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School Of Unconditional Love

Aug 24, 2011 We just added Ann Jovoroski, a retired nurse from the Midwest, to our growing HelpOthers.org team.  In her introduction, she invited others to share a bit about their connection to HO (considering that our team is 47 members, and sometimes breaking the anonymity can be more endearing :)).  In response, one of the notes read: "I must say that I have lost count of the years I have been around at the HelpOthers.org. The only thing I can say is that HO is a fantastic school of uncondional love and when you think you have seen it all there is always someone that teaches you that there is more to see and to experience."

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May 20, 2011 In Smile Groups, whenever people add value to the network, they get KarmaBucks from their peers -- which can be redeemed for more Smile Cards and perhaps more things down the road in our Smile Store.  People have tens of thousands of KarmaBucks.  It quite a wild phenomena.  But today, we received a touching note from one of the users: "Will you please take the KarmaBucks from my tally to cover the next 20 people who order Smile Cards?"

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Apr 22, 2011 We got a wonderful email from a user in Wisconsin today: "I originally came across HelpOthers.org accidently as I was researching various topics related to spirituality.  Now, I look forward to reading it each day and I have found that it deeply inspires me.  I honestly did not grow up in a family that practiced kindness and I have gone through a lot of personal growth to become the person I am today.  Each day, it is still a conscious effort to create and carry out acts of kindness.  Today I offered a cupcake to a homeless man (from a bake sale nearby).  I felt uncomfortable randomly walking up to a stranger but I thought about the stories I have read on this website and remembered the importance of being kind to everyone.  Thank you for providing me with the inspiration and courage to be truly kind every day."

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Apr 08, 2011   I wanted to share this wonderful story from Smile Groups with all of you.  I always think it's so incredible whenever I read that CF is really helping people 'be the change'!  "Thank God, I could come out of my inhibitions, uneasiness and take a small initiative. Had I not been visiting this site, it would have been impossible. I am grateful to all CFers for making me realise and react in thoughtful & small kind ways. These lead me to experience some overwhelming deep, profound moments.Thank you all."  All the little bits and pieces that we all do everyday to keep the CF ecosystem up and running adds up to things like this! Isn't that just amazing?  

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Apr 04, 2011 When I go through the HelpOthers’ story posts I often come across cute little stories about how people are using their Smile Cards. One Smile Group user, Happy7, was raring to go when he got his first set of Smile Cards and did things like send his co-worker anonymous chocolates through the inter-office mail , or leave a Smile Card inside a twenty dollar bill at a payphone ... We rarely get posts from people who have been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness and a Smile Card, so I was delighted when I came across this post by a woman who was was overwhelmed when she experienced her first random act of kindness. She was in difficult financial straits and was quite down about it when she found a Smile Card wrapped in a twenty dollar bill at a pay phone!!! If you read both these stories, it's hard not to be blown away! Thanks to all the shippers who make all this awesomeness possible!

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Mar 31, 2011 Instead of "What are you doing?" question of social networks, Smile Groupers get asked: "How did you practice kindness today?"  Everyday so many people say the most amazing things.  Just today, 'pdteat' says: "A child in my 6yr old's class needed somewhere to go before school as her father is incarcerated and her mother is so scared of losing her job. We welcomed the child here!"  'joti' writes: 'I donated my blood today.' bluebell adds: "I sent a gift to a person I have never met but who is in hospital in the USA"  Sajha: "I listened to my daughter this morning, offering encouragement instead of unasked-for advice. Of course I had to really bite my tongue!"  That just the most recent ones.  There's thousands to go through.  We're told that on the HelpOthers FB group, some of these ideas get more than 30 likes!

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Mar 26, 2011 An amaaazzzing letter we recently received: "I have ordered 100 Smile Cards before, so when I went to school to teach, I told the students about HelpOthers.org, and how this site is helping spead kindness and joy around the globe.  I printed off that book of stories, and asked the students to pick a story. I teach 8th Grade so of course there was a 'whatever' attitude, quickly they were into it.  I talked more about the site, then reached into the envolope you guys sent me, and gave each student a card. I told them to use this card on somebody before lunch. They did, it was very sweet what some of the students did, paying for others lunch, snacks, etc. I then told them after lunch that I will give each of you 1 more card. I want you to take it home, use it on someone outside school. Then told them that they had a week to use the cards. They loved it! Now, the principal wants the whole school to do it and we're having a contest -- whoever uses the most cards and writes a paragraph about each act of kindness, gets a pizza party for their classroom!"  Our response in "Class at Truth Christian Academy".

A Class At Truth Christian Academy

Mar 26, 2011, 2 comments In working with the ripple effect, you have to plant seeds with a lot of faith --  that someday, whenever the time ripens, the seeds will sprout from the depths of the soil.  Fortunately for us, after having planted seeds for so long, we get to see little sprouts practically everyday.  Like last week, when Michael Godinez wrote us this note:  I have ordered 100 Smile Cards before, and I received a few idea cards as well. That was great! So when I went to school to teach, I told the students about HelpOthers.org, and what they are about. I told them how this site is helping spead kindness and joy around the globe.    I printed off that book of stories, and also took that to school. I gave the book to a student and told him to pick a story and read it. I teach 8th Grade so of course he acted like ... Read Full Story

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Mar 12, 2011 Ilonka, who started a Positive News newspaper after a serendipitous car ride, recently gifted us ad-space in the US print edition.  So just over night, Jean whipped this ammmmmmaazzzzing ad!  I'm sure it'll only add to the incredible ripples that we are seeing everyday.  Just today, for instance, Leslie Bedell requested a Smile Deck with this explanation: "I plan to visit each of the divided communities in Northern Ireland to form trauma story telling self-help groups. Over the weeks individuals and groups will be challenged to meet with their traditional enemies in the opposing community to share their stories and experiences.  The cards will be part of the process of preparation for sharing their humanity."

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Mar 04, 2011 A lovely story was recently featured on HelpOthers about the author's, (Linda's) experience with kindness and included a powerful story about a circle of kindness that was started by an 82 year old man and ended up enabling him to go and visit his family one last time before he died. A man who read the story, Chad, who had no prior connection to LInda, left this comment: "Ok i cried! Best random act of kindness story ever!" He must have continued to be moved by this story because he later posted another comment: " Linda i'm writing a song about this amazing story..." and shared a rap song about the story! Ripples from, Linda's story, to Chad's rap song, to this lovely blog entry :) http://bit.ly/h8AQ2a Truly amazing story, in more ways than one.