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12 Wishes For My Baby Son At His First Christmas

Maria Ross | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Maria Ross

As I ponder what this new year and future years will bring with this new tiny person in my life, here is a letter to my son who right now can't even say "Mama," but who I hope will have a lot to say and do in this world.

The Gift of Giving: A Lesson on Humanity

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lisa Mae Brunson

Whatever your story is, this is a time where we either learn about consumerism, or the magic of a holiday Season that can reconnect us with our humanity--with what it means to give and receive.

What Johns Hopkins Taught Me About Rejection

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Stephanie R. Caudle

Everyone has heard this time and time again but it really is true, life does goes on. Despite the rejection these students and even we as people are faced with life keeps going. There is no pause button on life just because you are hurt, disappointed or heartbroken.

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.16.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! A Book Gift Guide

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Audrey van Petegem

The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give something that is a bit more meaningful?

Circumstances

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Every day of our lives we have to deal with different situations and challenges. Some days, those challenges are not too demanding. Other days, they seem like they're insurmountable.

The Radical Choice of Militant Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Kindness Blog

Kindness. It seems like such an easy choice. But a crazy thing happens when you drop your guard and step from behind that icy stand-offish barrier: people become comfortable around you.

10 Ways to Have a Meaningful Thanksgiving

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.24.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Clink your glass often in praise of others. Toast the chefs and hosts, generously complimenting them, even if the turkey is a bit dry and the green beans are overcooked. You will enjoy the food and company more if you prime yourself for appreciative thoughts by voicing them loudly.

A Tale of Two Heroes Against Cancer and Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Two new heroes have emerged this year. Each has shown amazing courage, leadership and generosity in helping others. They have achieved all this despite having brain cancer.

Letters Left in London By Anonymous

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.21.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

For over a year now I have been writing letters to strangers anonymously and leaving them around London for someone to find in the hope that I will bring some warmth, comfort or encouragement to that person. Why, you may ask?

The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do for a Stranger

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.11.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

With the prediction of serious winter storms in Dallas, I headed to Walmart (with apparently every other person in town) to stock up on a few essentials before the storm hit.

The Most Powerful Motivator: How to Inspire Yourself and Others

Marilyn Tam | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

The key is to motivation is to get people to appreciate and agree with the "why" of the project or cause. Once the purpose of the project is clear, then you and everyone's relationship to the goal becomes more obvious.

The Three Phases of Transformational Change

Hari Kalymnios | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Hari Kalymnios

If you are doing something radically different from the norm, pushing your comfort zone boundaries and looking to make a few waves, learn to recognize where you are in the three stages of transformation.

What a Self-Love Morning Routine Looks Like

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.13.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

I find that if I love myself first, I can be kinder to others throughout the day. As you read this list, take what sounds good for you and leave the rest.

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.14.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

Darkness

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

I want to talk about darkness. Not just the darkness that happens when the sun goes down and the lights go off -- I'm talking about the darkness that sometimes descends on our lives, making everything seem bleak and hopeless

40 Ways to Practice Self-Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

As we all know modern life can be very stressful. With so many demands on our time, through juggling family, work and friends, it can be a little difficult to give ourselves the attention that we really need and deserve.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Hospital Janitor Plays Piano So Patients, Loved Ones Can 'Forget Their Worries'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.18.2014 | Good News

This janitor is bringing a little peace to the hearts of hospital visitors through his musical gift. Rolando Maaba, 55, works at Rockford Health S...

This 6-Year-Old Outsmarts Us All, Explains True Meaning Of Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.18.2014 | Good News

The truths that come from the mouths of babes can be nothing short of incredible sometimes. In this stop-motion animation film about the real mean...

Beloved Dad's Memory Lives On Through Special Message In A Bottle From His Family

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Good News

This fisherman's soul will forever remain at sea, thanks to a special message in a bottle created by his family. When California native Melvin Stan...

Today's Buddha Doodle - How To Change Your Future

Molly Hahn | Posted 11.09.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Why So Much Depends Upon an Ugly Creek

Sarah Reinhart | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Reinhart

After I drop the big kids off at school in the morning I like to grab a coffee and sometimes have a small, somewhat spontaneous adventure with Oscar a...

Which Educator Inspired You the Most?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While educators spend their days doing the important work of finding our songs, their jobs have intensified and resources decreased.

Today's Buddha Doodle - Strike A Pose!

Molly Hahn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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