The Daily Kindness Digest #487

 

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“Love the process and you will love what the process produces.” ~John Gordon

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Procrastination affects most of us. If you know your co-worker or friend gets easily distracted, offer to work or study together to help both of you reach your goals for the day!

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Today, I search for the silver lining in every cloud.

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Mystery man buys lunch for National Guard Troops.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #486

 

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“Character is simply habit long continued.” ~Plato

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Go out of your way to help a stranger in need. If you keep your eyes open, there is always an opportunity to spread a little kindness!

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Today, I trust my character to guide me when questions arise.

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An inspiring College student gets a new set of wheels.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #485

 

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“Be where your feet are.” ~Anonymous

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Stop and help someone pick up something they dropped. A simple action that lightens the load.

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Today, I live in the moment but I look to the future.

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A bone marrow donor meets the young man who’s life he saved.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #484

 

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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao Tzu

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Surprise a friend, family member or coworker with their breakfast drink of choice. Don’t forget to bring some laughter, love, and joy along with you!

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Today, I remember that no matter how much negativity surrounds me, love will always show me the way.

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A rookie police officer shows kindness to a desperate young girl.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #483

 

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

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Give someone you know a heartfelt compliment. Kindness isn’t reserved for strangers.

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Today I focus on the things that make me special and unique.

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An eight-year-old boy named Zion has made history as the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child. But his spirit is what is capturing the world’s attention.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #482

 

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“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you have to make it.” ~Charles Buxton

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Make the effort to go the extra mile and engage in the small things. Hold the door open, helping someone cross the street, or just shoot someone a bright smile!

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Today, time is on my side and I will enjoy every second.

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Cops help 10-year-old arrest her worst enemy.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #481

 

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“Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.” ~Mac Anderson

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Reach out to an old friend and catch up. Go ahead, dial the first person who just came to mind!

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Today, I am determined and motivated to push forward in spite of adversity.

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A stranger helps a mother grieve the loss of her son.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #480

 

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“A teacher holds a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” ~Anonymous

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Surprise a teacher that has touched your life with a small token of gratitude.

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Today, I put on my best smile even when things may not be going my way.

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A homeless father and daughter receive a life changing gift from the police.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #479

 

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“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” ~Helen Keller

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Share a story of a friend’s act of loving kindness on social media or in a private conversation among friends. Sharing goodness, breads more goodness.

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Today, I appreciate the people in my life who have helped me emerge from times of darkness.

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A NFL player surprises a waitress with gift that goes beyond simple finances.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #478

 

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“Don’t see with your eyes, see with your heart.” ~Sylvia Solomon

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Leave a heartfelt voice message on someone’s phone. It may very well be something they come back to and listen to for years to come!

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Today, I give love because I am love.

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A waitress’ gesture of kindness is returned.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #477

 

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“Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.” ~Unknown

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List three small goals you hope to accomplish in a month’s time and place the note by your bedside.

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Today, I choose to respond to the world around me with positivity and certainty.

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A young lady asks the man who raised her to adopt her.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #476

 

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

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Reach out and be a source of inspiration to a friend or family member struggling with their sense of self-value.

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Today, I see life and all its struggles as pieces of a much larger puzzle.

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A man who has been colorblind since birth was able to see the world in color for the first time after his generous co-worker surprised him with a pair of enchroma glasses.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #475

 

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“You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.” ~Anonymous

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Take the time to call someone you’ve been dodging. It’s not always about the words you say, but the time that you take to say anything at all.

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Today I choose to be stress free.

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A teacher reaches out to a student’s family with an amazing gift of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #474

 

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“Sometimes the answer to our prayers is to become the answer to someone else’s prayers.” ~Robert Breault

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Send someone a surprise gift today. Whether it’s homemade or store bought, getting a surprise gift will surely bring a smile to their face.

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Today, I am happy and content with my life. I am in a good place and I’m working on creating the best version of myself.

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A foster mom and volunteer for the homeless is acknowledged for her acts of loving kindness.

The Kindness Flash #22

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This month’s theme: RESOLUTION – the key to a new tomorrow!

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Everyday Kindness: Little Acts Go A Long Way

When Prateek resolved to do something small for a man every day, he had no idea how one day the kindness would find its way back to him. Read on to discover his story!

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Everyday Kindness: A Momentous Meeting

A chance encounter between two people one night led to one of them making a resolution to choose life over giving up. Find out how Celso’s words made the world of a difference to a complete stranger!

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Reflections on Laughter: by Orly Wahba

A resolution is more than something we make at the beginning of a New Year; it’s something we contemplate at the end of one as well. The concept of resolving something means that before you begin a new chapter, you must first take an accounting of the chapter that’s just about to close. Afterall, how can we figure out where we’re going before we take the time and effort to understand where we’ve been; the mistakes we’ve made, the accomplishments we’ve achieved, the person we’ve become, the hopes realized and dreams pursued, the missteps and the choices that led us to where we are in the here and now.


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Inspiring Kindness continues partnership with Clark County Sheriff’s Office


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The Importance of Self-Awareness and the New Year’s Resolution

While some resolutions we make are easy to measure, the ones that deal with personal development are often harder to gauge. Read on to discover more about “softer resolutions” and how you can keep track of these equally important ones.


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“I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions.”
~ Tom Ford

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Resolve to take on something super small you have been pushing off for longer than you’d like. Oftentimes when we accomplish a small goal, that positive energy propels us forward. There is no such thing as too small of a goal. The smaller, the better.

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What does resolution mean to you? SHARE your thoughts?

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

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Katy Perry’s Rise, which was chosen as the 2016 Olympics theme song, has emboldened, pushed and driven many around the world as an anthem of strength. The Pop Song Professor discusses the incredible lyrics of the song in depth, where he says that the crux of it is a message of surviving the questioning voices within and around us, and continuing the fight to thrive.
 

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Matthew Marek, executive director and founder of Good Neighbor, offers an interesting take on what might be the best resolution for us all this year.
 

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Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It

Have you ever felt like you had so many dreams as a child but forgot them, bit by bit, over the years? Write It Down, Make It Happen is a book that shows us how to reconnect with those dreams by putting them before us. The power of manifestation that this book speaks of has helped change lives and make dreams come true!


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Inspiring Kindness continues partnership with Clark County Sheriff’s Office

Inspiring Kindness Update

Inspiring Kindness powered by Life Vest Inside is continuing its unbelievable partnership with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Vancouver, Washington. So much has been going on in fact that I am only going to be sharing the events of the last 48 hours.

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On Wednesday, December 18th Deputy McCarty and Sheriff Atkins planned a kindness sneak attack on an unsuspecting staff member at Sunset Elementary School. As hundreds of students and faculty entered the gymnasium they all had the same question, why are the police and the news cameras here? They would soon find out! Principal Michael Martin introduced Deputy McCarthy and Sheriff Atkins and then invited Angie Winston aka “School Mom!” Today Angie was issued a “Kindness Citation” for her above and beyond efforts at Sunset Elementary. She is the Safety Patrol supervisor where kids and parents are greeted with a smile and a hug. Amazing! She also supervises the cafeteria (thankless job) during lunch and is in charge of all the kids’ medications. If that is not enough, she also fills in as a secretary or sub when there is a need, and always does it with a smile on her face. Today was an incredible day for an incredible ambassador of kindness. You can see the news story from KATU Channel 2 right here.

Then on the morning of Thursday, December 19th I was invited to attend the Clark County Sheriff’s Office: “Shop with a Cop” at our local Walmart store. Deputies are paired up with families with children in need and get to have the shopping experience of a lifetime. It is magical, the relationships between law enforcement and children. It was an incredible way to start a morning. More available on their Facebook page.

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Following “Shop with a Cop”, I had the opportunity to meet with and train additional deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office who have volunteered to be part of the Inspiring Kindness initiative. Our community is seeing the incredible impact that a little bit of kindness can spread. The ripple effect is definitely being felt as Life Vest Inside continues to get requests for this brand new program from multiple law enforcement opportunities across the United States! For more information, please check out last month’s Kindness Flash story.

Prepare yourself; you may be the next recipient of a “Kindness Citation!”

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Reflections on Resolution

by Orly Wahba

A resolution is more than something we make at the beginning of a New Year; it’s something we contemplate at the end of one as well. The concept of resolving something means that before you begin a new chapter, you must first take an accounting of the chapter that’s just about to close. Afterall, how can we figure out where we’re going before we take the time and effort to understand where we’ve been; the mistakes we’ve made, the accomplishments we’ve achieved, the person we’ve become, the hopes realized and dreams pursued, the missteps and the choices that led us to where we are in the here and now.

For most, we create lists upon lists of what we hope for the future – what we envision the new year to bring. However, we don’t invest ample time evaluating the past. For some, looking at the past is scary. It brings up emotions that we may rather stay hidden, locked away. But we can’t hide from our past. Whether we like it or not it’s a part of who we are but it doesn’t have to define where we will go. For some, the past makes us feel sad. Perhaps we’ve strayed from the person we had hoped we would become, perhaps we have lost sight of what’s important in life, of who is important in life. Or perhaps looking back makes us feel guilty of the things, the people and the memories we left behind. Creating meaningful resolutions isn’t easy because it requires that we shed light on the darkest parts of ourselves. For some, remaining in the darkness is preferable. After all if you ignore what you need to change, you have no responsibilities. But responsibilities and “growing pains” are the reasons we live life. We are here for one thing – to improve our character. Not to compare ourselves to this person or the other, but to compare ourselves to who we are meant to be. Feeling guilty never helps anyone. When resolving to make resolutions be careful not to allow the gap of where you are to where you want to be crush you and stop you in your tracks, preventing you from taking the first step. We can’t climb a mountain overnight, but we can take steps each day to ensure we reach the top.

Resolution comes from the Latin word resolvere which means to loosen or release. When we think of resolution – the concepts of being determined, firm and strong willed come to mind. But when we look a little closer we learn that to make a lasting resolution – one that will stick – we need to loosen our grip. We need to take a moment to step back, reflect and experience true release. Only by doing so can we begin to break things down into its parts. Once we do that, we now have a blueprint instead of one larger than life goal. As I always say, Dream BIG, but think small! Don’t forget to list the small steps you will need to take to turn that dream into a reality.

But be aware – just because breaking things down into their parts is an important process in creating a resolution, focusing too much on the exact pathway you think you need to take to get you there is dangerous. It can blind you from seeing other pathways you never knew existed. A true resolution is a perfect meld of both release and control; of being cautious and taking a risk. Too much of either can leave you feeling frustrated.

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Prateek G

Hyderabad, India

 

A Momentous Meeting

There was a homeless man who lived below Prateek’s building. He didn’t beg but simply stared at those who passed by him every day. Prateek always gave him a smile when he looked his way, but the man never smiled back.

One day Prateek decided to get a chocolate for the man when he went shopping for his own groceries. Slowly, he built a habit of giving a chocolate to the man every day. Soon the man began to return Prateek’s smile whenever he saw him.

One day, when Prateek was on his way home, he fell down and his bike fell over him. The man came rushing, picked up Prateek’s bike and helped him stand up. Prateek realized that day how doing something for someone brought peace and satisfaction to his own life in many ways!

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– Edited by Soumya John

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Celso C

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

 

A Momentous Meeting

One night on his way home, Celso found a woman crying on the stairs of his apartment. He approached her and asked her if she was alright. Her answer shocked him.

She said that it would be her last night, that she didn’t want to live anymore. When he heard this, Celso plucked a flower that was beside him and gave it to her. He then let her share her story.

She was 29 and had a three-year-old-son, but had suffered a lot and was afraid of her stepfather. Celso told her that her most beautiful creation was her son and that both of them deserved to be loved, no matter what. He told her that life isn’t always easy and there are times we have to face hard situations, but it depended on us to choose how we wanted to face them. He reminded her that she had a choice and that no matter what she chose, it would require courage.

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The woman didn’t know how to choose, and Celso didn’t know what to say. So he grabbed her hand and opened it, to show her the flower that was in it. She began to cry and said, “Im holding on to this, I realize there is life in here, a proof of love and life, thank you.” Moments later she was gone and Celso hoped she changed her mind.

One month later, Celso found her at the entrance to his apartment. She was with her child. Upon seeing each other, they both began to cry. Celso looked at the beautiful boy who had a great mother and was reminded how we can share love even with strangers, and how kind words could truly make a difference and kindness could change lives.

– Edited by Soumya John

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The Daily Kindness Digest #473

 

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~Plato

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Take a moment to send an uplifting song or music video to a friend. Music inspires and letting someone know you’re thinking of them is an inspiration all on its own.

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Today I reflect on the talents that make me unique and put more time and energy into them. I am one of a kind and I will continue to keep shining!

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A beautiful video of kindness and reconciliation.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #472

 

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“The most exquisite pleasure is giving pleasure to others.” ~Jean de La Bruyere

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Take some time to help someone in your immediate circle. A few minutes could make a world of difference to that person. Now that’s powerful!

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Today, I remember that life gives me what I need to be positive. It’s up to me to put it all together.

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Dude be Nice surprises students and staff at a school that exemplifies kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #471

 

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“The real winning ticket in life isn’t one that you can exchange for cash or credit. It’s knowing that someone sees you at times when you feel invisible.” ~Orly Wahba

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Encourage friends and family to join you on a fun kindness mission. Be it a clothing drive, surprising residents of a nursing home with flowers or anything creative that comes to mind. Before you know it, your name will be synonymous with kindness.

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Today I acknowledge that I have a strong, purposeful voice and I choose to use it for the good!

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Sharing kindness through music.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #470

 

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“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.” ~Willy Wonka

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We don’t always need to give material gifts to others, sometimes we just need to give a little bit of our time. Whether it’s volunteering, listening to a friend, or some other act of service, go out and donate some of your time today.

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Today I revisit my dreams. We all get busy in our day-to-day responsibilities, but it’s important to keep our dreams and goals in front of us – chipping away at them a little bit at a time.

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Celebrity barber gives haircuts to the homeless.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #469

 

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“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.” ~Harvey S. Firestorm

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Don’t judge a book by its cover! Step out of your comfort zone to engage in kindness with someone you may have glanced over in the past.

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Today I focus on what’s important in life. I take the time to answer that question openly and honestly.

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Acts of kindness bring out the best of people during Hurricane Harvey.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #468

 

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“Live your life and have no regrets.” ~Sylvia Solomon

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See a friend or coworker struggling to get through the day? Offer to get them a coffee, run an errand, or simply do something to lift their spirits and instill hope.

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Today, I remind myself that the key to success is sometimes found in the most unexpected ways. I am ready to think outside the box.

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What is the true power of kindness?
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #467

 

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“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner was you.” ~Lewis B. Smedes

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Take a step towards forgiving someone today. Sometimes all it takes is a little kindness for both sides to see things in a more positive light!

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Today, I remind myself that I don’t have to carry the baggage of past mistakes. I learn from my experiences and move on with greater insight and understanding.

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Be kind, be the change!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #466

 

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“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~Phyllis Diller

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Kindness is a choice. Do something small, like wishing a family member a good day and you never know how far that kindness boomerang may go.

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Today, I remember to appreciate the small things in life that I’ve taken for granted.

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In partnership with the film Wonder, SoulPancake surprises 13-year-old hero, Virgil Smith, who trudged into the Hurricane Harvey flood waters with an air mattress to transport his stranded neighbors to safety.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #465

 

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“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it.” ~William Arthur Ward

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The moment you wake up, take pause and throw a smile on your face! It may be harder some days than others, but when you start your day on a positive note, you’re bound to stir up some positivity!

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Today, I strive to become the best version of myself. Everyone I meet deserves the best me I can be!

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Love yourself this New Year!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #464

 

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“There’s always room for improvement – it’s the biggest room in the house.” ~Louise Heath Leber

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Are you an expert at something? Offer some tips and advice to someone just beginning in your field of your work.

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Today, I set aside time for myself to unwind and relax. With all the stresses endured daily, a little me time is a necessity not a luxury.

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Forgiveness is rewarded by kindness!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #463

 

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“Love the world as you love yourself.” ~Lau Tzu

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We can find different ways to show support to someone but sometimes the best show of support is to simply let them know you believe in them! What are you waiting for?

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Today, I know I am valuable simply because I’m alive. It’s not about what I do, it’s about who I am.

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Giving is rarely about money. This video highlights some of the world’s most intimate acts of giving in an effort to showcase the true essence of the word “GIVE”.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #462

 

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“Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.” ~Unknown

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Told someone you’d get back to them, but life get in the way? Don’t leave them hanging. Keep your commitments and get back to them today!

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Today, I reflect on my progress, taking time to consider what I’ve achieved and where I’m headed next. The world is counting on me!

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The stories of two sisters who donated organs.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #461

 

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“Always remember to be happy because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.” ~Anonymous

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Today, smile at as many people as you can. Remember, a smile is contagious – don’t be afraid to start an epidemic!

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Today I celebrate every tiny victory, no matter how small.

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A true Kindness Boomerang.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #460

 

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“Nothing will heal, unite and therefore save us but love.” ~Michael Kouly

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Send a special gift to a special someone in your life reminding them that they’ve helped you grow into the person you are today.

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Today, I remind myself to stop every once in awhile and appreciate the journey I’m on, all that I’ve overcome and all I have become.

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Loving acts of kindness for the homeless during the holidays.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #459

 

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“Kindness is more than deeds. It’s an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.” ~Plato

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Tell someone they’re beautiful today! You never know the struggles someone may be facing and your words may be what they needed to hear to turn their day around.

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Today, I remember that I can always find a way to make my environment a positive one.

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Clark County Sheriff’s Office giving out Kindness Citations as part of Life Vest Inside’s new initiative, Inspiring Kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #458

 

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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~Sören Kierkegaard

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Do you spend a lot of time on your phone? If so, take some time to disconnect and reconnect with your close friends and family today! You could miss out on some great moments when you’re looking down instead of up.

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Today I am letting go of any fear or doubt that I’ve been holding onto. I will move forward with an open mind, an open heart, and a confident outlook.

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A secret Santa helps police officers spread holiday cheer.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #457

 

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“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” ~Matty Mullins

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Today’s act is a gift for yourself! It’s great that we can go out of our way to do kind and special things for others but every once in a while it’s good to treat ourselves to something special too. Show yourself some kindness.

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Today I am not stressing out about the little things. Life is too short to waste it by being stressed. When we are stressed, we could be missing out on the things that truly make us happy.

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A bank pays for gifts for the holidays.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #456

 

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“The best thing you can do for a friend when they’re hurt, is to be there. even when you have nothing to offer but your presence.” ~Unknown

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We all go through hardships – reach out to someone who is having a rough time and let them know you’re there for them. Sometimes, all it takes is knowing we aren’t alone to get through even the toughest battle.

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Today, I live in the present. I will stop worrying about things from the past and about the future. I will just enjoy what’s happening around me at this very moment.

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A Christmas surprise for an amazing woman!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #455

 

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“Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and a victim into a victory.” ~Nishan Panwar

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We all have times in our day when we contemplate, “maybe I COULD help that person.” Let’s change it to, “I WILL help that person.” Turn inspiration into action!

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Today, I begin. Good things come to those who work hard and never give up. To become the best version of myself, I have to start somewhere—today is that day!

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A stranger’s act of kindness brings a soldier home for the holidays.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #454

 

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“Don’t follow your dreams, chase them!” ~Richard Dumbrill

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Ever wake up feeling like you just don’t want to face the world outside? We’ve all been there. Call or text someone this morning with a happy or motivational message that’ll be sure to make them jump out of bed and have an awesome day!

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Today I am ambitious and work relentlessly towards my goal. I remind myself that if I don’t try my best, I will never know what I am truly capable of.

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Kindness through the power of food.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #453

 

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“Life isn’t about surviving the storm; life is about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~Taylor Swift

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We tend to underestimate the power we have to make a difference every day. Today, remember to do the small things like saying hello, smiling, and just listening.

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Today I don’t follow the trend. I continue to be my own person and stay true to my values, who I am and what I believe.

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A woman decided she wanted to teach her grandchildren about giving and kindness around the holidays. Check out what she decided to do.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #452

 

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“You are what you are when nobody is looking.” ~Abigail Van Buren

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Know someone who you would never expect to become friends with? We challenge you to reach out to them! You may find that you have more in common than you think.

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Today I accept myself for who I am. All the negative feelings are turning into positive ones by remembering that I am unique, original, and special!

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The United Way makes a difference through acts of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #451

 

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” ~Mother Teresa

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Write an encouraging letter to your future self. Set some goals on where you would like to see yourself in the future and begin the journey to the new you.

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Today, I decide to change my attitude! I have the ability to see the good in myself and others, and now is the time to do so!

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A simple act of kindness is paid forward AND back!

The Kindness Flash #21

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This month’s theme: LAUGHTER – the best medicine!

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Everyday Kindness: No Words Necessary

Laura discovered that the language of love needed no words when she shared an incredible few moments of connection with a woman at a grocery store, each not knowing the language the other spoke!

Edited By Soumya John • Read More >>


Everyday Kindness: Trusting The Message of Kindness

When Andy received and Act of Kindness card that said “Call your grandfather” he decided to pick up the phone and reconnect. They shared the good things in their lives with each other, and Andy was reminded at once how simple being kind can be, and the long lasting afterglow it leaves!

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Reflections on Laughter: by Orly Wahba

When I think of laughter one of the first memories that comes to mind is the famed Mary Poppins song, I Love to Laugh. Mary Poppins was and still remains one of my absolute favorite movies. Not simply because it transports me back to childhood, but because of the lessons of positivity that resonate through the entire film.


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An INSPIRING new Life Vest Inside initiative that truly SERVES those we PROTECT

Kindnes Flourishes in Times of Loss in Elementary School


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The Five Most Important Reasons to Laugh

Why laugh? Apart from the psychological stress buster that it provides, laughter is also a key component in many other aspects of our lives. Read on to discover the benefits of reminding yourself to pause, breathe and have a good laugh!


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“Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
~ Mark Twain

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Reach out to someone who you think could use a laugh and have a light hearted conversation. There is nothing like letting loose and sharing pain and joy with someone that sets us free!

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Which person in your life makes you laugh often? SHARE your thoughts!

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What does this picture make you feel and why? SHARE your thoughts!
 

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From the classic hit film, Singing in the Rain, comes a great lesson for us all! Regardless of age, career, country or ethnicity – we ALL understand the power of laughter to change lives and uplift. As the song goes, “Don’t you know everyone wants to laugh?”
 

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In this talk, Ida engages the audience in a laughter yoga session. Like she says, laughter yoga is forcing oneself to laugh, and the silly, forced laughter becomes real laughter that gets blood flowing and endorphins released into the body. In addition to instructing the laughter yoga session, Ida shared the benefits of laughter yoga.
 

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All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter

All Over The Place is the story of a globe-trotter who has no sense of direction, is terrified of pigeons, and gets motion sickness from tying her shoes. Geraldine DeRuiter’s award winning blog The Everywhereist has cracked up readers from around the world for years with her honest and candid stories of what it’s like to be a traveller who isn’t really good at it. Her book is an extension of the same, packed with downright hilarious travel anecdotes laced with her gentle and astounding wisdom about life.


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Kindness Flourishes in Times of Loss at York Elementary School

Inspiring Kindness Report

Thinking back to our elementary school days we typically have fond memories of friendships, playground games, and some of the most amazing teachers we will ever know. York Elementary in Vancouver, Washington is no exception to the joys of childhood. However, on Monday, November 27, 2017 they lost one of their very special first graders to cancer… her name is Mackenzie and she was an absolute princess and as beautiful as a butterfly to those that knew her. A loss of this magnitude is never easy to comprehend and to even harder to begin to tell such young children that Mackenzie was not coming back…impossible!

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Mackenzie and Principal Harris

It was decided by York Elementary Principal, Dawn Harris, that letters would be sent home to parents the following day so each family could talk to one another, provide support and process this event as the best could.

Then on Wednesday, the school had a Staff Community Circle to process their own feelings. What is so frequently forgotten is that teachers are rocks for their students. They remain strong so others can be weak. Teachers are nurturers and caregivers to every one of their students every single day. However, with a loss like Mackenzie from their school, many staff members were deeply struggling. When they arrived in the faculty room for the circle this is what they discovered.

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Dpt. B. McCarthy, CCSO and Cyndee Richards

Dpt. B. McCarthy, CCSO and Cyndee Richards

5th Grade Teacher, Cyndee Richards, kept asking herself what she could do for her colleagues in this difficult time. What she did was what she always did when strong emotions needed to be processed…she wrote. She laid out rows and rows of sticky notes across her dining room table and filled them with positive thoughts. She then used them the following morning to decorate the whiteboard in the staff room with words like peace, kindness, grace, friends, space and hugs and phrases like “You are loved.” This beautiful tribute to her school family then also formed a heart in the center that read, “Gather what you can, what you need, knowing, we are in this together.” To truly honor Mackenzie they needed each other and needed to show an unconditional love for one another. Cyndee knew that everyone needed to grieve in his or her own way and this was hers.

Cyndee commented that she sent that love out into the world to be received with no expectations about what it would do. She knew her kindness would be received well because York is a special place. She also said, “I didn’t need to be recognized or thanked…ever. I am a merely a product of all of the inspiring people around me who show me love and acceptance every single day. Small acts can make a big difference.”

We want to give our heartfelt condolences to Mackenzie’s family at this time of loss. We also want to give our love to the staff and families of York Elementary School as you strive to heal and love those you get to touch each day and in doing so honoring the memory of the one we lost. In addition, we want to honor Cyndee Richards for Inspiring Kindness.

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An INSPIRING new Life Vest Inside initiative that truly SERVES those we PROTECT

Inspiring Kindness powered by Life Vest Inside is officially underway!!! We are so honored in our partnership with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Vancouver, WA. Our deputies have been fine-tuning their eye muscles seeking acts of kindness throughout our county. What is “Inspiring Kindness?” I am so glad you asked. When a Sheriff’s Deputy witnesses a kind act, they will be honoring those individuals with a “Kindness Citation.” Not only is this bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and their citizens but it is also generating a contribution to a local non-profit just because they showed a little kindness…amazing!

The non-profit that receives the contributions can change from campaign to campaign. In our inaugural showing, the CCSO has chosen “Santa’s Posse” to be the beneficiary of these kindness donations. Santa’s Posse was created in 1997 as a way of contributing back to the community and helping families in need during the holiday season. What started with delivery of food, gifts and personal care items to 25 families has expanded to 1,000. This year, Santa’s Posse will provide Christmas gifts for over 3,400 children in their local community.

We have to give a very special thank you to Sheriff Chuck Atkins and all of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for taking on this charge. Also for their daily commitment to making our community a safer place, but also a more compassionate one. Together, through KINDNESS, we will keep our county, country and world afloat.

A special shout out to all of our men and women in law enforcement for your service to your communities. Thank you!

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(Left to Right) Dpt. B. McCarthy, Sgt. K. Allais, Jason Hattrick, Sheriff Chuck Atkins, Henrik Gerner, Sgt. A. Schoening & Dpt. J. Granneman

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Reflections on Laughter

by Orly Wahba

When I think of laughter one of the first memories that comes to mind is the famed Mary Poppins song, I Love to Laugh. Mary Poppins was and still remains one of my absolute favorite movies. Not simply because it transports me back to childhood, but because of the lessons of positivity that resonate through the entire film. For those of us who’ve seen Mary Poppins time and time again, we can’t help but fall in love with dear old Uncle Albert and his wonderful song, I Love to Laugh. Regardless of what mood you find yourself in, it magically brings a smile to your face and laughter to your heart. So what is the message behind this whimsical song?

“The more I laugh, the more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I’m a merrier me”

Life isn’t always so clear cut. There are ups, there are downs and there are a vast array of times in between. Times of laughter and joy, of sadness and sorrow, but if we remember to infuse each day with a bit of laughter, finding our own unique way to make light of oftentimes very difficult situations, we don’t magically transform the situation, but we allow ourselves to push through and seek out the reasons within our lives to laugh. The more we laugh, the more our lives become filled with glee. The more the glee, the more we’re a merrier we!

We all have those go to’s in our life. The small things we do for ourselves that make us laugh and for a brief moment put the hardships we may be facing on pause. For some it’s spending time with the family or being in the presence of children, for some it’s listening to music, watching a funny TV show or browsing through the latest comedic bits on YouTube. I personally always end my day, regardless of how late it may be with an episode of Friends – a good laugh is always the best way to end the day!

Wherever your laughter comes from, make it part of your daily routine, even if it’s just a few moments each day. When we laugh and put joy into the world, oftentimes the world finds more reasons for us to continue laughing.

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Andy Mizrahi

Oakhurst, USA

 

Trusting The Message of Kindness

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

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

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

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

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

– Edited by Jewel Fries

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Laura Jenson

Myrtle Beach, USA

 

No Words Necessary

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Laura was on a quick trip to the drug store when she witnessed magic that needed no words! She was in line at the checkout behind four Asian Tourists. There was an elderly woman who stood behind the rest of them.

She turned towards Laura and looked at her, they both and smiled at each other. Then the woman looked down and slipped one foot out of her shoe, picked the shoe up and knocked it upside down. Sand came pouring out, A LOT OF SAND! They looked at the sand and then at each other and both laughed!

Although the woman spoke no English and Laura, no Chinese, it didn’t matter! They talked with their eyes, body language and communicated through smiles, nods and laughter. Laura then leaned over with her arms spread to hug the woman,who wrapped her small frame and arms around Laura in a massive embrace.

While leaving she turned to Laura with a huge smile, a sparkle in her eye and bowed as a part of her custom, and Laura bowed to her in return. She turned one more time to smile and nod and waved to Laura as she went out the door.

This brief, sweet encounter reminded Laura that love and kindness are all over the world, and no words were necessary to show it!

– Edited by Soumya John

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The Daily Kindness Digest #450

 

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“Wisdom begins in wonder.” ~Socrates

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Plan some quality time with a friend or family member. Making time for those we care most for is critical.

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Today, I don’t worry about what could go wrong. Instead I focus on what is going right. It’s all about perspective, and today I am choosing a positive one!

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Police officers surprise a little girl at her lemonade stand.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #449

 

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

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Even in the deepest of arguments, we should remember that all conflicts can be resolved. If you’re having an argument or disagreement with someone, find a way to work it out today or try to simply just forgive and forget.

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Today I remind myself that it’s not who I am that will hold me back, it’s who I think I’m not. I can be anything I want to be! I choose to be ME and that is great!

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A single father who was injured receives an amazing act of kindness.