The Kindness Blog

Read inspiring blog posts by some of the best writers on the Internet.

Back_to_school_kindness_ideas

Three Very Important Ways to Show Respect When Traveling

It’s summer. The time of year when many – from students studying abroad to families looking to temporarily exchange their daily routines for new adventures – pack up and head off to destinations unknown. Many locales all over the world rely on tourists for a boost to their economy. Yet, the residents may end up feeling disrespected by visitors to their country or region.  While I’ve been to many states in the U.S., I’ve never been out of the country until this June when I accompanied 20 students (as well as the professor who organized the trip and her 16-year-old daughter) to London for a two-week study abroad program. I traveled with a great group of people, witnessed many acts of kindness both large and small, and had a wonderful...

Read more...

7 Ways to Show Kindness to a Police Officer

Yesterday I watched my husband walk out the door in his dress blues. He was leaving to honor and pay his respects to Officer Jeffrey Westerfield who was killed in the line of duty on July 6, 2014. As a former police officer and wife of a state trooper when I see a law enforcement officer killed, I think they were killed by someone who was not taught respect. No matter your opinion of law enforcement officers you should respect them as they may save your life one day. To date, 62 officers have given the ultimate sacrifice protecting communities they swore to serve. This is an...

Read more...

Being Respectful To Others

Back when I was training to become a certified therapy dog, I visited a group home for disabled young adults. I met several new friends, and they were very nice to me. Everything was going great until a guy in a wheelchair kicked me for no reason. It caught me off guard, but the only thing that got hurt was my feelings. The staff quickly reassured me that I shouldn’t take it personally because Ernie kicked everybody. He was ornery, they said, but he didn’t know any better. Most of us do know better than to kick our friends, but sometimes we say and do things that aren’t very nice. Here are three ways that we can show respect toward our friends, family, and co-workers. 1) Don’t talk behind your friend’s back. If...

Read more...

Give a Hug---Get a Hug The Power of Embrace

by Julie Ann Sullivan June 29th is The National Hug Holiday Day. But isn’t any day a great day for a hug? This particular day is geared to those who have lived a long life and now for a multitude of reasons have the need to be re-energized by this simple gesture. The Hugs for Health Foundation, Hugger’s Creed is, “We believe HUGS nurture the human spirit, promote a more positive outlook and enhance the quality of one’s life.” Here are a couple ways you can...

Read more...

You Can Be A Kindness Rockstar!

No matter who you are, you have exactly what it takes to spread kindness all over the place. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have gobs of money. You don’t even have to have a lot of time. The Beatles were right. All you need is love. Perhaps you don’t think anyone wants a friend like you because you’re not perfect. I know exactly how you feel. I have a missing tooth and my breath smells like fish. Sometimes I bark at people for no reason. One time I picked a fight with a very nice Golden Retriever just because I felt like it. I have shoplifted treats from a pet store. I’m ashamed to tell you what I did to a squirrel. You might think that nobody would be interested in having a friend like me, but the...

Read more...

5 Ways To Help A Stranger

When was the last time you stopped to help a stranger? Every time you leave your home you are bound to encounter a stranger. And you are likely to encounter a stranger that needs your help. Here are five simple ways you can help a stranger by showing kindness: 1.Smile- A simple smile can brighten someone’s day and turn a crummy day around. 2.Pass up a close parking spot- I have recently started passing up parking spots so someone else can park close. I often hope this will help an expectant mother, an elderly person or someone with small children. Plus, I can always use the exercise! 3.Leave a BIG tip- My husband and I dine out once a week...

Read more...

Fathers_day

How I Learned Kindness From My Father

Thinking back to your younger years, who in your life helped you to learn kindness? For me it was my parents. Since we are approaching Father’s Day, I’d like to reminisce about how I learned kindness from my father. I was blessed to grow up in a home where I witnessed my father showing family, friends and strangers acts of kinds quite often. If I think back to how my father showed kindness, it was usually through helping people. There are several memories that stick out in my mind. I remember… when I was very young there were a father and son who were in need. My father bought them burgers and fries at the local diner. line-height:...

Read more...

Always Do the Right Thing

Last summer a friend of mine posted on Facebook that her mom had a ton of grapes that were ripe for the picking and if anyone wanted them they were free for the taking. I jumped at the chance for free fruit, manual labor and time basking in the sunshine. My friend let me know that her mom was in her early nineties and would meet me when I arrived and take me out to the vines. As I pulled into the driveway an elderly woman greeted me at my car and introduced herself as Virginia. I was thinking Virginia looked fabulous for being in her nineties. I grabbed a couple of bags and we made the trek to her backyard. The sun was beating down and I told Virginia I was fine to pick by myself, but she insisted on...

Read more...

May 21st Each Year is National Waiters and Waitresses Day

May 21 is National Waiters and Waitresses Day in the United States. According to HolidayInsights.com, the day is for recognizing “the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress.” The origin of the date’s designation as a day to honor wait staff hasn’t been pinpointed, and it is not a commonly known date of celebration for many members of the general public. But, it’s a great idea. It’s also an international objective. In fact, according to waitersrace, “Waiters Races” have existed for over one hundred years. These races are aimed at increasing recognition of the profession of a waiter. Here’s a short and interesting history lesson from the site: “Parisian cafes had built...

Read more...

Memorial Day lesson in Kindness - How to respect those who gave their lives, even if you don’t agree

I am a peacenik. I grew up in the 60’s. I protested the war in Vietnam and marched against the war in Iraq. I supported conscientious objectors and cried when my high school friends were killed. Call me a hippie, a peacenik, a rabble-rouser, but the one feeling I have always had was respect for those who actually put their lives in danger to be in service to our country. (In actuality, I feel the same way about police and fire fighters.) Memorial Day is a day set aside to commemorate all who have served in the Armed Services and given their lives as well. However, like Mother’s Day, let’s not get complacent to thinking about the sacrifice they made, on just one day. And, let’s remember that when a life is lost, it affects the...

Read more...

Contagious Kindness!

I don’t know a whole lot about music because I’m just a dog, but one thing I do know is that some songs make you want to get up and dance all over the place. Maybe you’ve been to a wedding reception where everybody was just sitting around staring at each other, but then the DJ played the song “Twist and Shout” and a bridesmaid ran over to the dance floor with a big grin on her face. Then the Best Man joined her, followed by the groom’s mother. Pretty soon the whole crowd was bouncing around like Mexican jumping beans. It’s kind of like that with kindness, too. I can’t speak for everyone, but when I hear about something nice that somebody did for someone else, it makes me want to get off the couch and do...

Read more...

The Kindness of Mothers

Did you grow up in an urban or a rural community? I grew up in a small farming community in Southern Indiana and the longer I live, the more I realize growing up in a small town was a blessing. I had the same friends from kindergarten to high school and even to this day I keep in touch with all of my good high school friends. I didn’t realize this was a rarity until I went to college. And even now as communities grow children often have multiple schools they can attend in one school system so from kindergarten to first grade and then into junior high and high school a child could constantly be split up from friends they had made the prior year. Growing up in a small community I had many mothers. My friend’s moms constantly looked...

Read more...

Showering Teachers with Kindness

Almost 17 years ago, I walked through the doorway of an elementary school classroom transforming myself, almost magically, from student to teacher. Since that time I have taught hundreds of students (possibly thousands if you count students I taught while collaborating with other classroom teachers) and I can tell you from first-hand experience one explicit truth about teachers. They really do love their students. Every single day of the school year, teachers put aside their own personal obligations to spend 6-8 hours (or more!) with your children or grandchildren. They help children learn not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but so many other things as well....

Read more...

http://goo.gl/y2wyEI

http://goo.gl/uSy5PK

Celebrating Earth Day with Kindness

Looking for a few ideas on how to do Random Acts of Kindness on Earth Day, April 22? Check out the list below! GROCERY SHOPPING: Instead of using plastic grocery bags, bring your own bags to the store. Then continue your random acts of kindness by taking your own groceries to your car and returning the cart all the way back to the store. You might even find someone in the parking lot who would appreciate your help in loading their groceries, too! TRANSPORTATION: Plan a vacation that includes riding a train instead of driving a car. Less gas...

Read more...

A Handful of Kindness Could Make a Difference in Our Planet

The Earth faithfully served humanity with all its might for many years. History upon history takes place, generations to generations passed but the Earth is standing still, enduring the course of time. It’s Earth Day once again and it’s nice to give you a little throwback about it. The summit of hippie happenings took place by famous people such as the last of the Beatles Album in 1970, an environmental movement was initiated. April 22 marked its first innovation moving towards to what it is today, which era has brought turmoil to society. A rage of war to Vietnam took place, progressing industries gulped out smoke and the word environment is just being a word in a dictionary and people start to spend their...

Read more...