Thursday, January 12, 2006

Do One Nice Thing a Week

I found a website that has hit upon a novel idea. It encourages it's members to do one nice thing a week. The site is called I think it's better to set a goal to do one nice thing a day, but a week is a great start. The site features one nice person a week. This past week, they featured Kathy Kusner. Here is Kathy's story:

"Kathy Kusner is a pioneer. A champion equestrian and Olympic medalist, she was also the first licensed female jockey in the U.S. In 1999 she set her sights on a different hurdle: inner-city violence in Watts, South Central Los Angeles. She wanted to give children a respite from it, so she founded Horses in the Hood, a nonprofit organization that provides amazing one-week horse camp experiences.

The camp's mission is to introduce children to the joy of riding and caring for horses. Kids get to spend a week at the idyllic camp near the Pacific Ocean. For some, the bus ride to camp is the first time they've ever seen the ocean, although it's just a few miles from their homes. Over the course of the week, the children also improve their communication skills and develop a sense of responsibility, both necessary for good horsemanship. And it's fun!"

To read about other people they have featured, go to

Also, as a follow up to my suggestion earlier in this post about doing one nice thing a day. Here are some simple suggestions to help get you started:
  • Say hello to someone at work you normally don't even speak to. You'll be amazed at their response, and it'll make you feel better inside as well.
  • Call a relative or friend that you haven't spoken to in a long time.
  • Donate old clothes to the Salvation Army.
  • Hold the door open for someone today.
  • Smile at people when you walk by them.
The above are just simple suggestions that can make a big difference in someone's life. You never know what is going on in a person's head. A simple smile might be all they need to change their attitude right then and there.

If you want to feel better yourself, then do something to help somebody else!

Make it a great day!


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