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The Power of Kindness

Updated on September 15, 2016

Surely There is Great Strength in Kindness

"Be kind to everyone you meet. They all carry a heavy load." -- Elton Graham, my grandfather.

I learned a lot about kindness from my grandparents. Grandpa Graham was the sweetest man. Chickadees would land on his arms and shoulders while he was outside in his gardens. Here is a lens about kindness, in honor of my grandfather.

A Good Lesson

I have had my grandfather's advice to me validated many times, but here is one example.

I was having lunch with a friend in a small diner when she told me she was thinking about not leaving a tip because the waitress was not being very friendly. I then told her what I happened to know about the waitress. I knew her story because she had been befriended by my father and a group of his friends who would come in for morning coffee every weekday. Her husband had just died of a sudden heart attack and, if that wasn't enough, she was taking care of his mother who was very sick and dying of cancer. And, here she was still working every day. My friend was shocked to hear this and we left a good tip. You see, you just never know.

Betty White's Secret - Kindness and Appreciation

"Kindness and appreciation for somebody else besides yourself----that's what keeps you young."

~~Betty White to Katy Couric on the May 8th, 2001 broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning~~

drawing: Nancy Jo Graham

Insightful Quotes on Kindness & Compassion

There are many good quotes on kindness and compassion. I think these, in particular, are insightful.

  1. "The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible."

    Albert Einstein

  2. "Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever."

    Margaret Cho

  3. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

    The Dalai Lama

  4. "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things."

    Thomas Merton

  5. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

    Philo of Alexandria

    (I guess my grandfather had read about Philo!)

Tips for Being of Help

It's good to know when and how to be of greatest help to others. Here are some sites that can help you with this.

You Never Know What Someone Else's Story Might Be

So, be kind. And, yes, this really happened to me.

While I was in Home Goods shopping one evening several years ago a few weeks before Christmas, a cute little girl walked past me (maybe 6 years old). She had long, light red hair and was wearing a pale green coat and a bright red and white stripped hat. She was by herself looking at the children's toys and from the first moment that I saw her I was drawn to her, feeling that there was something special about her.

I asked her where her mother was, but she was very shy and turned away. Not long after, her mother appeared and she was in trouble for wandering off. I approached them and asked the mother if she wanted me to reinforce the importance of staying safe and she happily said "yes". I told the girl that when I saw her by herself I had been worried about her and that I was glad that she was with her mother now. Her mom and I chatted a bit and then they went on their way to wander the store together.

This mother and her little girl were in the store for a long time looking at all kinds of things and ooohing and aaahing. I could tell that mom really had to edit herself as far as what she could buy. She, also, kept loudly threatening her daughter with calling her father if she didn't continue to stay close. Mom seemed unsettled about something and her daughter was quiet and patient. Despite the mother's worry, they were obviously having fun together.

I knew that I wanted to do something for them, but I didn't know why or what. I thought about candy for the kids (she said she had 4 more at home) or some kind of Christmas treats and I hung around looking at things, hoping something would strike me or that I would see her pick something up and have to put it back down. I just couldn't come up with what felt right and I ended up in line behind her as we both waited to check out.

It turned out that she had been hoping to pay for her purchases with her new Home Goods card, but she hadn't received it in the mail yet. However, they couldn't let her use it and she was upset and uncertain about what to do. I caught the clerk's attention and mouthed to her that I would pay for it, slipping her my credit card so that "Mom" wouldn't see me. I was trying to keep it a secret. The clerk told her that someone else was paying for her. At first she was confused then she started to cry. When she saw me sign the credit slip, she thanked me over and over and asked my name.

Through her tears, the little girl's mother told me her name was Eileen and that she had 5 children. "Four boys at home.", she said, then, "But, this isn't my only daughter. (she paused) My oldest daughter, who was 17, died earlier this year. She was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder and she committed suicide." It was then that I knew why she was so unsettled and why I felt the unexplained desire to help.

One of the things they had purchased was a little wooden duck that quacks as you pull it behind you on a string. Her daughter smiled and thanked me for it as she walked out of the store behind her mother, the duck trailing after her. I still have that lovely image embedded in my memory.

The clerks at the store were amazed that I had paid for the purchases and were shocked that I had done so. I wondered, why it should be such a big deal. It's so EASY to just DO it.

At one point while I was wandering the store and thinking about it, I did feel a little embarrassed and thought that if I did do something for this little girl and her mother, I might be intruding on a stranger's life. And, I hesitated. In the end, I was glad that I trusted my intuition and followed through. For the rest of the day, I felt overwhelmed with love and with thankfulness that I was given the opportunity to help and to participate in their lives.

Can Kindness Change the World?

How much kindness would it take to change the world? How many of us does it take to tip the scale, to make a difference on a global level? Here are some interesting sites to visit. In one way or another, they all talk about the impact of kindness and compassion.

Teach By Example

On my way to work I saw this bumper sticker:

In Everything You Say or Do

Think of How it Affects Others Too

Teach by Example

More Evidence for the Importance of Kindness - What how we treat others says about us

Here is an article about the importance of being kind to everyone we encounter, focusing particularly on our interactions with waiters, waitresses and others in the service industries. Statistics and anecdotal evidence are included, giving added emphasis to the critical need for kindness in our society.

Writings on Kindness at Work

Where do we spend most of our time each day? Why not practice kindness on the job? When I am frustrated with someone, sometimes I imagine them as a child before they picked up all that baggage we all carry with us and it helps me to be more understanding. Check out this book to learn how kindness at work can be very successful.

The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness
The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness

I love this book. Written by 2 advertising execs who created the highly successful AFLC campaign, this little book could make a huge difference in how we conduct business. I hope it becomes an inspiration to many, many people. Consider giving one to each of your employees!

 

Movies About Kindness

I know there are many more movies about the power of kindness. I just can't think of them right now. Can you?

Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward

A popular movie from 2000 based on a fictional story about a boy who tries to change the world by helping 3 people and asking them to pass it on and continue the chain.

 

The Movie

Sugihara - Conspiracy of Kindness
Sugihara - Conspiracy of Kindness

Here is the beautiful documentary film mentioned above which is about about a man who showed his kindness by saving Jewish people from the Nazis. It is offered here on Amazon for a very good deal.

 
Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness
Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness

"Marc Ian Barasch's Fieldnotes on the Compassionate Life is an excellent and penetrating book. His argument for compassion is balanced yet persuasive, and long overdue. This book ought to be a compulsory read for all."

-- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

 

The Ultimate Quote From Anne Frank

Don't forget Anne Frank and her stunning comment in her diary while hiding during the holocaust.

"In spite of everything," Anne says, "I still believe that people are truly good at heart....that this cruelty too will end..."

She was only 13 years old.

Writings on the Kindness of Animals

Animals show the instinct to help others too. Here are some books on the kindness of animals.

The Compassion of Animals: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness
The Compassion of Animals: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness

"Kristin von Kreisler makes a strong case for a 'controversial premise'-that animals demonstrate genuine acts of compassion toward others every day. This book will remove the 'controversial' from the premise!"

- Paul G. Irwin, president of The Humane Society of the United States

 
The Compassion of Dogs: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness
The Compassion of Dogs: True Stories of Animal Courage and Kindness

Another book on the compassion of animals: "The Compassion of Dogs is a fabulous collection of true and moving stories that illustrate how dogs display their wide range of emotions familiar to any pet owner-compassion, courage, intuition, and loyalty. Inside, you'll meet canine caregivers, therapists, and heroes, as well as medics, September 11 saviors, and countless other very special dog friends."

 

Children Taking Action

What an amazing impact from the kindness and action of one young child. Check these out!

Teaching Children Kindness

How Kind!
How Kind!

I had to include this delightful five star rated book for children ages 3-5 about a group of farm animals and how one hen's act of kindness goes full-circle.

 

Can you be TOO nice?

I think that there is a difference between being nice and being kind. Sometimes being nice is about wanting approval or being afraid of conflict. On the inside you may be worrying about what others think of you or you may hesitate to "hurt other's feelings". We all know that sometimes the kindest thing we can do is to speak the truth. There are fine lines here, though, aren't there?

One of my bosses years ago called me into her office to berate me. "You're too nice. You're too nice and everybody likes you!" I was bewildered. I didn't know how to respond, so I said nothing, which frustrated her even further. I never was clear about her motivation. At the time I wondered if it was jealousy. I saw her a few years later, after we were no longer working together, and she haltingly apologized to me. But, perhaps her comment held a grain of truth. Sometimes being TOO nice is not helping you any and may not be helping the greater good either.

This would be a great late-night debate wouldn't it?

A Short Course in Kindness: A Little Book on the Importance of Love and the Relative Unimportance of Just About Everything Else
A Short Course in Kindness: A Little Book on the Importance of Love and the Relative Unimportance of Just About Everything Else

Highly recommended with 5 stars: "This book points out the difference between just being nice, which many people are at times, and being truly kind. Kindness is a way of life, a way of being."

 

Sometimes..."You Gotta Be Cruel to Be Kind"

Remember this song? Do you agree with the person Nick Lowe is singing about?

Cruel to Be Kind

Oh, I can't take another heartache,

Though you say you're my friend, I'm at my wits' end!

You say your love is bona fide,

But that don't coincide with the things that you do

And when I ask you to be nice, you say

You've gotta be

Cruel to be kind in the right measure,

Cruel to be kind it's a very good sign,

Cruel to be kind means that I love you,

Baby, you've gotta be cruel to be kind.

Well I do my best to understand dear,

But you still mystify, and I want to know why.

I pick myself up off the ground

To have you knock me back down again and again!

And when I ask you to explain, you say

You've gotta be

Cruel to be kind in the right measure,

Cruel to be kind it's a very good sign,

Cruel to be kind means that I love you,

Baby, you've gotta be cruel to be kind.

Writings About the Price of Being "Too" Nice

The Disease To Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome
The Disease To Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome

"It is the first book to treat people-pleasing as a serious psychological syndrome, and it breaks new ground in its approach to offer a cure."

 

One by One

I am pleased that many of you are interested in this topic and that it has offered inspiration. As we all age and think about what we have done with our lives, is it really what we have done for ourselves that fills us with a sense of peace? What, indeed, does that leave behind once we are gone? That which truly endures, I feel, is the influence we have had on others. Doesn't that get passed along from generation to generation? And, doesn't it affect the whole of humanity? It spreads. I am sure of it. Can we "change the world"? I think we can. One by one.

Please feel free to include your own thoughts here.

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      PropheticBlogge1 5 years ago

      Thankyou for your thought provoking lens. The trouble in this world seems that it maybe too easy to be mean than it is to be kind. People may refrain from being kind because the receiver of the kindness may question the motives behind it. It's very hard to change peoples mindsets, especially when the media report so much sorrow and suffering. I will try to be more aware of being kind throughout my day. Thanks again for the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: For a historic view of the power of nice you may be interested in THE SEEDS WE SOW, KINDNESS THAT FED A HUNGRY WORLD.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I found this lens because I was searching for an article on the book, "The Power of Nice." I strongly recommend this book. If everyone followed these ideas, we would have a wonderful world.

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      Marilyn Briant 5 years ago

      It is heartwarming to find someone else who believes as I do - you just never know what someone else is going through, so even if they seem rude or unfriendly, it feels good to be kind. I have a Paying It Forward lens which I love updating with "random acts of kindness" stories. You have created a beautiful lens from a beautiful heart.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I believe in kindness for others.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      Wow. This lens is chock full of great resources to learn more about kindness. The overall theme is very clear - that we never know what someone else is going through. Great job and blessed.

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      brettselby 5 years ago

      Great lens. And very thorough, too. Trying to getting better by reading what other people are doing. Nice job.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Glad to see that caring people (and dedicated to a cause) are still around...

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Interesting distinction between being nice and being kind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      please add our site to your list - www.walk4good.org - we are all about paying it forward!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I came back to bless this lens!!

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      An angel who also loves kindness sprinkled some special angel dust here. Kindness is my favorite word.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I loved reading your stories they were very inspirational...it is obvious that you have a kind heart. :)

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      iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      You have a beautiful heart! What a lovely lens to read through :)

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      Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

      This is a wonderful lens. *Blessed*

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      AngelDey 6 years ago

      Thank you for this motivational lens. All it takes is a little act of kindness to make someone else's world so much better. And kindness and generosity spreads. Motivating people to do good deeds and be charitable is a beautiful thing. Thanks again.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Thank you for this inspiration to focus on what is good, to give others the benefit of the doubt and to help where you can.

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      tobekind 6 years ago

      @sponias lm: You are so right about always being kind. The back cover of the book The Seeds We Sow, Kindness that Fed a Hungry World has this comment: "Practice random acts of kindness" is a catchy little phrase. It is also nonsense. There should be nothing random about the decision to be kind. There is no single action more powerful....

      http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Kindness-That-Hungry-W...

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      Goodness is pure medicine. It saves lives, and it puts an end to many horrors. Wish most people were always very generous and kind, instead of being indifferent and cold.

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      Mayapearl 6 years ago

      Being kind makes liffe so much more beautiful. I love the story on how you helped the mother and child and it reminded me an incident where i too helped someone but was quite worried about being rejected!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      A beautiful, beautiful page. Kindness is so important and it's sad when it gets forgotten in the race to get ahead. And it's true what you say, something you may do as a small kindness that you later forget can make a real impact on someone else's life. Angel Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wrote a book on the power of kindness. It is not a self-help, feel-good kind of book. Rather it is an historical proof of the cross-generational power of kindness. THE SEEDS WE SOW, KINDNESS THAT FED A HUNGRY WORLD can be seen on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc. I hope everyone on this lens will take a moment to look at it. (The publisher added the "look inside" feature on Amazon.) Kindness--pass it on!

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      Demir Fastery 6 years ago from Robocity, Italy

      Aww isn't kindness the key to a happy, fulfilled life which can bring light and joy to others' lives too? :) I *adore* this lens! Adorable, true, filled with your heart. My now top fav. ^_^

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      A jewel of a lens and blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      HomepageHeroes 6 years ago

      Nice lens. The world could use more kindness these days.

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      tobekind 6 years ago

      The reverberation around the world that Jeremiah mentions is the butterfly effect which is thoroughly explored in THE SEEDS WE SOW. http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Kindness-That-Hungry-W...

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Here are some April Angel Blessings for you - you deserve them for a heartwarming lens. I am also featuring your lens on Good Lenses Deserve Angel Blessings

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      The power of kindness... reverberates around the world -- over and over!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      There's a whole lot o' love and kindness on this lens. Thank you for sharing your tribute to your grandfather.

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Great quotes - thanks for the powerful sharing. Thumbs up

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Beautiful and True--and ***Blessed***

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      tobekind 6 years ago

      @anonymous: In 1933 Henry Agard Wallace told a crowd packed into Des Moines Coliseum, "Only the merest quarter turn of the heart separates us from an abundance beyond the fondest dream of anyone present. Selfishness has ceased to be the mainspring of progress. There is something more. There is a new social machinery in the making. Let us maintain sweet and kindly hearts toward each other, however great the difficulties ahead.

      (from THE SEEDS WE SOW, KINDNESS THAT FED A HUNGRY WORLD - pg. 241)

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I love your grandfathers quote. Everyone has a story and does indeed carry a heavy load. I also really enjoyed your lens. Blessed today by a Society & Culture Squid Angel.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I love your grandfathers quote. Everyone has a story and does indeed carry a heavy load. I also really enjoyed your lens. Blessed today by a Society & Culture Squid Angel.

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      Manikandan123 6 years ago

      Great lens. Kindness can save lives, change peoples's perspectives and open their eyes to something special.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      For more on the cross-generational power of kindness read THE SEEDS WE SOW, KINDNESS THAT FED A HUNGRY WORLD.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865347883/sr=1-2...

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      be kind and others will be kind...

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Congratulations on a great lens! I'm a Squidoo angel this month and I've blessed this page. I love your message and think about it often. Everyone does carry a heavy load... A great quote. Kindness is an important topic. Thanks for taking the time to make this lens!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What a great idea for a lens! I enjoyed the story about the waitress, and the lens is divided up very well. You have done a great job! Thanks for writing this lens. I will definitely be back.

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      HorseFan 8 years ago

      You make so many points that I think most of know, deep down inside, but that we tend to forget. It will motivate me to try to be kinder to everyone I meet tomorrow.

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      shevans lm 8 years ago

      This is a great lens straight from the heart and very meaningful.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. Please submit this to my Spiritual growth and awareness headquarters. http://www.squidoo.com/groups/spiritual-growth

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      What a blessing your grandpa is. Oh, that we would all have someone like that in our lives. I received that same message as I grew up - that you never know what someone is going through. It's easier to lash out at someone rude, but if we knew their struggles and disappointments, it would make a difference. Your kindness lens is beautiful. I'm lensrolling it to one of my lenses, "The Gift of Kindness." It's a perfect fit. Thank you.

      Five *****'s and a fave for a lens I'll not soon forget.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I enjoy your quotes about kindness.

      Your grandpa seems like a lovely person.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Kindness feels good. Maybe the rest of the world will catch on. I lensrolled this to my Courtesy is Contagious lens. Thanks. 5*

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      RickBasset 9 years ago

      Love your lens! Wonder if you would like to add it to my new group People for Peace! I think it would be a perfect fit!

      People for Peace!

      Peace! :~)

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      religions7 9 years ago

      You just might like my lens on Love Quotes as well.

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      SerenityPrayerG 9 years ago

      Very nice lens! Thanks for sharing kindness!

      :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      An interesting lens you got there. I wanted to share these sites I found Public Records and Background Check Resources 2 sites useful also that interest me. More power!

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Wonderful topic, wonderful lens. Thanks.

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      endlesslight 9 years ago

      I love yor topic! What you are doing can change the world! Would you like to check out my lense of personal development and spiritual growth. Maybe you could give me a rating. You are a 5 for sure!

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      Great site - 5 of 5. If we all could just be more compassionate, what a difference it would make in the world.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I volunteer for an organization whose mission is to inspire humanity to make a difference in the world by implementing programs that increase understanding and kindness. What this really means is we work to promote understanding and kindness. Check it out: http://blossominternational.org

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      In today's world I often felt a fool for trying to be a good person. The 12 steps of AA have made me no longer feel 'abnormal'

      Your lens brightens my world in the same way.

      Thank you.

      x

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      Meloramus 10 years ago

      This is a lovely lens and a most welcome addition to The Better Life Group. 5*

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      At 53 Iâve seen incredible amounts of hatred, abuse, anger, etc. Greed probably ranks #1 in my list of things I hate. I always told my kids if a bum needs a quarter-give him a buck. The need for real kindness in the world is growing. Its existence seems to diminish. Thank you for your Lens

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      Forgiven 10 years ago

      Wow! What a great lens! 5 Stars from me! Please visit my faithography lens when you get time and rate it if you would.

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      Barry Wah Lee 10 years ago from Auckland

      Some people think I am kind, I know the feeling of not being able to share your insights that can seem unkind, cruel,or even definite.But the result of this is some think you are mad.Solution is to think first before speaking.There is a way to say things.

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      Nicegoogoo 10 years ago

      thanks for good quotes on kindness and compassion

      My kind request visit here to see my lens about quit smoking

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      daoine lm 10 years ago

      Lovely lens. You're absolutely right about the motivations behind being "nice" as opposed to being kind. I like to think that when something is pointed out with kindness, although the person's feelings may be hurt/embarrassed, the kindness is in sparing them greater hurt down the line.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Thank you for reminding us of what is truly important. :-)

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      AlisonLee LM 10 years ago

      Inspiring lens! 5* Kindness is always rewarded at the end. :) Do visit my lens on How To Visualize And Get The Life You Want. Love, Alison

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      hotbrain 10 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      What a great topic for a lens! You did a good job at it, too! I think about kindness a lot and your thoughts about the difference between kindness and being nice are interesting. Keep up the good work! :)

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      markius 10 years ago

      NJG,

      You've got a great lens here. You have put so much work into it! Wow!

      When you get a minute, stop over and see my lens Happy News, Happy Stories

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      religions7 10 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens :)

      I thought you might also like my collection of quotes on Love

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      Signhappy 10 years ago

      So glad I clicked on this lens. In the midst of a busy, hectic day, it made me slow down and reflect, on a topic worth reflecting upon every day. Kindly visit my lens on The Mercury Retrograde if you get a chance. They're four great kids who would appreciate it.

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      RaintreeAnnie 10 years ago from UK

      Beautiful, inspiring lens. The world could do with more kindness. 5 stars for a wonderful job. Thank you i enjoyed browsing here :)

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      kathysart 10 years ago

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      Hokeysmoke 10 years ago

      After feeling rather unkind to any and all today, this lens served as a gret reminder that maybe I don't know all there is in a situation and should think twice before judging.

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      LuckyLeo 10 years ago

      Great lens, kindness is the key that is for sure. I just finished watching a video you can listen to or even include in your lens. You can find it on YouTube.com it is called, "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback.

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      Love this lens. Thank you!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      What a fabulous lens. Insightful, stimulating and refreshiing. Just made my morning quite special. Thank you

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      youanddave 10 years ago

      Very inspiring--makes one stop and think, "what more can I do in my circle of influence?" Thanks.

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      Horseangel 10 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thank you so much for building it!

      I've added it to both my lenses

      Horseangel x

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      religions7 10 years ago

      Wonderful, inspiring lens. Thanks.

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      Kathryn Grace 10 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, Nancy Jo, for making the time to do this lens. It's beautiful and inspiring. I'm adding you to my lensroll at

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      Goddessshira 10 years ago

      What an inspiring lens! Keep it coming...