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Daily Lift #901

Kindness Transforms You

Developing a love for kindness transforms your life, just as you transform the lives of others.

Kindness is one of the pillars of the world. Every act of kindness elevates your character and makes you a kinder person. And, as you continue to increase your love for kindness, you increase the amount of joy in your life.

(From Rabbi Pliskin's book Kindness)

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Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's new book has just been published by ArtScroll: ENCOURAGEMENT: Formulas, Stories, and Insights.

We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.

Now, in this wise and charming new volume, we learn how to effectively use the massive power of encouragement, to encourage ourselves and others, particularly when we feel overwhelmed or depleted.

In Encouragement, Rabbi Pliskin shares meditations and affirmations, inspirational true stories, and his trademark wise, practical advice. He shows us how our words can help others - and ourselves -- become more confident, optimistic, and upbeat people.

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the author of 25 books with his specialty in mastering happiness and other positive inner resources.

His last 15 books include such titles as: "Taking Action", "Happiness", "Kindness", "Courage", "Serenity", "Building Your Self-image" "Conversations with Yourself" and "Marriage." These books are available at:

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) mysteries, June 16, 2010 8:51 PM

Kindness should be done in an absent minded manner. If one starts to over analyse one's actions of kindness then one will question the actions too much. One might think that their action is not kind and just an act to make an image of oneself. One might be reticent in doing so called kind acts because one will think that they carry some power with them over others when carried out. If one does acts without giving them any importance then they are no longer acts of kindness but just actions that are a part of normality. Others may give worth to such acts maybe because it is not a part of their normal lives and they have to go through a whole process of mulling over the rights and wrongs of actions before they can even contemplate taking the action and even then they might not have evaluated what kind of response will be elicited from others. Being kind to oneself is waxing self worth. Being kind to others is waxing their self worth. Kindness wanes angst. Unkindness waxes angst. Hoping to gain something from kindness in a religious or secular sense is like placing a bet. Just doing the act as an act without emotions or strategy or feelings of debt is less stressful. Being kind is a natural, normal quality that needs an ethical pedestal to remind folk of their responsibility in pursuing beneficial values.


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