#SIWSDay49 – Toronto Polar Bear Cub Spends 3 Month Birthday Playing in the Snow

The Toronto Zoo recently announced a major milestone for one of their new cubs. Their unnamed female cub just turned three months old. To celebrate, the zoo introduced the young cub to the snow for the very first time. And from the look on her adorable face, it’s clear that she enjoyed it. The cub is slowly being acclimatized to the outdoors as she currently resides in the maternity den of the zoo’s polar bear exhibit and is not yet on view to the public. But she is on view for this video posted to Twitter by the zoo! Twitter – @TheTorontoZoo Official Twitter of the Toronto Zoo, an organization that inspires people to love, respect & protect wildlife & wild spaces.  WARNING: May contain traces of cute Link to article to read more – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/12/toronto-polar-bear-cub_n_9221066.html?ir=Canada

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#SIWSDay48 – 9 Random Acts of Kindness

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are 9 generous ways for you to pay it forward and brighten someone’s mood… Never underestimate the impact of a random act of kindness. Whether it’s just holding the door open for someone or helping to carry their luggage down the tube steps, acts of kindness are easy to perform and they can make such a difference. A recent survey found that 65% of its participants perform a random act of kindness daily with 83% claiming to do so at least once a week. The acts don’t have to be elaborate and costly, just smiling at a fellow commuter is a good deed and has positive effects on everyone involved. People who engage in selfless acts are proven to be happier and healthier, the gestures supposedly improving your mood and decreasing social anxiety. To mark Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are 9 generous…

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#SIWSDay46 – Blackhawks goalie RAK’s

Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling didn’t expect anyone to notice his recent random act of kindness. The opposite has happened since a beer-league player shared the the story in a tweet that went viral over the weekend. The player, Kane Van Gate, relayed a second-hand version he’d heard from his Uber driver about how Darling went out of his way to assist a man who’d approached him asking for money during the Blackhawks’ road trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., last week. Instead of dismissing the request, Darling took it a step further and paid for the man to stay in a hotel for a month to help him get back on his feet. “On the way to the airport in Phoenix …. Link:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl-news/4694314-scott-darling-homeless-man-story-blackhawks-pay-it-forward-act-of-kindness-nhl

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#SIWSDay43 – Random Acts of Kindness

It’s one thing to ask young students to be kind to one another. It’s remarkable when more than 300 students take those words to heart and go out of their way to be thoughtful, supportive, helpful and kind over an extended period of time. For the second year in a row, that’s exactly what has happened at Osoyoos Elementary School as the teaching staff, more than 300 students and support staff all participated in the school’s 17 Days of Kindness campaign. Starting in early January and wrapping up last Friday with a celebratory luncheon at the Sonora Community Centre, 17 Days of Kindness involves having every single student trying to show kindness, empathy and support to their fellow students, teachers and to their family members and friends outside of the classroom, said school principal Dave Foster. Whenever a student performed an act of kindness over the 17 school days  in January…

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#SIWSDay42 – Kindness: A Contagion Worth Catching

The easiest way to do this is through kindness. Small and consistent doses of kindness will make you and another person feel better. In fact, kindness has been shown to boost our levels of mental and physical health. It’s also been proven to enhance our relationships with others. Kindness Study If you are concerned that you may not have a “kind” bone in your body, don’t worry because actually everyone does. A 2013 study done by Barbara Fredrickson et al. determined that groups of participants who were randomly assigned to perform a six week (one hour long) loving kindness meditation had a marked increase in their positive emotions as compared to the control group. Participants whose positivity levels increased were noted to also have an increase in their vagal tone as compared to their baseline vagal tone measurements. A toned vagus nerve influences our ability to connect with others, our breathing, heart rate variability and so much more.   Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debbie-lyn-toomey/kindness-a-contagion-wort_b_9150552.html

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