Kindness

Doing a Little Extra | Serviam Partners – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I have been cutting grass ever since it was one of my chores back in middle school.  After I mowed my lawn this past Saturday, I did my usual edging, weeded the flower beds, trimmed the hedges and blew the dirt and grass clippings off my driveway.  I paused and smiled when I finished as I remembered my father’s constant nudging when I was a kid to always do the “little extra things” that made our yard stand out from…

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5 Ways to Cope with It — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Have you been experiencing loneliness during lockdown? Have you been feeling disconnected and all alone while social distancing? If so, you are not alone. Loneliness During Lockdown Governments around the world are putting a call out to all people to practice social distancing to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does that mean for our social lives and those around us? Whether you are single or are sheltering in place with your spouse, it’s important to…

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Book Giveaway, HumanKind: You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry (Really!) – Happiness Article

As I write this, I’m having one of those days. I feel so agitated it’s like there’s a tornado under my skin, yet so drained it took me five minutes to get my fingers to start typing words. I’m guessing I’m not alone in feeling a lot of intense emotions as of late, in a homebound life in this highly uncertain world. To be honest, I always experience intense emotions, but today it’s felt like someone poured gas on the…

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Why You Need to Love Yourself First Before Loving Another — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Before you love another, love yourself first. Before you marry another, marry yourself first. This article is in service of the divine, for it is not me that serves, it is the soul within.  If only someone would have told me all those years ago when I was just 22 that a man doesn’t save you but rather you save yourself, then I wouldn’t have wound up getting a divorce at the age of 27. But you know what they…

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Coping with COVID-19: How to Volunteer and Support Others During This Difficult Time. – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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Coronavirus – Care, Compassion and Community – Positivity Article

Remember Brexit? Ah, those were the days, hey? Coronavirus A few months ago we hadn’t even heard of Coronavirus. Now, seemingly overnight, life as we know it has been blown apart by it. Nobody could have predicted what the first few months of this year would bring, and nobody can predict what the next few months will bring. In times of uncertainty it’s natural to feel worried and anxious. We face huge challenges, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. Challenges…

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If You Think People-Pleasing Is Being Kind… – Happiness Article

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” ~Plutarch People-pleasing can seem Iike a way of connecting with others. We believe that if we keep people happy, then they’ll like us and want us around. While it may be true that pleasing others will win us approval and a place in their lives, changing and editing ourselves can’t create the connection we long for. We confuse…

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New award celebrates acts of kindness to people and the planet – Positive News – Positivity Article

A new award to uncover and support organisations that are showing kindness to people and the planet through the impact of their work, launches today. Set up by skincare brand Simple in partnership with Positive News, the Kindness Awards winner will be chosen by public vote and receive a £7,000 donation from Simple. The six nominees have been drawn from stories published by Positive News since January 2019 and selected by Simple. Causes represented by the nominees include: refugee wellbeing,…

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The Need to Be Seen and Why It Matters — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

One of the greatest human needs is the need to be SEEN, not for who we pretend to be, but for who we truly are underneath it all.  ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Today I’m thinking about how most of the time we pass by one another without looking into each other’s eyes and recognizing who we truly are. We walk around pretending the people around us are not people. And we pass by one another as if none of us…

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11 Ways to Build a Love that Goes the Distance – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo by Julie Cate Photography on Once WedAs previously seen on Wit & Delight Editor’s Note: In 2018 contributor Julie Rybarczyk wrote this post, one that weaves together insights from three women on how to nurture decades-long marriages. Their words of wisdom hold true to this day. We hope you find the nuggets of advice they have to offer helpful in your own lives. Have a great weekend. When the credits roll on Pride and Prejudice I feel two things:…

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Kind Plumber Refuses Payment for Services from 91 Year Old With Cancer – Positivity Article

Life comes with a ton of hurdles and challenges for all of us, so the least we could do is ease that burden for one another as best we can. Of course, we can’t solve everyone’s problems, but we can certainly take away some of the stress that plagues people on a daily basis. From cancer to mental health, we should all stick together. That’s what one man is doing, and he’s a great example for us all.James Anderson, a…

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How to Reconnect with Your Body and Mind — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

The idea of body scan meditation is one of those things that you either embrace or rebel against. The thought of conducting a series of “body scans” that enables you to reconnect with your body might seem like a leap. It is scary to have to face your body and connect with it if you haven’t done so in a long time. Many people in today’s society enjoy being disconnected from their bodies. With the vast majority of society in…

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How Memories of Kindness Can Make You Happy – Happiness Article

Just this month, a group of middle school students in Alabama made the news for posting positive notes on the lockers of fellow students. For Christmas, a few Attleboro, MA, students chipped in to buy their beloved school janitor new boots as a present. And in December, a Michigan waitress received a $2,020 tip for a $23 dinner bill, sparking the “2020 Tip Challenge” craze. People perform acts of kindness both to do good and to feel good. Research finds…

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Understanding Karma – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

Few concepts are as misunderstood as the concept of karma. It’s often perceived as a kind of reward and punishment system that is woven into the fabric of the universe. People may assume that the more good deeds they do, the more they will be rewarded with good fortune. Or some people might witness someone experiencing something painful and say it’s just their karma. They must have created this situation. It’s just fate. There is often a feeling that the…

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Using Kindness to Increase Self-acceptance – Positivity Article

What is it to truly accept yourself? To accept your strengths and weaknesses, to accept your past choices and behaviours, the good things that have happened and the bad and to accept you’re not superhuman or perfect? As many other people can be, I am often hugely self-critical and am rarely satisfied with what I’m doing. My inner critic is usually on overdrive and I always need a challenge to smash, even when it’s something that is not actually very…

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This Is What It Really Means To Be Kind To Yourself, Because It’s Not As Easy As You Think – Personal Development Article

When we think of kindness, we often confuse it for niceness, and the two are not the same. When we are being nice, we are being placid and non-responsive. We are not aggravating, we are not triggering, we are not pointing out anything important, we are not addressing what needs to be said. We are washing over our natural and essential reactions for the sake of not disrupting someone else’s waters, even if in all honesty, that’s exactly what they…

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Penn Jillette on Magic, Losing 100+ Pounds, and Weaponizing Kindness (#405) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“One of the biggest challenges we face is staying kind with profound disagreement—and staying kind when a mechanism has been set up to make money and power out of hate.” — Penn Jillette Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous, Emmy Award-winning magic duo and Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller. Together since 1975, Penn & Teller’s live show spent years on Broadway and is now the longest-running headliner show…

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What a spicy new study can teach us about caring less – Meditation Article

Think about the last time someone cut you off, or criticized your work, or was just rude for seemingly no reason. How do those moments make you feel? If you’re like the rest of humanity, probably a bit miffed! But what if those things could bother you less? Or, even better, what if there was a way to get people to be less mean? That’s where meditation comes in. Science shows that meditation can help us be more compassionate, but…

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Open Hearted Resilience Through Loving-Kindness – Positivity Article

When we think of the concept of resilience, it may be that we think of simply being tough or breezing through challenges with little acknowledgment of discomfort. Yet research has suggested that resilience is not about avoidance, but about being able to sit in our messy feelings and move through them, not through closing down, but by staying open to the full spectrum of our experiences. Miller et al.’s (2010) study looked at the concepts of vulnerability and resilience and…

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The Ripple Effects of a Thank You – Happiness Article

Researchers studying gratitude have found that being thankful and expressing it to others is good for our health and happiness. Not only does it feel good, it also helps us build trust and closer bonds with the people around us. These benefits have mostly been observed in a two-person exchange—someone saying thanks and someone receiving thanks. Now, a new study suggests that expressing gratitude not only improves one-on-one relationships, but could bring entire groups together—inspiring a desire to help and…

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It pays to be kind: improving workplace culture through kindness – Positive News – Positivity Article

Kindness might not be the first thing to spring to mind when you think about work. But more businesses are recognising that it is just as important to company culture as communication or collaboration. Being kind to others stimulates serotonin and oxytocin – hormones associated with happiness. Research also shows that people who are regularly kind have significantly lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Now, the business world is starting to take note. “We’re a small, close-knit team, and…

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The Deep Fear That Makes Us Turn to Mister Rogers – Happiness Article

I’ve spent a lot of time with Mister Rogers over the last three years as I researched and wrote my book about his life and faith. Throughout, I have been fascinated by the question of why we keep summoning him forth from memory. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Sony Pictures Releasing premiered on November 22, 2019. For decades, we have recalled Fred whenever something terrible happened in our world, sharing his comforting words and image on social media.…

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What You Can Learn from the Kindness of Strangers – Positivity Article

A stranger did the most selfless thing for me, and I learned we don’t need grand gestures to be kind. It was the last day of final exams in my freshmen year of college. I was preparing myself (mentally and physically) to drive the three hours back to my parent’s house in the snow. The school had been warning its students about a possible snowstorm for weeks, and sure enough, the storm had arrived to commemorate our last day of…

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What Does It Mean to Cultivate Kindness? — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

In one of Aesop’s most well-known fables, the North Wind and the Sun argue over which one of them is the strongest. Seeing a traveler approach on the road, they agree on a challenge to settle the debate once and for all: Whichever one of them succeeds in making the traveler remove his coat is the strongest. What Does It Mean to Cultivate Kindness? The north wind went first. He blew and blew with all his might, but the traveler…

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Headspace for Kids — the calming effect – Meditation Article

Learning to meditate at an early age sets kids up for life. It’s not just about kids learning to be calm and relaxed; it’s about learning the qualities of compassion, creativity, and kindness. It’s about understanding that thoughts and emotions don’t have to rule our minds. It’s about giving kids the opportunity to grow up being comfortable with who they are. Headspace users around the world have shared just how much meditation helps kids at bedtime, how much it calms them down, and…

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8 Ways For Empaths To Be More Assertive | Power of Positivity – Positivity Article

Did you know empaths, or highly sensitive people, make up 15-20% of the population?According to Dr. Elaine Aron, the psychologist who coined the phrase “highly sensitive person,” empaths have this trait from birth, and it can be found in over 100 species, including horses, birds, fruit flies, and primates. Dr. Aron pioneered research in the field of sensitivity and continues to research this area of psychology.Now, if you identify as an empath, you probably feel quite misunderstood in this hectic,…

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5 Ways to Kindly Deal With People Who Lack Common Sense – Positivity Article

Common sense is often taken for granted. Despite its name, there are, sadly, many people who lack common sense in the world. If you have yours in check, consider yourself lucky!But then comes a new problem. What happens when you run into people who don’t have common sense? It’s so easy to become angry with them, question how they could be so ignorant, or brush them off altogether. But what if you don’t want to do that?Yet, you sort of…

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Why I’m Trying Harder to Be Kind to Strangers – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia From uttering unkind words to sleeping with unkind men, I’ve had many moments of shame in my life. Still, there is one particular moment of shame that stands out from the crowd. It happened at least ten years ago, but I…

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Self Forgiveness Guided Meditation — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Self forgiveness is one of the most precious gifts we can give to ourselves. A gift that will not only bring peace into our hearts, but it will also transform our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with. “Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is, therefore, the means of correcting our misperceptions.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky To give yourself the gift of self forgiveness is to…

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In a Divided World, We Need to Choose Empathy – Happiness Article

As I dialed the number, my palms began to sweat. The person on the other end wasn’t a loan officer or angry lawyer; he was an old friend and we were about to catch up. This should all be mildly pleasant but was instead nerve-wracking. You see, I had reached out to him because we had a problem.  Over the years, my friend’s politics and my own had taken incompatible turns. On social media, I saw him growing reactionary; he…

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