Quote poster - The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time you're giving a portion of your time you'll never get back.

I encountered an elderly lady who, at first seemed grumpy, grouchy and was very short but I’m a talker…and a listener lol. I simply sparked a conversation which, in turn, lasted over an hour! read more →

Quote - Kindness will always make you feel good so be a little kinder than necessary.

A couple days ago, after it had been snowing all day, a neighbor came in the store I work at a couple of hours before I was done with my shift and asked me if I was going to attempt to make our hill when I left work (I live on a road that has a HUGE hill right at the beginning of the road and unless it’s constantly taken care of you can’t get up it). I had told him yes and I was praying the town would have plowed by the time I got out. read more →

Image of a kindness tree and positive note in the playground. Tips to help you nurture a culture of kindness at your school.

We're so fortunate to have several kindness days and weeks throughout the year that help highlight the importance of teaching kindness in schools. While these days are amazing for prompting educators, kindness and giving are values that should be integrated into the culture of every school, every day!

To help you instill kindness as a natural and instinctive trait, we asked educators, who have very successfully made kindness the norm in their schools, to share their top tips.

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Quote poster - Sometimes an act of kindness involves no words just a gesture that shows one cares. Ripple Kindness Project

A few years ago, a few days before Thanksgiving, I waited in a long line of customers inside a bakery. A woman standing off to the side was crying quietly. I went over to her and offered her a tissue. She reached for me, and we held one another while she cried. read more →

Picture quote - one act of kindness can ripple out to touch many hearts if you just remember to pay it forward. from Ripple Kindness Project

Just wanting to thank the absolute angel of a lady who was behind me in Woolworths just before, you have restored my faith in human beings! read more →

I'm so happy to see more schools adopting kindness as their overarching value for teaching character and fostering a peaceful school culture. I always say it's the foundation for all other values and something that should be taught in every home and school for optimum well-being and importantly, to prevent anti-social behaviour.

Recently, I've been fortunate to connect with several amazing ladies who have started Kindness Clubs! Yep, there are actually clubs dedicated to this good old fashioned value and they're doing a lot more than just teaching kids to be kind!!

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Black and white background image of a guy giving a flower to a girl with a text overlay that says kindness is anything that makes others feel good.

My son asked me to take his package to the Post Office. Since it had his passport inside of it, the clerk strongly suggested sending it in a Priority envelope, which required me to copy the address on it. That was fine, except I hadn’t taken in my reading glasses and Brian’s print was a bit small. I asked my grandson to read it for me, but he said he couldn’t read his uncle’s handwriting. 😜 read more →

Meme: Kindness is a bridge between all people and so if you're ever down and you want to lift yourself up, go do something kind for somebody.

I went to the grocery store today and an older lady was walking with what may have been her elderly mother who was shuffling along. I scooted in real quick and got a shopping cart for her to lean on. The younger lady asked if that cart wasn’t for me. I assured her it was for HER. I went back to get a cart for myself and three people stopped and told me what a nice thing that was to do. I wanted to say “you could have done the same thing” but I didn’t. I just said that it always reminds me of my mom and I’d have wanted someone to do that for her. read more →

Two people with their backs turned holding lights with text - offer whatever light you can.

I became very, very sick 12 days after my son was born. I was in ICU for 2 weeks and in high dependency for the next 3. My friend knew how important it was to me that I breastfed him and that he received breastmilk. read more →

Sunflowers with a circle with text. Happiness is the new rich. Kindness is the new cool. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.

It was my first day at the Christian high school that my brother and cousin had attended for a year and I was excited but very, very anxious. All of my public school years had been tolerable but I had never really felt at ease or made close friends. read more →

Meme with two stones holding hands that says Do not forget that it is not wealth, possessions or status that create happiness. It is the friendship, love and kindness we give that bind us to other human beings. Connection is a vital ingredient for happiness in anyone's language.

Thirteen years ago, I was getting ready to celebrate my 21st birthday. I was excited as were my nursing home buddies at the local homes I volunteered at. read more →

Small piece of paper with a red heart drawn on it pegged to a piece of twine. Quote next to it saying Everyone has something they can give because kindness is free!

Many, many years ago, I had my appendix taken out and recuperated in a mixed public ward in a Melbourne hospital.

One old chap there (well, he was old to me at the time but he was probably only in his 40’s or 50’s) was really down. I asked why and he said his wife was coming to see him. It was a big event, he’d been in hospital for months without visitors because he was from the country. He was down because he thought he looked shabby and wanted to spruce himself up to see his wife. He confided his biggest hate was not having a haircut, so I told him I’d have a go at tidying him up but warned him I wasn’t a hairdresser. read more →