Today Is World Kindness Day!

Hannah Alper | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

#WorldKindnessDay is a top trending hashtag all over social media today. People from all over the world come together to create change through kind words and actions. I believe that creating a culture of kindness will replace hate, indifference and apathy.

Justin Trudeau Is Our Next PM But He's Also Maggie's Son

Mara Shapiro | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mara Shapiro

This photo reminds me that Justin Trudeau is someone's child. That's his mother. Look at the joy in her face as she watches him in his moment of triumph. I see in her face how I feel about my kids and the great things I dream for them. It makes me tear up.

New York City Is a Kinder Place Than You Think

Marco Pasqua | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Travel
Marco Pasqua

Social media digitally connects us to the world's latest news and trends. All of this is convenient, but I believe it comes at a cost -- the loss of what I like to call "the human connection." Recently, I went on a trip with my wife and in-laws and discovered that the human connection does still exist, and to my surprise it was where I least expected it... New York City.

Kindraising Allows Daily Actions to Create Change

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

Kindraising is all about changing our communities and the world through kindness. I believe that it takes more than money to create a lot of change that we're working on and that compassion, empathy and kindness play a huge part in reaching our goal.

7 Back to School Tips From a Kid Like You

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Hannah Alper

A new school year is just a few days away and while I love summer (and I had a really great one) I'm really looking forward to going back to school. A new year at school is when you get a fresh start. You can put last year behind you and you get to try new things and do things differently.

This 12-Year-Old Paid It Forward for Her Birthday - 12 Times!

Hannah Alper | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

To celebrate her , Maya decided that she was going to do 12 random acts of kindness in one day. She organized a race between three teams trying to do the acts as fast as they could! Sounds kind of like The Amazing Race, right? They called it #MayasAmazingRaceOfKindness.

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

How Will People Remember You After You Die?

Lori Gard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Within our human connectedness, what matters the most is something so simple it can almost be overlooked. Something so ordinary in its application that its intense impact can be disregarded. It is simple, but not easy. Unpretentious, yet so difficult to maintain. That's the thing about kindness: it seems basic.

It Takes More Than Money To Change The World

Hannah Alper | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

The mission of #JustGive, to inspire the idea that giving can be simple, spontaneous and contagious, is something that I am really passionate about. Here are my top five fun, easy and totally free ideas that we can all incorporate into our daily lives that will have a "pay it forward" effect on our community.

Let's Bring an End to Bullying by Choosing to #BeKind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I was just watching the video about Sean O'Brien, the #DancingMan, on Yahoo news the other day, and it got me thinking about all the bullying going on these days. It's the cause of so much suffering on the part of the victims, but it's also creating more misery for the bullies themselves.

A Guide to Effective Animal Advocacy

Pamela Tourigny | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Pamela Tourigny

A number of people have commented to me over my years of involvement within the vegan community that they are often overwhelmed by all of the suffering that animals endure, leaving them unsure how to advocate for them effectively. It's a feeling of helplessness to which many can surely relate.

Why You Should Stop Being Nice and Start Being Kind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

A lot of people are attached to the idea of being "nice." It's not so easy for these individuals to let go of their need to be nice, or to appreciate how different it is from being kind. This distinction is important, however, because these two ways of being lead to very different outcomes in one's personal and professional life.

It's Time to Stop Being So Nice at Work

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

If you've been an overly nice person at work, you should understand that your self-worth can never be improved by trying so hard to please others. You have to learn how to validate and respect yourself, and stop doing so much for your co-workers. When you can focus on making yourself happy, you'll do a better job at work.

What Social Media Can Teach You About Living a Fuller Life

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Let me fill you in on a secret: It's because you are too busy focusing on you, your company and your brand. You. You. More you. Forget about yourself for a second. Focus on the scintillating stars around you. They are gorgeous, captivating and brilliant! There is so much to discover. It is there waiting, just like you. All you have to do is open years eyes, click and share.

Why Competition Holds Entrepreneurs Back

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kim Smiley

We tend to be so hung up on rising to the top that we fail to realize that being overly competitive can actually push us down. True greatness comes to those who elevate others; who lift them up without regard to where it will place them in the hierarchy of the marketplace of life.

Would You Kick Someone Battling Cancer?

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Have we learned nothing from the death of Robin Williams? People who suffer from depression do so quietly. They keep their secret tucked away in their chest where the agony of it is only noticeable to them, not others.

The 10-Second Text That Made Someone's Day

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Taslim Jaffer

The text I received a few minutes later nearly exploded through my handheld and enveloped me in OMGs, thanks yous and plenty of exclamation marks. Reading her words, "You SOOOO just made my day!" planted a huge smile on my face. I imagined my friend's face had a similar expression. Not bad for a 10-second text, eh?

Changing the Channel: Healthy, Higher Perspectives

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

With the news programs blaring the most recent political scandals, it's hard to remember that there are positive things happening in the world and leaders who are inspiring heart-centred change. It's integral that we maintain a healthy, higher perspective about what really matters and share it with our communities.

We Should Extend Kindness to Our Animal Friends

Twyla Francois | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Twyla Francois

Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day. Kindness toward species outside our own constitutes the highest form of altruism. Dr. Melanie Joy, a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, introduces the concept of "carnism": a belief system by which we love and treat some animals well, but not others.

The Photo of the Pope That Got Me Thinking

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have been deeply moved by these pictures of the Pope touching the man with the disfigurement that have gone viral across the Internet. Not because the Pope is doing something supernatural or mystical to that of other human beings, but because pictures like these still get a reaction

Want To Feel Great? Try My True and Tested Method

Lynda Fishman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

The reality is that we do not have to be professional "life-savers" to help people. Each of us can choose to live a meaningful life, to have a positive impact on others, and to embrace and help people in need. No cameras. No medals. No public recognition... just ordinary "heroics" by ordinary people. I believe that there is "magic" in kindness.

Do the Good Guys Ever Really Win?

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Taslim Jaffer

Public shaming has become a widespread disease across the web, infecting comment boxes, blog posts, Facebook statuses and tweets. People are not just ...

That Magical Place Where No One Gets Hurt

Lacey Haynes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Lacey Haynes

I'm in the forest in my salvaged ragtag bed sheet skirt. A basket filled with foraged mushrooms hangs in the crook of my arm as I walk flanked by ...

Focus on Respect at Schools Before We Lose Another Child

Carol Todd | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Carol Todd

School is starting soon. There are many anxious youths out there not looking forward to those first weeks of school. Hopefully this school year will be one where kindness and respect are a focus. Hopefully we won't lose any more young people while we wait.

How to Do Good at Home

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

People for Good are at it again, carrying on their crusade for kindness. Thank goodness, literally, for their selfless goal of making the world a bett...