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Evidence That People Are Wonderful

Evidence That People Are Wonderful

People are awesome. We can be kind, compassionate and thoughtful: it’s important to remember that! So, Goodnet have comprised a list of 5 fantastic pieces of evidence that humans are capable of wonderful things for World Kindness Day:

Today – November 13 – is World Kindness Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the good in the global community. From Japan to Australia, Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates, people across the earth mark the day with events such as The Big HugThe Kindness Concert and the Global Flashmob. Here at Goodnet, we’ve pulled together five heart-warming acts of kindness – to prove that people really are awesome, and maybe even inspire another act or two. Have a great day!

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1. THE KINDEST ADDICTION

Once you see the twist in this tongue-in-cheek clip you’ll want to watch it again – we promise. Anything more we say would spoil it – just take 90 seconds and enjoy. If you love it as much as we do, you can check out the sequel, here.

2. ENCOURAGING KINDNESS IN THAILAND

We love this masterpiece of a commercial for Thai telecom company TrueMoveH, which encourages acts of kindness and sends a non-commercial message: “giving is the best communication.” Don’t be surprised if you get a bit choked up!

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3. A CARING AUSSIE IN THE SUPERMARKET

This beautiful tale from Down Under describes a spontaneous random act of kindness – in the queue for the supermarket checkout of all places. The anonymous kindness card user is part of an inspiring new trend, in which people perform kind deeds and leave a card to encourage passing the positive sentiment forwards.

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    Screenshot: The Wake Up Project, Facebook

    4. 22 ACTS OF KINDNESS IN ONE DAY

    This lovely video stars Goodnet favorite Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi, who spent his 22nd birthday performing 22 random acts of kindness around Islamabad, Pakistan. From distributing balloons to a children’s orphanage to cleaning up litter at his university, Syed made his birthday a celebration of giving – and spread the beautiful, simple message – “Let us be kind.”

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    5. THE HAPPIEST LITTLE GIRL IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM

    This security guard at Disneyland made a little girl’s day – and it turns out he does it all the time! According to one happy Pinterest user, the friendly Magic Kingdom employee stopped Alli – dressed as a princess – and asked for her autograph. Alli was so happy that the man thought she was a real princess, she didn’t stop smiling all day.

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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