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Written by Brad Aronson 92 Shares

Seeds

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Halloween Candy for Heroes! — A Great Use of Your Extra Halloween Candy

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Donate Halloween Candy

If you’re like our family, your kids won’t need all the Halloween candy they’ll receive. You also won’t need the leftovers you have from buying more candy than you’ll be able to pass out.

A great use of that Halloween candy is to remind our troops that they’re not forgotten! You can thank our troops, make someone’s day, share your candy and even get a tax deduction. You only need to bring your candy to your local drop off location.

There are three great organizations collecting candy. Operation Gratitude, which has sent over 1.6 million ...

Two Words that Changed Almost Half a Million Lives

Written by Brad Aronson 358 Shares
Cheryl Rice

You have a super power. You can make someone’s day.

You know those projects that make you feel as if you’re spinning your wheels and you’re going to lose whatever hair you have left?

Cheryl Rice was working on one of those projects at work. She was frustrated. She felt stalled. She was dejected.

Then a colleague gave her a card that changed everything.

Often when we’re going through a rough time, we feel alone, and just having someone notice and understand makes all the difference between feeling invisible and feeling loved and supported. For ...

Once Homeless, Youth Seizes Job Opportunity and Gives Back

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Dante Wilson and Nick Bayer

During his senior year in high school, Dante Wilson started living in Covenant House, a Philadelphia shelter for homeless youth.

One day Colleen Landy, who was Program Director of the shelter, told Dante that he was going to meet with an area CEO coming to interview potential employees.

Colleen had called Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys, a Philadelphia-based hospitality company with 30 locations. Colleen asked Nick to get involved with the homeless shelter. She wanted to give young people an opportunity to mainstream, get jobs and have real lives outside the shelter.

Memorial Day – The Best Way to say “Thanks” – with Actions

Written by Brad Aronson 607 Shares
Memorial Day

On Memorial Day we will honor the soldiers who died for our freedom. They chose to serve our country and give so much, and this weekend we have an opportunity to do something for them and their families.

We can reflect on what Memorial Day means.

We can discuss the meaning with our children.

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Happier – Positivity

Written by Brad Aronson 1,243 Shares

Positivity

Until recently, I had no idea that you could fairly easily teach your brain to be happier. As most of us could have guessed, researchers have found that positivity (having a positive outlook) makes us happier. I didn’t know that positivity is also proven to make people more successful.

Luckily for us, there are simple, proven ways researchers have found for us (even pessimists) to be happier by training our brains to think more positively.

Let’s start with a quick exercise . . .

Do one quick scan of the room you’re in and ...

103 Random Acts of Kindness – Ideas to Inspire Kindness

Written by Brad Aronson 18,581 Shares

How great is it that our random acts of kindness and good deeds can make someone else’s entire day?

Here are 103 random acts of kindness and good deeds that can help you carry out kindness daily and become an everyday hero.

Some of these are new ideas that I haven’t seen online before. Others aren’t as original, but a reminder certainly never hurts.

Here’s what inspired this post. . . I know an awesome teenager who was battling cancer. She was hoping to meet Taylor Swift by getting Facebook likes. (By the way, she ...

Kindness Starts with Us — 20 Acts of Kindness for the Holiday Season

Written by Brad Aronson 2,167 Shares
Holiday Season

Holiday season tends to be a busy and stressful time. It’s also a time when we’re inspired to give back. With that in mind here’s how you can make a real difference with simple good deeds for the holiday season…

After teddy bear changes her life, College student pays kindness forward with 500 donated teddy bears

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Teddy Bear

“When a kid is in the hospital or homeless shelter and has a teddy bear — something special to hold onto and sleep with — it makes the experience calmer,” Nicole Javorsky said. “A lot of kids in hospitals or homeless shelters don’t have people who would give them a teddy bear, and we want to let these kids know that someone cares. We want to provide support for whatever they’re going through,”

Nicole started hand-making teddy bears and distributing them to kids after she experienced the impact of such a gift. At 14-years-old Nicole ...

My Little League Players Gave me a Great Lesson

Written by Brad Aronson 424 Shares

Little League

At our first Little League practice (this week) we asked our team of 7-8 year olds if they knew the 5 fundamentals of baseball. They enthusiastically raised their hands and told us:

1) Have fun
2) Try your hardest
3) Don’t get upset if you lose
4) Be kind
. . . and things like that.

Being silly coaches, we were expecting

1) Running
2) Hitting
3) Fielding
4) Throwing
5) Catching

Even after taking hours of Little League baseball coach training, we learned the most about baseball from our kids!

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