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30 Acts of Kindness


Improve the well-being of yourself and others with 30 acts of kindness.

  • Give a genuine compliment.
  • Tell someone you love them.
  • Smile at everyone you see.
  • Do something nice for a stranger.
  • Donate to a charity you believe in.
  • Volunteer in a local community organization.
  • Plan a fun social event for friends, family, and/or coworkers.
  • Encourage someone to pursue one of their goals.
  • Forgive someone who hurt you.
  • Apologize for your mistakes.
  • Catch up with an old friend.
  • Be a good listener when someone needs to vent.
  • Create a mix CD for a friend.
  • Dedicate a song or poem to someone.
  • Say “please” and “thank you” – and really mean it.
  • Leave a generous tip for a friendly waiter/waitress.
  • Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.
  • Print out inspirational quotes and post them around town.
  • Deliver fresh-baked goods to the local fire department or police department.
  • Give blood.
  • Mow a neighbor’s lawn.
  • Tell someone you appreciate them.
  • Leave a positive comment on a blog or website you enjoy.
  • Spend more time with your kids.
  • Pay the toll for the car behind you.
  • Organize a local event.
  • Create a “Free Hugs” stand.
  • Do something nice for yourself.

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Believe In Yourself: 7 Basic Principles

Believe in yourself. 7 basic principles for achieving personal well-being and happiness. Here is a printer friendly version to hang up on your fridge.

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Dear Living and Breathing Person (Letter from a Dead Man)

Dear living and breathing person,

I bet you are more blessed than you realize.

I know at times life can be difficult,

Even painful.

But how lucky you are to still be alive,

And to still have choice.

Because no matter how young or old you are,

Or how much you suffer,

That choice is still there.

And it is what makes you alive,

And who you are.

I appreciate these things now,

Only because I no longer have them.

Once you’re dead,

All pain and pleasure is gone.

But worst of all,

All choice is gone as well.

But you,

You’re still alive.

You’re still conscious.

You’re still thinking.

You’re still feeling.

And you’re still deciding and acting.

You still have a chance,

To be an influence on your world,

To change others,

And to do something remarkable with your time.

Time is too precious.

And everyday that passes,

You have the opportunity to decide,

To live well,

To live heroically,

And to be happy.

Live consciously,

And make those decisions.


Before it is too late.

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50 Life Questions With No Easy Answers

Life is filled with a lot of difficult and unanswered question. In many ways, these uncertainties add to the mystery and amazement of life. A short question, like “Who am I?” can lead to hours of introspecting and debating among friends and family. And by the end of it, we probably still won’t be able to agree on an answer.

In my experience, contemplating the answers to these questions sharpens our thinking and can give us a deeper understanding of ourselves and life in general.

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75 Affirmations for Self Improvement


In psychology, there is a saying that “neurons that fire together wire together.”

So the more we practice having certain thoughts or beliefs that serve our success, happiness, and well-being – the more naturally those thoughts and beliefs will play themselves out in our everyday lives.

Affirmations are one great way to develop these new thought patterns and make them become second-nature. They are simple positive statements that we repeat to ourselves inside our minds.

Every morning you can practice repeating positive affirmations to yourself with a clear and focused mind. And over time, these beliefs begin to take root inside your brain.

This article provides 75 different affirmations geared toward self improvement. Try to find the affirmations that “click” with you the most – or use this list as inspiration to create your own unique affirmations.

I highly recommend creating a document titled “Positive Affirmations” and starting a collection of your own. I find it can be a very positive resource to draw from when you need an extra boost.

You can start by choosing 5-7 affirmations from my personal list below.

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