Is Kindness Always Possible ?
    The Science Behind Why Love Is A Powerful Drug
    Kindness Breeds More Kindness, Study Shows
    Altruism versus Selfishness During Disasters
    National Random Acts of Kindness Day - February 17
    Care and compassion for immigrant children
    The Secret to Happiness Is Helping Others

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Is Kindness Always Possible ?

On a dog walk this summer, I strolled through a local Catholic university, and there it was: a sign with a Dalai Lama quote that said “Be Kind Whenever Possible. It is always possible.”

By Susana K. McCollom

Is it?

As the Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH) celebrates its 60th anniversary, we asked more than 30 Americans a series of questions centered on spirituality, health, and inspiration.

On a daily basis, the Institute is immersed in spirituality-centric conversations with everyone from long-term associates to the drive-by visitor who stops in, wondering what ISH is about. We wanted to know if the language we encounter each day is echoed by the wider population that does not walk through our doors. What does spirituality mean for people, and how much does it matter?

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Altruism versus Selfishness During Disasters

In disasters, it’s human nature to band together and be kind to one another in order to survive

By Maia Szalavitz @maiaszOct. 31, 2012

As the East Coast awakened to the aftermath of Sandy— with millions of people without power, many lacking running water and New York City’s transit system crippled, possibly for days—many are facing enormous emotional and physical challenges. But at least, say experts, they can rely on the kindness of strangers—not just loved ones— to temper the blow.

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day – February 17

Big-hearted Americans are being called on to help celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Friday by carrying out selfless gestures and encouraging others to pay it forward.
A Colorado-based group called the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) has dedicated an entire week to promoting kindness. World Kindness Day, which is observed every year in November, inspired the organization to extend the unofficial holiday by seven days, the group said on its website.

Melissa Chan I Feb 17, 2017

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Care and compassion for immigrant children

Immigrant children are… children.

That’s an important point that can easily be lost in the discussions about what our country should do with immigrants and refugees. In the past few months those discussions have grown more heated, with new executive orders, discussions of a border wall, and rhetoric about the danger of letting people into the United States.

POSTED MARCH 14, 2017, 10:00 AM
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications

In fiscal year 2016, 59, 692 unaccompanied children and 77, 676 individuals in family units were apprehended at the border. These are not drug dealers or terrorists; they are people looking for a better life. It’s important to remember that children don’t immigrate, they flee; they come from poverty or violence, or both.

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134 Ideas for random acts of kindness

The devastation of the recent Sandy Hook tragedy has prompted people to start asking themselves, “What can I do to change this?” and “How can we prevent this from happening again?”


Ann Curry says, “If you do good, you’ll feel good.” She suggests that we all perform 26 Acts of Kindness, 1 act of kindness for every single life that was lost in the shooting (can’t help but cry as I write this).

Here are some ideas to help you spread the kindness. Not everyone is bad. Don’t lose your faith in humanity.

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Be Kind to Yourself—Right Now

People often find some difficulty in caring for themselves, in receiving love, in believing they deserve to be happy.

To be kind to others, you need to start with yourself.

By Sharon Salzberg 

Imagine for a moment the amount of energy you expend brooding over the future, ruminating about the past, comparing yourself to others, judging yourself, worrying about what might happen next. That is a huge amount of energy. Now imagine all of that energy gathered in and returned to you. Underlying our usual patterns of self-preoccupation, stinging self-judgment, and fear is the universal, innate potential for love and awareness.

Loving kindness meditations point us back to a place within, where we can cultivate love and help it flourish. Developing care toward ourselves is the first objective, the foundation for later being able to include others in the sphere of kindness.

How to Do a Loving Kindness Meditation

This loving kindness practice involves silently repeating phrases that offer good qualities to oneself and to others.

You can start by taking delight in your own goodness—calling to mind things you have done out of good-heartedness, and rejoicing in those memories to celebrate the potential for goodness we all share.
Silently recite phrases that reflect what we wish most deeply for ourselves in an enduring way. Traditional phrases are:
• May I live in safety.
• May I have mental happiness (peace, joy).
• May I have physical happiness (health, freedom from pain).
• May I live with ease.
Repeat the phrases with enough space and silence between so they fall into a rhythm that is pleasing to you. Direct your attention to one phrase at a time. Read More

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