To The Giving Angels

Mothers_Day_2014Mothers risk their own life for the unborn child
Mothers risk their own health for the sake of the child
Mothers are the First Givers of our world
Mothers are the First Angels of our world Happy
Mother’s Day To The Giving Angels of Our World
                                            —Paul Mark Sutherland

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How To Become An Angel

HERE’S WHAT ANGELS DO:

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HERE’S HOW TO BECOME AN ANGEL TODAY:

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If you are unable to donate this year, sharing this page on your Facebook, Twitter, Email, or any other social sharing site can really go a long way in spreading the word and helping to make sure that no child goes without presents this holiday season. SHARE TODAY!

(Pay Away the Layaway, Inc. was founded in 2011 and helps families in need
pay off layaway plans that includes toys, clothes and gifts for children.)

BONUS:

wings_and_approvalEnjoy flying!

Angel of Iowa

Mary Sauter doesn’t have children of her own, but she’s been brightening the holiday season for hundreds of children in her Iowa town for nearly 25 years, acting as a secret angel who spends her savings on toys and clothing for the kids. To put together the money she spends on the children’s Christmas gifts, she recycles cans, works at concession stands and takes on tutoring lessons, and then hunts for deals all year long so she can afford as many presents as possible.

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Watch an amazing story courtesy of NBC News about an amazing woman whose entire life is about doing for others.

Thank you, Mary. You are wonderfully amazing.

story/reporting credit: NBC News

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Free Hugs

 This article is a re-blog from Brendan Baker over at Lifehack blog.
Lifehack is one of my favorite daily reads. I highly recommend them.
If you have a life, or want one, do visit. They have something for everyone.
P.S.  I highly recommend hugging too!

Also, Brendan heads up a worldwide organization out of Australia
known as “The Start Of Happiness.” Take a look – it’s pretty cool.

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3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE A HUG
TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE
by Brendon Baker

I’m taking part in a Kindness Challenge and I’m out to give hugs.

It’s crazy, it’s challenging, it’s fun, and it’s just simply AWESOME.

I’ve been hugging anyone and everyone. I’ve been writing thank-you notes to people I appreciate. I’ve been able to make people smile and I know I’ve been making a difference in the lives of others.

This is what life is about!

Over the past few days as I’ve been taking part in the challenge, I’ve come to learn just how powerful a simple hug can actually be. We often feel its inappropriate to give a hug, but you know what, I gave a bank teller a bit of a hug the other day!

The bank teller helped me for about 20 minutes while I cancelled my credit card insurance (another LifeHack tip, DON’T get credit card insurance). After the painstakingly long process and discovering the fact that I will no longer have to pay a premium each month, I simply went around the teller’s desk and gave her a nice, big, juicy hug. She loved it!

It’s such a simple but powerful form of human touch.

There are so many benefits of hugging. Let me outline the 3 most important reasons you should hug anyone and everyone in countdown order.

3)   Hugging Reduces Illness

Hugging is one of the best methods of easing depression. Not only that, it reduces the risk of heart disease, relieves stress and can make you feel calmer.

Studies have shown that hugging can lead to lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease. When we hug someone, a hormone called oxytocin is released (otherwise known as the ‘love hormone’!). This helps to reduce stress and makes us feel calmer.

Ultimately, if you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, go give someone a hug and feel the instant change in your mood!

2)   Hugging Deepens Your Relationships

When you think of people who have hugged you, how do you feel about them?

I’m sure you feel pretty good!

Hugging releases a suite of hormones including oxytocin (as above), serotonin, and dopamine that lead to feelings of happiness and love. What else do you need to feel good when all you need to do is simply hug someone?

Not only do you make yourself feel good, but also you are making the other person release all the same hormones of happiness.

Hugging builds trust and can deepen your relationship. It shows that you care and it provides comfort for the other person.

1)    Hugging Can Change the World

A hug could be the exact thing that someone needs right now. Without even knowing it, you could be changing the life of that person.

They may have had the worst day possible, and you have been the angel that lights up their day.

You can change the day, the week, the month or the life of another person simply by giving him or her a hug.

When I gave the bank teller a spontaneous hug out of the blue, her face lit up in a huge smile and I’m sure it made her day. Maybe she went home and told her family about it and she may have even had the courage to give someone else a spontaneous hug. Hugging pays forward.

What’s the best part about it? Hugs are free and they can be given anytime.

Who have you hugged today?

Featured photo credit:  “A happy couple in love” via Shutterstock