“This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” –Swami Vivekeanada
Charity is vital to the progress of humanity.
There is no act too small that can reshape someone’s life. The act of giving can entail many types of actions, whether it be donating money to a good cause, volunteering at a fundraiser, or even the simple act of spreading kindness on a daily basis. We think of charity as giving to others, but the amazing thing about this action is that in fact, it gives to both parties. By devoting part of your consciousness to the betterment of someone else’s life, you are also a building block in shaping a more wholesome and altruistic world.
There are a number of ways you can contribute…
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The following is a guest post by Max Gottlieb from Senior Planning.
If you’ve ever had a relative who has fallen, then you know just how important it is to avoid falls at any cost.
A fall oftentimes means the beginning of someone’s journey into death. Both of my grandparents, who were otherwise healthy, fell and within three months passed away. My grandfather, recovering from a hospital stay, rolled off of his bed and all the progress of his recovery quickly vanished. Unfortunately, with a fall like this, there is not much you can do to prevent it unless the older person wants to put rails on their bed, similar to a top bunk on a bunk bed. For most people, this is unrealistic. My grandma’s fall, however, could have been prevented.
Continue reading How to Fall-Proof a Home in Five Easy Steps
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” — Henry David Thoreau
With the weight of our responsibilities, personal lives and relationships, life is rarely simple.
The more that we have going for us, the higher potential we have for something going wrong. Even the most organized, well-planed individual can find it difficult to cope with the stress that accompanies even the best opportunities. Sometimes, we find ourselves too ambitious, only being able to put an ounce of energy into many different things at once. We fear that life is too short, that we need to seize each and every day for its full potential. This is true, but it is also true that sometimes, we can accomplish more by taking on less.
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“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” — Ayn Rand
Without being loyal to our own needs, it is very difficult to truly help others.
From a young age, we are taught to extend ourselves to others, to share, and make the world a happier place. It is undeniable how very important this is. Given the state of the world, acts of kindness and generosity cannot be understated. However, it is possible for us to keep our own needs in mind without sacrificing this.
In fact, being selfish might just help the world be a better place.
Continue reading Why We Should Be a Little More Selfish From Time to Time
“Every generation is inculcated in traditions of prejudice which are encouraged as normal, natural and healthy.” ― Bryant McGill
Between the baby boomer generation and generation y, a lot of things are done differently.
Both groups grew up in very different political, social, and economic conditions. Both generations faced completely unique challenges, had dramatically different role models, and remarkably distinct cultures. With genY rising as the dominant generation, there is an undeniable sense of bias, resentment, and inequality between the two age groups. In a world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.
In that is world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.
Continue reading Turning a Hostility Between Generations Into Something Magnificent
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. – Kent M. Keith
One of the most characteristic elements of any urban landscape is the sheer amount of complete strangers constantly interacting with each other.
Continue reading The Paradoxical Nature of Kindness
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
With Father’s Day around the corner, we’re thinking of all the reasons we appreciate our dads.
Amidst all of the outward celebration for all the mothers of the world, it’s easy to understate the love and admiration we have for our dads. The truth is, our dads play just a significant role as our mothers do, albeit a sometimes quieter one.
Continue reading Our Unsung Heroes: 7 Reasons We Love Our Dads
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.
Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.
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“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.”
It’s becoming more and more common for younger generations to get up and move for work, school, and volunteering.
Between busy schedules and different time zones, it can be difficult to keep in touch with family that is always on the move. Fortunately, we live in a time that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in contact! Although nothing beats face to face communication, there are plenty of fun and easy apps and resources for keeping family close even when they are physically thousands of miles away.
Continue reading A Guide to Keeping in Touch with Your Kids and Grandkids Long Distance
“When the female voice is repressed and stifled, the entire community can easily find themselves cut off from the sacred feminine, depriving themselves of the full image of god.” –Rob Bell
The prevalence of female leaders in our society is slowly but steadily improving.
The road to female empowerment has been a long one, but in the past decade alone, we have reached some significant milestones. The gender pay gap has had a notable increase in attention, the 2016 US Presidental election has a strong female candidate, and there has been a number of female public figures and celebrities standing up for the importance of feminism. There is no denying that the issues of gender equality still have a lot of work left, but we are inching closer and closer to resolving them.
Continue reading WomenAid: Building Stronger Female Communities by Ultraism