Being kind in the wake of disaster

Day 242 of #LiveWell2017 Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on the good citizens of Texas. We've all seen the images of the wide-spread flooding, but Texas isn't the only place that's been pounded by storms and flooding recently. I've got friends in SW Florida whose homes were flooded after nearly 20 inches of rain dumped … Continue reading Being kind in the wake of disaster

Help others when they need help

Day 210 of #LiveWell2017 Day 5 of practicing Elementary School Rules... help others when they need help. The other day I mentioned a study about toddlers who automatically showed kindness when someone was in need. In that study, the toddlers, without prompting, did things like pick up a clothespin that someone else dropped, but they … Continue reading Help others when they need help

New study: Kindness at work benefits everyone

Day 192 of #LiveWell2017 Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash A new study published in the journal, Emotion, on June 6th shows that acts of kindness at work benefit the givers, the receivers, and the whole organization. The study, done by researchers from the University of California, included having 19 of the organization's workers act as "givers" of kind … Continue reading New study: Kindness at work benefits everyone

Eat, drink, give

Day 137 of #LiveWell2017 Have a pint, change the world! Last night I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Public House in support of The Children's Book Bank. It was my first visit to the Oregon Public House (OPH), and now that I understand their story and have seen how they work, I … Continue reading Eat, drink, give

Joy matters

Day 125 of #LiveWell2017 Happy Cinco de Mayo! We're running in the Cinco de Mayo 5K on Sunday, and today we picked up our race packets with bibs, T-shirts, and this really cool backpack pictured above. The run helps to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association, and their slogan is "We Prescribe Joy." Their goal … Continue reading Joy matters

Make time for friends

Day 119 of #LiveWell2017 Friends may come and go as we journey through life, but they help shape us into the people we become along the way. I have childhood friends, college friends, friends whom I met through work or travel, and friends who appeared randomly along life's path. Each one has made an impact … Continue reading Make time for friends

Be the solution

Day 116 of #LiveWell2017 Yesterday I wrote about looking for the good. Today, I got an email from Street Roots, a local street newspaper (of exceptional journalism, by the way) that serves people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Despite the enormous challenges this small nonprofit and the people it serves face each day, they continue to see the … Continue reading Be the solution