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Helping Others

Amazing Ways to Help Others! Deliberate Acts of Kindness

HooplaHa | Posted 04.08.2013 | Good News

When you have a few minutes to spare, what's the first thing you think to do? Is it to clean up your room or surf the internet to kill some time? What...

Nominate A Greatest Person Of The Day!

Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

HuffPost Impact is looking for nominees for our Greatest Person of the Day. The recognition honors acts of service that go above and beyond -- from lo...

Whose Faith Is In Play?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

One of the most neglected passages in the New Testament is Mark 2:1-12. This story is so rich and powerful, but so little preached about in churches.

A Path To Guaranteed Happiness

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Compassionate service is a simple and always accessible path to happiness. It doesn't require years of mediation, practice, or great study. It requires that you open your heart and feel our common humanness, our inextricable interconnectedness, and see the sacredness of each of us.

A Million Thank Yous!

Dave Girgenti | Posted 03.25.2013 | Good News
Dave Girgenti

If someone does something nice, you should thank them. It's a simple and easy thing to do. Right But what if I wanted to thank 1 million people from all over the country for doing nice things? You may be wondering how I would possibly know a million nice people... Well, I actually do!

Asking for and Giving Help: We Should Do It More

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I think we should practice asking for help. We can start small, like by asking for directions (although the GPS devices on our phones are rapidly making that need obsolete) or asking someone to hold the door for us when our arms are full. Baby steps are fine.

A Resolution To Serve And Innovate

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

As the new year begins, instead of just making a resolution to lose five pounds or to call your mother more often (both fine objectives), make a commitment to think differently. Pledge to look around your community and think about what is needed.

Inspired Gifts

Christine Eilvig | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Christine Eilvig

I don't find it greater to give than receive. When we receive something, we make it possible for others to give. And as I, with the help of others, am getting better and better at being a service to myself, I'm able to help more people around me.

Your Best Response to Sandy Hook Shootings Can Be Saving Others

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

That's no small achievement, even if it happens just some of the time. Looking back that may be one of the most satisfying ways by which you measure your life. In that spirit, let's take every opportunity to support others in savoring this holiday.

Just as Universities Are Called to Educate, Giving Back in Unique Ways Should Be Part of the Status Quo

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 02.05.2013 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

As the Christmas holidays approach, it is incumbent upon global citizens to understand that helping others earn success is an intrinsic obligation each of us must recognize directly relates to our own success, institutionally and personally.

Giving Back: A Valuable Holiday Lesson for Kids

Lucille O'Neal | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Lucille O'Neal

As you're making your schedule and checking the presents off your list this year, I hope you'll take time to give your children a most important gift -- the gift of giving.

A Retail Christmas Story

Molly Moynahan | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Molly Moynahan

My final memory of the Christmas of 1984 was witnessing our Christmas hires tossing merchandise down to their relatives and friends waiting on the street from the windows of the store. Briefly, I wondered if I was guilty of anything, but then I recalled the spirit of Christmas.

Sandy Relief Donations: Help High School Students Get Life Back to Normal

Indie Lee | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Indie Lee

People are freezing, hungry, and homeless as a result of the storm. Amidst all of that... makeup worries? Seems so inconsequential, right? But then I remembered receiving two different emails from people who lost everything but still wanted face oils and scrubs.

As Good as It Gives

Doug Binzak | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

You are driving in the city, in line at a red light. Three cars ahead, you spot the weathered man or woman working his way up the line of windows, hand out, maybe a sign explaining his plight. Is there a flash of wanting the light to change before he makes it up to you?

The Cure For A Compulsive Helper

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

By Diana Spechler One woman's 30-day mission to cure her awkward affliction: the unbridled impulse to offer unsolicited aid. At the drugstor...

Note to Self: The Most Important Sticky Note You'll Ever Write!

HooplaHa | Posted 11.27.2012 | Good News

It's fall, and although we're all long out of school, here at HooplaHa our minds invariably turn to those back-to-school days with the onset of the season. Does yours too?

5 Ways To Do Good: Fast, Free And From Your Desk

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Science tells us compassion is good for our health, and we know that helping others makes us feel good, but sometimes it feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day. In minutes, at no or low cost, and from your desk, you can contribute.

'The Secret Power Of Customer Service Jobs'

| Posted 05.24.2012 | Teen

By Rachael Prokop The jobs available to teenagers seem designed to make you feel powerless. Mechanically stuffing groceries into plastic bags. Serv...

Making a Difference

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Often we resist the idea of making a difference, because we're convinced it will take a tremendous amount of our time and energy. Or, that we may not have the information or answers others seek.

Why I'm Trying Not To Be Such A 'People-Pleaser'

HelloGiggles | Posted 04.04.2012 | Women

In the month of March, I went on a string of first dates and talked to a lot of guys who didn't even make it to the first date. Some were funny, like ...

Living Transformation: How Can You Serve?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Compassion in action or selfless service doesn't require heroics. You don't have to save someone from a burning building or snatch them out of the way of a speeding truck in order to serve.

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.

Blessings and Resolutions

Eldon Taylor | Posted 01.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

I believe in helping others help themselves, and I know that in doing so, we improve our own lives as well. Both the real mission and mystery in life is revealed through service.

Why Being In A Crowd Make Us Callous

Sam Sommers | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

When we understand how crowds can make us callous, we know too much to rest comfortably in our own inaction.

Cathy Conheim: A Woman Who Knows How to Make Things Happen!

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

"Wishing, waiting, and hoping -- that's the language of victims," Cathy asserts. "Those are all passive words. They're not active. If you want things to happen in your life, you have to get moving."