The World is Full of Good People

Thursday morning we woke to a few inches of snow in Denver. I had to catch a flight at 10am to for a team building event in Somerset, NJ on Friday afternoon. As I was heading out the door, my colleague called me and told me her car had broken down on the way to the airport. She needed me to back track and pick her up. I hopped in the car as fast as I could, but traffic was mo...
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Getting Involved: What’s In it For YOU?

Most people intuitively believe there's some benefit to being involved in community service, but yet there's still a disconnect as to why some people volunteer and some don't. In 2012, studies showed that 26.8% of Americans volunteered.  I think that's a great number, especially considering it's the highest level in five years (according to the report on Civic Life.) Anoth...
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Ways to Make a Difference

I recently inquired with Google to see how many people are searching for "making a difference." What I found was that there are over 1.5 million people searching for "How can I help people" every month. 1.5 Million People If you multiply that by 12 months a year - that's over 18 million people a year searching for ways to make a difference. Does that warm your heart? It does to...
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What the People of the World Really Want

It was day one of our Thailand trip. We'd walked several miles scouring through the streets of Bangkok, immersed in pungent smells of the street vendors and pollution, languages from around the world and temples. We finally began to slow our pace down and as we were heading back to the ferry on the river, we stopped in Chinatown for a fried banana snack. As I ordered from the ...
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One Key Ingredient Needed to Make a Difference

Volunteering
If you ask most people what they want to do with their lives, they answer is almost always the same. They want to help people. Yes, that shows up in so many ways from being a public school teacher, working in a non-profit, coaching people to build a business. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to making a differ...
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Only YOU Can Change the World

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” - Lily Tomlin When we look at violent acts or senseless tragedy, we often question why they took place. What the cause was? Or, how could it have been prevented? While we never really know the reasons behind such acts, we can look at what contributes to something like this hap...
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A Greeting of the Heart and Soul

While I often tout social media as being a place where I get lost in the abyss of things I don't need to know about, every once in awhile I stumble upon a message that touches my spirit. That was so this week, when I saw an image that spoke about the Maori greeting done in New Zealand. The image immediately spoke to me (similar to the one in this post). I am mesmerized by t...
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Teaching Kids about Compassion and Empathy

When I was finishing my graduate studies in psychology, one piece of raising children stuck out to me – that of teaching empathy. Science now shows that children are born with empathy. It’s the reason they begin to cry when another baby or child cries. This is truly their (our) natural state. However, we get culturally conditioned out of being empathetic. Q: What can you do t...
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