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Act 155 – Just a little time….

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Act 155.

I’ve learned that you can do amazing things in only 60 seconds.

You can enlighten, inspire, or motivate someone. You can cheer them up or ease a burden. You can give them something they might need, and it just might be that single thing – a bit of information, an idea, help with something that before was overwhelming – that allows them to fulfill a dream and maybe turn their life around.

A minute is actually a substantial amount of time. (Sprint for just 60 seconds the next time you’re out for a run or bike ride, and you’ll see what I mean.) Set a timer, take a full minute and…………..

…find the phone numbers of three friends you haven’t spoken with in six months. And call them, rather than sending an email.

…go visit a relative that lives close by, but you never have the time to stop in.

…make a doctor’s appointment, if you haven’t had an annual checkup in more than a year.

It only takes 60 seconds to be kind – to others, to yourself, to everyone!


Doing Good Deeds proven contagious – Pay It Forward

Doing selfless good deeds, or just being kind, is contagious — and the behavior of a few can influence many, a new study suggests.

Participants played a “public-goods” game in which one person gives money to others. Players didn’t know each other before the game and never played it more than once with the same person. Yet researchers found that generosity in the first round was tripled by others, who were directly or indirectly influenced to give more.   pay it forward heart

When people benefit from kindness, they “pay it forward,” which creates greater cooperation that influences others in a social network, say researchers Nicholas Christakis, a physician and sociologist at Harvard University, and James Fowler, a social scientist at the University of California-San Diego. Findings were published in March in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Christakis and Fowler also have found happiness, loneliness and obesity to be contagious. In their earlier work, they used records of individuals in Framingham, Mass. But the new study is the first laboratory evidence to support a domino effect in contagion, they say.

Act 103

Saturday, April 25, 2009.

I was at a college open house most of the morning and early afternoon today. My wife was going to a tea with her aunt and friends. When I returned home, I dusted, mopped, and ran the vacuum to clean the house from top to bottom.housework


Act 96

Saturday, April 18, 2009.

I had put it off long enough. Today was mowing the yard day. The grass wasn’t really all that high, just the fact that I know I will have to cut it almost every week from now on throughout the summer. While I was cutting my yard, I noticed a patch of my neighbor’s yard that was growing a little bit out of control. His yard actually runs right over against mine, so a little bit of his yard is almost like an extension of mine.cut-grass

I guess I was so into the grass cutting thing, that I went ahead and cut a little of his yard for him. And I thought maybe he would be surprised to find that next time he mowed his yard, he wouldn’t have to cut as much.


Act 50

Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

I need to apologize for not posting my daily acts as normal on a regular basis. But this has been a busy week at work, and while work has gotten in the way of posting my kind acts, don’t for a minute think that anything has stopped them from still being done. Kindness knows no bounds.

This evening at home, my wife had gotten into cleaning up some old unused stuff she had been accumulating. While I was in the living room reading a magazine, I couldn’t help but notice she had already made a few trips up and down the steps with arms full. And around the corner here she came again for another trip down.

I stopped her and took the arm load of stuff and carried it down into the basement. She informed me that in fact, that was the last load. So I stayed downstairs and put the items away for her.