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Karuna News: Kindness In Action: Olympics, Diner, Road,

Aug 04, 2021, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!This week’s Karuna News is all about kindness and how it can be nudged into action, even in the most unlikely places. At the Olympics where the stakes for winning are high, one Olympian surfer jumped in to translate for a rival who had just beaten him, while two runners falling in a tangle of legs decided to help each other to the finish line. At a prison in Missouri, a group of male inmates gather to sew quilts for fostered children with the ambitious goal of sending a quilt to every fostered child in their county. These and many more stories are examples of how small acts of kindness are tiny seeds waiting to be planted and blossom to their full potential, lighting the world and filling many lives with hope.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Every Little Effort

Jul 28, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!As we cap off the last few days of July, it's incredible to think how different the world was just one year ago this same month. Today, as we look at all that has unfolded over the past dozen months, this week's newsletter reminds us that, no matter how high the challenges we face seem to tower over us, ever little effort counts. From Madrid forests to Unilever food labels, from a couple who feeds 120 college students to 9-year-olds in in England cheering on a classmate with cerebral palsy as he completes his first walk to school -- these examples remind us of the indefatigable spirit that every little effort of goodwill lights a spark in our collective existence on this planet.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: From Venezuela To Iceland, Santa Fe To

Jul 14, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In this week’s newsletter, we travel to the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the skiable mountains nestled inside South Africa, and bear witness to the positive effect of local tourists mobilizing to boost their nation’s economy during these tough covid times. Further away in Iceland, we learn that a four-day work week is not only possible, but it is now proven to boost the morale of employees. These and many other stories across four continents exemplify the power of coming together and putting our best efforts to ensure the needs of the whole are met to continue improving life on our beautiful planet.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Bold And Kind

Jul 07, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In this week’s newsletter, we learn that genuine kindness is nonjudgmental and goes well with bold actions. In England, we witness the spontaneous reaction of a stranger who bravely gets down to the level of an autistic 5-year-old boy who was having a massive, public meltdown. This and other stories are a window into the spirit of compassion that is reflected in the actions that we take when our hearts are open to making connections. It is a call to build bridges that bring us closer to experiencing life as one human family.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Compassion-Fueled Innovation

Jun 23, 2021, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In this week’s Karuna News, we witness the power of social and technological innovation fueled by compassion towards humanity and the earth. In Nigeria, a social entrepreneur cleverly turns toxic plastic waste into building material and transforms the future of traditional housing for the rural community. In Nepal, a mountain guide digs into his personal savings to feed the families of fellow guides who have lost their tourist-dependent jobs during the pandemic, while in England, a fire-rescue dog uses a talk therapy technique to save a suicidal woman. These are a few examples from around the world demonstrating that compassion is a common string that tugs at the hearts of all living beings.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: A Stronger Web

Jun 16, 2021, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!This week’s news roundup highlights how social transformation can be achieved when incremental acts of heartfelt kindness add up to create a fountain of humanitarian action all around the world. Through personal stories of strangers offering to share medical supplies that are in scarcity throughout Lebanon, to a Harvard student offering to pass forward her generous scholarship to a community college student, these decisions reflect the personal choices that can be made to improve the living conditions of each other. These narratives of brave individuals driven by their deep awareness of the integrity required to uphold social solidarity serve to inspire the same in others. What emerges is a stronger web of compassion that ties all of humanity together.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: Humanity On A Hot Day

Jun 09, 2021, 1 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In this week’s newsletter, our highlighted stories take us around the world exploring the themes of instant kindness. In India, while witnessing first hand the physical toll that responding to Covid-19 patients has on his mother and countless other doctors, a teenager’s ingenious PPE ventilation design helps to provide the essential self care needed to get through a hot day. This and many other similar stories of instantaneous acts of caring are a timely reminder that every moment of need is another opportunity to abandon the negative narratives that separate us, and instead react as human beings first. It is a call to continually reflect back to each other what we wish to see in ourselves.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Better Than The Sum Of All Our Darkest

Jun 02, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!This week’s news begins with a reminder that kinship exists even between strangers such as Al Nixon’s park bench in Florida, a resting place for the weary, where stories and secrets are shared over a consistent sunrise that judges no one and fills everyone with the hope that the day will get better. This hope can be felt when Fadi, a Muslim nurse stumbles upon Mor, a Jewish man badly injured, and the two are confronted with the choice between life and death and the moral obligation to choose kindness. They end up saving each other’s conscience with a renewed faith in humanity and a promise to share a common meal of hummus in the belief that sooner or later, Muslims and Jews will coexist peacefully as it were before the most recent riots. This sense of higher calling resonates with a group of teenagers ... Read Full Story

Karuna News: Karuna News: Building Bridges

May 26, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!In a world where rifts between religions, political beliefs, ethnicities and economic worldviews appear to be widening by the week, the unsung quality of compassion is an invisible glue, quietly bridging our lives together at the edges. From political rivals connecting over similar parenting experiences, to a teacher's "momma bear" instinct upon seeing her student holding a gun, to hospital medics working together to save lives irrespective of religious background -- this week's feature stories mirror our hearts' boundless capacity to hold each other's pains and joys, and in so doing, elucidating the infinite interconnections of which we are all a part.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Karuna News: An Invincible Summer

May 19, 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Oftentimes, when we hit a roadblock, our efforts to pave a way forward can actually generate tremendous potential for transformation. "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer," Albert Camus once wrote. Whether in hundreds of strangers who helped a bus driver make it home to his dying mother, or a declining village brought back to life with refugees, or a child who built a working ventilator out of legos -- this week's stories remind us how holding challenges with a heart of compassion can ignite capacities we never knew lay dormant within ourselves and the thread of humanity.Read the full newsletter here ...