Random Acts of Kindness

Our community is participating in 30 Acts of Kindness this month. Every day a small idea of kindness is presented that can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Doing something good for others can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. Each and every act of kindness makes our world a better place.

Here is the list of 30 ideas to try to incorporate in our daily lives:

  1. Reconnect with old friends
  2. Write a thank you note
  3. Buy coffee for a stranger
  4. Smile at everyone you see
  5. Brighten someone’s day with flowers
  6. Offer free hugs
  7. Donate or volunteer for a charity
  8. Be a Snow Angel
  9. Encourage someone with a note
  10. Organize a food drive
  11. Share your knowledge
  12. Pay a compliment
  13. Donate used books
  14. Be kind to the environment
  15. Offer to help a neighbour
  16. Forgive someone
  17. Pick up litter while out walking
  18. Be kind to yourself
  19. Share the gift of music
  20. Treat someone to a movie
  21. Offer a friend a ride
  22. Share laughter – tell a joke!
  23. Gift a reusable bag
  24. Hold the door open
  25. Be a good listener
  26. Brighten someone’s day with a balloon
  27. Show kindness to an elderly person
  28. Prepare and share a meal with a friend
  29. Return a shopping cart
  30. Reciprocate kindness shown to you this month

We truly can make the world a better place, one small act of kindness at a time.

Source: 30 Acts of Kindness Challenge

Which Door Would You Pick?

A fresh look at clean energy by Arnold Schwarzenegger…


I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change

I see your questions.

Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.

There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.

I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.

I’ve heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.
Let’s put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let’s assume you’re right.

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.

Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?

Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?

Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

I, personally, want a plan. I don’t want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That’s exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.

A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn’t take their investment advice.

Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don’t have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.

Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.

I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I’m guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice – who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science.

I just hope that you’ll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger Post On FB

Choose Positive

Is your cup half full or half empty? Do you spend the majority of your time thinking about what is going wrong in your life or do you see the positive in every situation?

Regardless of our circumstances, we always (yes, always!) have a choice to see the positive side of life. If you aren’t used to doing that, it may take a bit of effort to switch your mind into thinking of the positive but doing so will produce amazing results. It actually re-wires your brains to be more positive!

So, make the choice to see, think and speak about the positive side of every situation. Do it daily, hourly. Look for the good. Really look for it.

Here are a few ways to help us do that is:

  • Start your day saying three things you are grateful for
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal
  • Play uplifting music
  • Watch comedies and movies that make you smile
  • Read books that are inspiring
  • Compliment others, especially those who annoy your
  • Go for a walk in nature and marvel at all the miracles around you
  • Say “I love you” to others… and yourself
  • At the end of the day forgive (others and yourself) and then let it go
  • Before you go to sleep, go over the positive things that happened that day

The choice is yours. What will you choose?

glass half full

Happiness First, Success Follows

Most of us have spent our lives thinking that we need to be successful first and then we will be happy. Shawn Achor’s entertaining TED Talk proves otherwise.

If this inspires you, consider joining the Happiness First, Success Follows Facebook Group for inspirational ideas. A 21 day journey starts tomorrow, although any day you join would be a good day to start being happy.

10 Tips for a Peaceful Day

A few reminders for all of us:

  1. When you wake up in the morning, thank the Universe for giving you the day ahead. Expect that your day will be wonderful.
  2. Sit in silence before getting out of bed – even 5 to 10 minutes will make a difference. Quiet your mind and simply observe the sounds of your room without judgement.
  3. Walk in nature, even if it’s simply in your neighborhood. Listen to the sounds of nature – the birds chirping, the wind in the trees.
  4. Eat foods that grow from plants and trees; slowly eliminate manufactured food.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Smile and speak positively to everyone you meet.
  7. Help someone in need.
  8. Get in touch with a friend or loved one.
  9. Forgive someone who hurt you. Make peace with your past so you can move on in peace.
  10. Before you go to sleep, thank the Universe for all the blessings of the day; send love and blessings to everyone.

Namaste

Reducing our Footprint – One Step at a Time

The David Suzuki website has a wealth of information on how we can help the environment. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Re-gifting is a popular environmentally friendly gifting option. Check out re-gifting etiquette: How to re-gift
  2. If your blue bin is full to the brim each week, maybe you need a solution for reducing: Learn how to recycle less
  3. If something can’t be reused, repaired, refurbished or otherwise re-purposed, the next best thing is to recycle it. Here’s a list of resources in Canada (organized by location) to help you do just that: Recycle your unwanted stuff | What you can do

Every time we do something, even small steps to help the environment, is a step in the right direction.

Timing Our Day Consciously

Taking part in Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Experience Manifesting True Success has given me food for thought. In particular, today I am thinking about how I spend my day.

Too often I feel unsatisfied at the end of the day. Whether it was not having time for fun or not accomplishing something that I had planned to do.

Today’s meditation “Timing For Success” showed how we can look back at our day and feel good about it, if we follow the model for mastering time from psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Siegel. His work shows the best way to have a healthy brain that supports a person’s well-being. He suggests dividing our time into seven different ways each day.  They are:

  • Sleep time – to get a full night restful sleep
  • Physical time – to move and let your body be active
  • Focus time – to be alone for awhile to concentrate on what matters to you
  • Time in – for meditation, prayer or self-reflection
  • Time Out – for simply resting or existence
  • Play time – for fun in a carefree mood
  • Connecting time – intimate private time between those you love and care for

Deepak goes on to explain that this isn’t just about having a well-planned day.  Each step optimizes different areas of the brain which leads to expanded awareness and a sense of fulfillment.

I like that. It makes sense to me.

We can strive to be masters of our time each day and have a map to help us on our way.

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