Kindness Toward Nature is Kindness to Self

Connecting with nature improves health. One of my most memorable childhood lessons about kindness toward nature came from a television commercial advertising a decidedly unnatural product. If you’re as old as I am, you might remember the Chiffon margarine commercial with the catchy, infinitely repeatable phrase, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” For those of you who’ve never seen …

Encouraging Your Kids to be Volunteers

Caring for one another is innate. Scientific experiments have shown that babies and toddlers as young as 15 months will recognize others’ need for assistance, and will lend assistance without prompting. Still, as we grow older, we might find ourselves losing some steam when it comes to helping others. A 2013 study by the Charities Aid Foundation found that only …

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 …

No Act of Kindness is Too Small

Ever feel yourself wanting to do something good for a person or your community, but feel like no matter what idea you come up with, it just doesn’t feel like “enough”? This is a mistake that many people, including myself, make. Kindness doesn’t have to be a case of “go big or go home”. Kindness isn’t about superheroic feats of generosity (although …

Photo Karma Kindness

There’s still a few weeks left of summer and with August now upon us, it’s the height of summer vacation season. While you’re off traveling or out doing cool stuff this month, surprise someone having a good time and offer to take their picture. I love taking pictures and I believe in Photo Karma. Don’t wait to be asked. Pay it forward by being that …