I knew my Mike was a keeper when the second week we were dating. We were on our way to a wedding. read more →

Bully! It’s an ugly word because it involves ugly actions. This little word can stir the strongest emotions in people from all walks of life. Why, because it doesn’t discriminate and a high proportion of the population have been either directly or indirectly affected by it.

Bullying has become an overwhelming social crisis. When it touches the life of a child, it can have a devastating and long-lasting effect not only on them but also their family and friends.

Childhood bullying can negatively impact the physical, emotional and mental health of bullies, the bullied, and bystanders well into adulthood.

A meta-analysis of 80 studies reported a mean prevalence rate in 12-18-year-old students of 35% for traditional bullying and 15% for cyber bullying involvement. Given that another study reported that only 36% of bullying victims reported being bullied, it’s difficult to know how accurate these figures really are and frightening to think they could be much higher.   read more →

Acts of kindness at my Chick fil A are amazing. Not only from my guests but, from the owner himself.

Back in May, we flooded twice. Ten inches of water in the entire house. I was given a vacation pay for a week (when I could not even get out to work). And the guests themselves gave freely of their hard earned money. I feel so Blessed. Each guest and the owner himself said that they were just paying me back for my love and kindness that I had shown them. – Deborah 

As the founder of Ripple Kindness Project, I’m keen to be actively involved in caring for my local community, so I’m a member of several committees designed to help improve lives or offer support to people who are struggling financially or emotionally. I’m also part of the “chaplaincy” or student well-being committee at my boy’s primary school (though they are both now in secondary) which has given me great insights into the daily struggles some families face.

Though Ripple has helped some school families at Christmas in the past, this year, I decided to put the word out to the community to widen the ripple and make it a much happier time for as many as possible.

The aim was to support the school Chaplain by providing gifts for his most vulnerable families and also help some friends who work with people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of ending up on the street by providing backpacks filled with essentials and Christmas treats. read more →

World Kindness Day is a celebration of what most people consider our species’ best set of qualities: compassion, consideration for others, respect and generosity.

Kindness shouldn’t be limited to any particular gender, race, age group or even species. In fact, showing kindness and compassion to the most vulnerable of our fellow earthlings (i.e. other animals, particularly under human care) is often seen as the most telling sign of a person’s capacity for the traits we hold most sacred. As Gandhi famously said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Teaching children to be kind to animals and emphasising the importance of extending compassion and consideration to other living beings, is an important and valuable life lesson.

Here are five helpful tips for teaching kindness to animals on World Kindness Day and each day thereafter: read more →

I had a heart issue and no health insurance, a man in Tampa paid my bill for me. – Scott 👍

Awesome feeling today when I went to Asda (Walmart supermarket) and met a lady in a wheelchair scooter with her son.

I took out half an hour to say hello and listen to their stories of the new baby in the family and how excited they all were to be sharing Christmas together.

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This past weekend I had an amazing opportunity to do something completely out of my comfort zone, give free hugs to random people in the heart of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. A friend of mine turned me on to the idea; although, hesitant at first I accept. I accepted because I want to say yes to growth and no to safety or ‘the safe zone’.

We always have a choice between safety and growth. Self-actualization is the process of making every decision into a chance for growth. When we choose safety, its often done out of fear causing us to regress. Choosing growth allows for us to welcome new experiences into our life. At any given opportunity, choose growth and fearlessness so your authentic self can be expressed. read more →

 

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We’ve been going through all the boxes out at the barn, finding all our treasures we thought were lost, and today I found our stars. ?

My kids each picked a color of paper and we cut out stars. Every time they did something kind or thoughtful they got to write it on a star and put it on the wall. Problem is, we ran out of wall space from having hundreds of stars! read more →

The Knit-For Service Club began in 2004 with twenty members and has grown to eighty-plus boys and girls who knit to help others. The first year, we made one patchwork blanket to donate to Harold, the King of the Valentine’s Day Dance, at his retirement home. Since then, we have collectively knit over two dozen blankets and two thousand baby hats for people in need.

The second year, we invited those inaugural club members to keep up their skills by coming back as mentors to the rookie knitters.960x540

In our third year, Save the Children® in Connecticut asked us to join its Caps to the Capital campaign. That visit resulted in our club’s effort to rally the community to help us send 329 handmade caps to developing countries to help reduce the infant mortality rate. Consequently, we were invited that January to deliver a basket of those caps to the White House. Elizabeth, our young Westwood Ambassador, left one of her hats with the First Lady’s chief of staff. When asked how it felt to leave her handiwork with the First Lady, Elizabeth remarked, “It was okay, I suppose. But I really made that hat for a baby.” A project with a purpose. Be still my beating heart.

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When we asked people what made their world a wonderful place, we were delighted by some heartwarming responses. Enjoy…

A local butcher brought me a huge gift basket of different types of meat, spice rub, etc. It had to be valued at $100, but he just dropped it off yesterday for my family telling me that he appreciated all my hard work and he just wanted to thank me! Made me feel good! Nice guy! – Michelle 😀 read more →

When my marriage was ‘over’ and it had been decided that that was indeed the case, my ex husband elected to spiral out of control down a path of drugs and alcohol and proceed to become violent and abusive.

For a period of time I was locked in a struggle of protecting my child, keeping the day to day going and working out how to refinance so I could buy out my partners portion of the house as that was the matter causing my partner to remain in the home. read more →