Category: Kindness

Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

Posted by davidjsinger - September 19, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Habits, Kindness, Leadership
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“Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood” is the fifth of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the all-time, best-selling, personal development books. We often jump to conclusions and make assumptions with incomplete information. When we do that—when we fail to seek to understand someone else’s point of view, before […]

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Exposure Breeds Empathy

Posted by davidjsinger - July 4, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Pride Month has just come to an end, and I was thinking about the way LGBTQ issues have been in the news in a big way over the last few years. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 for equal rights for those in same-sex marriages. The fight for transgender rights has helped make the […]

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Social Connections & Your Health

Posted by davidjsinger - June 27, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Health, Healthspan, Helping Others, Kindness, Well-Being, Wellness
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In a Harvard Business Review article, the former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, was quoted as saying, “Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. But we haven’t focused nearly as much effort […]

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More Kindness

Posted by davidjsinger - May 2, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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After I republished my post Kindness & the Common Good in my monthly newsletter, a reader sent me this note I want to share with you: Thank you for this email (newsletter)! I have a constant, inner conversation with myself where I try to be mindful of the point of view of others. If someone […]

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The Power of Smiling

Posted by davidjsinger - April 4, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Well-Being
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I have frequently written about the power of smiling. When we smile, there is a chemical reaction which causes us to think we are happy, even if we were not feeling happy before that moment. In addition, smiling at others usually causes them to smile back at you. (In fact, per a recent study in […]

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Live Your Personal Purpose For A Meaningful Life

Posted by davidjsinger - March 14, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Leadership, Positivity
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This is a guest post by Dr. John Izzo. Today we’re constantly bombarded with messaging about how we should live. We’re told to work harder, dress better, be fitter, have better relationships, and show more gratitude. So how are we supposed to decide what really matters in life? The answer to having a meaningful life […]

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Smartphone Distraction & Etiquette

Posted by davidjsinger - February 14, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness
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In the past, I wrote about Being Present in a Smartphone World. On a related note, I read a piece in the New York Times where they reported on these survey results, which might not be very shocking: We check our phone an average of 47 times a day. Eighty-two times if you’re between the […]

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Kindness & the Common Good

Posted by davidjsinger - February 7, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, David Brooks wrote about Pope Francis’ New Year’s Eve commentary that the people who have the most influence on society are “normal folks,” and their everyday gestures of kindness make them “artisans of the common good”. The pope used driving, of all things, as an example, […]

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“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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Kick off the Year with Gratitude

Posted by davidjsinger - January 3, 2018 - appreciating, Be Happy, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Positivity
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I was reading a book of the best sports writing of W. C.  Hines, famous for his work from the 1940s through the 1970s. In a profile of former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson, he asked Patterson about the month he had spent in seclusion at home after losing a championship fight, and how he […]

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