Category: Giving

“The Kindness Cure” Book

Posted by davidjsinger - January 31, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Book, Book Review, Empathy, Giving, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Leadership
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Because gratitude, happiness, and positive leadership are favorite subjects of my blog posts, I was given the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of The Kindness Cure, by Tara Cousineau, PhD, which will be published on February 2. “Be Nice” is the second of my Six Simple Rules and when I was writing Six Simple Rules […]

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We Are All the Same

Posted by davidjsinger - November 22, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Gratitude, Kindness, Leadership, Listening
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I do not attend many religious services over the course of a typical year. There is one service I love attending more than the others. It’s an Interfaith Thanksgiving service, held on a rotating basis, in one of a group of participating houses of worship from the towns surrounding where I live. Clergy from the […]

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Leadership: Why I Do Speaking Engagements

Posted by davidjsinger - May 31, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Giving, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership
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When I say “Be a Leader” (the third of the Six Simple Rules for a Better Life), the leadership I am talking about is not being a CEO of a company, or being the president of a country. What I am talking about is volunteering at home, at work, and in your community; stepping up […]

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On Being a Leader

Posted by davidjsinger - August 10, 2016 - Be a Leader, Giving, Helping Others, Leadership
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I was listening to a great episode of one of my favorite podcasts, the TED Radio Hour. “Disruptive Leadership” was the topic and its messages were very much aligned with my thinking, as described in “Be a Leader,” the third chapter of my book, Six Simple Rules for a Better Life. When I talk about […]

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Minimalism: The More of Less

Posted by davidjsinger - June 1, 2016 - Be Happy, Be Organized, Book Review, Giving, Habits, Happiness, Learning, Minimalism, Organization
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Since 2011, when I published my book and began blogging, I have also been a regular reader of other blogs. My favorite, Becoming Minimalist, has countless useful posts to help you have a simpler, better life. Reading Becoming Minimalist, and other minimalism blogs, led to several changes in my life. The first was changing my […]

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Mentoring & Empathy: Year Up

Posted by davidjsinger - January 27, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Teens
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Last week, I wrote about a powerful empathy exercise. This week, I want to write more about some additional powerful things I’ve learned recently about empathy. I like to watch parts of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It’s on too late for me, so I watch it on DVR while I’m exercising in the […]

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Happiness Lessons from The Fault in Our Stars

Posted by davidjsinger - September 16, 2015 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Giving, Habits, Happiness, Kindness
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My daughters loved reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. They also loved the movie. I watched it recently, after happening upon it on a cable TV movie channel. I thought it was very good. (If you don’t want to watch a movie that will make you cry, don’t watch it.) In addition […]

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Money and Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - June 17, 2015 - Be Happy, Giving, Happiness
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I recently read about a study published by a San Francisco State associate professor of psychology showing the value of experiences over things. I’ve written a few times about investing in experiences vs. “stuff” and it was interesting to see a study endorsing that route to a happier life. People often think material purchases will […]

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Giving and Kindness to a Fault?

Posted by davidjsinger - January 21, 2015 - appreciating, Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Be Nice, Family, Friends, Giving, Gratitude, Helping Others, Leadership, Learning, Parenting
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When you reach a certain age (in my case, it was in my mid-40s), parents of friends begin to have health problems and/or pass away. Over the past 10 years, I’ve been to many funerals, including several very recently. I nearly always cry, but I also frequently smile, and often laugh, as the bereaved share […]

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Hearts of Hope: Kindness and Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - September 10, 2014 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Leadership
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Henry Klein and I met about 20 years ago. We were living in the same town and met on a men’s softball team we played on together. Henry is an attorney and a couple of years after we met him, when Marcie and I wanted to create wills, mostly to designate guardians for our children […]

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