May 01, 2014

Oh May Oh May


Be Kind



What goes around comes around - and with kindness it really does. Research shows that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as theirs. What's more it has a knock-on effect --kindness is contagious, so it makes our communities nicer places to be.

Recent research into brain functioning has confirmed that we are hard-wired for love and compassion. So it's not all chasing about individual success - our communities and society flourish when people look out for each other.
When we're kind to people we know it strengthens our connections with them and provides a source of support. Research shows that we may benefit from giving support more than those receiving it - and we're also more likely get support in return when we need it. This may not be like-for-like support, or even from the same person, but being kind to others builds a wider support network which increases well being all round.
Doing kind things for strangers helps build cooperation, trust and a sense of safety in our communities. It also helps us to see others more positively and empathize with them. These are the foundations of a thriving local community and a flourishing society!

Here's a list of suggested acts of kindness to get you started:

Give up your seat


Hold a door open for someone


Give a (sincere) compliment


Make someone laugh


 Give someone a hug


 Take time to really listen to someone

Make peace (you know who they are)

Make someone new feel welcome


Help someone who's lost

Have a conversation with a stranger


Pick up litter as you walk


Let someone in front of you in the queue


Read a story with a child


Tell someone they mean a lot to you


Let someone have your parking spot


Offer your change to someone struggling to find the right amount


Treat a loved one to breakfast in bed


Buy cakes or fruit for your colleagues


Invite your neighbor for a drink and a chat


Offer to help with someone's shopping

Tell someone if you notice they're doing a good job


Pass on a book you've enjoyed


Say sorry (you know who to)


Forgive someone for what they've done


Visit a sick friend, relative or neighbor


Buy an unexpected gift for someone


Bake something for a neighbor


Pay for someone in the queue behind


Do a chore that you don't normally do

Help out someone in need


Offer to look after a friend's children


Offer to mow your neighbor's lawn


Donate your old things to charity


Give food to a homeless person and take time to talk with them


Visit someone who may be lonely


Give blood


Get back in contact with someone you've lost touch with


Organize a fundraising event


Volunteer your time for a charity


Plan a street party


The lists can go on…think about it!

February 21, 2014

Shot of Love ~ 16 Feb 2014





When one loves,

one does not calculate.


~ Saint Therese of Lisieux

Shot of Love ~ 15 Feb 2014





We love because.....

Cookie





Fancy a  L O V E  cookie?


Have a great Valentines Day!


Love is Love




L O V E   is   L O V E

Let's celebrate  L O V E everyday

....not just today.



Love Day





Let us love one another,

for love is from God,

and whoever loves

has been born of God and knows God.


Happy LOVE Day! 


~ 1 John 4:7



Shot of Love ~ 14 Feb 2014





Love one another,

but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea

between the shores of your souls.


~ Kahlil Gibran



Shot of Love ~ 13 Feb 2014






A very small degree of hope 

is sufficient to cause

the birth of love.


~ Stendahl

Shot of Love ~ 12 Feb 2014





The best thing 

to hold on to 

in life

is

each other.


~ Audrey Hepburn

Shot of Love ~ 11 Feb 2014





Immature love says:

"I love you because I need you."

Mature love says:

"I need you because I love you."


~  Erich Fromm



Shot of Love ~ 10 February 2014





Life without love

is like a tree

without blossom 

and 

fruit.


~Kahlil Gibran



Shot of Love ~ 9 February 2014





Each friend represents a world in us,

a world possibly not born until they arrive.

And it is only by this meeting

that a new world is born.


~Anais Nin



Shot of Love ~ 8 Feb 2014





To lose balance,

sometimes, 

for love,

is part of living

a balanced life.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert