My daughter (now 17) completely went against a whole class of girls in junior school that had fallen out with one girl. She would have been on her own if my daughter hadn’t remained friends with her, even though this girl had ganged up on her in the past. I thought it showed a great strength of character and the girls mum even rang to thank her. – Zara x

In the dark, scary hour that left me with a total-loss vehicle, numerous physical injuries and a broken spirit, my friend Margaret came to the rescue. Her superpower is compassion and caring. She lent my husband a vehicle so he could take the kids to the orchestra. She brought over dinner and reading material to keep me comfortable. She checked on me every day and she even offered to wash my hair.

That was huge because the collision was on Thursday afternoon and by Sunday, I desperately needed it. I’d lost my mobility, and she offered to wash my hair.

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My husband and I took a giant leap of faith January 2014 and moved ourselves and our two boys from our hometown and everyone we knew (in Georgia) clear across the country to Utah.

Within our year stay, (we recently returned home) we developed amazing friendships. Around Christmas time, we were struck with several unexpected bills and ended up needing several hundred dollars worth in repairs done to our vehicle. No one knew our circumstances, but we were struggling like never before. A new friend asked why I was walking myself (expecting at the time) and our two boys back and forth to church and to the grocery store. I explained we needed some repairs done but needed to wait a few more weeks to have enough to cover the costs. With no details and no hesitations, our new friends offered to get our car taken care of with a family friend. We were reluctant but after many conversations of them urging us to accept the help, we couldn’t say no. read more →

The happiest people are those giving more.
I volunteer at local nursing homes. I have volunteered since I was a teenager as it was expected in our home to volunteer, and watching my mother and grandmother volunteer, it just was something that I enjoyed doing.

My mother volunteered almost until her death at 90, even with Alzheimers, we would go to local nursing homes and she would sit with the residents, sing, hold hands, hug…. whatever she could do. read more →

Karma, do something good..
The following story is proof what goes around comes around.

I was at the book fair with my son. We were behind two brothers waiting to be checked out. They each had two books. read more →

Have a heart.
I live in Oklahoma. The winters here can be brutal for the homeless living outside due to the high winds and frequent ice storms.

About a week ago I noticed a man at our local Walmart with a sign that says “homeless please help”. I bought him a sandwich, chips, cookies, and a bottle of water. I put two dollars in the bag and I took it out to him. I explained to my daughter who was with me that I helped him and not the woman on the other corner because you could tell he needed help. His clothes were dirty and had holes in them. He had a back pack. His sign was old and dirty. Her sign was bright white and new looking. Her clothes were better looking than mine and clean. Her long hair was neatly pulled up and looked good despite our high winds that day. We get a lot of scammers here.  read more →

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. read more →

Big things.
Two days ago my elderly neighbour came to my home quite distressed. She has been trying to deal with an unusual life situation on her own and combined with lack of sleep, felt she was going crazy. I let her talk it out and then we went to her home, and I stayed with her for a couple of hours to give her emotional support. Then yesterday, I visited her again for about an hour and she was feeling a little better and said had made a doctors appointment for this morning. read more →

A real friend.
The year before last, my husband and I were having a hard time. Christmas came around and we didn’t have the money to get much for our three kids. We left the house one day and when we came home, there were presents piled around the Christmas tree and a Christmas dinner on the table. read more →

A few weeks ago, I went into Chase’s class for tutoring.

I’d emailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you’re sending home is math – but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She emailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor Chase after school anytime.” And I said, “No, not him. Me. He gets it. Help me.” And that’s how I ended up standing at a chalkboard in an empty fifth grade classroom staring at rows of shapes that Chase’s teacher kept referring to as “numbers.” read more →

When in my teens and my parents weren’t around, my old friends use to watch out for me and just be there. No judgement but support and guidance.

Now I do the same for my daughter and her older friends whose lives have been difficult. Asking nothing, but giving loving support. So rewarding for both. – Leonie xox

Last year I ran a fundraiser for a very ill little boy we’d never met who has stage 4 neuoblastoma. I held a musical concert, where my musician friends all performed for nothing, and we raised around $1500.00. The lady who runs Ripple, kindly donated some of these beautiful Ripple Kindness Cards, so I handed them out at the fundraiser and also put some on each table for everyone to share with other people. They all commented on how lovely the cards are and took some to give to others, so I would like to to say a huge thank you to Ripple Kindness… your kindness is very much appreciated. – Karen xxx