#SIWSDay35 – Story of Patience and Kindness

This post has gone viral in social media.  The woman writing it got a refresher in patience and human kindness. As did anyone reading her story. A Young man working the cash register at a store helped an elderly woman pay for her items in coin. He helped he count them out, not once getting frustrated. The people in line, may have looked ahead and though “are you kidding me”  but that is where the lesson comes in. We are always in a hurry, and our lives are on a schedule but sometimes unforeseeable things come up that we cannot avoid. As a human, we need to have more patience. At least, I know that of myself. Well done to this young man but also to the woman for sharing the story. Sarah Owen Bigler Indianapolis, Indiana · January 13 at 5:21am · Yesterday Matt was sick. I picked up Archie from…

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#SIWSDay34 – Positive Words Research

Find in this list of positive words currently 1,246 inspiring words. This positive vocabulary is updated constantly. The last entries of positive words and phrases are bold and underlined. The updates are based on researches and also based on the contribution of wonderful people all around the world that are sharing more positive words. Thank you all so much for contributing. Share the L O V E. Link: http://positivewordsresearch.com/list-of-positive-words/

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#SIWSDay33 – What’s the best snack to make your days go well?

Most nuts contain healthy antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which improve cholesterol scores and also help lower rates of oxidative stress and vascular disease. But of all nuts, walnuts pack the greatest polyphenolic punch, according to a 2011 study appearing in the Royal Society of Chemistry. For a research paper published earlier this year, Arab and her colleagues examined the diet and lifestyle habits of thousands of adults. In terms of memory, concentration, and “information processing speed,” the people who ate walnuts significantly outperformed their nut-averse counterparts. These results held even after the study team adjusted their results to control for age, exercise, ethnicity and other lifestyle factors that could otherwise explain the apparent brain benefits. Link:  http://time.com/4126279/work-snack-walnuts/?xid=newsletter-health

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#SIWSDay32 – 12 Kinds of Kindness

Two self-centered New Yorkers, often focused on what’s ahead of them instead of what’s around them, created a series of 12 steps as a way to become kinder, more empathetic people.  As a resolution. they practiced this for 12 months. Kindness is one thing we all have the ability to share. It’s free, it feels great, and it’s within our control. So, why is it so difficult to be kind at times? How can we become less judgmental of others and ourselves? We tend to only see what we want to see, hear what we want to hear, and surround ourselves with people who share our own experiences and tastes. Countless scientific studies, newspaper articles, religious texts, and self-help books have tried to help us become kinder people, but how often do we really put that advice into practice? Link: http://12kindsofkindness.com

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#SIWSDay31 – A culture of kindness

So how do we begin to create a culture of Kindness? We can practice peace in our personal lives. Everyone can be a peacemaker in their personal relationships. And in doing so we contribute to a movement of peace, even in a violent society. Treat others with courtesy. Listen with patience. Work diligently to find common ground with people, thus providing a safe and constructive foundation for dialogue about interpersonal differences. Avoid stereotyping based on anything (gender, sexuality, race, age, economics, religion, political party affiliation, etc.). Think before you speak – and, having done so, then think again. And when standing your ground on a moral issue, do so with civility (remembering the advice of St. Paul to “speak the truth with love”). Express affection for others. Pay compliments. Celebrate the other person’s achievements without having to remind them that you, too, are equally accomplished. Tell people you love them.…

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#SIWSDay30 – Why Family Time is Important

    A strong family finds that opportunities for quality time emerge from quantity time: The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of sharing quality experiences. Eating meals together, talking about the events of the day, sharing joys and defeats, doing household chores together and spending some evenings popping corn and watching movies are examples of shared activities. Some families even schedule one evening every week for special family activities. Doing things a child or spouse wants to do also sends a strong message of love. It’s a good idea to identify the things family members want to do together. In my family, we spend our summers showing goats together. Every weekend we pack up the coolers, show equipment, children and goats, and we head to the next show.   Link: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/spending_quality_family_time_together_is_very_important

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#SIWSDay29 – Unbelievable Close-Up Photos Of Snowflakes Reveal A Side Of Winter You’ve Never Seen

More than a few artists have proved that macrophotography has merits beyond simply magnifying very small things. It can also capture aesthetically beautiful images lurking beyond our usual visual perception, whether they’re hiding inside a meteorite or on the wing of a dragonfly… or inside falling snow. Just in time for winter and the onslaught of December snowstorms, Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has devised a clever way to bring the wonder of macrophotography to the minuscule world of snowflakes. Using a homemade rig comprised of a working camera lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts, Kljatov captures the breathtaking intricacies of snow, six-sided symmetry and all. Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/alexey-kljatov_n_4373888.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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#SIWSDay28 – Kindness Makes You Happy… and Happiness Makes You Kind

New research suggests that once you start doing nice things for other people, you might not want to stop. Wouldn’t it be great if you could walk into a store and buy lifelong happiness? The idea’s not as fanciful as it sounds—as long as whatever you buy is meant for someone else. Two recent studies suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous cycle that promotes lasting happiness. In one of the studies, published last year in the Journal of Social Psychology, researchers in Great Britain had participants take a survey measuring life satisfaction, then they assigned all 86 participants to one of three groups. One group was instructed to perform a daily act of kindness for the next 10 days. Another group was also told to do something new each day over those 10 days. A…

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#SIWSDay27 – Making Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Day 27 is special.  The cookie recipe and the cookies are shared by a special family in Nova Scotia.  This family happens to be the mom and sisters of Rehtaeh Parson’s — rehtaehparsons.ca.  Leah and I have forged a kindred spirit kind of friendship even though we live across the country from one another. Taking the time to share to share things, including the making of snowflake cookies is so wonderful!!  (and yummy!!)   The recipe is included below.      

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