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!
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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.
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.
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Although May 2-8 is the American Humane Society’s annual “Be Kind to Animals” week, we should be kind to animals on a regular, year-round basis.
A recent slogan I came across says it all, “Kindness is Contagious.” It’s not that hard to show kindness and caring (to people and animals) and it can be accomplished in a number of ways.
This time of year (Spring) is a good time to extend an extra hand to those who diligently help animals that are left unwanted, abandoned and neglected. Dropping off donations, blankets and pet food at your favorite non-profit shelter is a great way to show you care.
Visit the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association or the one in your local area for more information.
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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.
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In this gray, cold winter, when the darkness often seems unrelenting, there are many examples of compassion, connection, and heart.
Small acts of everyday kindness lighten our hearts and make us smile. And they’re everywhere. We just have to stop, look and listen.
For every child who cries because she doesn’t have a quarter for lunch at school, there’s another child trying to help. Kids in schools all across the country regularly join together to raise money and support for special causes and need based organizations.
For all the self-serving politicians who put politics above service, there are genuine public servants who just want to help. When someone they know is struggling, all these leaders want to know is: How can we help?
Yes, even though the darkness of these winter days may seem endless, we can all glimpse rays of light — in a small business owner who knows how tough a dollar is to come by, in a bank teller who really is a neighbor, in a worker who lost his job and still finds it in his heart to help others.
These are, indeed, small acts of everyday kindness that lighten our hearts and make us smile. They are all around us. We just have to stop, look and listen.
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Monday, January 25, 2010.
We should feel so lucky and blessed to be living in America. Our problems aren’t near as bad as ones other countries face around the world. The nation of Haiti has just went through a tremendously trying and difficult time with the huge earthquake that struck. Now almost two weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, staggering numbers have mounted. The numbers tell stories of death and destruction, as well as a global outpouring of aid. Please join in this aid process. Every little bit helps and will brighten someone’s day in the struggling country.
The European Union and the Pan American Health Organization, which are coordinating the health-sector response, have estimated the quake killed 200,000 people with another 194,000 injured (CNN.com). There is so much hurt and need for the Haitians. People can be seen in makeshift communities in fields begging for a tent to have a place to sleep, let alone going without necessary food and water for days.
There are many organizations that are working to bring relief to the hurt in Haiti. Contact your local Red Cross, church, or military base to see how you can help. It can be as easy as texting “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. Here are some other organizations that are trying to organize efforts to help http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/.
I have donated and made a small, but important impact in the relief efforts. I will continue to help in other ways through community group fundraising efforts and church donation programs. Won’t you join in the effort?
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Thursday, December 17, Day 4, Act 130:
This act wasn’t performed by me, but made such a significant impact, it had to be shared. This was performed by hundreds of college students, college students mind you, that gave and gave for the benefit of someone else.
You Load 15 tons…………..
Sheets, towels, t-shirts and pants were among the more than 30,000 pounds – or 15 tons – of used textile products that were collected by West Virginia University students to benefit the homeless.
The items were collected throughout the month of November by students in WVU’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program. The 2009 A-WEAR-ness Campaign for the Homeless was led by Tracy Vash’s Fashion Design and Merchandising 235 class.
The collected items have been donated to the Clarksburg Mission, which is in the process of sorting to identify wearable garments and bailing those goods that have lost their serviceability. Proceeds will then go to support the mission’s programs and activities.
Recyclable textiles include clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed linens, towels, stuffed animals and fabric scraps. The materials are usually broken down into component parts and rewoven into new products.
Since the campaign’s creation in 2005, over 112,700 pounds of textiles have been collected for redistribution and recycling. Two permanent collection boxes have been installed at the Student Recreation Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus and at WVU’s Intermodal Facility.
Way to go Mountaineers!
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