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Less Judgment = More Kindness

On the weekend I was in line at the supermarket checkout when I heard a friendly “argument” between two people in the line next to me. “Are you sure you don’t want me to pay for some of these things?” one person pressed? “Oh no! I’ve been saving to take you here so you could choose whatever you like! And I’m going to take you out to dinner too!” The banter went back and forth…

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Call for 2023 Kindness Micro-Grant Projects

This year, The Love and Kindness Project Foundation is planning to give out at least 24 micro-grants of $250.00 or less to individuals who want to do a creative kindness project at work, at home or in their community and need funding for materials to turn their idea into reality! Some projects we’ve funded in past or are currently funding: Creating a Kindness Garden using painted Kindness rocks Setting up a Kindness Cart to share…

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A Surprise from The Netherlands!

Look! Something super exciting! Maryse Meinen was inspired to create her very own Kindness Poster based on something I shared! At The Love and Kindness Project Foundation, a big part of our mission is to encourage and inspire others to create their own kindness projects, and that is exactly what Maryse did! A kindness project doesn’t have to be big and fancy! Handwritten and homemade are perfect! Thank you so much Maryse for creating a…

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The Kind Leader Newsletter #7

Welcome to The Kind Leader Newsletter #7! Tip #7: Ask about others! Leaders, I have a challenge for you! Please take out a piece of paper, and for each one of your team members, write down one thing that they are passionate about outside of work, and one thing each of them is struggling with. If you find that you don’t know, don’t be surprised. Often, leaders focus solely on business in conversations and meetings…

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How to Stay Optimistic During Tough Times

It’s Monday morning! When you got out of bed, did you feel a sense of dread about the coming day and week? Or a sense of excitement? I’m asking because I’ve been thinking a lot about optimism over the past few weeks. In tough times, it can be even harder to stay optimistic – to believe that things are going to be okay and work our positively – than in regular times. Even super-optimistic people…

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Why I’m Voting for Kindness…and You Should be Too!

Last night, as I watched the first US Presidential ‘debate’ of 2020, my decision about how to cast my vote was solidified. Here’s what I’ve decided. While most people vote for a particular party, political platform, or for a specific candidate, this year I’ll be voting for kindness. Here’s why. Because the way a leader leads – how they do what they do, including what a leader says, has a huge effect on those they…

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The Kind Leader Newsletter #6

Welcome to The Kind Leader Newsletter #6 Tip #6: Apologize! A number of years ago I was one of the of the co-leads for an important inter-departmental project. The sponsor, a Vice President, explained the importance of the project and we got to work. Unfortunately, work didn’t go smoothly and there was a lot of arguing among the team-members. The sponsor called us into his office. We all expected to get in trouble. However, instead…

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5 Easy Tips to Stay Motivated During Tough Times

This morning when I woke up it was totally dark! Fall is here and the days are getting shorter. Many of us hoped the pandemic would be over by now. And that things would have gone back to normal. As summer turns into Fall, and extra stresses combined with continuing uncertainty add up, it can be hard to stay motivated. Some days it can even feel difficult to just get up out of bed and…

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The Kind Leader Newsletter #5

Welcome to The Kind Leader Newsletter #5! Tip #5: Assume Positive Intent! As a leader, how often do you catch yourself thinking something like: “The weekly productivity report is late again! No matter how many times I say I NEED that report first thing Monday morning, they never get it to me on time. They never get anything right. I just don’t know what’s wrong with them.” Maybe you have those types of thoughts so…

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The Love and Kindness Project is Now in Africa!

A special welcome to new Africa Continent Director Karidja Sakanogo! Karidja will be bringing the work of The Love and Kindness Project Foundation to Africa…in French and English! We are extremely thankful for Karidja’s kindness in helping us! More news about this soon!

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