Category: Be Kind

What if I told you there is a group of people who are going to accomplish 5,000 acts of kindness in just 15 days? Think it can be done?

What if I told you most of those people still live in their parents’ houses? And don’t have jobs? And wear “PAW Patrol” pajamas each night?

The people taking on this massive kindness ... Read More


Have you ever seen kindness ripple through a room? It happened just the other day in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Edith Sanford Breast Center put on an amazing conference for survivors and I got to talk about using kindness during a cancer journey.

When I finished speaking, the emcee took the mic and told the crowd that one of the survivors wanted ... Read More


There are things in life that are too heavy for words. We don’t know what to say, so we say nothing at all.

I know I’ve been guilty of turning away from someone in their time of need because I couldn’t imagine anything I could say or do to lift their burden. Have you ever felt that way?

Maybe the point isn’t ... Read More


There is a wedding dress out there that’s missing its bride. Could it be you or someone you know?

I got a letter from Gail Richardson, who is keeping the gown until the perfect bride steps forward.

“I manage our church thrift shop, and a while ago, a brand-new wedding gown came in. The tags on it say David’s Bridal and it ... Read More


People often ask me about maintaining their safety while pursuing a brave and kind life. How do we know if we’re supposed to give a homeless person money, or stop to help the car on the side of the road?

My answer might sound flippant, but I mean it sincerely: follow your heart. If your heart says “stop,” then stop. If ... Read More


Have you ever heard anyone say, “Oh yay! I get to go to the hospital!”

Other than the occasional pregnant lady, I doubt it.

I imagine, like me, you’re glad you have access to quality medical care, but hope you don’t have to use it very often.

However, many times we find the greatest kindness when we are physically or emotionally wounded and ... Read More


Some people say I have a new book out. I say you have a new book out.

Two years ago, I took 100 of my favorite kindness stories, the ones you have been sending in since 2011, and I put them in a book. We called that book “Kindness is Contagious: 100 Stories to Remind You God is Good and So ... Read More


Are you on the treadmill? Do you wake up each day knowing there are more things to be done than could actually be accomplished? Does it feel like everyone needs a piece of you?

When I begin to feel that way, I know it’s time to close my eyes.

With my eyes closed and my body focused on deep breaths, I ... Read More


Have you ever had kindness show up just when you needed it?

If your answer if yes, when you’ve finished your morning coffee, please send me your story. That’s what this column is all about. We share stories of the kindness you’ve given and how it made you feel, or the times a kind act happened when you needed it the ... Read More


Can you remember what you got for your seventh birthday? How about your eighth? Ninth?

Maybe there’s one special present that stands out, but for me, it’s all pretty fuzzy.

It’s not the big celebrations or occasions that I remember from my childhood. My brain chooses to hold onto things that are much more random.

For instance, I remember when I was about ... Read More