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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …