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Intern Post: How Kindness Pulled Me Out of a Dark Place

It wasn’t until I started working with Think Kindness that I felt such a great impact about what kindness can really do. Growing up, there weren’t that many options of support for me as a kid. My family and relatives didn’t get along and often showed their disdain for each other. On top of that, all I knew was family …

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The Synergy of Community Kindness

Because of recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and many other locations across the nation involving police brutality or the perception of police brutality, there have been many instances of violence against innocent police officers that have been targeted solely on the basis that they wear the uniform.  One could watch or read the news and assume that there is a …

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#nonproblems

You’ve seen them on social media, generally labeled as #firstworldproblems or #middleclassproblems. Odds are, you’ve posted one or two yourself. The unifying theme of these complaints is that they’re not really problems at all. They’re about how difficult it is to deal with an embarrassment of riches and blessings. When we post comments like these, at least we sometimes have …

Rocking Kindness in the Classroom and Beyond

When celebrities “rock” the latest fashions, they look good. When rocks are dropped into water, they create ripples that extend outward from their point of entry. What do these two observations have to do with one another? By merging these two concepts, and encouraging our children to start “rocking kindness,” by doing good deeds and including others whenever they see …

Practicing Gratitude For Health: It Feels Good.

Can cultivating a positive emotion such as gratitude contribute to better health? It may be different from the usual prescription of diet, exercise, supplements or medicine, but there is scientific evidence that supports creating a positive state of mental health improves physical functioning and reduces pain. “Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to a consumer-oriented …

Kindness Combats Compassion Fatigue

Has compassion fatigue touched your life? It’s more common than you think… Most people who choose a career in one of the helping professions—like nursing, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, or social work—are hardwired for helping others. Professional helpers never thinks they will tire of doing good, which makes it all the more difficult for them to cope when compassion fatigue sets …