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Acts of Kindness

Cezanne in Snow

Mark Nepo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sudden, deep feelings are often teachers that we resist or turn away from, because of their intensity. Instead, we are often asked to enter these deep feelings, the way we might enter a field after a long walk through the woods.

Of Course You Can Come

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

How are we to understand a story like this? Does it tell us that acts of kindness and the gratitude they engender outlast decades and oceans and continents? Does it tell us that kindness, like the song of a red bird, will be answered long after the bird has died?

What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us About the Principle of Thought

Garret Kramer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

In the wake of Sandy, I've been reflecting on the relatively upbeat and supportive mood around here and what it can teach us: Specifically, these questions: How come we can't pull together like this all the time?

Rumi: 'For Kindness Has The Power To Transform.'

Maggie Lyon | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Wouldn't it be wonderful if instead of shocking us, kindness was just plain regular, something we all shared and spread around freely, and that we all took time to celebrate along the way?

4 Tiny Acts Of Kindness To Try Today

Posted 11.04.2012 | OWN

By Joan Tupponce Here are a few of Patience Salgado's stealth-kindness missions which anyone can duplicate in her own neck of the woods. P...

Why I Vowed Never To Pass By One Of These Again

Erin McHugh | Posted 12.10.2012 | Fifty
Erin McHugh

Never pass a lemonade stand. It's one of my favorite things to do for a few reasons. Kids get so excited every time you stop that they sort of wiggle around with excitement, tell you the wrong price, and thank you profusely. How many times do you run across that in your daily transactions?

What's So Funny About Peace, Kindness and Understanding?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Advertisers have long used human emotions to sell soap, cigarettes, and cars. So why not create campaigns that serve society's higher ideals and do it from within the same agencies that have long been vilified?

WATCH: Theft Victim Buys New Laptop For Teen Found Using His Stolen Computer

Posted 08.31.2012 | Good News

When Boston graphic designer Fran Harrington had his third computer stolen from his apartment, he didn't get even. Instead, he bought the teen found u...

A Life-Changing Encounter With The Neighborhood Oddball

Teresa Link | Posted 10.30.2012 | Fifty
Teresa Link

At the edge of our development, on a rise slightly apart from the neat rows of mirror-image homes, was a house where "The Strangey" lived. It was the farmhouse the land had once belonged to, and its occupant was an old woman of 40 or so. No one ever saw her. You didn't go there on Halloween, and your parents didn't honk and wave if they happened to drive by when she was pulling out of the driveway.

Colorado Man Takes Aurora to the Movies

Patience Salgado | Posted 10.10.2012 | Good News
Patience Salgado

On Saturday, August 11, Jason and his friends will stand in black T-shirts in front of five theaters in the Denver area, hanging out a little goodness to a whole lot of people.

The Science of Compassion

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
James R. Doty, M.D.

It is imperative that each of us try to garner insight into our prejudices. Awareness is the first step toward more compassionate decisions.

WATCH: 21 Acts Of Kindness That Will Make You Believe In The Human Race

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.27.2012 | Good News

The last week has been kind of rough on all of us. It's time to remind ourselves that the human race isn't defined by its worst elements. Inst...

How to Keep Moving Forward Despite the Messiness

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

We humans have a tendency to grow and progress throughout our lives, some perhaps more than others. I am not the person I was in my teens, my 20s or even my 30s. I continue to progress just as my autistic daughter and my non-autistic son do.

WATCH: CNN Heroes Making Change, From Anderson Cooper

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper spoke with me about the changes that CNN Heroes are making all over the world, and why he admires their initi...

WATCH: Seeing Incredible Acts Of Humanity, From Anderson Cooper

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

When Anderson Cooper, award-winning journalist, joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he shared some of the most touching things he has witnessed during hi...

POLL: Have You Done Any Good Deeds Lately?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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The Cab Ride I'll Never Forget

Kent Nerburn | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Kent Nerburn

My cab was a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me about their lives.

Are You Decent?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

I learned long ago not to use God to justify my actions, to act like I'm superior to anyone else, or to rationalize my false need to control the lives of my fellow man and woman. Instead, I try my level best to cultivate my decency, and pray for other Americans to do the same.

Become The Love You Seek

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Be the love you seek in the world, beginning with the one in the mirror. A random good samaritan act reminds us we are worth it.

Want a Self-Esteem Boost? Throw Away Someone's Trash

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 05.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

"Do good, feel good" is a happiness truism that really is true. Act like a considerate citizen of the world, and you'll also boost your self-esteem.

Casual Friends And Acquaintances Deserve Kindness, Too

Dr. Terri Orbuch | Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Orbuch

For some reason, many of us act as if we have a finite supply of kindness, and we "save" it for our partner, family, and closest friends. But the reality is that on a daily basis, we are more likely to spend time interacting with acquaintances -- the bus driver, the doorman, the bank teller, the custodian, the barista, our coworkers -- than with people who are closest to our heart.

The 'Nicest Person On The Internet' Admits Why She's Nice

| Emma Straub | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women

Being nice is kind of my thing. I need only the faintest hint of a reason to bake a batch of cookies, and a day doesn’t pass without my exclaiming c...

What Getting Hit by a Car Taught Me About Morality

Sam Lyons | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home
Sam Lyons

One second I was going across the cross walk, and the next second I was on the pavement. But this experience has shown me that morality isn't gone; people just don't know it's there.

What Are You Getting Baby Jesus For The Holidays?

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I am afraid the baby Jesus gets the short end of the stick during the holidays. Given it is his birthday, don't you think he should be on the list?

What Kindness Did For My Panic Attack

Susan Piver | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When you connect with your fellow humans in a simple and genuine way, anxiety lessens. To connect, you can take one of two routes. You can request kindness from others or you can offer it to others.