Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria is not a typical 99-year old man. In the past couple of decades, he has been walking 15 miles from his home to the city of Sofia daily, so that he can beg for money. He doesn’t keep the money however; he donates every single penny to the city’s churches and orphanages. In this video clip, the church officials noted that Grandpa Dobri has given an equivalent to $52,000! I’m not saying that we should give away all of our income to causes we are passionate about, but I am sharing this story because I’m very inspired and humbled by this man’s perseverance, kindness, generosity, and greatness of heart. May love and light be showered upon you every day, Grandpa Dobri! Source: Humans are Free
This video highlights the potential for a positive effect in one’s life through (really) simple behavioral changes in our body language that I believe we can all learn. I’ve always been a fan of studies on nonverbal cues in human interactions as it reveals so much more behind what is being said. Amy Cuddy, the brilliant Ted speaker featured here, goes deeper than person-to-person communication, and encourages everyone to use body language on ourselves to help shape our disposition for that day, or for the rest of the year even! She also shares a personal story that was very touching, and that reminded me of the raw power each person has to improve one’s self. The video is 21 minutes but it is well worth your time. I promise. For more info on Amy Cuddy, please visit Ted.com
I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference, and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Humans of New York. The concept is simple: Brandon Stanton goes around New York, taking pictures of strangers while asking them about themselves, soliciting a piece of advice, all of the above, or neither — some just strike a pose. The result of all of his efforts was brilliant and his blog (which I discovered earlier this year via Tumblr!) led to a book that even recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller! As a person who loves people-watching and speculating on everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and potential history, I found myself spending several hours on HONY as soon as I learned about it. I loved getting to know these strangers who reveal so much in a single poignant phrase. There are some striking individuals whom I would probably never meet in my life, …
These are samples of Mr. Hal Lasko’s art pieces made pixel by pixel via Microsoft Paint. This story blows my mind in more ways than one: 1. Mr. Lasko is 97 years old. Almost 100! 2. At his age, he is using a computer to draw. That’s pretty neat. 3. Microsoft Paint. 4. Ridiculously cool drawings. 5. He served in WWII. 6. He was a typographer in a past life. 7. He is legally blind. 8. It’s Microsoft Paint. For the full story, check out thisiscolossal.com.
The artwork above were made via Excel spreadsheets. Who would’ve thought this was even possible? Maybe it’s just my corporate-life-trained head, but spreadsheet art did not even cross my mind until I read about 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi recently. He saw other people build pretty graphs thirteen years ago, realized he can use it as a medium (since a standard graphics software was expensive) … and he turned it into these unbelievable masterpieces. What a beautiful thing. Photo Credit: Spoon & Tamago
In the past two decades, 82-year-old Anthony Cymerys sets up shop in a Connecticut park every week to give haircuts for the homeless. His fee? A hug. “It’s all about being kind to people, and it works three ways. You feel good, the person you’re doing it for feels good, and people that are watching feel good,” says Cymerys. Although he is retired now, his active role in giving back to his community started in 1980s and he has not stopped since. Everyone else who complain that they “do not have enough time” to do this or that (including myself), we only need to look at Anthony to be reminded that there is more than enough time, not only for ourselves but also for others. For Anthony’s full story, click here. Photo Credit: AP
Some people want a lavish party or a fancy present on their birthday. Katie decided to celebrate by doing 34 acts of kindness, while urging the recipient to pay it forward. To me, this is such a good reminder that anyone can do something kind for a stranger. It does not have to be grand, it does not have to be Christmas, you just have to want to do it. You’re an inspiration, Katie! For more ideas on simple acts of kindness that you can do today, check out randomactsofkindness.org Source: Urbandale Patch
Watch Fran and Marlo’s impromptu piano recital. How cute is this?!
If you’re a self-proclaimed cheeseball like me, then you must have a special place in your heart for Journey and their heartfelt songs such as Don’t Stop Believin’. It makes me smile every time I hear it, and I welcome it anytime, anyplace. I will crank that radio UP! The fact that Journey found their new frontman in Philippines via YouTube — a man who was homeless at one point — is a story worth hearing. I heard the news in 2008 and it still warms my heart to this day. It’s a combination of many things I enjoy: Journey, an inspiring story about a person from a third world country, internet’s positive role in connecting people, Filipino talent, and great ballads. It’s about time someone made a documentary on Arnel Pineda’s Cinderella story, and I am VERY excited to see it. For more movie info: http://www.everymansjourney.com/ Another trailer from Ellen’s show. **UPDATE 3/17: I saw the movie and I LOVED it! Tears fell =] **
A little boy melted my heart today, and his name is Evan. Why? I just found out that this 10-year-old from Philadelphia saves his allowance and donates them yearly to City Kitties, a non-profit rescue center for cats. How cute is that?! To top it off, his earnest letter is just too precious to not share … “Dear City Kitties, My name is Evan. I am 7 years old. And guess what? … I LOVE cats! They are my favorite animals and I got my cat at City Kitties as well! THANK YOU for letting me get my new cat! Thank you, City Kitties. Sincerely, Evan P.S. I get an allowance every week and I chose to make a donation to you. I love that you help cats find homes. I saved this money to help you help cats.” Evan, you inspire me. <3 Photo Credit: WallpaperStock.com Source: CityKitties.org