If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction. — Martin Kornfeld
In the wake of the heartbreaking Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many of us are wondering how to deal with and process such a tragedy and asking “What I can do to honor those lost?” This past week Ann Curry of NBC News asked this simple question on Twitter, “imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.” She added, “I’m in. If you are, RT #20Acts.” As this quickly spread through social media, #20Acts turned into #26Acts to honor the teachers as well.
Though it shouldn’t take a horrible tragedy for us to be kind to one another, it is still inspiring, motivating, and encouraging to see so many people in our communities come together and care for one another. So to honor those lost we have set out to do #26Acts of kindness and we hope all of you will join us.
To help you get started, we compiled a list of 26 ideas for acts of kindness (in no particular order). Please share your ideas with us as well. Continue reading »
In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week we want to take notice of the kindness in the world with “What’s right with the world” today. Enjoy these inspiring stories of kindness, generosity, courage and goodness.
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.—Amelia Earhart
Kim, one of our readers, sent over the trailer for the documentary Good Virus, Kindness is Contagious that we thought was fitting for Random Acts of Kindness Week. Watch the trailer after the jump.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. —Aesop
We can’t believe that we didn’t hear about this until today. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 13 – 19, 2012. We stumbled upon the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website while doing research for another blog post, and are super excited to share what they are doing with all of you. The mission of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is to inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. Each day this week they will be announcing new kindness ideas and will be challenging you to participate.
The greatest lesson I learned while making this film is that my pursuit of happiness is not about me. It’s about our relationships and how we help each other. It’s about us. —Roko Belic, Director of The Happy Movie
On Saturday February 11, 2012, thousands of people will come together all over the world to experience the Happy movie and celebrate World Happy Day.
“World HAPPY Day inspires action for increasing happiness in our own lives and in the world. A growing body of research shows that happy people are healthier and live longer. They are more likely to care for the environment and less likely to commit crimes or go to war. Happy people help others more often… and are more likely to find creative solutions. Increasing happiness benefits us as individuals and communities in infinite ways and is a goal worth sharing.”
The other day I found The Bold Life, a blog by Tess Marshall which she describes as “a delicious and juicy mix of inspiration, spirituality, and personal development.” On one of her latest posts she writes, “It’s very important to notice what’s right about the world. Let’s talk about that, build upon it, grow it. Make a big freakin’ deal about it!” And then goes on to list 52 things that are right with the world to get the positivity started and challenges others to do the same. So here I am, taking on the challenge and sharing it with all of you in hopes that you will continue the chain of positivity. We liked the idea so much that “what’s right with the world” will become a regular feature. Here’s the first of many.
“The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.”
Get more information about Nelson Mandela International Day at Mandeladay.com
In honor of his birthday here is our top ten list of Inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes:
While walking near the State Capitol in Austin, TX a few days ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful melody coming from a piano. When we got closer, we discovered that it was one of the 14 pianos that have been placed around the city for anyone to play as part of the Art Alliance Austin’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” art project (part of the Street Pianos project).
The international project got its start in 2008 and has now installed pianos in more than 400 cities around the world. These pianos, which have been beautifully decorated with art and inspiring quotes, invite passers by to take a short break from their day to play some music and bring a little joy into the lives of others around them. It definitely made us smile.
This morning I read a headline that Walter Breuning, the worlds oldest man, had passed away yesterday at age 114. It reminded me of this video that I saw last year where he talks about his life, spanning 3 centuries, and some of the lessons he had learned. Here are two of my favorite, so simple and straightforward:
Be good to everybody…the more you do for other people the better you are going to help yourself.
Every day is a good day, that’s what you should think about, everyday is a good day and make it that way.
Rest in peace, Walter Breuning.
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