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Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.
Margaret J. Wheatley
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind can destroy the blessing of a good deed, and it will reform the world.
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
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Personal Stories About ‘Kindness’
KindnessSubmitted by Andre
Andre Yatta 1B 14 May 2014 Kindness My aunt Gina would be one of the nicest people you have ever met if you ever met her. She just always has a smile on her face and no matter what time of day it is, she’ll always be there. If you ever need someone to talk to, she’ll be there for you, even on her worst days...
Food FantasySubmitted by Amita Sinha
I was visiting my hometown with my youngest daughter. Since we had gone there after a few years, we decided to visit our favorite eatery. This was a fast food restaurant, resplendent with all sorts of confectionery items. Anyone coming here could not resist tasting one of the many mouth-watering delicacies....
Prom QueenSubmitted by Allison
I have a very happy story to share to day that truly demonstrates how a little kindness can go a long way: A close family friend of mine has a special needs child named Jeremy. He's a very sweet, loving, teenage boy who gets to attend our local High School - although he is in "special" classes for children...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Kindness’
Rachel SSubmitted by Brittany
Rachel started a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. She was a very great person. Although I haven't met her, she changed many lives even after she was shot at Columbine High School. An thank you Rachel you changed my life..I love you Rachel Scott! Love, Brittany
Dilu LinaresSubmitted by Hania Colindres
My hero is my mom because if I need her she will be there. I love my mom and I appreciate that she is my mom. Since I'm the only daughter she gives me the most. I appreciate that too. I appreciate every single thing she gives me. First, the reason I think she is my hero is because I literally get the most...
Loretta SSubmitted by Sunny
My Grandmother is my hero because she was always there for me when I needed her. She was there when I needed someone to talk to; she was was my everything. She raised me since I was three months old and loved me like I was her own child. She passed away last year and I miss her so much. Although I have my husband...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
DO YOUR PART
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
CLASS AND GRACE
DO THY BEST
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
One day I saw a homeless man struggling with his few belongings so I stopped and gave him some plastic bags and bottled waters and 20 dollars and looked into his eyes and said life can be so hard sometimes can't it
He responded yes it can
I will never forget that look in his eyes
Don, Rohnert Park California
3 simple tips:
1. Smile with eye contact to as much people as you can during your day.
2. Make honest compliments to every person you interact with.
3. Hug as long as people don´t feel uncomfortable.
Do this and you will experiment a new kind of joy.
Franktonio, Mexico City
I strongly believe that being kind can give to someone what hard work can't.
Osmond Aisien, Nigeria
(actually from my Niece - Christina):
I give so freely of my time and resources not because I have extra, but because I remember how hard it is to have nothing. EVERYONE has something to offer, and yes even those of us that barely get our bills paid on time. If you lack money or time to spare, you always have kindness to share.
Being kind to one another costs nothing.
Sam Fong, Hong Kong
"With a simple smile, you can be the sunshine in someone else's winter shade."
antonio martins, SA, TX
I would like to see adults, teens and children alike try to watch out for others. The bullying and disrespect of each other needs to change into what can I do to help you or I need a friend, do you? Let's all try to add friends not online but in person. I don't have enough friends. Online friends just aren't as much fun as the kind that can actually hug you. What do you think?
Marsha, So Ca
I read Brynn comment, and I think that it is so powerfull, I going to try it with my students here in El Salvador, thanks
Jorge, El Salvador
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have an autistic child. In order to participate in a fundraiser walk, they needed to raise some money. Only a couple of people had donated and they were quite discouraged. So, I took it upon myself to discreetly make some phone calls and send out an email to a bunch of family and friends to ask them to support my nephew. They raised hundreds of dollars and don't even know how it happened. They are now pumped about the upcoming walk!
Penny, Boston, MA
I was a first grade teacher for eight years. At the beginning of each day, my students and I read a sentence we had written together at the beginning of the year and posted on the wall. The sentence was "Kindness is important!" That set the tone for the year-each day we noticed and acknowledged individual acts of kindness among the students. Our classroom was a happy place to learn!