Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Short Video's that may change your life

''I'm NOT a bum. I'm a human being...''

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015


---26 Acts of Kindness on her 26th birthday!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


and US ALL

---I'd like to speak about something that Dr. Sweet mentions in her book, ''God's Hotel.'' On page 29 in one of the versions of the book she speaks of talking to a Miss Tod. Miss Tod had brain cancer that was still growing behind her right eye. The eye had been removed and her eyelid was sewn shut. Dr. Sweet mentions that she was hard to look at.

---Having gotten used to the physical appearance of Miss Tod, and after exchanging pleasantries...Dr. Sweet looked at Miss Tod and asked if there was anything that she could do for her?
She expected euthanasia, some sort of miracle cure, stronger pain medication or even a second opinion. With all the poise and equanimity Miss Tod asked if there was something Dr. Sweet could do about her food being so bland and a pair of eyeglasses. Dr. Sweet mentions being floored by the response. She helped her with those things. Miss Tod changed wards and lived another 18 months.

---What Dr. Sweet learned that day was priceless from my perspective. From Miss Tod's attitude she learned that ''somehow she accepted her fate, and it was the small things, the little daily things, that were important to her.'' Dr. Sweet goes on to speak of bravery at the core.

---She then mentioned something that floored me. Admitting that many young doctors are very healthy, curious, hardworking, etc. What do they know of misfortune? And, even when there is no cancer to deal with, the patient still has his needs and preferences. Reread the section about Miss Tod if you've forgotten the story. As I said it's page 29 in my book and lasts about two pages. It is a good lesson for all of us. Be Well.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015



---Witness an act of kindness and be aware of how it makes you feel. There a very good chance that you are experiencing a moral elevation after watching a video such as this. This ties in with posting below. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


2015 8:00 a.m.

What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness

By Melissa Dahl!

---It is just plain nice to witness those rare moments when people show real kindness to each other, and psychologists have a phrase for that: It's called moral elevation, that warm-and-fuzzy feeling you get from simply witnessing compassion. Scientists know that moral elevation tends to nudge people toward behaving more altruistically themselves, and now some new research has helped explain this effect by recording what happens inside the brain and body when we see a little bit of niceness occur.

---In a post for the Greater Good Science Center's website, writer Jill Suttie explains the study's findings. The researchers, led by Walter Piper at New York University, showed study participants either a film clip in which someone took care of someone else after an incidence of suffering, or one that was just supposed to be funny. They recorded the participants' heart rate in order to get an idea of what their sympathetic nervous system (which promotes arousal, known colloquially as the "fight or flight" system) was doing, and also measured the activity level of the parasympathetic nervous system (which promotes rest, including slowing of the heart rate).

---They observed increased activity in both systems when the participants viewed the moral-elevation videos, but the funny clip didn't activate either nervous system. Suttie explains what this might mean:
Dual activation of the PNS and SNS occurs in situations that involve attending to others in a prosocial way while also needing to stay alert and aroused, such as during parenting and sexual activity. Moral elevation must involve a similar pattern, which makes some sense: To see a compassionate act, we must witness suffering, and that’s stressful [and activates the SNS]. However, once we see the suffering alleviated through an altruistic act, it calms our heart (through the PNS), allowing us to get past the stress and give us that pleasant, warm glow feeling. This feeling is probably what calms our hearts enough to give us the motivation to “pay it forward” by acting altruistically in the future.
---In other words, scientists are a step closer to understanding why — on a physiological level — niceness can be contagious.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Ozzy Osbourne Always Grateful For The Way Robin Williams Cheered Up Sharon

---Ozzy Osbourne will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for paying his wife Sharon a surprise visit to cheer her up after a cancer diagnosis.

The Black Sabbath rocker got in touch with the comedian after his Tv star partner was diagnosed with colon cancer because he was convinced the actor, who played a doctor in 1998 movie Patch Adams, would be able to put a smile back on Sharon's face.

---Williams turned up at the couple's home in the morning and climbed into bed with Sharon as a joke, and Ozzy admits he will never forget the actor's generosity.

---He tells the Vh1 Radio Network, "I'm forever in debt to Robin Williams, because when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer, I'd seen the film Patch Adams... it's about a guy who was a male nurse or something in a hospital and he was working with terminal people, and I thought, what a great thing to do, and he's a very funny man, Robin Williams. I got my agent to contact him and ask if he'd be so kind as to come around and talk to my wife, which he did. It was very nice of him."

[I remember how I found this story to be very touching and shared it at one of our memorial services.]

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The sOccket


A group of Harvard students have invented a soccer ball that charges electricity with each kick. The ball can then be used to power a light. Popular Mechanics have already called it one of the breakthrough innovations of the year. The Harvard students responsible for the invention are calling it "sOccket." Hemali Thakkar, a graduating senior at Harvard and one of the creators of the sOccket, told PRI's Living on Earth:

Sunday, July 5, 2015


1. Say Hi and use people's name. Use a nickname if it will work.
2. Ask someone to teach you something.
3. Compliment someone. Even if you don't like someone too much there must be something you can say.
4. Listen and repeat back a little what they say. It shows you are listening. We are quick to give our opinion instead of just listening to what a person may say. Learn NOT immediately jump in with your opinion. Just listen.
5. Understand what someone says. Put yourself in their position. Learn to really commiserate. People like it when someone 'gets' them.
6. Sometime a smile puts someone more at ease.
7. Remember their spouses name or hobby that they may have. It makes people feel special.
8. Help people if they need it.
9. Greet people like you are really glad to see them.
10. Make an effort to redirect negative energy to positive.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Science Has Fucking Amazing News for People Who Curse