Do Your Beliefs Anchor Kindness or Stress?

It seems that kindness is often more common around the winter holidays.  There are reminders everywhere from signs for season’s greetings and peace on Earth, traditions of gift giving, goodwill boxes and charity promotions.  Whether it be various religions reflecting on the good in the world or on the winter solstice shifting from longer nights to increasingly longer stretches of …

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 …

Kindness as an exercise for better health.

In our journey to live a happy and fulfilling life, where we seek to avoid pain and to gain pleasure (and hopefully to leave the world better than it was when we started), we often get caught up in the day to day tasks of basic survival and in fulfilling our hierarchy of needs.  We often neglect taking the time to …

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 …