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Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrated worldwide Feb 17

February 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world on February 17 in order to encourage acts of kindness.

It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just smile at some passers by, look people directly in the eye when talking to them, give people some extra time to listen to actually how they are, help a coworker, take a friend to lunch, pay for a stranger’s bus ride or toll……

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These are just a few examples of simple little things to do today that could change someone’s life forever. And science has shown that it will change yours too!

Research shows that there are strong links between random acts of kindness and improvements in the health of people, so do not forget to do something kind today.

Post what random act of kindness you did today in the comments section! I want to hear from you!

Act 159 – Paying the Kindness Forward:WVSU HOUSE Program gets surprise Christmas gift

Thursday, December 22, 2011, Act 159

It seems to be true that the holiday season brings out the best in everyone. Even when most organizations are wishing for an end of the year donation or surprise gift, it usually doesn’t happen. But the West Virginia State University Helping Our Undergraduates Succeed in Education (HOUSE) Program’s Christmas got an early visit from a local “Santa” and made their Christmas so much brighter!

The WVSU HOUSE Program consists of two nationally unique programs for young adults who have faced challenges growing up and serving formerly homeless and battered women who want to begin their college education. The WVSU HOUSE Program exists to help these individuals achieve their goals by providing comprehensive, nurturing transitional housing programs.

Mr. Ray Williams contacted the WVSU HOUSE program about making a large holiday donation to the program. Williams told a touching story of how his home recently burned down and the abundance of love and support he received from the community. Williams, overcome with gratitude, was inspired by his daughter Ostin’s suggestion in holiday spirit and paying the kindness forward. Without hesitation Williams decided to use the same amount of money he was given in his time of need and donate it to select nonprofit organizations around the Kanawha Valley in a pay-it-forward fashion.

The WVSU HOUSE program would like to thank Ray, daughter Ostin, and son Grant for their overwhelming $1000 gift. Their kindness and generosity made the holidays brighter for WVSU’s HOUSE Program in helping to provide residence, guidance, and support for “at-risk” young adults and abused or formerly homeless females. The gift will be a welcome addition to the program going towards program costs, while directly assisting the residents and their children.
For more information on the WVSU HOUSE Program, contact David Boyles at dboyles@wvstateu.edu or by phone at 304.766.6994 or visit the WVSU HOUSE on the web at http://www.grdi.wvstateu.edu/extension/family-and-consumer-science/house

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!

Pay It Forward Day

Celebrate with the world. Tomorrow is David’s 2nd Annual Pay It Forward Day of December 1st, 2010
‘Tis the Season! A random act of kindness goes a long way …

PAY IT FORWARD!!!

What can you do?
ON DEC. 1st…
• Pay for someone’s cup of coffee…
• Buy someone some groceries…
• Get the next person’s gas…
• Help someone out…
• Donate something…
• Be creative!!!

When you do something for someone there’s a good chance they’ll do something for someone else. If not, at least you’ve done a good deed for someone.

So on December 1st share some kindness and spread some joy! It can be as little as a few dollars or as much as you want. No one needs to know!

Join us, won’t you?

please… spread the word!

Check out the Facebook page – Pay it Forward Day

 

Nicest Canadian couple in world dole out lottery winnings

by Liz Goodwin

A retired Canadian couple who won $11.3 million in the lottery in July have already given it (almost) all away. “What you’ve never had, you never miss,” 78-year-old Violet Large explained to a local reporter.

She was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer when the couple realized they’d won the jackpot in July.

“That money that we won was nothing,” her tearful husband, Allen, told Patricia Brooks Arenburg of the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald. “We have each other.”

The money was a “headache,” they told the paper–mainly, it brought anxiety over the prospect that “crooked people” might take advantage of them. Several people called them out of the blue to ask for money when the news first broke that they’d won the jackpot. So they began an $11 million donation spree to get rid of it and help others, the Chronicle Herald reports:

They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. The list goes on and on.

Violet told the Canadian Press that they retained about 2 percent of the money for a rainy day. “It made us feel good,” Violet told the Chronicle Herald. “And there’s so much good being done with that money.”

The Nova Scotia couple have been married more than 35 years and quietly saved up the money that Allen made as a welder and Violet made in retail before retiring.

“We haven’t spent one cent on ourselves because we’ve been too busy getting everything looked after and with my health, I have to wait to get my health back to get the energy to do anything,” Violet told the National Post. “We’re not travelers anyway. We live in the country and we’re proud of it. Money can’t buy you health or happiness.”

Now their neighborhood is abuzz over their good deeds. “People who know them just know that’s the type of people they are—they’re just happy to have each other,” local restaurant owner Lori Hingley told the Canadian Press.

The prize was in Canada dollars (roughly equal to U.S. dollars at current exchange rates).

from the Upshot
news.yahoo.com/upshot

Acts of kindness do a mind and body good

We all know that one bad apple can poison the well. Just as one sour apple can spread it’s infectious disease, so too can one or two caring souls spread acts of kindness.

There are many tragedies that plague our world and our every day lives. Bad things happen to good people and it seems unjust and unfair, and it is. However, recent encounters in our country and world have left me feeling such hope and joy, that I cannot help but feel its infectious goodness spreading within us and extending beyond our own small limits.

Recently an outpouring of donations has gone out to our troops, the people of Haiti, food banks, local organizations and churches. I have always been one to give what I can to these groups, but today’s society of people have shown me I am not alone. This experience has taught me several things.

When we sincerely tell our friends, “I am happy to help.” This statement means two things. We are excited to be able to help a friend in need, but people don’t realize the happiness gained from being selfless and sincere and dedicated to a cause and realizing the efforts and impact of a small group.

Whether rallying for a school, for an illness, for an organization, or for a country living in ruins, people are willing to reach out in whatever way they can. This knowledge is a great comfort to me. My mind can rest easier now knowing that there are many, many people who will help our fellow-man and assist to rebuild dreams and lives which makes these worldly burdens a little lighter and a lot more manageable.

Kindness Week Act 3

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Act 143.

recyclingI went and visited a professor friend of mine from when I was in college. After we had caught up and finished chatting, I noticed a bag of office papers and magazines that she had sitting in the corner of her office. I asked her about it. She said that she had been collecting recycling for our campus recycling program, but the bag had become too heavy for her to move.

I kindly offered to take it off of her hands and out of her office. After saying goodbye, I picked up the bag full of recycling and carried it across campus to the nearest recycling bin.  This was a win, win, win for everyone involved. The professor’s office wasn’t as messy with the bag of papers, the environment was helped because of less trash into a landfill, and I got to keep celebrating Kindness Week in style by helping out with the grunt work.