Baking with Love

Hello Friends!

This week I did something near and dear to me:

My roommates and I made cookies for the people that work in our dorm building. Our inspiration was the cutest elderly woman who is in our hall every morning with the biggest smile without fail. We wanted to thank her because she works in a college dorm and we thought she doesn’t get the thanks she deserves!

This inspired us to also make cookies for our Resident Director, the greeter at the Cafeteria, and shuttle drivers.

My adorable Roommates <3

My adorable Roommates ❤

Monster Cookies!

Monster Cookies!

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They got Fran's seal of approval

They got Franesca’s seal of approval

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.” -Helen James

These people aren’t thanked as much as they should. The people we gave cookies to do so much for me , my friends and my community. Thank someone this week that doesn’t get the thanks he/she needs. Such as a Mailman/woman, trash truck drivers, teachers, coworkers, just about anyone!

This week I have a special request. The beauty line, Lancome, is donating $1 to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for every heart picture posted on Instagram or Twitter (example below). St. Jude has a special place in my heart, so make your hands into a heart and post your picture! Use the hashtag #LancomeGivesBack.

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Go out and spread the love ❤

Kindness Bee Attack!

Hello Friends!

This week in the city I live in there was bee attack!

Well not an actual bee attack, but my neighborhood was attacked  by a swarm of kindness bees.  I rode my bike (with my roommate- shoutout to Melissa for her help!) to what is called the “The Orange Circle”.  A very popular place for college students and the surrounding areas.

I made little cards with bees on them. The Bees say “Be silly, be honest, be kind” a quote by Ralph Emerson. I took these bees and put them all around the circle.  I also put them around my college dorm while everyone was in class.

My first bee on someones bike :)

My first bee on someones bike 🙂

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Newspapers at Starbucks

Newspapers at Starbucks

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Can you find the bee? :)

Can you find the bee? 🙂

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I like doing acts of kindness where people don’t know who is behind the act.  When I see people who like the act, it makes it feel just that much more “worth it”.

This week do something nice for someone anonymously. Leave an encouraging note for your coworkers, or your family or a friend or even a note on a random trash can in the middle of a busy area.

I want to thank apartmentwife.wordpress.com for this wonderful idea!

Now, go out there and be wonderful XOXO

Quote of the Day!

Hello Friends! I don’t know if you noticed but I have a lovely “Quote of the Day” page above.
I love today’s quote. I feel like it’s something everyone should read and think about applying it into your life.

I’m going to post it here too, for easier access 🙂

I hope you check out the Quote of the Day for your daily dose of kindness. XOXO

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Side Effects of Kindness

Hello Friends!

*URGENT*

There is a disorder that not to many people are familiar with. It’s called Kindness. Kindness is a disease that can contaminate anyone! Do not be alarmed, but read on to see if you may of been bitten by the kindness bug.

Symptoms:

-Being nice to people

-Participating in Random Acts of Kindness

-Smiling at others

etc.

Side Effects of Kindness:

1. Happiness

When one is kind, the brain releases more morphine and heroine which we call endogenous opioids. They elevate dopamine, which makes us feel happy. So it may seem like you’re just doing good deeds, but you’re really making your body happy.

2. Healthy Hearts

After being kind, your body will produce oxytocin. Oxytocin is a neuromodulater which releases nitric oxide which expands blood vessels. It protects your heart by lowering your blood pressure. So it makes your heart feel good, and it can make you healthier!

3. Slows Aging

Oxytocin also reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation which slows down the aging process.

4. Better Relationships

People are connected on a deeper level when they both show kindness. Kindness is a “bonding” mechanism, and they feel closer, quicker.

*BEWARE: Kindness is VERY CONTAGIOUS. So you could be the next infected!

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I hope you all get infected with the kindness bug! xoxo :)

Kindness at School

Hello Friends!
This week I wanted to talk about kindness in a school setting.

A study done by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2010 revealed about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying.

I am a college student, I know bullying doesn’t end when you exit High School. Bullying continues in the work place, in social environments, and its something that needs to be stopped. I am going to give you little tips on how to spread kindness, and prevent bullying from a college student perspective.

1. Smile

It may seem silly, but a simple smile can brighten up anyones day. Maybe nobody has smiled at that specific person today. I challenge you to smile at 3 strangers next time you’re walking on campus (or around your own neighborhood). If you’re up for a mega challenge, smile at every person you pass.

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2. Sit with someone new

This tip is mainly for students who eat in the cafeteria, or in a social setting like a student union. If you see someone sitting alone (and they aren’t doing something important like studying or on a phone call), introduce your self and make a new friend.

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3. Compliment

If you see someone wearing new cool shoes, tell them you like their shoes! Find ways to compliment people as much as you can, everyone feels better when someone says something nice about them.

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4. Be Respectful

Sometimes you just don’t agree with someones point of view or you don’t like a choice they make, but there is a respectful way to go about telling them. Its also not respectful to run yelling down a hallway a night or steal someone else’s belongings. If you follow the general rule be respectful in college (or in any setting) you can go far.

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5. Be Helpful

If you see someone trip down the stairs, help them up. See someone coming in the door behind you, hold it open for them. If you’re friend is struggling in a class,offer tohelp them study. There are so many ways to be helpful!

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These are just 5 ways to help spread kindness. There are so many more, but these are the ones I find most important. Kindness is so important, especially in a school setting. If every college student follows these 5 easy rules i feel like college could be a better place.

I want to finish by saying, if you are a victim of bullying, talk to someone. A school psychologist (Yes, even colleges have them), a faculty member, for hall bullying a Resident Director, or even a close friend. Bullies need to be stopped, and if victims all stay voiceless, the bullies will continue to bully. And if you witness bullying, stop it. It may sound worthless but over 56% of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place at their school but a very low percent do anything to stop it. The most obvious way is to intervene in the situation, but there are times it could be harmful to intervene. Talk to the victim and talk to someone else of higher status that I mentioned earlier.

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Go spread some kindness today, and together we can end bullying! One smile at a time 🙂

P.S hope you liked my pictures!