kindness

Pack Thank You Notes

Posted on 04/18/2014 by | Travel | Comments

Travel | Your LifeOnce when I was in Switzerland, I met a local woman who went out of her way to show me around the resort town of St. Moritz. She refused payment — and even my attempt to pay for lunch. When I finally had time to pick up a gift for her, it was Sunday, and all the shops were closed. Except, of course, the touristy one. So I bought her a box of chocolates. I gave a Swiss woman a …

Remembering 9/11 With Acts of Service

Posted on 09/10/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Your LifeAs we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound. One of them is how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, and neighboring communities came to the aid of passengers aboard 38 planes that were hurriedly diverted to the North Atlantic fueling stop. Grateful passengers and crew members on one Delta flight – who received food, shelter and whatever they needed for their unexpected stay – decided to pay forward the kindness by …

Random Snacks of Kindness — Volunteering for Big Themes in Life

Posted on 05/14/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringHypothetical question: If a random stranger on the street approached you and offered a free cupcake — just because — would you take it? Greg Gano and Sarah Sellman from AmericanBearFilm.com, along with myself undertook that exact experiment in the beautiful city of Scranton, PA. The idea was to pass out “random snacks of kindness” while promoting a simple message — “be kind”. Of course, Greg and Sarah were no strangers to this type of experiment as they had already …

How a Random Act of Kindness Helped Me Heal

Posted on 02/21/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIt was my first trip to Pennsylvania since Pop Pop passed away, and I was equal parts excited and apprehensive — excited because it was (and is) my favorite place on the planet; nervous because my favorite person wouldn’t be there. My grandfather, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie, wouldn’t be in his chair in the living room, or a short walk away at the nursing home, where he spent his final year. Would it be depressing? Would …

28 Ways to Heal From Tragedy

Posted on 12/20/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMany of us are experiencing grief and sorrow after the shock of the deaths in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. The tragic shootings have brought many issues to the forefront: gun control, school safety, mental illness and the daily tragedy of thousands of children around the world who die every day from violence, child abuse, neglect and hunger. How can we lift ourselves up from the fear, sadness and negativity? What can we, as individuals, do to make a difference? At …

Caring for the Poor and Disadvantaged – an Act of Kindness

Posted on 10/18/2012 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringCarlos Slim, the richest man in the world, was recently quoted as saying “We have seen donations for a hundred years … and the problems and poverty are bigger. They have not solved anything.”  I’m perplexed by this statement. If you are a type A personality (like I am), you may think to yourself that Slim may be right.  Though global poverty has decreased over the last five years, according to a Brookings Institute study, the number of fragile states is …