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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Resolution of the day: GIVE

Today's quotes:  "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  ~Oscar Wilde
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill
If you cannot feed a hundred people, then just feed one.  --Mother Teresa

“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.”  -Arab proverb

Where there is life and consciousness, there is suffering.  Sometimes we are the one that suffers, and sometimes we are the witness.  When we are able to ease another's suffering, we give to ourselves as well.  Giving is good for you.  In this article summarizing generosity research, giving was shown to improve immunity, speed healing and lower pain perception.  There's much evidence that acts of service benefit the giver as well as the community, by improving self-esteem, and the giver's feeling of agency, purpose and happiness. 
Resolve today to make a difference, no matter how small.  Donate clothing, furniture, food, or time.  Offer your knowledge, your smile, or your listening ear to someone who needs it.  For information on local charities that will pass on your offerings, click here.

Today in Haiti there is enormous need for your generosity.  There are many agencies you can trust.  Here are three that will make good use of your money:  The cost of a missed latte may mean medical help or shelter for someone there.
Mercy Corps
Doctors Without Borders
American Red Cross

Song of the day:   Lean on Me, by Bill Withers

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