A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Kindness is contagious and doesn’t cost a thing.

Kindness is an investment. Good karma is the return.

Money makes you rich. Kindness makes you great.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Choose kindness…It matters.

Do good. Be great. Believe there is good in the world.

Be kind to others. Your random act of kindness might become someone’s best lifetime memory.

Sometimes, a single random act of kindness can become the spark that ignites a revolution.

Be nice to people. Sometimes, a smile is all it takes to start a chain of kindness.

Be kind to others without expecting anything in return. Karma is keeping a tab.

Kindness may be blind but it is the most eye-opening feeling one can get. Thanks for being kind.

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Have courage and be kind.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

Be a little kinder than you have to. —E. Bennett

Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. —Malala Yousafzai

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Believe there is good in the world.—Unknown

The world is full of kind people...If you can't find one, be one. - Unknown

Kindness is free; Let's pass it on. - Unknown

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. - Vincent Van Gogh

We don't have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. - Unknown

If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that. - Unknown

Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end. - Unknown

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

Go be kind. - Unknown

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

The start of a new year brings so much promise. Many use this time to reset their lives in different ways—whether they decide to kick a bad habit, start a healthy one, or turn a dream into reality, there is so much hope and determination when the new year rolls in!

Sometimes, New Year resolutions are a bit too lofty to sustain. We may set extremely high expectations without the steps to succeed. Often times, those who dream to run that marathon, drink more water, or quit an addictive habit fall short a few weeks after setting out on the path. Year after year we see a rise in new gym memberships in January but empty gyms in February.

It’s important to set goals, but also be realistic with yourself on a game plan and a time frame to get there. This article on Seven Steps for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick by Harvard Health Publishing offers a step by step plan to start and end your new year by accomplishing all your goals. Here are the highlights!

  1. Dream Bigger—Whatever you’re hoping to achieve this year, reach farther. Pick the goal and share it with everyone around you!
  2. Baby Steps—Now it’s time to sit down and plan out every step, no matter how small to get you to your big goal. In the beginning, make those easily achievable. If you set yourself up for success, it gives you confidence to tackle those more difficult steps.
  3. Your Why—A goal is far more obtainable if you’ve thought through the pros and cons and understand why it’s important to go through this sacrifice. What does this goal mean for you? For your family or friends? Think it through, then write it down somewhere and keep it where you’ll see it on a regular basis.
  4. Commit Publicly—This is not as scary as it sounds. Simply make a promise to yourself in more ways than just mentally. Perhaps you post weekly updates to your social media, or create a journal to keep track of progress (and setbacks). Place accountability all around you.
  5. Reward Yourself—Tiny steps are still forward progress! Perhaps you brag of your accomplishment to a friend or go buy that special thing you’ve been wanting. Not only do you deserve a reward for all your hard work, it will also help you keep going.
  6. Utilize Failure—Instead of kicking yourself when you falter, use that as an opportunity to reflect. Evaluate what triggered you to fall short and use it as a tool for next time.
  7. Give Thanks—Sometimes no matter how hard we try, it just doesn’t happen. That’s okay! Give thanks for what you have accomplished throughout the year.

Don’t be discouraged by previous years. Allow yourself to dream big and hope for wonderful things in 2021, then put in the work to make them happen! We can all overcome hard things.

Happy New Year!



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