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ABOUT DANCE FOR KINDNESS

Each year Life Vest Inside hosts Dance for Kindness, a Worldwide FlashMob to kickoff World Kindness week!

This event only happens because of our amazing Group Leaders who volunteer to bring the event to life in their city! Up to date, we have trained 396 Group Leaders and I would love you to consider joining us this year as a Group Leader! Check out more on www.danceforkindness.com/lead to see the impact your support can have for Life Vest Inside and your community!

MORE THAN DANCE

Dance for Kindness is more than just a dance, it’s an experience! Being a Group Leader provides you not only with a platform to spread kindness, but it equips you with skill sets and tools to take any dream you may have and turn it into reality!

I encourage you to learn more about becoming a Group Leader! It’s an experience you will NEVER forget!

SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Register now or find more info at ➡️ www.danceforkindness.com/lead

To borrow (and slightly alter) the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a group of committed DANCERS can change the world!”


The Daily Kindness Digest #1456

Kindness Quote

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to swim.

Jon Kabat Zinn

Act of Kindness

Spread kindness through the power of your voice. Stop and sing a song to a person sitting on a bench in a park.

Positive Affirmation

Today I see myself as a conduit for good.

Kindness Media

A struggling school custodian finds the answers to his prayers in the school parking lot.

The Kindness Flash #55

This month’s theme: EMPOWERMENT


Article & Blog of the Month

Teaching to Empower During the Coronavirus Pandemic – The more we can learn to appreciate and motivate ourselves to rise to the occasion and relish the challenges, the greater the possibility that we can be models who can influence our students.

3 Empowering Ways To Deal With Adversity – Empowering ourselves to use the negative experiences to drive positive actions strengthens our character and our ability to, not only withstand our struggles, but to rise above them.

Teaching Your Kids To Be Kind In 7 Fun Ways! – The best thing you can do to make the world a better place is to create a culture of kindness in your own home. When our children have a choice to help others, we hope they will. We never want them to be cruel, intolerant, or prejudiced. But let's face it. It's not always easy to be kind, even for us. Consider these ways to show your children why the Golden Rule rules.


“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton

“One of the greatest things you can do to help others is not just to share and give what you have, but to help them discover what they have within themselves to help themselves.”

Rita Zahara

“Empowered people aren’t concerned about competing with anyone, they are busy empowering others.”

Rhona Hendricks

“The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.”

Barbara Coloroso


Act of Kindness

Give encouragement instead of criticism. Dale Carnegie said, “Abilities wither under criticism; they blossom under encouragement.” Every one of us has the magical power of empowering other people simply by generously giving praise and showing encouragement instead of criticism to help them realize their potential.


Question of the Month

The world is facing many serious problems, what empowering message can you share? Share here or in the comments below.


Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

How does this picture represent empowerment? Share your thoughts.

Songs of the Month

“In every encounter we either give life, or we drain it. There is no neutral exchange.” (Brennan Manning) The question is how do we want to be remembered? As someone who empowers and lifts people up or as someone who tears people down. The choice is in our hands.

There are two big messages in Daughtry’s inspirational song. One is that you can find yourself again, even if you may not recognize yourself immediately. Another is that you can challenge the people who don’t believe in you by succeeding.

An empowering song about facing adversity with your head high. Especially given that what breaks you is often when you live without feeling like you’re alive.

Videos of the Month

Educator Sharon Esswein teaches the skills that help us ignite that spark within ourselves and to identify that spark of aliveness in others.

A poem to remind that whatever you’re going through as a woman you have the choice to make for yourself on how gentle and kind you are with yourself.

Books of the Month

Step into Your Power – Jamia Wilson – In this friendly guide, learn how to look after yourself, 'organise, don't agonise', make good choices, get out of ruts, branch out, shake up your mindset and ask for help.

The Power Book – Claire Saunders – With this inspiring and brightly illustrated guide to power, learn about the different types of power, what it means to have power, and what you can do with your own power to create positive change in the world, no matter who or how old you are.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero – If you’re looking to dig deep within you, tackle your fears, and motivate yourself to reach your greatest potential, this is a must read. Jen will help you figure out what’s holding you back and encourage you to go for gold in this inspiring page turner.

Hey There! What’s Your Super Power? – Jayneen Sanders – A children's book to encourage a growth mindset of resilience, persistence, self-confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem.

Be The Difference – Jayneen Sanders – 40+ ideas for kids to create positive change using empathy, kindness, equality and environmental awareness.

The Name Jar – Yangsook Choi – The Name Jar teaches young readers about immigration and cultural differences. A beautiful, memorable tale, it reminds us all to respect and be kind to one another.


Teaching Your Kids To Be Kind In 7 Fun Ways!

The best thing you can do to make the world a better place is to create a culture of kindness in your own home. When our children have a choice to help others, we hope they will. We never want them to be cruel, intolerant, or prejudiced.

But let’s face it. It’s not always easy to be kind, even for us. Even grown-ups don’t want to share our toys sometimes. Helping others can seem hard when we feel like we don’t have the help we need ourselves.

Consider these ways to show your children why the Golden Rule rules.

1. Spend time helping them understand the meaning of kindness

When kids are 3, 4, and 5, it’s a good time to start having discussions about kindness. Empathy is hardwired on everyone from the time they’re born, but it’s helpful to exemplify this in more tangible ideas for young children to grasp from early on. The Golden Rule is “We treat other people the way we would hope to be treated ourselves,” which you can explain using examples such as- “You wouldn’t want someone to tease you about your clothes bites, so you shouldn’t tease your cousin.”

Once they seem to grasp this, you can move on to the Platinum Rule, which is that we treat people the way that’s best for them, even if that’s different from what’s best for us.

2. Share and discuss real life stories of acts of kindness

Thinking What would that feel like? is one of the most powerful habits we can instil in our children. You can’t be a compassionate person unless you have an active imagination—you have to be able to step into someone else’s shoes

Sharing stories of acts of kindness is a great way to inspire your children and help them understand using real life examples what kindness should be all about!

3. Use games as learning tools

It feels good to receive a compliment. In fact, researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan found that the same area in the brain, the striatum, is activated when a person receives a compliment as when they are given money. You can use games as learning tools to encourage things like complimenting. You can create a tally chart and turn compliment giving into an exciting and kindness oriented game!

4. Perform random acts of kindness with your children

Random acts of kindness can be anything that will make someone’s day a little brighter. They don’t even have to know who did it. Challenge your children to perform random acts of kindness for other students and teachers at school, or with other family members. You can also perform random acts of kindness towards them so they understand the benefits and importance they have!

5. Try empathy charades

Having empathy for others requires putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and imagining how they feel. You can draw images of faces on the board and have your children guess the emotion that’s being displayed. You can also act out different emotions and guess what other people are feeling. Once again this is an example of using games as learning tools and it can be a very effective way to keep your child engaged!

6. Do some volunteering!

Nothing quite shows more kindness than volunteering your time and energy towards a good cause without expecting anything in return! Whether you take small or big actions, help other people or help animals, there is always a way to lend a helping hand. Involving kids in volunteer work teaches them that it feels good to be helpful. You might collect garbage from the park, visit a local retirement home, or clean out your closets to make a donation to those in need. Perhaps your kids will be inspired to fund-raise for a good cause. There is no limit to what your kindness can do.

7. Keep inspiring them

Throughout their lives keep your children inspired to do good by others and instil the habit of them thinking about how others would feel before they act or speak!

About the Author:
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The Daily Kindness Digest #1455

Kindness Quote

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.

Dr. Henry Link

Act of Kindness

Write your parents a thank you letter. Even if you regularly tell them you love them, there’s nothing like a heartfelt handwritten letter to show your appreciation.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am a changemaker. Nothing can stand in my way.

Kindness Media

Female football player becomes a trailblazer with a groundbreaking scholarship in her senior season.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1454

Kindness Quote

Beauty is everywhere. You only have to look to see it.

Bob Ross

Act of Kindness

Helping someone do something like cross the street is not only a great act of kindness, but you never know who is watching and who you may inspire to commit another act of kindness.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am positive. I will embrace everything that comes my way.

Kindness Media

Spread some joy and see who will pick up the Gift basket!

The Daily Kindness Digest #1453

Kindness Quote

For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.

Jack Canfield

Act of Kindness

Begin to set the plans in motion for a kindness activity in your school, workplace, home or community center.

Positive Affirmation

Today I make a difference.

Kindness Media

Love for all humans, regardless of their race or color.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1452

Kindness Quote

Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.

Beyoncé

Act of Kindness

Make someone feel special or appreciated by doing something spontaneous for them.

Positive Affirmation

Today I keep my head up, my thoughts bright, and my face smiling.

Kindness Media

Family gets sweet surprise when friends sign song to their deaf baby girl.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1451

Kindness Quote

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Rob Siltanen

Act of Kindness

Take out the trash without being asked. Sometimes the smallest and easiest tasks are the most meaningful.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am confident in who I am and what I bring to the world.

Kindness Media

Join Life Vest Inside as we host our digital celebration to honor World Kindness Day on Monday, November 15th!

The Daily Kindness Digest #1450

Kindness Quote

Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world, no matter what you look like.

Anonymous

Act of Kindness

Thank your parents out of the blue and show you appreciate them.

Positive Affirmation

Today I challenge myself to be the best I can be.

Kindness Media

Kindness in the form of books!

The Daily Kindness Digest #1449

Kindness Quote

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

Act of Kindness

Don’t forget about your coworkers! Do something nice for a coworker to help them get through their day!

Positive Affirmation

Today I practice self love and self care. My health is a top priority.

Kindness Media

The connection between the young and the old is worth gold.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1448

Kindness Quote

Kindness is like snow – It beautifies everything it covers.

Kahlil Gibran

Act of Kindness

Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms. Your notes can cheer up and inspire others around you.

Positive Affirmation

Today I do. I don’t simply speak of plans, I execute on them.

Kindness Media

The only thing that stands between you and helping is how much you are willing to do it!

The Daily Kindness Digest #1447

Kindness Quote

You are enough just as you are.

Meghan Markle

Act of Kindness

Help someone avoid parking tickets by putting a quarter in the meter. You may not receive credit for it, but you know you helped someone avoid paying a ticket.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am a rock for myself and those around me.

Kindness Media

Unexpected kindness.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1446

Kindness Quote

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.

Sarah Fielding

Act of Kindness

Help someone who is having a bad day by making them laugh. They will appreciate you for taking the time to cheer them up.

Positive Affirmation

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

Kindness Media

Whether they're the one you're born with or the one you choose, family is everything.

The Daily Kindness Digest #1445

Kindness Quote

Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.

Lindsey Vonn

Act of Kindness

Forgive someone for any wrong they done to you, but also forgive yourself for any wrong you’ve done to someone else.

Positive Affirmation

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

Kindness Media

Sweet Surprise Serenade for Unsuspecting Moms

The Daily Kindness Digest #1444

Kindness Quote

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.

Charles Glassman

Act of Kindness

Throw away any trash that you see on the street, park, office, or anywhere else you are heading. Let’s all work together to keep our planet clean.

Positive Affirmation

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

Kindness Media

‘Be the Light’ reflects on the importance of growing our own inner light - our virtues - shedding that light into the world & helping others do the same.