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DailyGoodCombating a Creativity Crisis"KH Kim, author of the new book "The Creativity Challenge" has tested more than 270,000 people, from kindergartners to adults, looking at (among other things) their ability to come up with original ideas, think in a detailed and elaborative way, synthesize information, and be open-minded and curious -- what she considers creativity. Her research has found that Americans' creativity rose from 1966 to 1990, but began significantly declining after then." In this article she calls out eight signs of a creative person, and the importance of recognizing and supporting their gifts before it is too late. [Full Story on DailyGood.org]  

Power of Oneimage

Stories of Kindness

An Elderly Woman's Cry Led To This Beautiful Act Of Kindness And Connection , splain
Feb 17 -- As I was walking around Residential care this afternoon, I heard a lot of yelling and crying coming from one of the ... Full Story

The Girl At The Bus Station, laughingsoul
Feb 16 -- Last Friday was a cold day, and the bus was due to come in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I am ok waiting but not this ... Full Story

Following My Instincts, LiliAB
Feb 15 -- Two weeks ago, on a Sunday, as I flew home from Georgia, I noticed a young girl in the row (18E) across from me. ... Full Story

Hoku, The Little 1st Grader And Her Blue Post-it Notes, rnteach
Feb 17 -- This is not a pity story, but my past weeks were filled with negativism, cruel remarks, and hopelessness and ... Full Story

Small Acts

"I was in Santa Cruz with some friends when we noticed one of the parking meters had expired for the car next to us. We put in some change and let a smile card on his windshield." audreywehner, Feb 14

"The floral bouquets were greatly discounted, so I got three! One for a shopper leaving the store; one for the health club front desk and another for the library staff :)))." mindyjourney, Feb 15

"Good deal on veggie and flower seeds, so began stocking up for a "Planting Seeds of Kindness" giveaway. Springing into Kindness! " mindyjourney, Feb 18

"Look at this great label/sticker a KS friend designed and made for me to use when I mail Peace doves packages! :)) Grateful for the support of our kind commuity. Thank you!" mindyjourney, Feb 15

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Video of the Weekimage

In the wake of the US election, filmmakers Jessie Auritt and Alexandra Berger wanted to do something to try and combat the negativity, xenophobia, racism and sexism that surfaced. So they turned their camera on a demographic that hadn't been quite so jaded by the media and current events in the hopes that we might all learn from them and try to be kind and accepting toward other people, despite our differences. In the resulting short video, kids discuss kindness: what it is, why it's important, the consequences of being unkind, and why kindness is vital for our future. Their insights are profound and resonate against a world backdrop of strife and alienation. In the words of one wise child in this video: "If you be nice it gives you a magical life." [Source: KarmaTube]

Words of Wisdomimage

image You Play the Piano, by Alan Watts
The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at.  But it is best understood by analogy with music, because music, as an art... Read more on iJourney.org

image Kitchen Teachings: Conversation with Cherri Farrell, by Richard Whittaker
Cherri Farrell teaches consumer and family science, a subject that used to be called home economics. She teaches at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, California. Her curriculum is devoted largely to cooking and nutrition and it's also. Read More on Conversations.org

Today's Quote

Creativity is intelligence having fun. Albert Einstein

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