Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all mushy romance. While that’s certainly the traditional meaning in many cultures – it can just be a day to really celebrate Love. To connect with the special people in your life and really let them know how much they mean to you.
I’m a big believer in “as within, so without.” When we have peace, joy, love and harmony inside – that’s what we put out into the world at large. And it makes a difference. A BIG difference. You can make a difference to someone.
In fact, that’s one of the reasons I really love social media so much. We have a chance to connect with people all over world and let some folks know that they are not alone.
If you see someone today, give them the gift of your full attention – if even for a brief moment. A genuine smile and eye contact can make a person’s day — you’ll see them suddenly light up, because they’ve really been seen!
When you see someone in a store, restaurant, at the checkout, or you’re passing by a colleague today, really see the person and connect from the heart.
I truly hope this is a magical and special day for you and others around you that you impact!
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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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Tuesday, December 22, Day 9, Act 135:
Today, I was able to spend all morning wrapping presents. I carefully wrapped each gift in different paper, selected the proper bow, and even a special tag to go on each present. It just feels really good to do something totally for someone else’s enjoyment. Just knowing the joy that someone else gets when opening that special package.
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Sunnyvale, CA -based Yahoo! has launched a new site to rally its audience of some 600 million people into random acts of kindness. Timed to coincide with December holidays, the site encourages users to post activities, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor. Once an activity is posted, the user asks, “You in?” to inspire others to do likewise.
“We believe that one small act of kindness can ignite a ripple of generosity and we hope to inspire the Yahoo! community to create a wave of goodwill around the world,” said Meg Garlinghouse, senior director of Yahoo! for Good. “Update your status to share what you’re doing to spread holiday joy and inspire others to also pay it forward.”
Just launched, the site already has a fair amount of content with people posting text and images. You can find the site at kindness.yahoo.com pictues can be uploaded to Yahoo! owned Flickr, or users may visit Yodel Anecdotal.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009.
On my way to work this morning, a neighbor’s trash can and lid had fallen over and rolled out onto the road. I seem to always be in a hurry on my way to work in the mornings, but this caused me to take some time and help. I stopped my car to retrieve the trash can and lid that was actually clear across the street from my neighbor’s house. I picked them both up, placed the lid back on the can, and returned them to their rightful place in my neighbor’s driveway.
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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.
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.