The nicest gift that can be given throughout a day may often come from strangers.

Last week, I had a horrid migraine that lasted 5 days. It was pretty horrific, but I had to keep moving and do my best with many routines and appointments. read more →

This is really simple but I was caught off guard and it was a really nice change.

As my son and I were leaving a local restaurant today, I held the door for several older couples going in and out. Just as I was about to let it go, I saw someone coming around the corner so I waited. She saw my little boy was outside of this little entry way and told me to go ahead, but I told her to go ahead because I wasn’t in any hurry (we’re still technically on vacation). read more →

I just wanted to send out a public but very important thank you to my colleague Jacinta.

Today at CHAMPION, one of our regular visitors came in. Usually, our regular comes in on a Wednesday so we were a little surprised to see her. Last week this lady had been unwell and today, when she came in she was unfortunately even more unwell. read more →

Today my son and I were at Starbucks. There was a man that was looking for a wall outlet for his phone. I had my son ask if he wanted to switch tables with us since we were not using our outlet. An employee overheard this and offered my son a cake pop for being so kind. While he had no idea what a cake pop was, anything that had the word “cake” in it couldn’t be bad! read more →

My step dad was in the VA hospital for a very long time. My mother and I went there every day for weeks to visit him and got to know many of the nurses during his stay. During this time, I came to know many of the nurses by name as well as the various doctors who came in and out every day. read more →

Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past, I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

– Henri J. M. Nouwen

Several years ago I had the opportunity to attend an education conference in San Francisco, CA. While I was there, I learned many exciting findings from the “science of happiness.” That weekend revolutionized my perspectives related to teaching and parenting. Since then I have been on a quest to create a happier classroom and to help other teachers do the same thing.

One lesson I learned at the conference pertains to the relationship between happiness and success. As recent research has shown, success does not always lead to happiness. Many of us know this from experience. For example, landing a highly coveted job and buying your dream home may not necessarily result in a blissful state. On the other hand, people who are happy tend to find success in school, at work, and in every domain in life. read more →

I was sitting in a beautiful cafe in Bali enjoying a delicious meal, ($7), one that would be luxury for many Balinese, when I noticed through the dark of the night, opposite, in the dirty doorway of a closed store, a Balinese woman lying on the ground with an adolescent girl and an infant draped over her, asleep. She was begging. Foreigners passed by her looking away – tens, twenties, thirties, maybe more. read more →

I have always believed in the joy of giving and that simple acts of compassion are the core of our humanity. I like the idea of spreading love and hope through random acts of kindness, it fills my heart with joy to be able to serve others and share small gifts with loved ones.

Sometimes small things that we do for others seem insignificant but can make such a positive difference. It can create a real impact in the lives of others.

I never expected that I would one day be the recipient of an act of kindness like this one that I received from a stranger recently. read more →

An inspiring short film that tells the story of a boy who failed to see the generous and kind person his father really was and what a gift he was to many.

I’d spent almost 2 hours washing and ironing on Sunday morning and asked each of my children to come and get their piles of clothing from the kitchen table to put away.

About 30 minutes later, my youngest son yelled out to find out where I was. He came to my bedroom and said, “mum, I just want to tell you something.” He was quite serious, so I prepared myself for one of those lengthy, deep and meaningful conversation we sometimes have.

I waited… read more →

One person with kindnessRecently someone recommended I like Ripple’s page and I soon found I was hooked! Feeling inspired, I took it upon myself to really think about what I could do for a complete stranger!

I remembered a lady I met a month ago told me she was raising three autistic boys whom she has been fostering on her own for the past six years. I set up a appreciation and donation post in her honour and due to a great response, this weekend I will be delivering fab sports equipment & toys to her. Thankyou so much for inspiring me to think of how I CAN make a difference! Truly Rewarding. – Elle x

My partner and daughter call me the Enviro bag queen (as I have so many of them LOL). I have been at the shops when someone’s plastic bag has broken and I’ve offered them one of my enviro bags. Their look of surprise and appreciation is great.