The Daily Kindness Digest #267

 

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“A “me society” is selfishness. A “we society” is kindness.” ~B. D. Schiers

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Create a culture of kindness in the workplace. Surprise your coworkers with breakfast on you! It will make both your day and theirs that much sweeter.

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Today I will get outside of my COMFORT ZONE. I will dare greatly and take a chance!

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A young wrestler with the heart of a champion!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #266

 

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“Be curious, not judgmental.” ~Walt Whitman

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Be mindful of the words you say and hold yourself back from gossiping. Words have the power to make someone’s day or destroy their life. Choose wisely.

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Today I am willing to grow and improve. I am more than just good enough. I get better every day!

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Spreading kindness to the young at heart!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #265

 

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“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene

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Call or write to a teacher who has changed your life. Having been a teacher myself, I can tell you that receiving a call, letter, or message from a former student of mine means the world to me!

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Today I see the beauty and the goodness in myself, in others and in the world around me.

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A man with a troubled childhood adopts four children to give them the childhood that he never had.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #264

 

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“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

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Give the gift of a storytelling! Offer to read a story to a child or an elderly person today. They will enjoy the story but most of all the time spent with you!

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Today I am affectionate! I will show my love and appreciation through thoughtful gestures.

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A law student with a big heart helps children in need.

The Great Dictator

 

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The Great Dictator speech by Charlie Chaplin has become an all time favorite of mine. A message that is as true today as it has been throughout the centuries. It’s a message to awaken us all to recognize that we are in fact one people. While many differences exist amongst us, differences in race, in religion, in ethnicity, culture and background; differences in beliefs in tastes, in ideologies – our differences are not reason to war, to harm, to torment, to imprison and to kill. They are in fact reason to celebrate, to love and to rejoice.

The message of this short speech is simple: what if those in power…empowered? What if influencers, influenced for the good; not simply for the good of themselves, but for the good of humanity. What if instead of pointing fingers at others, we took a long hard stare in the mirror at ourselves and tried to uncover ways in which we can become a part of the solution as opposed to simply adding gas to the flame.

And so a few months back after sharing the original Great Dictator speech with the Life Vest Inside Ambassador’s – I decided that it would pretty amazing if members of the Life Vest Inside Ambassador group from all different parts of the world would come together to recreate the Great Dictator speech – a message for the world, a message we all desperately need to be reminded of.

Why did I choose to do this with members of Life Vest Inside (LVI) community? For me – it was a simple choice. LVI has always prided itself on being a platform where each and every person’s voice can be heard, a place that welcomes you with open arms and where labels don’t exist. The core of this organization is empowerment. Empowering people to truly recognize their value, their potential and the good that only they are able to bring into this world. You see it’s only once a person truly values themselves that they can openly value others for who they are, in spite of their differences. But when a person doesn’t have a real sense of value for who they are and doesn’t wholeheartedly believe in what they believe – fear can arise. Fear that the beliefs of another will infringe upon your own. And so a person is left with one choice, but to force their beliefs and ideologies on those who they are fearful will challenge their own beliefs. This is exactly where conflict, resentment, hate, and war stems from. If only we all felt secure enough in who we are and what we believe, there would exist no reason to challenge others.

People oftentimes use the word freedom without really understanding its essence. True freedom is acknowledging that others believe differently than you do and not feeling the intense desire to alter their beliefs (so long, of course, as those beliefs don’t put into question the life of another). We all have a place in this world, something unique and significant that we can bring that no one else can. Understand that, celebrate that, embrace that and you will no longer feel hatred or resentment towards another.

Perhaps the purpose of us all traveling on this journey that we call life is to bring us to a consciousness that we all play a role and that by fulfilling our role we contribute to the good of humanity as a whole. It is my belief that in this world we have all of the resources, knowledge, manpower and tools we need to ensure that every person is cared for, is healed and is successful. Perhaps it sounds crazy, but that doesn’t make it untrue. To get to where we need to be, we need to start being who we are meant to be; each and every one of us.

You want to stop hate in its tracks? Stop giving into it, stop feeding people someone or something to point fingers at, to place blame on, to use as a scapegoat. No one person is responsible for the hate that exists – to believe so will only turn you into the dictator you’ve hated. We can no longer allow ourselves to be manipulated to believe that SOMEONE or SOMETHING is to blame for our lot in life.

Division is oftentimes caused because something or someone convinced you to believe that it was there to begin with. We are better than this – personally I LOVE all people regardless of what they believe, don’t believe, or whether they agree or disagree with me or my opinions. But nothing will change the fact that I will still LOVE them as a person, respect them and embrace them…no matter what! The moment I loose that, is the moment I am no longer a member of the HUMAN RACE! We are all so interconnected – when will we all finally see that is when hatred will no longer a place in this world. Let’s remember that just because someone may have different thoughts, opinions and beliefs than you do – doesn’t make them wrong and doesn’t make you right. What makes EVERYONE right is embracing people even though YOU may not agree with them.

And so, I hope this video collaboration will serve as a reminder to all of us – that what we all truly crave is PEACE. PEACE can not be fought for – FIGHTING for something will ONLY bring about more reason to fight – it will never lead to peace. Peace must be something we live by, must be something we embody, a way to see ourselves and a way to see the world. So the next time you want to fight for something, consider living for it instead.

Do you want to become part of another worldwide video collaboration? Email me at orly@lifevestinside.com.

A BIG thank YOU goes out to all of the Kindness Ambassador’s who took part in this worldwide video collaboration. Without each of you this video would never have come to be.

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #263

 

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” ~Dr. Seuss

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Treat a friend or perhaps an unsuspecting stranger to a cup of coffee. Sometimes, unexpected gifts of kindness have the power to change the trajectory of our entire day for the good!

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Today I wiII take the time to appreciate each event that happens in my day. Everything happens for a reason even if that reason isn’t revealed us right away.

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A man adopts a homeless teen and raises him to become a basketball star.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #262

 

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“Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart.” ~My So Called Life

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Encourage someone to take the next step in life to accomplish a goal. Sometimes we just need kind words of motivation to achieve our dreams!

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Today I will be genuine with myself and the people around me. I have to be true to myself before I can be anything else.

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A basketball team and a friend show love and support for the family of a cancer victim.

The Daily Kindness Digest #261

 

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I wanted to send out a quick note to thank you for reading The Daily Kind. It’s been amazing to see this wonderful community grow day by day! I love hearing stories of how people incorporate the messages from The Daily Kind into their life. Putting these emails together has become a favorite part of my day, knowing that I have the opportunity to connect even briefly with each and every one of you!

As today’s Daily Kind message, I’m reaching out to ask each of you to join me in support of Life Vest Inside. As you may or may have not seen, I’ve recently launched my new book, Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts. This is a book you will surely enjoy! It would mean a great deal to me if you would take a moment to show your support by purchasing a copy or gifting one forward to a friend or family member that you think would appreciate it! Proceeds from each copy go to the non-profit organization and help us continue reaching millions around the world.

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It’s been wonderful to hear stories from people about how they have been incorporating this lesson-a-day book into their daily routine; from schools utilizing it with their students, to companies incorporating into their company culture, to people like you and me simply looking for a means to infuse a bit more meaning into our every day.

Named after the film that launched the organization, Kindness Boomerang offers a daily guide to incorporating kindness into your life. With one page for every day of the year, each page has an Act of Kindness, inspirational quote and personal story on the power of paying it forward.

These past couple of months have been absolutely amazing! Since the launch of my new book, I’ve had the opportunity to travel and speak at schools, communities and companies sparking positive dialogue with people of all backgrounds around the importance of kindness. I’ve seen such a positive impact that I’m now in the midst of planning a cross country tour from the west to coast to the east beginning this May. Through the Kindness Boomerang: Listening and Sharing Tour, I aim to inspire, empower and equip those I meet along the journey with tools to make a change in their own life and within their community. More details to come! Feel free to reach out to myself or Erin (erin@lifevestinside.com), one of my tour managers, for more details, inquiries about sponsorship opportunities or to book me in your city!

Get your copy or gift one forward and infuse your world with kindness! Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, iTunes, Indiebound and BAM!

With kindness,
Orly

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #260

 

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“Seeing the beauty in ourselves allows us to more readily see the beauty in others.” ~Orly Wahba

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Reach out to your parents or a loved one today ‘just because’. It’s so easy to get caught up in our everyday routine that we tend to forget to give our time to the people who mean the most.

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Today I will go above and beyond! I will not settle for anything less than my full potential!

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The family of a young man who gave the ultimate gift of life meets the recipient of his life saving kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #259

 

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain

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Reach out to a friend who hasn’t been feeling well and offer to help. Even if they have all they need, remember it’s the thought that counts.

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Today I will be GRATEFUL for every breath I take. Life is GOOD!

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A bride honors the man who saved her life with a special wedding dance.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #258

 

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“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

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Share the gift of music! Create and share a YouTube playlist with a someone who you think would enjoy the songs!

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Today I will trust that everything is working out and all good things are coming to me!

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A devoted father and grandfather are given love and appreciation.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #257

 

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~Arthur Ashe

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Start an exercise routine. You have to take care of your health in order to be the very best you you can be! It’s not about how much time you allocate, it’s about consistency.

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Today I will remember that everything is POSSIBLE when you BELIEVE!

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Strangers help save a child’s birthday.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #256

 

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Remind an old friend of a good memory you shared. What a great way to reconnect!

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Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I will use the past as a learning experience, to build a better future!

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A Foot Locker employee gives a wonderful gift to a child she doesn’t know.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #255

 

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“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~Ronald Reagan

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Offer to spend time with a friend who is going through a hard time and lend them a listening ear. Sometimes all we truly need is someone to confide in. Be that person today.

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Today, I won’t be hard on myself if I don’t succeed at first. No matter how long it takes, I will keep working until I achieve my goals!

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A stranger gives the son of a fallen officer a beautiful gift.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #254

 

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“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis

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Offer to tutor a friend, neighbor, or sibling with a subject they’re struggling with. Education is a great gift and it is meant to be shared!

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Today I will remember to love and accept myself exactly as I am now. Only I can truly determine my worth.

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A man gives someone in need the shoes off his feet.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #253

 

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“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” ~Henry Clay

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Make an unexpected call to someone in your life that aided you on your journey. Update them on where life has taken you and share a happy memory.

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Today I will focus less on pointing out the bad things that happen and focus more on the good. In this world – like attracts like. It’s about time we focus on the good!

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An officer gifts a homeless man with a warm coat.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #252

 

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“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” ~Audrey Hepburn

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Check in with your best friend or a close family member today and see if they could use a helping hand or perhaps something as simple as an extra dose of laughter.

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Today I will remember to follow my heart. Oftentimes the best decisions and intuition comes from listening to the whispering voice from deep within our own heart.

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An amazing young man who sacrificed college for his family is gifted with the greatest gift he could imagine – the gift of hearing.

The Kindness Flash #12

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This month’s theme: INTEGRITY – “choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong.

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Everyday Kindness: A Little Piece Of Heaven

When Javier and a friend were turned away from an exclusive nightclub he didn’t let disappointment spoil his evening. While grabbing a hotdog from a nearby vendor a street kid asked them for money. Instead, Javier invited him to join them and bought the boy two hot dogs. Javier noticed another street kid’s wide eyed amazement and invited that boy over too. A simple, impromptu gathering that made a lasting impression on everyone there.

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Everyday Kindness: A Heart Of Gold

Street lamps illuminated the road as I walked home one Saturday night shivering against the cold wind. Silence filled the air with most people comfortably inside their warm homes. My footsteps grew louder and my pace increased to keep away the chill. When I reached the corner of what I thought was the last block of my journey, a whisper emerged from the silence, “Sir, hello sir.”

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On a Sunday in April, 2012, Leon Lewandowski, decided to challenge himself to try to do one Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) each day for the month of April. Soon, he brought his family and friends into his RAOK Challenge to grow into what it has become today.

In the years to come, his elementary school students hopped on board, along with other schools in the area, as well as strangers on Facebook, businesses, organizations, churches, sororities, etc.

“Kindness,” says the educator, “should not be limited to just one month, but I have found that once someone can do a RAOK for 30 days, it becomes a habit, part of who they are, and it continues past April.” Lewandowski would love to get more people who are already dedicated to kindness to join him and his grassroots movement this April to do a RAOK, and then post their experiences on the group’s Facebook page.

When each of us spreads kindness consistently, it spreads like ripples in a pond, and that’s the first step in changing the world.


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Do you walk your talk? Say what you mean and mean what you say? Or does your language take you down roads you’re not willing to follow? Taking a closer look at how your words and deeds connect — or don’t — can help you see where you really stand.

Walking Your Talk: The Path To Personal Integrity – Cat Thompson


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

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Decide to act honestly in ANY and ALL dealings or interactions. Your integrity is more important than any personal gain. Do the right thing even when nobody’s watching.

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“If I could tell the world just one thing it would be that we’re all ok. And not to worry because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these. We will fight, not out of spite. For someone must stand up for what’s right. Cause where there’s a man who has no voice, there ours shall go singing.” Powerful words from a powerful singer and believer in the good of humankind. Let’s muster the courage to always stand for what’s right.
 

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After a group of 5th grade boys noticed a classmate with a learning disability getting teased, they banded together and made him a part of their gang.
 

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Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.
 

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Let Go Or Be Dragged: A Book Of Conscious Choices

Let Go Or Be Dragged: A Book Of Conscious Choices by Debbie Hyde

Written by one of our own ambassadors, Debbie Hyde. Let Go Or Be Dragged is about living our values authentically and with integrity in all we do – helping us all to recognise that our conscious or unconscious actions may be stopping us from living with true integrity and showing us ways we can instead become consistent.


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Steve Mermelstein

Brooklyn, USA

 

A Heart Of Gold

Street lamps illuminated the road as I walked home one Saturday night shivering against the cold wind. Silence filled the air with most people comfortably inside their warm homes. My footsteps grew louder and my pace increased to keep away the chill. When I reached the corner of what I thought was the last block of my journey, a whisper emerged from the silence, “Sir, hello sir.”

So focused on my steps I believed I was hearing things, but the whisper grew louder, “Sir,over here sir.”

An old woman was standing at a bus stop, metrocard in hand and a sad expression on her face. “Can I be of assistance,” I asked.

She had been waiting for the bus a long time but the ice and darkness made her afraid to walk the few blocks home. My house was only one block away, but in the opposite direction and I was so cold. Yet, I agreed to help her home, slowly walking step by step.

Steve reflects, “When I reached my house later that night I discovered I did not have frostbite and the next morning I was not sick with a cold. Then I remembered a saying,

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Kindness triumphed over the elements that night and sparked a moment of relief for an old lady nervous and afraid of the weather and dangerous terrain. This act of kindness brought the saying to life. Kindness has more value than any currency, gold, silver or any precious gems because kindness shows that you have a golden heart.”

– Edited by Jewel Fries

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Javier Roman

Leon, Mexico

 

A Little Piece Of Heaven

When Javier and a friend were turned away from an exclusive nightclub he didn’t let disappointment spoil his evening. While grabbing a hotdog from a nearby vendor a street kid asked them for money. Instead, Javier invited him to join them and bought the boy two hot dogs. Javier noticed another street kid’s wide eyed amazement and invited that boy over too. Soon there was another and by the time he was done, Javier was sharing an impromptu meal with 12 street kids.

His friend was amazed at the sight, Javier with all these kids sitting on the sidewalk eating hot dogs and drinking sodas while sharing funny stories. After they were finished, all the kids gave Javier a huge group hug, a very touching moment for him. They said goodbye and parted ways.

Javier says, “The guys at the entrance of the nightclub noticed what happened and approached and told me I can enter the nightclub if I wanted. I thanked them, but I had already spent all my money with the kids. And honestly I didn’t care for entering the nightclub anymore. My heart was full with what happened. This was one of my best experiences ever. I loved the time with the kids and their stories. I needed nothing more. My friend told me I would be going to heaven for what I did to this kids, but I told him I was in heaven already while I was with them. and I really believe it’s true.

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– Edited by Jewel Fries

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The Daily Kindness Digest #251

 

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“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” ~Victor Hugo

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Today, surprise your significant other or family member by cleaning up the house! Organizing our space often leads to a more organized outlook on life. What a great gift!

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Today, I will not let the words of anyone shatter my dreams. I will dream BIG and let my imagination guide me.

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A restaurant owner provides the homeless with nourishment, dignity, and above all hope.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #250

 

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“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” ~John Quincy Adams

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There is no “right time” to go out and do something kind. After all, kindness isn’t something you simply do – it’s a way of life! How will you live kindness today?

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Today I will BELIEVE in myself! If I can’t believe in myself, how can I expect others to believe in me?

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An act of kindness helps a family in need.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #249

 

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“Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward

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Today, send or give flowers to someone you care about. We don’t need a special event or holiday in order to show someone how much they mean to us.

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Today, I will remember that everyone deserves a second chance. Everyone makes mistakes, including myself! Instead of holding a grudge, I will forgive and let bygones be bygones.

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An entire class receives an amazing gift of kindness!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #248

 

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“The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you.” ~John E Southard

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Sometimes a smile is all it takes to change our mood. Do something creative to help put a smile on someone’s face today!

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Today, I will remember to give myself a little more credit than I have before because I deserve it!

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Two brothers overcome blindness to help others with the same disease.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #247

 

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“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” ~Mother Teresa

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Today, use your experience to help someone walk down their path to success. However you do it is up to you!

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Today, I will remind myself that it’s never too late to pursue a dream or goal that some people may say is crazy!

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Eating lunch with a stranger makes a huge impact on a little boy and his school.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #246

 

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“Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!” ~Donna Karan

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Put aside your differences; put aside the past and look to the future. Reach out to a friend that you know needs an extra bit of support.

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Today, I will remind myself that all of my current struggles and hardships will be worth it in the end.

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Children show compassion and kindness to their opponents after winning a soccer game.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #245

 

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“Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.” ~David Stoddard

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Waking up to a surprise is always fun. Leave a muffin and cup of coffee or tea for a family member, roommate, or friend.

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Today I will RELAX! Despite everything else that may be going on around me, I will take a moment to catch my breath and enjoy the day.

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An amazing teacher who inspires his students to learn gets rewarded.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #244

 

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“It is enough that I am of value to somebody today.” ~Hugh Prather

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Be the kind of person who embraces someone going through a tough time. If you see someone who could use some cheering up, stop, chat and try to bring a smile to their face.

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Today I will remind myself that the biggest hurdles in life are often just in my head and I will overcome them and move forward.

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Kiss Cam catches humanity and love.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #243

 

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“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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We all have someone in our life that loves coffee. Whether it’s a coworker, a family member, or a friend, let them worry about one less thing by buying them their daily cup of coffee!

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Today, I will be happy! There are so many reasons to be happy so I will pick one and let that be my guiding light throughout the day!

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A wonderful video in the spirit of The Kindness Boomerang
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #242

 

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“Instead of counting your days, make your days count.” ~Unknown

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Organize a teddy bear drive or donate some of your own toys to kids that don’t have any. You can make a difference in the lives of others with such an easy and kind gesture.

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Today, I will remember that in a crowd of many I am only one person, but I am one person who can make a big impact!

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A doctor’s compassionate act of kindness changes the life of a little boy.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #241

 

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~John Andrew Holmer

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We all have somebody who loves us no matter what. Go out and remind someone that you love them and will be there for them!

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Today, I will remember that I have the power to turn any negative into a positive. It’s all up to me.

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A man helps a struggling homeless father and his son.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #240

 

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams

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Take the time to really listen to someone today. Someone close to you may need to talk and just a few minutes of our time could make a world of difference for them 🙂

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Today, I will remind myself that even when there are obstacles in my path, I will find a way through and keep going!

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A teen saves a police officer’s life and is rewarded for his heroism.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #239

 

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa

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Time to disconnect! Give yourself a social media break today and put down your laptop, cell phone, or tablet and enjoy the outdoors. Nature is beautiful and sometimes, we’re too engaged in the digital world that we forget to look up take in our surroundings!

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Today I will smile simply because I can! I will laugh uncontrollably without a care in the world!

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She lets him go ahead of him in the grocery lin, so he pays for her groceries.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #238

 

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“Apologizing doesn’t mean you’re right or wrong, it just means you value your relationship more than your ego.”

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Give someone a sincere thank you to someone who has brightened your day with something as simple as wishing you a great day 🙂

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Today I am optimistic about the future. I may not always know what happens next, but I am prepared to live happily; excited for what life has in store for me!

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An act of true sportsmanship and kindness define a sport and create a lasting friendship.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #237

 

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“Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter, and your life a little better.” ~Anonymous

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Be true to yourself today! Wear your favorite color, speak from your heart and live the life that feels best to you!

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Today I will take every opportunity to meet someone new. An elevator ride, waiting in line, the list is endless! And it just starts with a simple Hello!

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Sometimes all you need is a hug. When you give one you get one in return.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #236

 

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“Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.” ~Robby Novak

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Give someone a hug today! You never know whose day you can make with such a simple gesture.

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Today I am MOTIVATED to work! I will start my day with a smile and continue with the determination to complete whatever it is that I have to do, to the best of my ability.

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A teacher saves a student’s life and is rewarded.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #235

 

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“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” ~Michael J Fox

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Become a big brother or sister to someone. Big or small we are all in need of a friend sometimes.

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Today, before I begin my day I will take a second to remember how fortunate I truly am. Beginning with gratitude helps us discover endless reasons to be grateful.

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A former foster child gives love and care packages to other foster children.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #234

 

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“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ~Stephen R Covey

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Call a friend, relative or mentor and let hem know how much they mean to you. Even a simple will do the trick and bring both you and them untold happiness.

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Today I take great pleasure in spending time with my friends, even if we disagree or live different lives.

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A stranger’s act of kindness shows gratitude towards a military family.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #233

 

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“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” ~Arabian Proverb

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Stop and engage in a genuine conversation with a homeless person today. Nothing beats good old human connection!

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Today I will take some time for myself. No matter what may be going on around me, I will segment the time to engage in an activity that will help make me feel at ease.

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A boy uses Make a Wish to help give back to those who cared for him when he was ill.

The Kindness Flash #11

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This month’s theme: FORGIVENESS – the art of altering our perception to understand the feelings of another.

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Everyday Kindness: The Best Kindness Ever

As little girl June found her own Mary Poppins in her very special nanny Freda who taught her how to love and be loved, and that forgiveness is far more important than being bitter.

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Everyday Kindness: Making A Better Tomorrow Today

Working at a remote school in Argentina made getting places challenging for Yanina. It was no different the day she was trying to be on time as she rushed to a job interview. It wasn’t long before Yanina realized she would be late. Undaunted she came up with Plan B, but sometimes Plan B needs a kind stranger in the right place at the right time to make the pieces all fall into place.

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Kind Connection: Christina Maas

She never bothered restricting herself to one definition of kindness. From a very early age, Christina showered love upon anyone who she felt could use a little more of it. Read on to find out more about her journey, and how you can become a part of the “LVI Ambassador Knights Thinking Tank”!

Read the full interview on the blog >>


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While forgiveness is something that most of us grapple with on a somewhat regular basis, there are stories like that of Mary Johnson’s which inspires us to understand the capacity of the human heart to love, be kind, and to restore through forgiveness.

Mary’s only child, a young teenage boy named Laramiun Byrd, lost his life on being shot by another young man named Oshea Isreal during a fight.

A dozen years later, Mary went to prison to visit the man who took away her son’s life. She was worried what to expect, but saw a completely changed man at the other end. She knew that he was aware of what he had taken away from her. She hugged him, and let him know that he was forgiven by her.

Mary found an organization called From Death To Life with Oshea’s mother. The organization aims to bring healing and reconciliation between families who have lost loved ones in acts of violence.

Mary sees Oshea as her own son, and in a short talk of theirs, she shared that she never got to see her son graduate or go to college, but she now sees him in Oshea and cannot wait for Oshea to graduate!


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Forgiveness has always been something talked about as an absolute on the higher end of the moral compass. While it is true that the benefits of forgiving someone are manifold, how often do we discuss what forgiveness really means? Read on to find out how you can forgive, or choose not to, and still move ahead to lead a healthy life.

The Healing Power of Forgiveness


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

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Forgive Yourself! We all make mistakes; we all fall short sometimes, but if you harp on errors of judgement you’ve made, you won’t allow yourself to get up and take a step towards making things right. YOU are not your mistakes – YOU are better than that!

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

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It was this song that I listened to time and time again as a child with tears streaming down my face, feeling as though Michael Jackson was speaking words directly from my heart. The greatest healing comes from forgiveness; the ability to see past the hurt and trust again. His words ring so very true today: “We could fly so high, let our spirits never die. In my heart I feel you are all my brothers. Create a world with no fear, Together we cry happy tears. See the nations turn their swords into plowshares. We could really get there, If you cared enough for the living. Make a little space, To make a better place.”
 

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Dr. Shawne Duperon, 6 time Emmy Award winner and nominee for Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Project Forgive Foundation, talks about the journey and process of forgiveness. Instead of shovelling down what is incomplete, Duperon believes that one must “Face it, move through it, transform it, love it up and be with it!”
 

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The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond & Mpho Tutu

Tutu’s role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.


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The Daily Kindness Digest #232

 

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“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.” ~James A. Michener

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Sign up to read to the elderly today. You’ll both enjoy the gift of storytelling.

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Today I will not let anyone alter my positive attitude and peace of mind. I know that happiness & inner peace come from within and I am all that I need!

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A wonderful display of sportsmanship and kindness.
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Breelagh DuHaime

USA

 

Making A Better Tomorrow Today

Driving home one night from her boyfriend’s house, Breelagh was contemplating forgiveness. Specifically all the times she remember God’s forgiveness, and how many times her boyfriend had shown her forgiveness and compassion. She felt horrible for some of her past choices and thought how marvelous it would feel to let all of that go. In that moment she decided to forgive herself for everything she had done to others, to God, and to herself. She knew she needed to let all of that go so she could feel happier, and be a kinder person to others. Now Breelagh is so grateful that she had that moment with herself in the car one late night in the cool air.

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– Edited by Jewel Fries

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June Rachelson-Ospa

New York, USA

 

The Best Kindness Ever

At the young age of 5 June’s mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. June was raised by her dad and Grandfather until he found Freda Hotte, a housekeeper/nanny. She came to this country from Germany where her family lost everything. Her misfortune continued when her husband attempted to murder her, and when she stepped on a nail she was told she may never walk again. Freda could have become a bitter, resentful woman. Instead she became a woman who always said to me, “Life is short, so you may as well smile.”

Initially Freda offered to work for 6 months till June’s dad found someone permanent but after one look at June, she stayed for 16 years until she remarried. Freda lived with the family during the week and went home on weekends. Pretty soon, Freda would have June over on weekends too. She was Catholic and we were Jewish. Freda taught June about all religions and holidays and she lovingly called Freda a “Jewca.” June learned to be open to all people through Freda and celebrated every Holiday. Freda and her Grandfather even spoke to each other (when June wasn’t supposed to know what they were saying) in German and Yiddish! Even after Freda remarried and moved she and June remained close.

“Freda was the kindest, most gentle person I have ever known. She became my Mom, the light of my life. She is long gone, but it was Freda who taught me how to love and be loved and how to be a loving mother. The odd thing was, Freda had the exact same birthday as my birth Mother. September 27. The best day on the planet cause Freda was born that day. Through Freda I was also able to forgive and love my birth Mom until she passed away 2011. I have so much love and gratitude for this kind, kind woman. I will never forget her.”

– Edited by Jewel Fries

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The Daily Kindness Digest #231

 

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“Some pursue happiness – others create it.” ~Anonymous

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Pledge to do ONE thing today to make a complete stranger smile. Be creative! Hold a door, tell a joke, or share a laugh!

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Today I will give the world my very best, and the best will come back to me.

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Fire fighters adopt a man with special needs and give him an unexpected family.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #230

 

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“Be the type of person you want to meet.” ~Unknown

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Give a hearty hello to three strangers today. Show the world that we are all connected!

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Today I will make an extra effort to let my guard down and be as friendly and approachable as possible.

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A restaurant employee’s act of kindness nourishes both body and soul.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #229

 

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“Kindness to me is not a duty or responsibility; it’s a unique feeling which makes you happier as you share it.” ~Aashish Jagini

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Make a lunch or coffee date with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Life is too short to get too busy for the people that matter.

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Today I will be PATIENT. Everything I need will come to me in time. I will not worry about what I cannot control right now.

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An Apple Store employee’s act of kindness touches a mother’s heart.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #228

 

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“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” ~Unknown

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Wake up a little earlier and pack a surprise lunch for your roommate, a relative or significant other. Actions oftentimes speak louder than words.

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Today I will resist COMPARING my life accomplishments with everyone else’s. It’s time to embrace just how awesome I am!

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Tipping pizza drivers generously with magic!
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #227

 

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“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” ~Kevin Kruse

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Bake cookies and drop them by a fire station or police station! Show your local service men and women that you appreciate their work!

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Today, I will show no FEAR. I am ready to take on the day and I know that I am headed for greatness!

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A woman’s honesty is payed with kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #226

 

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“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ~Tahereh Mafi

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Give that which you want to receive. If you want love, give love! If you want support, give support!

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Today I will EMBRACE all of the opportunities that are coming my way. Life is full of twists and turns but I will hold on and enjoy the ride!

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A group of teens pay for random people’s groceries and gifts bringing loads of joy.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #225

 

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

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Don’t jump to conclusions. Give someone the benefit of the doubt today.

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Today I will be RADIANT! I will let my inner beauty and my good heart shine through!

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