all it is something that serves as a great conversational piece. The “I could’ve been’s” are far more intriguing to people than had they tried to actually attain their dream, but failed. Then there are some who can’t seem to let go. Deep inside their heart festers the ever growing passion, the ever growing dream, the ever growing question – “where did I go wrong?” But where do people go wrong? When does that most crucial moment occur when u are standing at a crossroad? There are an endless amount of stories – This is mine…”

Albert Einstein said, “In The Middle Of Difficulty Lies Opportunity.” Something that I perhaps never shared openly, is that my final year of teaching was laced in difficulty, not because of the sadness of leaving but because of the hurt that I experienced from a couple of parents who crushed my heart and made me feel as though all the years I’ve worked, the heart, the soul, the love I poured into every student, into every second of every day meant nothing. Although I had hundreds and even thousands of positive interactions as a teacher, this negative one pierced me so deeply. Isn’t it interesting that it takes hundreds of positive remarks to undo one really negative one (perhaps, something for all of us to think about). While I can go off on tangents here about how the choice to feel this way is ours alone to choose, instead I simply want to note that it was in large part because of this “difficulty” that just as Einstein said, opportunity arose.

I NEVER thought I would leave teaching. Sure I always had big dreams, but I would never think of not being there the following year for my students in their final year of Middle School, as I taught 7th and 8th graders. However, the pain I felt from this negative interaction allowed me to take the feelings I felt when writing the above journal entry and turn it into action. Something was brewing in my heart regardless of that interaction, but I don’t know if I would have had the courage to pursue had I not been hurt. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason, the good and the seemingly bad.

So why am I sharing this? Had I never taken that chance; seen the opportunity to channel the pain into something that I dreamed of doing, into something that would impact many, Life Vest Inside would cease to exist. Yes, I’m certain I would still be a teacher until this very day and I would love it. However, I wouldn’t be living up to my full potential.

Make no mistake, seizing opportunity is frightening, but it’s also invigorating. Sometimes our pursuit of an opportunity will be fruitful and there are times when we will be met with failure or disappointment. However, this is actually the beauty in opportunity – it forces you to take a step out of your comfort zone and put a bit more faith in yourself. In my opinion, success has little to do with outcome. Success is simply measured by the choice a person makes when faced with opportunity and whether that person chooses to seize the moment regardless of the outcome.

Oddly enough, I find myself standing at yet another crossroad 7 years down the line and 7 years into my work with Life Vest Inside. I hear something calling to me, yet I’m uncertain of how to decipher it. One thing is for sure, if I trust myself and the voice within me, I won’t be led astray. Here’s to the unknown that always awaits us. Life sure is an adventure!

How will you seize your opportunity? I’m happy to be a listening ear for any and all of you wishing to share.

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The Daily Kindness Digest #731

 

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 “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ~ Gandhi

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Look for opportunity today! If an opportunity comes your way, take it!

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Today I recognize my capabilities! I see the limitless possibilities all around me.

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A great song by Sia called Opportunity which was featured in the movie Annie.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #730

 

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 “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” ~ Mother Teresa

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Make an effort to love yourself today. You are worth it!

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Today I recognize my self-worth!

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Amanda Jette Knox shares her traumatic experiences throughout her youth as a way to inspire young people to love themselves.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #729

 

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 “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” ~ Mark Twain

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Spring into action! Don’t wait just do!

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Today I am unstoppable!

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Watch this Ted Talk discussing how great leaders inspire action.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #728

 

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 “Life is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Commit to learning something new this year and take the first step in doing so.

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Today I am persistent. I don’t give up no matter what!

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A great motivational video to kickstart 2019!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #727

 

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 “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” ~ Michelle Obama

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Make a decision to make change for the New Year. Whether big or small it can be the start of something great!

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Today I am fearless. I know I can do anything!

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Tune in for this week’s episode of the Kindness Kickoff with Orly Wahba.

The Kindness Flash #33

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This month’s theme: SERVICE – The Gateway to Influence.


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100 Ways to Serve Others

Check out this exciting list of 100 ways we can serve others. The things are simpler than you may think.


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“Only a life lived in service to others is worth living.”
~ Albert Einstein

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We are all service providers in some way. Be mindful this month of those in service positions. How can you empower them to continue serving with a smile? Say thank you, acknowledge a job well done, leave a positive review, share a funny joke to make them laugh, etc. The way we treat others is likely the energy they will take with them as they connect and engage with others Make it count.

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Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” How do you define service to others?
Share.

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Share your idea of how ONE something can make all the difference. Share your thoughts.
 

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Bruno Mars shares how choosing to be of service for others is as easy as 1, 2, 3. “If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see, I’ll be the light to guide you. You find out what we’re made of when we’re all called to help our friends in need. You can count on me like 1, 2, 3.”
 

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A simple act of service creates a ripple of positivity in its wake and not only inspires those it touches but those who see it in the making.
 

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“Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World and Yourself Through 365 Daily Acts” by Orly Wahba

A lesson-a-day book in kindness filled with various ways we can be of service to others, including ourselves. For each day, there is an act, inspirational quote and short reflection on the power of paying it forward! This book makes for a great gift for yourself and for others. Perfect for the holiday season!


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“The Power of Serving Others: You Can Start Where You Are” by Gary Morsch

No one wants to end life’s journey wondering: Did my life count for something? Did I have a reason for being here? The stories in this book show that for people of all ages, income levels, and expertise, the answer can be a resounding “”Yes!”” From extraordinary examples — relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or work in refugee camps in Afghanistan — to localized, everyday actions, the authors demonstrate that living a life of service to others, and seeing how lives are changed as a result, establishes the meaning and significance all humans long for. Moreover, the book provides strategies for creating a purposeful life through daily service. The authors prove that the ability to find fulfillment is within reach, and that the discovery is waiting to be made in homes, workplaces, communities, neighborhoods, and schools all across America.


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“101 Small Ways to Change the World”

It’s hard to believe that you could change the world, but it’s true! We’ll show you loads of awesome ways to help out family, friends, yourself and the planet – and show how you’re never too young to make a big difference. Includes random acts of kindness, craft projects, energy-saving ideas and much more. 101 Small Ideas to Change the World is a practical, fun and creative book to inspire you at home, school and in your local community and beyond! Remember, all big ideas start with just one person who decides to do things differently. You could be that person.


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The Daily Kindness Digest #726

 

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 “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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Leave a heartfelt note on your receipt when leaving a tip.

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Today I generate positivity in the way I think, the way I act and through the words I utter. I am more powerful than I can imagine, we all are.

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An incredible compilation of photos that will warm your heart!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #725

 

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 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sincerely apologize to someone you have wronged or to someone who perceives that you have wronged them. Saying I’m sorry doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it means you acknowledge that something you’ve done was perceived by someone as hurtful.

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Today I am forgiving. Pride has no part in the role I am meant to play in this world.

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An amazing act of kindness shown by a soldier to a boy who was hungry.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #724

 

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 “Good words alone do not make a person good, but good deeds make a person great.” ~ Gift Gugu Mona

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Time for real connection! Keep your cell phone out of site when you’re out with friends or family. Let’s focus on being present.

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Today I have the vision to see others the way I wish they would see me.

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Check this compilation video of acts of kindness caught on camera. It is sure to bring a smile to your face!