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Amazing Special Education Teacher Starts Each Day with Compliments

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As you saw in the incredible video above, teacher Chris Ulmer begins every class with compliments for each student.

Ulmer, a special education teacher, has had the same class for three years. In Ulmer’s first year, every day had a theme like “Monday Funday” and “Toast Tuesday.”

Ulmer noticed his kids were always more motivated, happier and better behaved on Toast Tuesdays (when class began with compliments), so he decided every day would start with affirmations for each student. The incorporation of 10 minutes of daily affirmations contributed to significant growth in his class. Students’ ...

Retirees Help Thousands of Veterans – Offers Easy Way for Us to Help Too

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In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.

While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.

Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...

Halloween Act of Kindness with a Teal Pumpkin

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Teal Pumpkin

If you ask me, our family’s biggest risk on Halloween is that our son Jack trips over whatever costume my wife made for him while he runs from house to house.

If you ask Jack, he’d probably say his biggest risk is that we run into friends and stop for a laugh or beer, slowing down his trick or treating.

My wife believes we have two big dangers — that not enough kids come to our door, since I insist on getting a huge supply of candy. And, that I’ll embarrass her with a crazy ...

Hey You! You are Beautiful

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Hey You! You are Beautiful

Hey You! Yes you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, amazing and simply the best at being you. Never forget that.

(I originally saw a version of this quote in a photo. The quote was written on a whiteboard in the London Underground.)

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World’s Oldest Competitive Sprinter — at 105-Years Young — Breaks World Record

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Hidekichi Miyazaki

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Hidekichi Miyazaki, 105-years young, set the new record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter. The Japanese man ran a 100 meter-dash in 42.22 seconds at the Kyoto Masters. At the September 23 event, Miyazaki also competed in the shot-put.

Miyazaki took up sprinting in his 90s. Until recently, he held the world record for the fastest 100-meter dash in the 100+ age group.

Miyazaki’s daughter told CNN that he practices every day in the park near his house. He does a 100 meter run and practices the shot put three times during practice.

Miyazaki told CNN he likes to pose in Usain Bolt’s trademark pose, “because it’s cool”.


If you have another minute to spare, you should check out this hilarious article — Disorder in the Court. Took me one minute to read, and I laughed out loud 3 times.

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This Teacher Has an Awesome Kindness Idea that We Should all Copy

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Here’s Helen Mrosla’s great kindness idea

Give each member of your family, team, class or group a piece of paper with the name of every group member on the piece of paper. Tell each group member to “write what you appreciated about each fellow group member next to the person’s name” (or you can give out notecards and instruct everyone to “write what you appreciate about each group member on a separate notecard”). The leader collects all of the sheets/cards.

Awesome Kindness Idea

All of the comments are organized so each person gets a page (or the cards) with all of the positive comments about them.

Helen discovered that her students cherished these sheets so much that the students kept them and still talked about them a decade later. The parents of one student told Helen that their son took the paper with him when he was deployed and kept it with him the entire time.

People don’t hear how special they are often enough. This act of kindness exercise is a simple way to appreciate others in a lasting and touching way.

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Hilarious Real Life Courtroom Exchanges – Disorder in the Court

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Disorder in the Court

This took me one minute to read, and I laughed out loud 3 times. I figure everyone could use a good laugh, so here’s yours . . .

Want a better life? Ask better questions. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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A Better Life

'If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?' I came across the quote from Stephen Levine in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Stephen’s questions were fantastic and made me think about other questions we should ask ourselves.

Here are ten questions to ask yourself. Questions to help you be a better person, focus on what’s important and evaluate what you're doing:

Alleviate poverty with Someone Else’s Money – Make a $25 Kiva Microloan Free

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Thanks to generous donors, you can currently use their money to make your first microloan for free. These very small loans help impoverished entrepreneurs fund or expand their businesses so they can become self-sufficient. The repayment rate for these loans on Kiva's platform is an astonishing 98.62%. The incredible repayment rate points to microloans through nonprofit Kiva.org as a sustainable method for helping with poverty.


Classroom Kindness – A class visitor said the best thing to one of my anxious students

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Classroom Kindness

My teenage students worked on a project to help SEPTA (our area’s public transit) solve a business problem. For many of my students presenting their solutions to SEPTA was the first time the students had presented to an audience outside of our class.

When we presented to SEPTA one of my students was extremely nervous and flustered. He said, “I’m sorry, I’m really nervous.”

A SEPTA executive responded: “Please don’t apologize. You’re nervous because you care. Thank you for caring.”

What a great thing to say. This broke the tension and helped my student relax.

I look forward to using that line.

Thanks for the Act of Kindness towards my student!

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