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Inspiration: May 3-9 is Be Kind to Animals Week!

Posted By NWI, Friday, May 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sponsored by the American Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (www.americanhumane.org, www.cfhs.ca), May 3-9 is our reminder week to always be kind to animals. Below are a few quotes on the beauty, wisdom and care of animals. As if we needed additional reasons to celebrate, a team of researchers from Azabu University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Japan found a spike in oxytocin (a chemical that makes us feel good) occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other's eyes—explaining why our bond is so tight. The research was published in April of 2015 in the journal Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6232/333).

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -Mahatma Gandhi

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. -Mary Bly

A dog wags its tail with its heart. -Martin Buxbaum

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway. - Mary Kay Ash

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. -George Eliot

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. -W. C. Fields

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings

If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. -Martin Delany 

Tags:  Animals  Emotional  Inspiration  Intellectual  Kindness  May 2015  Social 

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Inspiration: Quotes to inspire gentle interactions with those around us

Posted By NWI, Monday, February 2, 2015
Updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015

It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone. ― Hermann Hesse,  Siddhartha

 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [Matthew 7:1-2] 

  You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.― Shannon L. Alder

 Even god doesn't propose to judge a man till his last days, why should you and I? ― Dale Carnegie

 When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself. ― Earl Nightingale

 When we make judgments we're inevitably acting on limited knowledge, isn't it best to ask if we seek to understand, or simply let them be? ― Jay Woodman

 All of us sport an invisible sign around our necks -- “AS IS.” It means, take me as I am. I may not become what you want me to be. And I’m far, far from perfect. But I have some great qualities, too, as well as my share of faults. You will have to take me “AS IS” and I’ll take you that way, too.  ― Steve Goodier

 In letting God sit in judgment they judge themselves; in glorifying God they glorify themselves. ― Friedrich Nietzsche,  The Anti-Christ

 As your consciousness, refinement and pureness of heart expands you will become less judgmental, less corrective, less reactive, less black-and-white, less critical, less apt to blame and less tormented by others and their faults and views. ― Bryant McGill,  Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

The sad reality is, it's not just the people I go to school with that are doing it. It's their parents too. Their noses are all turned up at me, like because of my diagnosis; I'm an alien to them. I'm not like their son or daughter so that means I'm not worthy of respect. ― Melyssa Winchester,  Count On Me

 The more judgmental a person is the sadder they are. ― David W. Earle

Tags:  Emotional  February 2015  Inspiration  Kindness  Social  Spiritual 

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Inspiration: Kindness Leads to Wellness!

Posted By NWI, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014

November 13 is World Kindness Day. For more information you can visit Waves of Kindness at www.wavesofkindness.org.

The following quotes are meant to inspire our kindness and our social and spiritual wellness.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -Tenzin Gyatso

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. -Robert Brault

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. -Jesse Jackson

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. -Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. -Author Unknown

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. -JoAnn C. Jones, Guideposts, January 1996

Don't be yourself — be someone a little nicer. -Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson

Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. -Author Unknown

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. -Henry Boye

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. -Author Unknown

Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity stop you from being generous. -Author Unknown

In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more. -Author Unknown

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. -Epictetus

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. -Amelia Earhart

As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart — but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. -The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can. -Andrew Iskander

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. -Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. -Thomas Fuller

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. -Booker T. Washington

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. -Nelson Henderson

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. -Karl Reiland

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. -William Penn

If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach. -Willie Davis

Tags:  Inspiration  Kindness  November 2014  Social  Spiritual 

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5 Easy Ways to Offer Random Acts of Kindness

Posted By NWI, Saturday, February 1, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014

KindnessIn Honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 10 – 16 (For more information contact Random Acts of Kindness Foundation,www.randomactsofkindness.org) we offer you a few simple ideas about spreading kindness and joy. Joy, happiness, social interactions and emotional support are all related to our overall wellness. Joy and happiness can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and make us more resilient.

  1. Buy a stranger coffee (or other small items). The internet is strewn with stories of strangers paying extra to cover the person behind them in line. It is a small, unexpected, inexpensive act that brings joy to a stranger.
  2. Take the time to notice what’s around you and compliment someone. It could be someone you know or even a stranger. Kind words can lift the spirit.
  3. If you live in a cold climate, there might be a person who has trouble clearing their sidewalk. They could older or taking care of children or just at work all day. What a nice surprise to come home to a clean walk. If you have co-workers and leave the office first, you may even clean a few windshields.
  4. Leave a small secret gift or note. Is there a team or person at work who is burning the candle at both ends? Lift their spirits by leaving a small gift in their in-box. It doesn't have to be big…from a pack of gum to a muffin…something unexpected might brighten an otherwise stressful day.
  5. Offer help. If you see someone struggling, maybe a parent at the airport with kids, luggage and a stroller that doesn't want to collapse, maybe a shorter person trying to get something off a high shelf at the grocery, maybe someone coming in the door behind you--offer help, hold the door, smile, spread joy!

The news is full of those who are not spreading kindness or joy. Maybe if we all tried to spread joy, just once a day, we could reverse that trend.

 

Tags:  Emotional  February 2014  Kindness  Social  Spiritual 

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Quotes (February 2012)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In recognition of February 13–19 as Random Acts of Kindness Week, this month's quotes are dedicated to kindness. For more information on this week, visit: the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. – Plato

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. – J.K. Rowling

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. – Mother Teresa

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama XIV

No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, and don't put up with people that are reckless with yours. – Kurt Vonnegut

But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword. – Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. – Khalil Gibran

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. – Jesse Jackson

To belittle, you have to be little. – Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. – Andy Rooney

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. – Robert F. Kennedy

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. – George Sand

How would your life be different if . . . You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day . . . You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. – Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu

Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. – J.M. Barrie

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be. – Thomas S. Monson, Pathways to Perfection: Discourses of Thomas S. Monson

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. – William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

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Quotes (Nov. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

November quotes are brought to us by kindness and World Kindness Week, November 14-20. For more information, visit The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation online!

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. – Robert Brault

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. – Jesse Jackson

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. – Charles H. Spurgeon

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. – Author Unknown

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. – Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you—not because they are nice, but because you are. – Author Unknown

What this world needs is a new kind of army—the army of the kind. – Cleveland Amory

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. – Joann C. Jones

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. – Rudyard Kipling

Don't be yourself—be someone a little nicer. – Mignon McLaughlin,The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

A fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them. – Variation of a saying by Albert Einstein

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. – Samuel Johnson

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life—reciprocity. – Confucius

Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. – Author Unknown

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. – John Wooden

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be. – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. – Epictetus

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. – Chinese Proverb

As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart—but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. – The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back. – Author Unknown

Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can. – Andrew Iskander

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. – Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

Life is short but there is always time for courtesy. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social Aims

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. – Booker T. Washington

Love someone who doesn't deserve it. – Author Unknown

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. – Malcolm S. Forbes

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. – Baha'u'llah

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. – Nelson Henderson

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. – James Matthew Barrie

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. – Karl Reiland

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. – William Penn

Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart. – From the television show My So-Called Life

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