Giving Tuesday Essentials

So you’ve heard about Black Friday, the day when all of us Americans frantically storm out in hot pursuit of this year’s hottest gifting trends. You’ve probably also participated in it’s sister “holiday,” Cyber Monday, the day we recover from not getting whatever we wanted to gift in stores and attempt to find it at a shockingly low price online, …

30-Day Kindness Challenge

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s almost time for people across the country to begin the daily practice of gratitude. This year I’m taking a different approach – one that I think will inspire a deeper sense of gratitude while also helping me develop a stronger kindness practice throughout the year. I’m calling it the 30-Day Kindness Challenge. The 30-Day Kindness …

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 ~ A Class Act

Hurry, hurry step right up. Come and see some amazing things, in a world where people are looking out for others and their eyes are open to the opportunity of helping others.   See the man holding the door open for the woman with too many groceries in her arms. Watch the lady give her last 10 dollars to a …

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 …

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 …