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The Kindness Box

Discussion in 'Ethics and Morals' started by Knight of Albion, Apr 2, 2014.

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    There are different ways to practice kindness. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help.

    Opening your eyes means noticing when others are suffering. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load can all be acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or food, taking a photo of someone and sending it to the person, sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you don't need are all ideas about how to practice kindness.

    Read more here at an interesting psych blog -

    The Importance of Kindness

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    Kindness bullying - several - for example -

    Phrases like “random acts of kindness” and “pay it forward” have become very popular, which can perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.

    It seems there are good reasons why we can’t get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness.

    As minds and bodies grow, it’s abundantly clear that children require a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.

    Comes from this huge site -

    Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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    We can get so bogged down by the traumatic stories in the media, and by negative experiences in our lives that some people start to truly believe that everyone is bad. Negativity gets more attention than positivity. I often use the example of 1000 people – 500 are bad, and 500 are good – who will get the most attention? The bad ones! It is true they exist, but what about the 500 good ones? They exist too!

    To be fair, many people have had very traumatic experiences and it may cause them to be distrustful. These experiences are real, and I am not insensitive to that. In my work as a Social Worker I counsel women who have experienced very devastating and traumatic events, mostly starting in childhood. Physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse; domestic violence; parental substance abuse; family incarceration; negative and draining network; identity theft; and on and on.

    There are still good people in the world - LaTonia Walker, LLC

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    “In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders.” - L. Frank Baum -

    “Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them.” - Richard Carlson-

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    Books about being kinder ...

    Empathy involves the ability “to feel or imagine another person’s emotional experience” (McDonald & Messinger, P. 2).

    This powerful emotion inspires compassionate behavior that may mean the world to another person. Indeed, empathy in which positive emotions are shared is associated with increased prosocial behavior and happiness (Morelli, Lieberman, & Zaki, 2015).

    This article highlights numerous books and PositivePsychology.com resources that will guide readers in practicing greater empathy; and, ultimately, in contributing to a more loving and harmonious society.

    15 Must-Read Empathy Books for Cultivating Kindness

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    Brian Goldman speaks about the power of kindness -



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    Gratitude may seem like a simple emotion, but Robert Emmons argues that it inspires kindness, connection, and transformative life changes. And he’s done the research to prove it.

    Comes from this site -

    Pay it Forward | Greater Good

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    I love "pay it forward"
     
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    Try - happiness pay it forward -

    For example ...

    Hey, yes you. Thank you for swinging by this blog. You are one step ahead of changing your life for the better and learning how to pay it forward. By choosing to pay it forward, you can make a remarkable difference not only to your own life but to people around you and the environment. Imagine if every person chose to pay it forward, how different the world would be?

    Paying it forward means that when somebody expresses kindness to you, you reward their gesture by doing the same for somebody else through good deeds and/or words of encouragement.

    Your time and understanding, a smile, a hug, and a “please and thank you” do not cost anything, nor are they an inconvenience.

    shapeyourhappiness.com/how-to-pay-it-forward-and-change-your-life/

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    Me too!

    It's pretty simple but we seem to need plenty of reminders :)

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    Good deeds - youtube? ... for example -



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    Interesting blog at this psych site -

    For a long time, there has been a general assumption in our culture that "human nature" is essentially negative. Human beings — so it was assumed — are strongly disposed to traits like selfishness, domination, and warfare. We have strong natural impulses to compete with one another for resources, and to try to accumulate power and possessions. If we are kind to one another, it’s usually because we have ulterior motives of some form. If we are good, it's only because we have managed to control and transcend our natural selfishness and brutality.

    An Alternative View of Human Nature

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    Kindness is becoming rare and sometimes if feels as though we live in a very hostile world. We are more connected than ever these days with social media and the 24 hour news cycle, so it is easy to become saturated with the conflict, politics, poverty and discord of the world around us. For people who work in high needs care industries; doctors, nurses, emergency service personnel, social workers, criminal lawyers; or ordinary people who care for elderly or ill family members, life can become a cycle of stress and trauma and they can begin to suffer from compassion fatigue.

    Read the full article here -

    6 Effective Ways to Bring More Kindness into Your Life

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    [​IMG]

    “When someone is crying and her heart is torn, be an angel of kindness and help her to carry on.”
    ― Debasish Mridha-
     
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    In recent years, we’ve learned a lot about the profound transformative effect that empathy can have on us. For more than a decade, this week’s guest has been on a mission to help bring those powerful lessons to children. Lysa Heslov is founder of Children Mending Hearts, an organization that combats bullying and intolerance by inspiring empathy in children using art and other programs. Her Los Angeles based program has now grown into a national movement, and she tells us how it works, why it matters and what all of us can do to get more empathy in our lives.

    In this episode, you'll learn:
    • Why empathy is so important during these uncertain times.

    • How empathy can help reduce bullying.

    • The long-term effects of teaching children about empathy.
    Here is the podcast -

    Developing Empathy in Children With Lysa Heslov

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