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The Gift of Giving: A Lesson on Humanity

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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.

Pay It Forward in a Take-It-All-World

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 12.18.2014 | Good News
Doug A. Sandler

Don't ask, do. When you hear a need, put on your cape and play superhero, without hesitation. You may not realize it, but you are making the world a better place to live one to-do at a time.

Exchange Your Presents for Presence

Liz Dow | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Dow

This can feel like the best of seasons -- filled with love, joy, and possibilities -- or the worst, filled with the frustration of buying presents, being bombarded with advertisements for things we do not need or cannot afford, and national news stories of tragedy and grief.

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News
Dean Dauphinais

Paying off a complete stranger's layaway account is something my wife and I first did three years ago.

#ExceptionalCareers Series: Who Are Your Champions And Have You Thanked Them?

Sanyin Siang | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Sanyin Siang

As we plan out our career futures, how often do we reflect on our past and thank those who championed us and helped us recognize our value even before we started a career? And why is doing so such an important building block in our journey towards success?

Kick Resistance in the Ass: 5 Things I Learned to Create My Legacy

Laura Aiisha | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

Standing up courageously in the face of fear, doubt, resistance, nerves and old limiting stories is by far one of the most dynamic and courageous human experiences I can think of.

Found Money Buys a Little Happiness

Wendy Gordon | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Wendy Gordon

Kevin Bacon was on TV last Sunday, footloose in a toy store. Having a good time with the customers was his way of encouraging local businesses to join Shop for Good, and give a portion of all purchases made in a day to a school or charity of the customer's choosing.

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?

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

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.

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...

Positive News: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.

I'm Donating a Kidney for My Son... But Not Like That

Monica Wyche | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Monica Wyche

I'm not a hero, I'm just efficient and not so scared of hospitals. And someone said that a hero "ain't nothing but a sandwich," which really just makes me hungry.

'We've Both Been In Your Shoes': Couple Leaves 150% Tip For Busy Waiter Despite Poor Service

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.02.2014 | Good News

A little bit of empathy can make all the difference for someone who is having a rough day. When Makenzie and Steven Schultz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ...

Seeding the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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 January 1, 2013, the Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world.

40 Simple Ways to Practice Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.24.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Smiles are irresistible. Don't hesitate to smile warmly at friends, family, colleagues and even... strangers. Write hand-written thank-you notes. The notes don't need to be an essay and people love to receive them. It's the personal touch.

Paramedic Finds Family's Parking Ticket In Ambulance, Pays It To Help Ease Their Grief

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.28.2014 | Good News

If you found someone else's parking ticket, would you pay it? Marc Primrose did. After he transported Rosemary Morgan's mom in his ambulance last m...

Legacy Wars: Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates

Adam Grant | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Not long ago, Malcolm Gladwell made a bold prediction: Fifty years from now, Apple will be around and Microsoft will be gone, but Bill Gates will be remembered -- and Steve Jobs won't. As surprising as it seems, Gladwell might be right.

378 Strangers Bought Each Other Coffee At Starbucks

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News

Goodwill was brewing at a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday morning when a customer at the drive-through window decided to "pay it forwa...

A Moment Between Mothers

Wendy Cray Kaufman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Wendy Cray Kaufman

Someday, I will be the old woman in a parking lot who walks up to an overwhelmed mother juggling two small children, bags of groceries and a cart that won't stay put.

Melodies of the Heart: Celebs and Massachusetts Family Honor Boy's Legacy Using Powers of Music and Kindness

Jaime Lubin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Jaime Lubin

This weekend wishes did indeed come true here, thanks to the musical talents of Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad!), Bob Guiney, and musician Jay Gore as they rocked out to honor one little boy's powerful legacy of compassion.

12 Lunches

Heather Risinger | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

I have been a mother for 17 years. It has taken all this time for me to realize children are never too young to teach them to open their hearts.

Obama Cuts In Line, Pays It Forward

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.11.2014 | Good News

Even the president pays it forward. After speaking in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Obama stopped in at Franklin Barbecue, a restaurant Austin...

Woman Pays For Young Mom's Diaper Bill, Shows Us What Kindness Is All About

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

To her, it was nothing more than a small gesture of generosity, but Carol Flynn's choice to help a young mother in need this week has ended up touchin...

Finding Time to Care for Others: It Starts With Us

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

This summer is a perfect time to start building a caring community in your neighborhood for parents and kids alike.