Posted July 25, 2014 by Barbara Bullington
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...
Posted July 15, 2014 by Stephanie Jones
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...
Posted July 11, 2014 by Chipper the Imperfect Dog
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...
Posted July 09, 2014 by Kelsey Gryniewicz
Posted June 24, 2014 by Julie Ann Sullivan
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...
Posted June 20, 2014 by Chipper the Imperfect Dog
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...
Posted June 18, 2014 by Stephanie Jones
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...
Posted June 14, 2014 by Kelsey Gryniewicz
Posted June 12, 2014 by Stephanie Jones
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.
Posted May 21, 2014 by Stephanie Jones
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...