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 …

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 is Contagious: Ideas for Teachers and the Rest of Us

Kindness is contagious.  You see it all around with an act of kindness spreading at a coffee shop or with children on a mission for random acts of kindness at school.  People like to be seen as good people.  We like to feel like a good person.  And very little can make us feel as good as performing acts of …

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 …

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 …