Hi there! This is my very first post as I only heard of your site today (surprisingly!) I love it! More than three years ago I founded a Facebook group called "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain" and we currently have over 3.200 members. What makes us unique is that we have a very strict 'NO COMPLAINING' rule. Although venting is a very important part of living with our struggles, there are one million and two other pages that let you do that. I wanted a place where we could go 24/7 to be uplifted and inspired. We KNOW what the problem is-we live it every day. Our goal is to live in the SOLUTION. And the way we go about doing that is by cultivating gratitude, practicing kindness, being positive and exercising lots and lots of self love. The daily question I put out to the group today was "What can ... Read Full Story >>
Today after school, I came home and saw my mother cleaning the house. Since I didn't have much homework that I needed to do, I started helping. While she vacuumed, I picked up junk left out and rearranged things.
While we cleaned, we chatted a little bit. I think my mother really appreciated the help and company, and I had fun hanging out with my mom and helping her with her chores.
My alter ego is Blue Beacon. I have always wanted to save the world, so when I learned of the Real-Life Superhero movement, I wanted to try it out. I started out with a project, a fundraiser which I called "Superhero for a Month." During that month, I had to volunteer for a different non-profit every day for a month. I'm a full-time digital marketing specialist, so on my lunch break, I would change into my costume and go volunteer! Each night, I wrote about my volunteer experience, promoting dozens of non-profits over the course of the month. Much like a Walk-a-thon, people donated money to the charity of my choice to encourage the month-long Volunteer-a-thon. So I raised money for Activate Good, a superhero-themed volunteer center, while providing free promotion and advertising for each place I volunteered by writing an article about each one--in comic book style. It was a fun ... Read Full Story >>
For the next several months I will be donating 6 dozen homemade cookies to Veterans Home on the first Tuesday of every month for their Bingo Game. I decided to make some fun ones this month. I am so thankful to be able to do this. They have given so much and I LOVE to see their smiles.
One evening I was at the chemist, waiting to get some scripts and buying some medicine and a gift for a friend. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to do a random act of kindness.
I bought a small bottle of perfume and once I had paid for everything, I got the perfume out and I gave it to the girl serving me. She was so surprised, she lit up. She was almost jumping for joy and it was so sweet, her reaction was medicine for me. It was like she had won the lotto. It's so lovely that a small gesture can make such a difference. :)
Today I went to the store to buy myself a packet of chips, and while there, I saw a little girl and boy begging the shopkeeper for some food. I just kept looking at how they were begging, and at the end it just got to my heart and I bought them some food.
They both smiled at me after they got the food. The amount of happiness I felt was just amazing. This incident will motivate me to do more kindness acts in the future.
I went out to dinner with friends this evening, and as we got up to leave I saw my friend’s 8 year old son hand a small piece of paper to our waitress. His mom explained that he had told her the gal was the best waitress ever. Too shy to tell her, he took his mom’s suggestion to write his compliment down and give it to her.
What a delight to see an expression of kindness in action!
I am on our Parent-Teacher board and we had to finish up a fundraiser Thursday after school so we were late getting home. I stopped at Wendy's to grab a quick dinner for my daughter and I. When I got to the drive up window and tried to pay, the young man working said "it's ok we've got your order covered tonight! " What a nice surprise!! I make it a habit whenever I have a few extra dollars, to pay for the next person who's in the drive thru behind me and I give the cashier a smile card to give them for me. I especially like to do things like that when my kids are with me. I am constantly searching for what I call "teachable moments" so my children learn how to be decent, thoughtful and caring citizens. I'm always pointing out instances of RAOK, what karma means, what goes around ... Read Full Story >>
“Smile!” I shouted, flashing a neon yellow poster at Seattle’s bustling crowd. We were three thousand miles away from home on a Random Acts of Kindness and Volunteerism Road Trip. Our funds were running low, so we had two goals today: 1. Try out our new "Smile!" signs and see how much kindness and joy we could spread in Pike Place Market. 2. Raise a meager $20 a piece by doing street performances. Singing, drawing caricatures, storytelling -- we'd be like real life bards! Since there were four of us, this would total $80, enough for gas to Portland and a small hotel room. We weren't sure how people would react to our signs. It's so easy to walk past a busy crowd, lost in your own world, refusing to make eye-contact with strangers, and feeling alone despite being surrounded by hundreds of people just like you. I nervously raised up our signs and ... Read Full Story >>
For years and years going home for the holidays has been bittersweet. My mom works hard to make me feel loved year around, and the holidays are no exception. She loves to cook and take care of me during my time at home. Of course I’ll never stop cherishing the opportunity to spend quality time with her. But it’s also painful for me because her house is littered with stuff. Clothes bought but never worn, craft projects started with good intentions but never finished, boxes packed years ago but never open, and plenty of new items in their original packaging carelessly purchased and never used. It’s evident how much seeing the stuff on a daily basis reminds my mom of a time when shopping was her coping mechanism for so much loss. It’s something I’ve tried to see but ignore during my time there; the lingering elephant in the room. I didn’t ... Read Full Story >>
On the way to the train station we found a mobile phone on the street; battery out, seemed broken. I decided to pick it up and try to put it together to see if it worked. It did! I chose a number from the contact list and found a woman who luckily knew the owner so I asked her to please let them know I had the phone. She couldn't reach them so I tried with the station guard; he is not allowed to keep these things. After 15 minutes, worried about my train, while thinking what to do, a man called the phone. It was the owner's husband! I explained and he couldn't believe it. He asked if I could please wait for him so I did. He came to the station in 10 minutes and soon after his wife arrived. The look in their faces made it all worth it. ... Read Full Story >>
This past fall, my husband and I stopped into the local Aldi for groceries. While checking out, I did my usual practice of responding to the cashier's usual, "How are you today?" with a short but real answer. Then I looked at her and said, "And how are YOU doing?" and waited kindly and expectantly for an answer. She was a little surprised, but then she got rolling. As it turned out, her elderly grandfather was uppermost in her mind as he had been struggling lately and in hospital. Her worry was palpable, despite her brave, "I know he is ninety one, but..." which trailed off into a sad whisper before she caught herself. "If it won't offend you, I will pray for him," I said. "Oh, thank you!" she replied. Well,a grocery run or two later, several weeks or so in the future, we wound up in her line again. After ... Read Full Story >>
Last night my husband and I were taking a post-dinner stroll in a nearby parking lot, when we saw a man bent over on the ground, crushing something with a rock. He was completely focused on his task and didn't look up at anyone passing by. We kept noticing him as we took rounds of the parking lot and speculated between ourselves what he could be doing. I thought he was crushing stones to make sand, but why would he do that? Finally we decided to go up and speak to him. He was crushing pieces of left over bread that he collects from all his room mates to make feed for the birds that come there early morning. The large pieces of Indian bread would be difficult for the birds to eat so he crushes them into a fine powder. He's been doing this every night, by himself, for the last ... Read Full Story >>
I went up to Peet’s Coffee the other morning and there was a young man, Mike, probably my age. With him he had all his physical belongings on a small roll cart. I first thought, how nice to have so little possessions. That was followed with the thought of how ironic it is that we live in one of the financially wealthiest areas of the U.S., if not the world, yet we can’t, or don’t, take care of the basic needs of human beings. Yes, we are financially wealthy, but we lack in wealth of compassion, kindness, understanding. I tear up as I ponder the inequality and injustice that exists. Anyway, I invited Mike in for bite to eat and he eagerly accepted. He talked about looking up a friend for a place to stay that night. On Christmas Eve as many eagerly (and greedily) stuff their bellies with food in ... Read Full Story >>
I teach at a small school and our families are far from wealthy. It takes a lot of effort from the parents on our School Council to raise funds for extra things for our students. Happily, they are providing each class with a "Scientist in the School".
Scientist Sheryl came in today and brought all sorts of wonderful activities for the children to explore simple machines. It was delightful!
Though the children said thank you I wanted them to show more gratitude. I explained how hard people had worked so that they could have this experience. They each made a card to show their appreciation and what they had learned. We attached little candy kisses (and ate some too!)
Tonight I put them out on the table at our School Council Meeting. The parents were touched and I think the kids are just a little smarter...about being thankful!
On December 15th, 2017, Karen M Carlquist of Bloomingdale, IL peacefully lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer. This 36 year old young woman was incredible in so many ways, but nothing was more incredible to her than what she called her "Fab 5", which was her husband Kenny and her 4 children: Gavin (13), Ryan (12), Karson (4), and Kenzie (2). These 5 people were her entire world and her entire life. Karen herself was so unbelievably selfless, despite a terminal diagnosis 14 months into her cancer battle. She smiled every single day. No joke, every single day. For 16 months, she sent a Snapchat to her ever growing group of followers that showed her smiling, right up until 2 days before she passed. She started a blog almost immediately after getting diagnosed, which I have added for you to look at here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786016728276565/. This group has over 3,000 followers ... Read Full Story >>
The other day I was going to a doctor's appointment, and I happened to open the door for an older woman as we went inside. She was so lovely; dressed to the nines, nice hair do, makeup and everything and I was taken with her. As we rode up in the elevator together, I told her what I'd been thinking and she beamed such a bright smile it made my heart dance. She said "Thank you young lady! You've made my day!" And I was like, "No ma'am, you made mine." Watching her walking away, I noticed she had a spring in her step, and I felt so great knowing that I was part of her feeling that way. Such a nice gift for both of us. ... Read Full Story >>
In a beautiful example of the cyclical nature of kindness, I received a "donation" to help me continue my month-long journey to enact 92 acts of kindness in memory of my Grandmother. It gets expensive to put together 92 acts of kindness so rapidly -- a $5 gift card here, a bag of candy there, a bouquet of flowers, paying for the person behind you in line, art supplies to make signs. I've been very fortunate that many people have joined me in helping reach my goal by contributing their own acts of kindness. However, a few surprises have rolled in. In this case, a local woman on one of my kindness message boards saw my story on the news and offered to donate her collection of hand-painted kindness rocks, affirmations, signs, notes, and candy containers. I picked the haul up at her house the other day, and now I have so ... Read Full Story >>
My son has been in the hospital again, this time with an emergency admission. From our local health centre he was sent in an ambulance to the pediatric hospital which is just over an hour away from there. In this country most ambulances are driven and manned by bombeiros (firemen) and this was no exception. Whilst one drove, the other was in the back with me and son. He started chatting with my son as soon as he was strapped in, asking him whether he'd prefer English or Portuguese. When my son said either, the bombeiro requested English so that he could practice. Of course, that gave plenty of opportunity for him to draw my son into offering 'tuition' and the pair of them chatted on and off for the full hour. He'd obviously been tasked with keeping our boy awake, and did so so skillfully that our son didn't realise we ... Read Full Story >>
I woke up a little late for work this morning with a bit of a sore neck. I rushed around my house getting ready for my day and reached my work place in a tearing rush. I was grumpy and grouchy and just nodded to people without a smile as I rushed past my colleagues down the corridor of my office, until I met the regular security man near the lift to my office. He gave me a warm smile, noticed me rubbing my neck, and quickly slipped behind me and proceeded to give me the most wonderful massage of my sore neck and shoulders. I was feeling very embarrassed but it felt so good! I just stood there enjoying the massage in spite of the crowd looking at both of us with amusement. Before I could even turn around to say thank you he was busy with some other errand. The ... Read Full Story >>