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Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Are you looking to give back even more this holiday season? There are hundreds of amazing Social Good companies that are dedicated to giving back, while at the same time providing you with special gifts for your family,  friends and  loved ones that they will all enjoy. Check out some of the companies who are just as committed to giving back and …

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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Treating Holiday Stress with Kindness

Shopping. Cooking. Cleaning. Sending out cards. More shopping. Work. Money. Family gatherings. Still more shopping… It’s no wonder that the holidays is not only the most joyous time of the year, but often the most stressful  as well. We get so wrapped up in everything that we need to do, we worry about how we’re going to accomplish things, making …

7-Week Kindness Challenge

As a Senior Instructor at my martial arts school (and a candidate for the upcoming Black Belt test), I’ve wanted to do something different leading up to the test… something our students have never done before. Fortunately, that’s about the time I saw this post from my friend (and fellow Ultimate Black Belt Test alum) Sensei Mike Oliver, owner and …

Inspiring our Future Through Acts of Kindness

School started up again this past week. As a teacher, I always wonder what my students will be like: Will they like my class? Are there going to be kids that need more help than others? And, possibly the most important question I can ask for my students: what kind of baggage do these kids come with that could hinder their …

A Memorable Act of Kindness

When I was pregnant with my first child, at 38 weeks, I went to the doctor for a weekly appointment, and the doctor informed me we would be unexpectedly inducing labor that evening. “Can’t I think about it?” I asked. “No,” the doctor said, “I’m calling the hospital to schedule you now.” I knew that labor and birth were coming, but I …