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Five Things to Be Happy About, Even in the Face of Disaster

Michelle Tang | Posted 11.20.2015 | Good News
Michelle Tang

While it is true that there are a lot of issues these days, there are also bits of light still to be seen. In the interest of finding something nice to talk about to offset all of the bad, here are five things I am happy about.

15 Awesome Ways To Pay It Forward With Your Wedding

Bridal Guide | Posted 11.19.2015 | Weddings
Bridal Guide

One of our favorite new wedding trends: using your wedding as a wonderful way to give back to your community. Here, get inspired by some of our favorite ideas.

Make This The Season for Gratitude and Giving in Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Hollywood has depicted the stress of the holidays with iconic movies that make us laugh (or cry!) because of the relatability of the zany characters and dysfunctional scenarios in life and career. I encourage you to start this festive season with a different mindset so you don't get caught running on the hamster wheel of stress.

Welcome to "Forward Chicago"

Roger Wright | Posted 10.09.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

The sign on the door says "C'mon In!" You walk into a FORWARD CHICAGO gathering, an autumn harvest potluck. Following the flow of Helene and Richar...

Kindhearted Kids Celebrate Birthdays By Making 900 Sandwiches For Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.08.2015 | Good News

Two siblings are passing on presents to share their birthday wishes with families in need.  Nate and Quinn Mitchell decided to for...

Friends Doing Business With Friends (and Changing the World in the Process)

Leisa Peterson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

In the movie Pay It Forward, 12-year-old Trevor makes a bid to improve the situations of those around him. With limited resources, he devises a plan: to repay good deeds, but with a twist. Instead of a direct repayment, Trevor instead pays each good deed forward to three third party beneficiaries, along with an edict to each to pay that favor forward, thrice.

Random Acts of Kindness: Pay It Forward!

Patrice Tartt | Posted 08.28.2015 | Good News
Patrice Tartt

Think about a couple of things that you can do today to show a random act of kindness to a complete stranger, a co-worker, or someone that you may not speak with regularly. Imagine that small act putting a smile on someone's face, or totally making their day.

Runners: To Wave or Not to Wave?

Jennifer Hellickson | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hellickson

It's a topic I've been wanting to explore for quite some time -- not only because I find the social dynamics of the dilemma fascinating, but also because I've seen geography come into play during my time living (and running) around the country.

The Best Way To Celebrate Turning 30

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

Instead of a narcissistic entry into this new decade, I am choosing one of reflection, gratitude and service. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than by reflecting on blessings and confronting unearned privileges and finding ways to promote awareness and kindness in others.

9 Unique Ways to Express Empathy and Pay it Forward

Carol Morgan | Posted 08.04.2015 | Women
Carol Morgan

If we were all more empathetic to other people's needs, then the world would be a better place. Yes, I know that sounds cliché, but I truly believe it's true. Sure, it's a vision of Utopia, but think about it.

How Magic Mike Brought Me and an 80-Year-Old Woman Together

Lee Allport | Posted 07.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lee Allport

Within the past 10 years I have lost both of my grandparents which was difficult. My grandma and grandpa were an important part of my life as I live...

Kids and Kindness - How You Can Get Your Child Involved This Summer!

Leigh M. Clark | Posted 08.18.2015 | Good News
Leigh M. Clark

Those who know me best, know how much I long to be a Mom. While the process to become a mother, has so far been a long and challenging one for me (which I will share some other time), it is always in my heart.

9 Ways to Heal: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Healing happens in so many ways. From arts programs, to yoga, to support groups, many of our grantees this week are providing opportunities for communities to heal the challenging circumstances of their lives.

Building Resilience: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project celebrates the courage it takes to forge a new path, to try something new, to go against the grain and create a new paradigm for a community.

This Pay-It-Forward Story Will Warm Your Heart

Mark Redmond | Posted 06.01.2015 | Good News
Mark Redmond

She had a big smile on her face and said, "That's right. I was homeless too and you took me in. We met at the shelter, fell in love and this coming St. Patrick's Day will be our fourth wedding anniversary."

Why You Should Pay It Forward

Maryann Gubala | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Maryann Gubala

One way is to pay it forward or, in other words, commit random acts of kindness. Official Pay it Forward Day is April 30th this year, but random acts of kindness don't have to, nor should they be, limited to that one day.

The Power of $20: One Year Later an 8-Year-Old Boy's Gift Continues to Inspire Millions

Neil Willenson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

Finding a $20 bill on a sidewalk or tucked into a coat pocket is an unexpected cause for celebration. But for 8-year-old Myles Eckert it was an opportunity to touch lives.

Restaurant Owner Noticed Someone Digging In Dumpster, So She Wrote Them A Powerful Note

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.14.2015 | Good News

At P.B. Jams, each sandwich comes with an extra serving of humanity -- free. Earlier this month, Ashley Jiron, owner of the restaurant in Warr Acre...

Profound Proxies Got Me Here: Gratitude Is A Gift Best Given Forward

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

I don't presume to know much, but through the challenges and obstacles of life, I have learned that gratitude begets more -- everything.

"The Amazing Green Team" Paying It Forward In Memory of James "JB" Benton

Tenille Livingston | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Tenille Livingston

Ashley Benton, the founder and Ceo of "The Green Team," is definitely at the top of my list as one of the most amazing women I know. Benton is paying it forward by giving back to her local community and providing essential needs to needy families and abroad.

Entrepreneurs Funding Global Change

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

We have more tools than ever before to create positive change on a global scale - but perhaps the best tool is business rather than our traditional means of philanthropy.

When We Hand Down the Magic, Children and Teachers Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.

Pay It Forward, Waiting to Pay It Back

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.20.2015 | Good News
Nicole Jankowski

The latte was a gift, something to be appreciated. A simple reminder that kindness is palpable and comes in a red cardboard cup, with whipped cream on top. Sometimes we have to just accept help, just allow ourselves to be on the receiving end.

Paying It Forward

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

In a time when so many people are still struggling with unemployment and debt, even seemingly inconsequential gives of money -- or larger than usual tips -- can change that person's outlook on life.

Pizza Shop, Customers Give Away 8,400 Slices To Philly's Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Newcomers at Rosa's Fresh Pizza might think the store's owner has an odd obsession with sticky notes. But the plethora of pinks, blues and yellows spa...