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.
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 ...
“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 ...
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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 ...
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' confidence and self-worth have skyrocketed, some students have begun looking Ulmer in the eye, and students have started complimenting each other regularly.
Charles and Shirley White worked for the Salvation Army in a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping Mall. They provided clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
The Whites listened to the Christmas wishes of children who might not otherwise get gifts. Then the couple wrote the kids’ gift wishes on cards that featured angels. The cards would hang on a Christmas tree in the mall, and shoppers could take a card to provide gifts for a child. More than 700 kids were served the first year of that program (1979).
When the Whites were transferred to ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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.
All of the comments are organized so each person gets a page (or the ...
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....