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Do Monsters Exist?

Dave Gill | Posted 03.30.2015 | Good News
Dave Gill

Rarely do we hear about the good stuff in the world. Yet most of us see it happen time and time again with our own eyes.

Finding Harmony in 2015, Part 1

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi B. Katzman

So far, I've engaged my guitar as "musical medicine" several times, and, despite the unhappiness of seeing sick children, there is joy in the experience -- for the giver and the getter. I want to turn this hobby into a habit.

Being Kind Matters

Sarah Walton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Walton

We love it when someone is kind to us. It's free -- hello. How much in life is free these days? When we're kind, we receive the same does of "happy" that the recipient receives. It's truly a win-win.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Could You Be This Angel Who Blessed Our Bowling Night?

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 03.29.2015 | Good News
Joy Page Manuel

After emphasizing to my son how blessed he is to experience such a touching random act of kindness and generosity, I told him to pay it forward. I suggested that he take a certain amount from the roll and share it with the kids next to our lane.

Do Parents Squash the Kindness in Their Kids?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If all of us parents could try not to let those opportunities to help and care pass by, if we could all try being kinder, if we could just try not to squash the kindness in our kids, just imagine what might happen.

Best Smile in Portland, Oregon

Erin Donley | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

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 03.21.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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.

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Karen Cordano | Posted 03.01.2015 | 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?