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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 158 – Spread the Holiday cheer

Thursday, December 8, 2011, Act 158

If you’re cash-strapped, that doesn’t mean you can’t help others this holiday season.  Here are a few Web sites where you can give without a lot of green.

GoodShop.com & GiveClicks.com:  These sites donate a portion of proceeds to charity as you shop.

IDoFoundation.org:  Helps couples create gift registries, invitations and party favors that benefit charitable groups.

Soles4Souls.org:  Distributes shoes to poor and the disaster-struck around the world.

StuffedAnimalsForEmergencies.org & LovingHugs.org:  Gives your gently-used stuffed animals to children in need.

HandsOnNetwork.org & VolunteerMatch.org:  Pair you with local volunteer needs.

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!

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

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.

www.usaweekend.com

May 2 – 8 Be Kind to Animals Week

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.

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.