Spreading Kindness on Black Friday

The juxtaposition of Thanksgiving and Black Friday is somewhat of a conundrum for me.  I just can’t wrap my head around it.  One day we’re gathering with family, toasting time together around a table – sharing laughs and joy, stories of our lives over tryptophan-filled turkey, only to dissolve into the couch for football and a well deserved nap before …

Encouragement

It is desired by all human kind to be accepted by their surroundings. Students hope to be accepted by their peers and teachers, employees hope to be accepted by their coworkers and boss; in general, people seek some type of acceptance or importance from others. When a student isn’t understanding the school material all that well and a teacher discourages …

What I Expect of My Children

I truly believe that we are put on this earth to be kind to others.  When I became familiar with Think Kindness through Brian William’s TedEx speech, I knew I wanted to support this cause.  Kindness, and the mission of Think Kindness has meant so much to me that I even joined the board of directors of this charity. That …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Keeping It Kind at Work

As many of us do, working full time can easily become a race to get the job done in what seems like too little time.  Look around your workplace.  Do you see employees hunched over or racing around?  Checking email, meetings, deadlines, helping a guest or fellow employee, responding to the boss and jump-starting a new project just to name …

The Language Of Kindness

The unspoken Language of Kindness is understood from a very young age.  Children as young as 14 months have been cited to have innate altruistic tendencies.  This means that children are born with an unselfish devotion to the welfare of others.  The opposite of altruism is egotism.  According to Erickson’s theory, the ego identity forms between ages 12-18. According to …

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 …