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Paying It Forward

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Jack Schimmelman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

When I speak with friends and note their despair about the state of the planet, I remind them that we are not inherently evil doers as some would conclude during these very dark times when heads are literally rolling; the results of a distortion of faith.

This Woman Will Give $10,000 to an Animal Shelter for Implementing Her "Name the Rescue" Idea

Jen Reeder | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Her concept, "Name the Rescue," is simple: animal shelters allow people or businesses to name an adoptable pet (a.k.a. rescue pet) in exchange for a donation.

Valentine's Day: The Power of the Minority Can Help the Majority (An Open Letter to Speaker John Boehner)

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 01.27.2015 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

I am loathe to believe that you truly do not support taxing the wealthy and want to continue the party tag line regarding tax breaks for this very group. Why?

What the Homeless Taught Me About Caring: 10 Ways to Pay It Forward

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

How can we ignore suffering? How can we turn a blind eye and pretend we don't see it? Maybe some people can, but I couldn't. I was so relieved to hear her emphatically state that there were no disposable people -- that every life mattered.

Nurse Who Quietly Paid Father And Son's Tab At A Diner Sparks 46 Others To Pay It Forward

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.07.2014 | Good News

This woman's generous act set off a chain reaction of good deeds among strangers. Kathleen Connors, a nurse from Barre, Vermont, is a regular at L...

Strangers Help Homeless, Single Mother Of 3 Turn Life Around. Now, She's Giving Back

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 08.15.2014 | Good News

A homeless mother in desperate need had her life dramatically changed by an encounter with generous strangers. Now, she is paying it forward. Jened...

Studies: It Is Most Blessed to Give and to Receive

David Briggs | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Congregants who only gave help to other members were twice as likely to fully trust their fellow worshipers as participants who neither gave nor received help. Members who only received help were nearly three times as likely to have the same high level of trust. But it was the combination of both that made the biggest difference.

The Friends Who Were My Son's ‘Best Medicine'

Julie Guillot | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Julie Guillot

There is no way to adequately thank "BFF" Julia and the kids who made time for and stuck with him -- those who brought doses of the best medicine known to Man -- doses of "normal" during his years-long illness.

These Are The Places In The World Where You Can 'Suspend' A Coffee For Someone In Need

The Huffington Post | Megan Griffo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Good News

"It's about more than coffee," John Sweeney says. And he means it. For the last year, the 29-year-old father of four has worked from his home in Co...

It's Time We Rise From the Sunken Couch

D.J. Wilson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Small Business
D.J. Wilson

Whether you've been unemployed, one week, one month, one year or even longer, it's time to rise from the sunken couch you've resigned yourself to and engage the world around you, beginning with your neighbors just beyond the front door.

Grieving Widower's Viral Message Encourages Others To 'Pay It Forward'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

When an older gentleman went to dinner at an Ontario restaurant alone for the first time since the death of his wife to cancer, he didn't cry into his...

Beginning in 2014, You Can 'Take It With You'

D.J. Wilson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
D.J. Wilson

Thankfully, 2013 is behind us and 2014 has enveloped us right smack into the middle of the here and now. May I indulge all of you for a few momen...

Generosity Is the New Currency

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Studies show that being generous with one's time, for example through volunteering, can lengthen your life, lower blood pressure, help manage pain and boost overall feelings of well-being.

Acts of Holiday Kindness

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News
Dawn Gluskin

To gain some perspective on holiday giving, I reached out to a couple of kindness gurus for their take on the gooey heartwarming goodness of the season.

Facts That Will Make You A Kinder, Better, Happier Person

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.06.2013 | Good News

It's not like we didn't know this, but making an effort to be kinder is guaranteed to also make you happier. Need more proof? Check out this collec...

This Amazing Commercial From Thailand Will Make You Cry

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

Have a box of tissues ready before watching this incredible advertisement from Thai communication provider TrueMove H. The three-minute segment warmed...

WATCH: A Community's Heartwarming Gesture For A Bride

Posted 02.12.2013 | Weddings

When she realized she could no longer afford her dream wedding, Megan Erickson didn't waste time feeling sorry for herself. She decided to do somethin...

Why Spontaneous Kindness Makes You So Sexy

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When we appreciate the beauty of kindness, it takes us out of such self-centeredness; it enables us to let go of self-centeredness and to freely reach out to each other. We can both give and receive. Such egoless moments are exquisite!

Paying It Forward at Christmas and Always, One Act of Kindness at a Time

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
John W. Whitehead

It's never too late to make things right in the world and try to be better people and, most importantly of all, pay your blessings forward.

And The Winner Of This Dress Is...

The Huffington Post | Sara Wilson | Posted 10.25.2012 | Weddings

When Renée Stroinski first learned she would be receiving a gorgeous wedding dress for free, she reacted the way any self-respecting bride-to-be woul...

Unemployed Man Finds And Returns 12-Carat Diamond Ring

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When she realized the 12-carat diamond ring her husband Roger had given her for their 30th wedding anniversary was missing, Janis Ward was distraught....

Meet Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Kindness is contagious. That's what Jenny Lawson, better known to fans and followers as The Bloggess, discovered this holiday season when her sim...

Cabbie Plays Hero To Stranded Mother With 5 Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A cab driver saw an opportunity to pay it forward earlier this week when a mother and her five children, stranded at the Buffalo Airport, got into his...

Slate: Giving Internationally Better Than Locally

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As an individual donor, it is always going to be hard to know exactly where you'll have the most impact. Major philanthropic foundations have hundreds...

Mystery Couple Pays It Forward at Philly Diner

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Last Saturday morning, employees at the Aramingo Diner in Philadelphia witnessed a scene straight out of a holiday movie. A young couple ate breakfast...