The Daily Kindness Digest #592

 

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“The simple act of caring is heroic.” ~Edward Albert

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Make a small care package today. Gift it to someone in the hospital, home bound or anyone who can use a little love.

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Today I live in the present yet I hope for the future.

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A thank you video to nurses.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #591

 

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“Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.” ~Unknown

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Are you accustomed to judging someone right off the bat? Be conscious to give people the benefit of the doubt today. You never know what they are going through.

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Today I choose to see goodness in myself and others. Judgment has no hold over me.

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YouTuber goes out and helps a homeless woman and her child.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #590

 

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~Oscar Wilde

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Wear something today that holds with it an inspiring message. A shirt, a pin or jewelry. Be creative. You can be a walking posterboard for goodness.

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Today I wear my heart on my sleeve. I spread love and happiness to those around me.

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Saving an animal stuck in a fence.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #589

 

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“Stop worrying about what could go wrong, and get excited about what can go right.” ~Unknown

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Do something that excites you today and bring along a friend. Whether it’s playing a sport, planning a trip, going for a jog, or heading to a movie. When we feel good, we do good.

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Today I have a zest for life! Excitement exists within me and everything I touch.

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A young girl sent a picture message to the wrong person and set a chain of kindness into motion.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #588

 

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“The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on.” ~Julia Alvarez

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Finished reading a book that had a positive impact on your life? Pass it on to a friend that could use some of that positivity. Write them a short inscription. Your personal words may be the thing they turn to when they need a small reminder that someone is thinking of them.

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Today I am conscious of how each possession I own is an instrument for good.

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Police officer surprises a man by helping him purchase a car seat for his child.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #587

 

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“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~John Kabat-Zinn

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Practice mindfulness today. Whether it’s meditating or just pausing to reflect. Taking care of yourself is an investment in both your future and our collective future.

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Today I am in control my mind, my thoughts and how I choose to react to the unexpected hiccups life throws my way.

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Matthew McConaughey gives an inspirational speech about life.

The Kindness Flash #27

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This month’s theme: ACTION – performing an activity with purpose and intention.


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Reflections on Action: by Orly Wahba

Action can oftentimes be mistaken for simply doing. But true, positive action is infused with purpose, intention and fueled by passion. Action requires a great deal of strength, vulnerability and forces us to trust in ourselves and what we stand for. Each and every one of us holds within our hearts thoughts, ideals, hopes and dreams for the world. The question is what do we do with those thoughts? Read More >>


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“The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action” By James Clear

What is the difference between “being in motion” and taking action? This article provides real life examples of how we can oftentimes try to avoid failure by “being in motion” and how to take more action in our lives.


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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
~ Lao Tzu

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To accomplish your goals, you can’t just think them, it’s important to ink them. Make yourself an action plan using the S.M.A.R.T. method. That means your goals should be Specific: What do you want to accomplish? Why do you want to accomplish it? How do you plan to accomplish it?; Manageable: When you reach your goal, how will you feel? What will you see?; Attainable: Can you achieve your goal with the resources that you have?; Relevant: Do you really want to accomplish your goal?; and Timely: When do you want to accomplish your goals? It’s important to set a deadline(s). Following this method will help you realize that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!

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What inspires you to take action? Share your thoughts.

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“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” All change, all action begins with us. There’s no greater motivator to take action then stopping for a moment to look at ourselves in the mirror and asking the question, “Who do I see -and who do I hope to see.” Action requires both introspection and execution. We need to reflect on who we are so we can figure out the next steps of where we want to go.
 

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What sparks a person to act or choose to hold back? Tune in and see how action is a muscle like any other; it must be exercised to have impact.
 

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The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

There are three degrees of action. “No action, retreat and normal action.” To achieve our goals and dreams, one must pay heed to the fourth degree of action, the 10x rule. This book provides you with guidance to assist you in creating your targets, assess the correct degree of effort to invest and implement massive action that will ultimately lead to success.


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Reflections on Action

by Orly Wahba

Action can oftentimes be mistaken for simply doing. But true, positive action is infused with purpose, intention and fueled by passion. Action requires a great deal of strength, vulnerability and forces us to trust in ourselves and what we stand for. Each and every one of us holds within our hearts thoughts, ideals, hopes and dreams for the world. The question is what do we do with those thoughts? Do we simply allow them to exist in the recesses of our minds, buried beneath the surface, something we only voice once we hear others sharing those same thoughts? Or do we search for the strength within our hearts to share our message with the world, despite the fact that it may fall on deaf ears? When we fear what others think of us it’s close to impossible to live our truth, but our truth is the greatest asset we have to give to this world. Imagine if we all lived our truth and let go of the fear that our thoughts don’t deserve to be heard.

Growing up I was extremely shy, but it was actually more than that – I didn’t have the confidence to share my thoughts openly with others. At a young age, the troubles of the world would weigh on my heart like a ton of bricks. I felt the pain of others in a way that is hard for me to explain. I felt connected to this world and the people in it in a deep way and believed that I would be a key player in taking action and righting the wrongs. However, I lacked the confidence to stand by my beliefs in the midst of a sea of people mocking me for thinking that I could possibly change anything. My confidence has grown since then by leaps and bounds, and while I have become so much more vocal and followed suit with action, I know in the depths of my heart that what I’ve given of myself pales in comparison to what I still have inside of me to give.

I believe in action and have put action into motion, but what stops me from going the distance? Is it possible that while I have come so far, I am still controlled by what others will think? Action is a choice that must be chosen consistently every single day. It is my belief that we all have a beautiful vision for the world we are living in but we can become fearful to share it openly. I for one don’t want to settle for anything less than my true and ultimate potential. Recognizing our potential is scary because we then have the responsibility to follow through with action.

I look at the world and rejoice in how many more doers have emerged but I know that there is still a great deal of us that need to be reminded of something we already know; that when we all take action, in unison, the impossible is possible. My hope for this world isn’t simply to spread kindness, my hope for this world is to help people unveil the strengths within themselves because it is my belief that when we all live our truths – we can collectively resolve each and every issue we face as the human race. We are closer than we have ever been, but to break through we MUST all take action. The true kryptonite of action is the deep seeded belief many of us have that one person can’t make a difference, that we don’t matter. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Let us all remember that “The simple fact that you are here is proof enough to know you’re dear.”

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #586

 

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“If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we might set the world in the right direction.” ~Martin Kornfeld

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Resolve to consciously impact the life of one person today for the good.

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Today I am mindful. I infuse intention into every action.

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A doctor may have saved a woman’s life after she appeared on television.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #585

 

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“Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing little things well.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Celebrate a small accomplishment today. Whether it is holding back from gossip, getting up on time in the morning, or eating a healthy snack. Give yourself a round of applause.

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Today I acknowledge my accomplishments. Small is the new big.

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A fearless man scales a building to save a toddler from fall a potentially fatal fall.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #584

 

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“Kindness starts from the heart and ends with extended arms.” ~Jose B. Cabajar

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Hug today like you’ve never hugged before! Embrace others with the intention of empathizing and feeling what they feel.

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Today I am vulnerable. Tearing downs my walls builds me up in more ways than one.

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A unique exercise where people were asked to hug for 4 minutes straight.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #583

 

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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~John Bunyan

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Perform an act of kindness in the merit of someone who has passed away.

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Today I dare to love unconditionally.

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Hero teacher states that saving students was simply the right thing to do.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #582

 

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

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Make plans to hang out with someone who may not necessarily be in your circle of friends.

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Today I am a conduit for goodness. When I give outwardly I am strengthened inwardly.

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See what happens when people witness bullying. We can all be someone else’s strength.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #581

 

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“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Spend some time in nature and allow yourself to become energized from the environment. Think of how much more energy you will be equipped with to give outwardly.

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Today I take the time to breathe in all that life has to offer me.

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Mimicking nature provides the perfect solution for a builder.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #580

 

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“It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you.” – Victoria Justice

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Try to reduce the impact you have on the environment. Whether you shorten your shower or begin using a reusable waterbottle, remember that your choices impact, not only the here and now, but the future.

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Today I recognize that my actions do in fact matter.

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Local community works together to change the name of their town.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #579

 

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Begin a short and simple exercise routine. It may be as simple as stretching your legs every few hours. Movement of the body opens us up to movement of the mind. When the mind opens, magic ensues.

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Today I embrace fear. Within fear, opportunities emerge.

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Stranger helps a man prepare for a job interview.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #578

 

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

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Write 3-5 things that make someone in your life beautiful on the inside and let them know! Whether they are kind, courageous, or humble, they will be moved to hear from you.

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Today I explore the beauty in everything, including myself. No judgment allowed.

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A motivational speech was given by a Navy Seal Admiral at graduation.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #577

 

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“Friends are the sunshine of life.” ~John Hay

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Reach out to a friend and share. Friendships are built on trust and trust is built by sharing a piece of yourself.

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Today I live my truth. I’m not afraid to be who I am or feel how I feel.

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The Doctors recognize a young songwriter who is helping young teens struggling with depression.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #576

 

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“I believe in being strong when everything seems to go wrong.” ~Marilyn Monroe

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Life throws curb balls our way all the time. When something doesn’t necessarily go your way, change your perspective. For example, if you are stuck in heavy traffic with friends, instead of feeling frustrated, search for the opportunity amongst the inconveniences. “Lucky me, I get more one on one time with friends!”

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Today I am a change agent. I think outside the box!

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See how positive thinking can actually lead to positive results.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #575

 

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“Kind people are the best kind of people.” ~Unknown

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Write out a list of movie, book, or song recommendations and gift it to a friend who will appreciate it!

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Today I choose thoughtfulness. I am a kindness seeker in every way, shape, and form.

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Life Vest Inside lyric video “Give Love Away” sung by Noelle Maracle.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #574

 

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“Compassion is about solutions. It’s about giving all the love you’ve got.” ~Cheryl Strayed

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See a tourist roaming around in your city? Offer to take their picture, suggest a great attraction, restaurant or simply learn a bit about their culture. You can become an ambassador of kindness for your city.

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Today I represent kindness. I share the great warmth in my heart with the world.

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A couple stranded in Japan receives kindness from a stranger.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #573

 

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“The best way to get things done is to simply begin.” ~Anonymous

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Call someone you have been avoiding and clear the air. Lift a weight off your shoulders and potentially bring someone resolution they have been so aching for.

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Today I am action in every sense. I break the cycle of procrastination.

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Customers surprised to find out that their lunches have been paid for.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #572

 

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“Joy is not in things. It is in us.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Begin to peel back the layers. Open up a bit more to someone in your immediate circle about something you’re passionate about. Set the stage for them to share as well. By connecting we create a kinder world.

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Today I embody confidence; in myself, my story and the quirky things that make me uniquely me.

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YouTube celebrity teaches the importance of giving back to the community.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #571

 

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“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” ~Alan Cohen

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Take a step out of your comfort zone and engage in an act of kindness that you generally shy away from. Share a meal with a stranger, engage in conversation on your morning commute, pay someone a compliment.

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Today I am adventurous! I let my excitement lead the way.

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Police officer purchases shoes for a local man in need.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #570

 

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost

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Do something different today that will show others just how unique you are. Don’t stick to the status quo! Whether it’s doing something on your own, standing up for what you believe in, or wearing something different, you are sure to inspire others.

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Today I let my individuality shine! I am different and that is what makes me special.

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California animal rescue group saves a senior blind pit bull.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #569

 

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“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” ~Brain Herbert

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Spend some time learning about and exploring something that has peaked your interest. Pick up a book, read an article, or watch a video. Bonus: Share your findings with someone who may find it interesting!

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Today I am a student of everything. There is something new waiting for me to explore around every corner.

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Ted-Ed video encouraging you to learn something new for 30 days.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #568

 

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“You attract the energy that you give off. Spread good vibes. Think positively. Enjoy Life.” ~Unknown

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Use Social Media in a positive way today. Share an uplifting message, quote or story. You never know whose day you’ll be making!

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Today I exude positive energy in every way, shape, and form.

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Police officer’s simple kind act goes viral.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #567

 

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“The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.” ~Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral

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Spend time reflecting today! Acknowledge your accomplishments focusing on how you would like to improve. Today’s reflection becomes tomorrow’s direction!

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Today I have a growth mindset. I recognize that I am imperfectly perfect!

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A short video showing how to show compassion to yourself.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #566

 

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“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Grab a post it, rock, or sticker and craft a message of kindness on it. Leave your creation somewhere for it might be just the message that the finder needs!

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Today I am a mover and shaker. I am a catalyst for positivity.

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Group in Ohio spreads kindness by leaving hidden messages on rocks.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #565

 

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“Each day provides its own gifts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

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Stop for a moment and reflect on three things you have in your life right now that truly feel like a gift. An attitude of gratitude is the key to a fulfilled life.

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Today I am a reflection of all the good that has been brought into my life.

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After having her groceries paid for by strangers, a woman pays it forward to others.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #564

 

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“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” ~Warren Buffet

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Have a snack or refreshment you bring along each day? Grab an extra one as you head out. When we are prepared for opportunities, opportunity knocks!

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Today I am insightful. I reflect on the past to preserve the future.

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High school students help provide a meal to a homeless woman.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #563

 

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“Just keep taking chances and having fun!” ~Garth Brooks

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Tap into your inner child. Draw a picture, read a children’s book, dress up as your favorite childhood character, or play an all-time favorite childhood game. Bonus: Involve a child in your actions.

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Today I am fun-loving and carefree.

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Stranger pays for child’s birthday cake.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #562

 

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“Doing a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” ~Henry John Heinz

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Take the initiative. Do a task or run and errand before you’re asked. Whether it’s taking out the trash or giving someone a lift. Don’t wait to be kind…simply BE KIND.

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Today I initiate. I don’t wait for opportunity, I create it.

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Kids Kindness Kamp shows kids how rewarding acts of kindness can be.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #561

 

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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Invest in your health. Start a new exercise regimen, prepare a smoothie, or grab an apple. Remember, it’s not all or nothing. Simply do something.

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Today I am an investor in my health. Health=wealth!

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Kids Kindness Kamp shows kids how rewarding acts of kindness can be.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #560

 

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“True happiness comes from the effort of making others happy. Give and share your love every day.” ~Tinku Razoria

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What is something simple you can do today to bring happiness to another? Think small but be purposeful. Fostering relationships is all about picking up on the simple things that brighten a person’s day. For some, it’s a thoughtful note, a surprise visit, or in my case a box of my favorite cereal:)

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Today I am thoughtful and perceptive. I pay attention to the details and subtleties.

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Local man uses teddy bears to show kindness to local patients.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #559

 

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“Old ways don’t open new doors.” ~Unknown

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When you are tempted to act in the same old ways, remember that you have the strength to overcome any difficulties that are thrown your way!

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Today I am proactive! I am changing my life by changing how I act.

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Hero honored for confronting a gunman at a local Waffle House.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #558

 

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“Real Generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ~Frank A Clark

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Engage in an anonymous act of kindness, whether it’s donating money, leaving a present or encouraging letter by someone’s doorstep. Hidden acts of kindness have a way of healing us from the inside out.

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Today I am a thinker. I recognize that my thoughts breed action!

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Stranger cleans the curb in front of local photographer shop.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #557

 

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“Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” ~Seth Godin

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Be mindful of how you can fill a need when communicating with others throughout your day. Shift your focus from “what can they do for me” to “what can I do to add value to them.” The greatest receiving comes when we give without calculating our return.

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Today I am the solution. I see the possibilities within others.

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To help prevent potential suicide, truckers line up in an amazing life-saving act of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #556

 

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“A leader is a dealer in hope.” ~Napoleon

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Share a 30-second anonymous message of hope on http://projecthopeexchange.com/give-hope/ for you never know how much of an impact it will have on someone’s life.

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Today I am hopeful! The word HOPE is an acronym for Hold On Pain Ends.

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Local group administers kindness to medically fragile children.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #555

 

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“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” ~George Patton

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Instead of beating yourself up, trust your gut. Whether it be with a business pitch, dream, new idea, or relationship trust that your intuition knows best.

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Today I trust in myself. My north star is and always will be my intuition.

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Local news report inspires a community to help the elderly with mattresses.

The Kindness Flash #26

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This month’s theme: OPTIMISM – the powerful combination of problem solving + hope.


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Reflections on Optimism: by Orly Wahba

Oftentimes people associate optimists with blind idealists who fail to see reality and instead put their heads in the sand. I have to disagree.

“Every day may not be good, but there’s good in every day” ~Unknown

When looking through various quotes about optimism for this month’s Kindness Flash, this one stood out above the rest. Read More >>


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Optimism and Your Health

Produced by Harvard Men’s Health Watch, this article provides research from studies that link optimism to being heart healthy and living longer. It also explains in detail how we can measure optimism and why it’s beneficial for our health.


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“When things go wrong, don’t go with them”
~ Elvis Presley

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Practice optimism in your daily comings and goings. Optimism isn’t being unrealistic, it’s understanding that when things head south they aren’t as final as they may oftentimes appear. Think of a struggle you are currently facing that seems insurmountable. Now try and see it through the lens of optimism. Write down three things about that problem that you can do to solve it, three things you can learn from it, or three ways to make it manageable. Keep in mind: the only limit is your imagination.

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Can a person be optimistic and pessimistic at the same time? Share your thoughts.

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Kindness Has a Birthday

It was mid-April and a young boy, in the first grade, was getting very excited for his upcoming birthday just like every child would. But when asked what he wanted for his birthday, his response created a ripple of kindness even he didn’t see coming!

By Jason Hattrick • Read More >>


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Why do you think this picture represents optimism? Share your thoughts.
 

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In this amazing song from Zootopia we learn that success is not measured by how fast you get to the top, but whether you keep on going and try everything you can possibly think of until you reach the end. “Nobody learns without getting it wrong.”
 

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Life is Good wanted to find out how ordinary people use optimism every day! So what does optimism mean to you and how will you live it?
 

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Kindness Across America by Joel Malard

One sunny August morning, author Joel Malard set out from his home in Fremont, California, to begin a 20-day train journey across the length of the United States and back again. With him, he carried a notebook and one question he would ask over 45 strangers he encountered on his journey: What is kindness?

To celebrate Joel’s journey, we too will be passing his book from one hand to another. I will be mailing a copy of the book out to my friend, Jason in Vancouver, Washington and from there it will continue to make its way around the world. Feel free to highlight in the book, sign your name and leave any comments before mailing it to the next person on the list. If you’re interested in taking part in this fun experiment, email Jason at jason@lifevestinside.com Subject: Kindness Across America.


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Kindness Has a Birthday!

Inspiring Kindness Update
by Jason Hattrick

It was mid-April and a young boy, in the first grade, was getting very excited for his upcoming birthday just like every child would. Let me introduce you to Remington. Today was the day that he and his mom went to the local bakery to pick out his super-special birthday cake. Things however quickly changed once they arrived. While inside the bakery Remington says to his mother that he doesn’t want his birthday cake but instead asked if they could gift his cake to the policemen that keeps them safe. Shortly thereafter they pulled into the West Precinct of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in Vancouver, WA. Together they delivered Remington’s Birthday Cake, gave their thanks and left knowing they were just extending kindness. What they were unaware of is that CCSO has Inspiring Kindness Deputies that took notice and sprung to action.

A few weeks have past and it is April 24, 2018. It is a regular day at Remington’s school but that will soon change. At 10:30am sharp a Kindness Sting sprung into action as not only did multiple Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Battle Ground Police vehicles roll onto campus but they were led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office armored SWAT vehicle the Lenco Bearcat G3. Yes, it is as impressive as it sounds! As all the deputies exited the vehicle they were led into the school by the school’s principal straight to Remington’s classroom. Now imagine yourself, a first grade student, sitting at your desk and 6 officers walk in and call your name. “Which one of you is Remington?” Deputy Boyse asked as a sheepish hand in the back of the room was raised. Then Deputy McCarthy simply gestures to him and adds, “Your coming with us!” At that point the entire class was let in on the surprise and asked to join in honoring their classes Kindness Superhero, Remington!

The deputies led Remington and his class down the hall to the front of the school where the surprise of a lifetime was waiting. When Remington rounded the corner to see all the vehicles and the armored SWAT vehicle his jaw literally dropped, hands were thrown in the air and he was speechless. As the class congregated around Remington, Deputy Boyse presented him with a Kindness Citation for his generosity, his care for other people and for his example to his community of what kindness really means. It is through Life Vest Inside’s Inspiring Kindness program that Remington and his family will be now be able to go to www.inspiring-kindness.com and input their Kindness Citation identification number and a financial donation will be made to a local non-profit because of his kindness. Remington will also be able to pass it forward electronically to another person who has shown kindness in the world so that he can continue to create a ripple of donations and goodwill.

With the formalities completed the kids were able to explore the armored vehicle and talk to all the officers. Today, one individuals kindness was spread through multiple law enforcement agencies, an entire first grade classroom, the school and the community at large all due to a boy named Remington that wanted to say thank you. Well to finish off this amazing morning it only seemed appropriate that Remington, his father and grandfather all got to take a ride around the parking lot in the armored vehicle with lights flashing and sirens yelping – it was a celebration of kindness. Remington was in his happy place!

Finally our officers rolled off into the horizon seeking their next Kindness Superhero.

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Reflections on Optimism

by Orly Wahba

Oftentimes people associate optimists with blind idealists who fail to see reality and instead put their heads in the sand. I have to disagree.

“Every day may not be good, but there’s good in every day” ~Unknown

When looking through various quotes about optimism for this month’s Kindness Flash, this one stood out above the rest. Oftentimes people turn to me and ask, “Orly, how are you always so happy and optimistic?” I always laugh when I hear that because no one in this world is free from having a bad day. We all face challenges in our life, some different than others, but challenges all in the same. We all question our worth at times, feel like giving up, get knocked down, feel beat. An optimist isn’t someone who doesn’t experience these things; an optimist is one who combines strength of heart and strength of mind to seek out the good in the seemingly bad. An optimist understands that failure exists but refuses to accept the fact that those failures should stop them from making the attempt to climb higher.

Optimism vs Pessimism. There are so many cliches around these terms but the one that stands above the rest, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” We are told that a pessimist sees the glass as half empty and an optimist sees the glass as half full. But there is much more to this than meets the eye. An optimist doesn’t ignore the fact that there is an empty space in the glass, but rather sees that empty space as opportunity for growth. The pessimist doesn’t ignore the full space, but rather sees the full space as weight of the failed attempts to succeed.

I’ve always believed that a pessimist is simply an optimist in disguise. While you may disagree with me, that’s your call, but perhaps you’ll hear me out. Believing in your dreams, shouting them from the rooftop amongst the myriads telling you can’t achieve them is no easy task. It takes strength, courage and confidence. What if your dreams are never realized? Or even worse, what if you attempt to achieve your dream but fall flat on your face? There is a tremendous amount of risk associated with believing, striving and hoping. On the other hand, if you continuously bet against yourself and down play the fact that you can achieve anything of value – the fall to the ground has much less impact and therefore hurts much less.

We all start off as optimists but sometimes the hard hits we face in life squeezes the strength to believe, to bet on ourselves, to bet on humanity. And so a person is left with a far easier choice. I won’t expect anything from myself, I won’t expect anything from this world and I will seek out all of the things that happen in this world to further prove my theory. However, deep inside the heart of a pessimist is the greatest sense of optimism; the hope that one day someone or something will come along to prove them wrong, to beat all odds. It’s just too painful to consciously bet on something they are uncertain of time and time again. You see a pessimist is an optimists who has been hurt so many times and has created a protective layer around their heart.

So why is pessimism so dangerous? The greatest danger lies in the fact that a pessimist can eventually forget that their disguise is just that – a disguise. Eventually negative thinking will penetrate their mind, their heart, their actions and overtime they will forget that their core is seeped in optimism. What they stop betting on isn’t simply humanity – it’s themselves. We can’t always explain success – there is no perfect formula. Success itself requires one to believe in the unbelievable. After all, for a person to succeed at something so many are attempting to achieve, one must think out of the box and focus not on the failed attempts but the opportunity present in those same failures.

So while many label optimists as idealists sticking their head in the sand, I see it quite the opposite. An optimist sees the dangers, understands the possibility of failure but their reason for taking a leap of faith outweighs the cuts, scratches and bruises they may get if they stumble.

An optimists strength isn’t that they see the good in the world, but rather that they never cease to see the good in themselves. So get out there, love yourself more, cherish your failures and recognize that they are a part of what makes you you! Look at your scars in the mirror and pay a bit more attention to the collateral beauty. You just may inspire a hidden optimist to shed their disguise.

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #554

 

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“The best revenge is massive success.” ~Frank Sinatra

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Ever feel as though the people in your life put you down and don’t believe in your capabilities? The next time anger lurks, do your best to hold your tongue. Remember, if a person doesn’t believe in their own capabilities, how can they believe in yours.

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Today I am determined. Negativity will undoubtedly surround me, but I choose not to let it in.

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An exhausted mother receives a small act of kindness that she will never forget.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #553

 

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“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Have an intellectual conversation with a coworker or friend that you seem to overlook. Think of something interesting to discuss. You may find that you have common interests.

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Today I am open-minded. I open myself up to new people and ideas!

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After losing his friend to cancer, a businessman looks for ways to spread kindness to others.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #552

 

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~John Muir

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Take a walk or hike in nature without your phone. You may discover that disconnecting will help you connect with something you overlooked!

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Today I am present mind, body, and soul. I recognize that beauty is not simply all around me, but more importantly within me.

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A man helps relocate stranded fish.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #551

 

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea…This is the way to success.” ~Swami Vivekananda

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Is there something you always wanted to try and accomplish? Take one small step today to inch a bit closer. From a phone call, a quick Google search, purchasing tools you need, etc.

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Today I am empowered to take action. I hold the key to transforming my reality.

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9-year-old girl sells lemonade to raise money for local medical center.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #550

 

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“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~John C. Maxwell

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Reach out to someone today you may have overlooked. A colleague, student, family member, the security guard in your building and give them a heartfelt compliment. Positions don’t determine impact. There’s a positive lesson to learn from everyone.

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Today I am insightful. I see through the cracks and water seeds of greatness within people that others may have lost sight of.

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Local barman goes above and beyond to help find a lost wallet and help a criminal.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #549

 

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“A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ~Beth Revis

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Offer to become a mentor or simply reach out to someone seeking advice and help them navigate through a hardship.

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Today I am master of my trade. I take ownership of my skills and what makes me who I am so that I can more readily share those skills with others.

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Compilation video showing kind acts caught by dashcams.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #548

 

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“Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through.” ~Jarod Kintz

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Think of an act of kindness that you’ve been thinking of engaging in, but never got around to. Today is the DAY! Make it happen – no fears!

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Today I am fearless. I engage with the world in kindness not because I have to but because I want to.

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America’s Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal surprises fans with an intimate show.