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Practice kindness each day in December

dl“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” ~ Dalai Lama

Action for Happiness has a calendar for December with 31 ideas to practice kindness – including “find ways to be kind to yourself today” on the 25th.

PS: PDF available for printing/sharing!

Happy kindness practice 🙂



#charlottesville | Resources for U.S. Educators

Summer reading: mindfulness for educators

Two new books to nourish and support educators through mindfulness practice.



A Mile in my Shoes


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Have a listen to “A Mile in my Shoes“. Founder of The Empathy Museum, Roman Krznaric, describes an innovative installation at Perth’s International Arts Festival.

Learn, Research, Contribute | USHMM

baltimore paperAre you a student, teacher, lifelong learner?

History Unfolded is an innovative project from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to learn and contribute to research.

“History Unfolded asks people across the United States to research particular Holocaust-era events in their own local newspapers. Some of these papers are available online, and others are available on microfilm in libraries and archives. While scholars have written extensively about coverage by major newspapers about the Holocaust, the reporting of local papers has not been heavily studied. As a result, the database into which participants (students, teachers, life-long learners) upload these articles will inform both the development of the new special exhibition and research for scholars in the future. Already, a few articles from citizen historians have made their way onto the story boards for the new exhibition.”

Learn more & participate:



Into the Magic Shop | new book & interview

dotyBrain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science. ~from


Introducing the Empathy Museum & Library

Step Into the Empathy Museum…the international traveling exhibition starts in London, and will be online too.

  • Check out the Empathy Library: “The Empathy Library is the world’s first online empathy collection and a treasure house for catapulting your imagination into other people’s lives. What might it be like to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to be born without sight, or to be a soldier fighting someone else’s war? The library takes you on these journeys into unknown worlds.”
  • Visit the Empathy Museum: What is the museum? Why do we need it? Who is behind it?
  • Read the book: Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

Mr. Roman Krznaric is behind this work. Watch his TEDx talk: How to start an empathy revolution.