The Kindness Podcast Episode 15: The Good Virus

Breaking news: Nice guys DON’T finish last. In fact, people who are kind have more success in the workplace and on the home-front! And like the common cold or that nasty flu that’s going around, kindness spreads like a virus!

Several years ago, I wrote an article for my “Kindness is Contagious” column about a documentary film also titled “Kindness is Contagious.” The man who put it together, David Gaz, dedicated several years of his life to gathering scientific and social research about the effects kindness has on an individual and on a society.

I was so inspired, motivated and intrigued by the information in David’s film that I knew I needed to share it in a podcast interview with the filmmaker.

You can check out David’s interview in Episode 15 of The Kindness Podcast on itunes, google play or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

When you’re done, melt some butter, pop some popcorn and settle into the fascinating benefits of kindness in David’s film, “Kindness is Contagious” available for sale on their website or rental on Amazon.

I’m sorry Wisconsin

“Mom, please don’t cheer for the Vikings.”

My seven-year-old son, Ben, was very matter of fact about his request.

In case you missed it, last night the Vikings won in an amazing last second play against the Saints.

Next week, the Vikings will play the Eagles.

Little Ben is a big Carson Wentz fan. Carson plays for the Eagles.

When the Vikings play the Eagles, Ben wants me on his side.

Never in a million gazillion years would I ever imagine having someone, anyone, say to me, “Please don’t cheer for the Vikings.”

  1. I’m from Wisconsin. On my birth certificate, it says I have two choices: 1) Cheer for the Packers or 2) Don’t cheer at all.
  2. I couldn’t care less about football. I’m married to a basketball coach. The emotional toll it takes to support a team through an entire season is heavy, therefore I only have room in my heart for one sport.

I’d blame my newfound appreciation for the Vikings on the 10 years I lived in North Dakota (which is filled with Vikings fans) but again, see Point #2 above. I didn’t care then, so why do I care now?

I care because I am in love with an amazing couple named Ann and Tom. They are in their 80s and they are dear friends of Adam Thielen’s parents. Adam plays for the Vikings.

Ann and Tom have had a front row seat for Adam’s entire football career, from his $500 scholarship to Minnesota State to hanging out on the Vikings’ practice squad to his breakout season and rise to stardom.

There’s a part of me that believes the Vikings won last night because Ann was sitting in her comfy chair in front of the TV praying her sweet heart out. I wouldn’t put it past God to say, “Oh okay, Ann. You can have this one.”

Ann and Tom pray that way for me too, that people would hear my message of kindness and it would somehow change their hearts thereby changing our world.

We all need someone in our corner, covering us in words of encouragement, protection and love. Believing bigger for us than we can ever believe for ourselves.

Ann and Tom are my personal cheerleaders.

If you have them, you know exactly how I’m feeling right now.

So, sorry Ben. I adore your admiration for Carson Wentz and his Eagles, but this cheesehead has gotta cheer for the Vikings.

The Kindness Podcast Episode 14: Say Yes to Kindness

You go through a difficult time and someone offers to bring you a meal or pick up your kids. What do you say?

I think our natural instinct is to say no, right?  We tell people verbally or through our actions that we’re okay, we’ve got this covered, we can do it ourselves.

But what if their offer of kindness isn’t about you? What if it’s about them?

Tammy Joy Lane has battled depression and suicidal tendencies for years. She’s breathtakingly honest and authentic in sharing her heart. Guess what she says helps her on those days she thinks living is just too hard?

Kindness.

She encourages people to say yes to kindness by reminding them that the act of kindness being offered sometimes stems from a person’s need to get out of their own head. When we say no to the offered kindness, we may be throwing yet another rejection into a depressed person’s face.

The act of kindness may not be about us, it might be about them.

I talked with Tammy on Episode 14 of The Kindness Podcast about saying yes to kindness and about her innovative idea to pre-appreciate the people who serve us.

You can listen to The Kindness Podcast on itunes, google play or NPR.

Connect with Tammy through her website, YesToKindness.com.