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Best Smile in Portland, Oregon

Erin Donley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Good News
Erin Donley

A sincere smile, an overdue phone call, or a handwritten thank-you note can shift the mood of a day.

3 Ways to Manage Anxiety: Advice From My Daughter - by Kristi Jo Jedlicki

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kindness Blog

As I recover from this latest battle with the anxiety, I am looking for the lessons it has to offer me. Two of the greatest lessons are to be kinder to myself and to take my daughter's advice more often, as she is both kind and wise indeed.

The Secret Medicine of Heartbroken Kindness

Jesua | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living

It is easy to be kind when we are feeling wonderful about life, when we're feeling buoyantly inspired, or luminous in love, or poignantly connected to...

MLK Weekend: Teaching Kindness and Compassion

Lindley Pless | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Lindley Pless

If our kids can be taught to be kind and compassionate to each other then why can't we as adults be taught to do the very same thing. Show tolerance in the weeks to come. Choose kindness when you see someone in need. And above all else respect those around you.

Begging for Change from a Smartphone - by Simona Asinovski

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.16.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Have you ever asked a stranger for something as basic as food or shelter? I have. It's the most humiliating and humbling experience you can ever have.

Science Shows That Kindness Heals

Ornish Living | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Ornish Living

It's lovely when scientific studies back up what we have always known in our heart of hearts. "Kindness IS its own reward." We all have experienced the immediate benefits we receive when we offer kindness to another -- enriching feelings of connection and emotional intimacy.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

A Random Act Of Kindness My Family Will Never Forget

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.14.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Though there's a part of me -- of all of us, I'm sure -- that misses the little children in their matching outfits sent by my mother-in-law each year at Christmas, I very much enjoy the adults that my kids and my nieces and nephews have grown up to become.

Beyond Paris : What Now?

Karen Berg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Karen Berg

Sunday's event in Paris in response to this reality was incredible and unprecedented: millions of people coming together in the name of unity. Perhaps its most important aspect was to show us that our world leaders can indeed walk hand-in-hand together in common cause.

The Unnecessary War On Each Other

Stacey Forman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Stacey Forman

It's up to us to change it. Fill our newsfeeds with interesting conversations about different opinions. Fill them with stories of mothers helping other mothers. Fill them with kindness.

Why We Made the Controversial Decision Not to Cut a Gay Character From Our Faith Film

Victor Hawks | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor Hawks

When shopping our film around, we were asked to cut Trevor and his entire storyline. Major studio players and sales agents at big agencies all the way down to smaller distribution houses all said they "loved the film" but needed Trevor to be cut simply because he was gay, as the "core Christian audience will not accept a gay character." It wasn't a discussion but an ultimatum.

3 Good Ways to Recognize You Matter

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Wolffe

I volunteered to write for a prison newsletter and started attending protests at prisons I stood there, tying ribbons on barbed wire fences, marching. The raw caring voices of the other protesters chanting for men and women inside, slowly, restored faith to me.

On the Kindness of Things

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.06.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Where does the world of objects start and stop? Where does an 'it' start becoming a 'you' or a 'me.' This is not clear, for the world of objects has no stable borders, and in actual practice includes much of what should be a 'you' or even an 'I.'

Resolving to Be Kind: 10 Resolutions for 2015

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Kindness Blog

I decided to focus on intentionally being kind to myself and to others to make it a daily practice and a way of living and being, not just a lofty concept. So I present to you these 10 resolutions for 2015:

Your Truest Friend Resides Inside Your Own Heart

Nancy Colier | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

As we age, it seems that fighting with friends becomes less necessary or even possible. There are fewer matters worth fighting about and even fewer wo...

7 Ways To Have A Happier Marriage -- Without Changing A Thing

Winifred M. Reilly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Weddings
Winifred M. Reilly

As we look to the new year, we often focus on ways to be "better" -- resolving to do more of what's good for us and less of what's not. To (at least most of the time) come from our best. For a good many of us, finding ways to have a more satisfying marriage is high on our list.

I Hereby Resolve: No More New Year's Resolutions!

Susanna Sung | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Susanna Sung

I'd like to think these daily reflections and rituals help us to get to who we want to be. Who needs once-a-year New Year's resolutions when we have an opportunity every day to reflect and be who we want to be? Not me. Now please pass the peas.

Want To Be Happy? Be Kind And Grateful

David Mochel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Mochel

Kindness is not the same as being nice. Kindness is an action that is motivated by empathy and compassion -- a sense of understanding and connection. We can be nice to others without the internal experience of genuinely hoping for their wellbeing.


Karen Cordano | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

I think a lot of us are unkind to the young women we used to be. Why do we do it? What does it achieve?

Auld Lang Syne

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 12.30.2014 | Travel
Melissa DeCastro

The New Year is upon us, and with it celebrations to top off a season filled with gatherings and music. The holiday season has months worths of songs, but on New Years we always turn to the song written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Global Innovation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our daily givers are honored to support this week.

Why Having a Happy Vegan Holiday Matters

Dylan Kendall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dylan Kendall

Using the word "vegan" doesn't mean pulling out your Grateful Dead shirt from decades ago or growing your own soybeans. Using the word vegan means considering your food and your lifestyle options and looking for the kindest choices.

Sprinkle Joy

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

Compliments and kind gestures never diminish from our own attributes, but rather heighten an awareness for what we appreciate in others and look for in ourselves. We may remember an unkind moment in the past, but we always seek kindness in our present.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Lessons From A Christmas Carol: Acceptance and Kindness for Children with Differences of Sex Development

Courtney Finlayson | Posted 12.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Finlayson

In the spirit of the holidays, I hope to open your hearts to understand a group of patients that have suffered, often silently, from stigmatization related to "disorders of sex development" (DSD) or "intersex," which affect up to 1 in 4,500 individuals.