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14 Valentines Day Kind Acts

Want some creative low-cost brownie points for this coming Valentines Day? We’ve got your covered. Here are a bunch of Kindness ideas that will be sure to get the butterflies flapping their wings in your loved one. Let your partner watch their show And don’t roll your eyes or huff and puff about it. Yes, if they want to go on …

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24 Awesome Kindness Quotes

There are several things that our world needs more of. KINDNESS is one of those things. Can you imagine a world where everyone did just one act of Kindness a day?!? Here are 24 awesome Kindness quotes to get you pumped up, inspired and ready to spark a tidal wave of Kindness. IDEA: SHARE THESE ON SOCIAL MEDIA “Human kindness has never …

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DESSERT BEFORE DINNER

Yes, I said it. Something my mom always refused to do. “Eat your veggies before dessert!” Before I get into this, do know that there is a backstory to this Kindness idea (read below) and its one that truly made me look at things in a much different light. But lets cut to the chase just incase have only moments to …

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Spring Kindness Idea – Composting

How to make your very own Family Compost. To start. What is composting? Composting is a process as old as farming itself.  It involves the enrichment and restoration of soil through the breakdown of used organic materials.  It is a great way to keep your soil healthy, limit household waste and to improve our environment!  And the best part is that …

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Kindness Piggy Bank

Idea Objective: To teach your children about the importance of giving, philanthropy, and money management. Overview: Give your children a set amount of allowance each week/month specifically for the purpose of giving away to a cause or charity they care about. Encourage them to research organizations online, watch documentaries or even take tours of local organizations in your area. Then …

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Captain Beats Cyber Bully’s With Kindness

Bully’s love use of social media to help victimize their peers. They have access to hundreds and in some cases, thousands, of people within a small device that lives within their pockets. One student at Osseo High School decided to flip the script, and turn social media, its network, in a way to combat Cyber Bully’s. Take a look at …

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Your New Year For Others

With so many people focusing on things they’d like to improve and achieve this year I would like to suggest something a bit different for your 2015. As you think about your goals, think also, about setting goals that are focused on helping others achieve their hopes and dreams.  Perhaps you have a personal goal of reading one new fiction …

This was taken about halfway up the block on the east side of Broadway, between 79th and 80th Street. It's at the north end of the "Filene's Basement" store on the corner, and it's a place where I've often seen homeless people holding up a sign that asks for assistance...

With very rare exceptions, I haven't photographed these homeless people; it seems to me that they're in a very defensive situation, and I don't want to take advantage of their situation. But something unusual was happening here: the two women (who were actually cooperating, and acting in tandem, despite the rather negative demeanor of the woman on the left) were giving several parcels of food to the young homeless man on the right.

I don't know if the women were bringing food from their own kitchen, or whether they had brought it from a nearby restaurant. But it was obviously a conscious, deliberate activity, and one they had thousght about for some time...

What was particularly interesting was that they didn't dwell, didn't try to have a conversation with the young man;they gave him they food they had brought, and promptly walked away. As they left, I noticed the young man peering into his bag (the one you see on the ground beside him in this picture) to get a better sense of the delicious meal these two kind women had brought him...

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This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.

I've also learned that, in many c

The Kindness Ripple: Insights from my 30-Day Kindness Challenge

On November 2nd, 2014 I began a 30-day kindness challenge in service of strengthening my kindness practice while also trying something new to celebrate Thanksgiving. While my insights aren’t revolutionary or even necessarily new, I’m reminded that acts of kindness really do have a ripple effect and the ripple happens when giving and receiving kindness. Kindness is a source of …

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Kindness in Flight

During the holiday season – inevitably, many of us will take flight to visit family, friends, and other loved ones.  Flying can be stressful.  It can bring out the best and the worst of us… and sometimes, airports leave us feeling very much alone despite the many thousand people who are around.  Luckily, kindness can rid us of the loneliness …