With the holiday stress we get, people forget to show kindness to others. We must remember that the true holiday spirit is not only giving gifts but showing that we care.
Lao-Tzu a Chinese philosopher once wrote, “Kindness in giving creates love.” With those inspiring words, Audrey Lin, Kindspring story editor, proposed a few creative, quick gestures which assure a sweet effect on family members and friends.
1. Begin your child’s day with a surprise gift in his room.
Children remember acts of kindness until they grow up and they are likely to follow these actions as they create their own relationships in the future. Try to leave a modest gift near your kid’s bed to surprise him when he wakes up.
2. Leave short handwritten notes for your loved ones.
Slip a number of surprise handwritten notes on a loved one’s pockets and bag before he or she goes away. It can melt their heart at that time when they’re exhausted and running late or just fatigued from a long trip, according to Lin.
3. Give away a favorite item to a loved one.
Another suggestion by Lin is to give a loved one, a favorite book etched with a note explaining why you love that book, or maybe finally giving your favorite shirt to your sister who always borrows it. Lin also recommends surprising choices like a collection of fun comic-strip stories or a picture book with a general theme.
4. Send an unexpected, personal email to cheer someone up on a Monday morning.
Lin says sending a message to someone on a Monday morning, an unanticipated email that wishes for a great week ahead for them will cheer up a friend who is going through rough times. Adding a link to a rousing story or a short video, and adding a quote may tell a friend that someone cares for him or her.
5. Let the person who borrowed something from you keep it when he offers to return or replace it.
Offer to let someone keep an item that has been borrowed from you or praises you for it. Lin clarifies that it is about thinking out a way to contribute. The important thing is the art of becoming aware of what makes someone happy, and what they might need.
These ways are certainly dignified goals, and this holiday season is the best time to start working on it.
So, which act of kindness will you do today to show that you really care? Leave a comment below.
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5 Easy Nightly Routines To Make Your Bundle Of Joy Sleep Faster
Are you a new mom who struggles with putting your baby to sleep? Or a dad who can’t figure it out either? If you’re someone who finds it hard to cradle a baby to sleep, here’s a guide for you made by genius mom from Three Day Nanny.
According to moms Gina Ford and Kathryn Mewes, crying babies can be left crying until they stop. This helps them understand that they can’t be picked up at all times. They will eventually lay low with their crying games.
Another tip that has for other moms is to avoid eye-to-eye with their kids if they are trying to get them to sleep. Although many questioned this trick, a lot has agreed.
Emily-Jane Clark, another mom, and a writer share her own advice on how she gets her kids to sleep.
1. Get in your comfortable clothes are prepare for bed
Because getting a kid to fall asleep could get you drowsy, too. It is advisable that you prepare for bed together with your kids so both of you can rest well.
2. Plan out your nightly routine
Full-Time moms don’t usually get things planned out very well because they know for sure 90% of them won’t get accomplished. However, if you want a more convenient way of putting your kid to sleep, it is helpful to organize your own schedule and activities while lying in bed.
3. Deep sleep
Before moving an inch, make sure that the baby is in deep sleep and not half awake. This way, you won’t wake him/her up when you transfer.
4. Drink coffee– lots of it
If the child will only sleep on you or with you, prepare cups of coffee! If your kid is a newborn, you want to stay awake while cradling the child because if you end up sleeping, the baby might end up on the floor. Keep your eyes on him/her.
5. Eye contact
Contrary to the tip by Ford, Clark says keeping an eye-to-eye contact is important. Their look will give you an extra boost of energy during groggy midnight routines.
Traveler Gets Arrested for Wearing Too Many Clothes, Gets Refused on Plane Twice
One traveler who tried to cheat the airline by wearing many layers of clothing to allegedly keep him from paying excess baggage charges was refused boarding by an airline. He was arrested, then, refused boarding by the next flight he booked the following day! Ouch.
Ryan Carney Williams, who uses the handle Ryan Hawaii on Twitter, took to social media to express his disappointment after British Airways refused to let him board the plane after he put on the clothes that wouldn’t fit within his check-in baggage in a flight from Iceland to England.
Cops were soon called to arrest Williams after he put on eight pairs of pants and ten shirts. He accused the airline of racial profiling, saying he had done nothing wrong except put on the clothes that were in excess of his baggage allowance. He further claims he wasn’t trying to cheat the airline but just couldn’t afford to pay for the excess.
He also claimed he had been polite throughout the incident but the airline’s ground crew had called the cops on him for ‘unruly behavior’.
According to Williams, the cops arrested him at Iceland Keflavík International Airport, sprayed him with mace, and held him on the ground despite him staying polite and just refusing to leave the counter – but why would he leave the counter, anyway, when he was actually trying to get into the flight?
He was brought to the police station where he formally gave his report. The plane flew without him.
After missing the flight over the incident, Williams booked one with EasyJet the following day but though he was able to go through check-in and security without problems this time, he was refused boarding at the flight gate – again!
He was told that he was not allowed on board because of the previous day’s incident with British Airways. Ironically, though, his luggage was able to fly ahead as it had already been checked in at that flight.
It angered Williams to be stuck in Iceland with no money – and no more luggage! He took to Twitter to express his frustration. Fortunately, while reactions varied from netizens, he did receive a refund from both airlines.
He was later able to finally fly to England on a Norwegian airline. Whew.
— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 10, 2018
Man From Taiwan Earns $2700 A Month Just For Cleaning A House And Brushing A Turtle
Being a housekeeper is a noble job. They help us to our day-to-day lives, without them, people can’t go through to their busy schedules.
However, much as we benefit from their service, it’s common knowledge that housekeeper doesn’t earn much despite their heavy loads of work, but not this Taiwanese housekeeper.
Recently, a Taiwanese guy named Lee became viral after he was learned to have earned TW$80,000 (approx. US $2714) salary each month for being a housekeeper.
Lee was once an employee at a restaurant who only earned TW$30,000 (approx. US $1017) per month. But one day, he decided to switch career and become a full-time housekeeper, and guess what, it turned out to be the best decision he ever made in his life!
“Many families in Taiwan have dual incomes. Since both the husband and wife need to head out to work, they have no time to take care of their home. This is where housekeepers like us come in to help sort things out,”
Aside from his main job which includes cleaning the house and other normal chores for a housekeeper, Lee was required to clean the client’s tortoise. Easy, right? Well, read on.
You may think cleaning tortoise is an easy task but it’s not. Cleaning the client’s tortoise require skills and should be done with extra care.
Lee would first brush the tortoise’s’ shell and repeat the process on its belly. He then would try to remove any possible dirt from the shell. For that, he earned TW$80,000. Just be careful not to hurt the tortoise and scratch its valuable shell if you want to keep the job.
Same as to the most of us, Lee works ten hours a day, only he’s paid double or triple our salary for being a housekeeper.
Boy, doesn’t it make you want to switch jobs?
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