“You Have Been the Victim of a Random Act of Kindness”

For over 25 years I’ve facilitated kindness classes and throughout this time, it seems, participants in the classes have most enjoyed and felt good about those kindness actions they completed anonymously. One of my favorite kindness stories comes from when I was facilitating an in-person intergenerational kindness class in a Seattle retirement community in theContinue reading ““You Have Been the Victim of a Random Act of Kindness””

Four Steps to Finding Happiness & Purpose

Over the years as an educator, I often told my students what I think is a pretty sound strategy for being happy and feeling purposeful. I told them it’s a secret, but really it’s not. It’s pretty simple, although lots of things conspire to make it complicated. Here’s how it works: 1) Identify something youContinue reading “Four Steps to Finding Happiness & Purpose”

There are People in the Country Besides Politicians

The title of this essay comes from a quote from journalist Charles Kuralt: “It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn’t in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.” -Charles Kuralt I find the quote to be centering, concerned as IContinue reading “There are People in the Country Besides Politicians”

Recognizing Our Common Humanity

I regularly encourage people to recognize there are always positive things taking place and to find ways to contribute to them. I think this is especially important right now due to the polarization and divisiveness we are all experiencing. In short, it’s important to notice, remember, and contribute to the good stuff. For this article,Continue reading “Recognizing Our Common Humanity”