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Islanders Are Living Longer + Kindness Always Wins + We Will See

Islanders Are Living Longer + Kindness Always Wins + We Will See

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

Put the kettle on; it's time to warm up to waking up.

Storm chips are in the pantry; bring it on, snow, hail, and rain; we are in for quite the weather today, and we're ready.

We live in a beautiful part of the world. Neighbours look out for each other, and if trials arrive, help is a heartbeat away.

It seems Islanders are moving up the life expectancy charts. Ever so slightly, but it is going in the right direction. Perhaps there has been more kindness given on the Island in the last ten years.

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
The significant part of random acts of kindness is that there are benefits to the receiver and the giver.
  • Recipients of kindness can feel loved.

  • Recipients and givers of kindness can experience a sense of awe when they think about profound acts of love or virtue.

  • Whether you are a recipient or giver or a witness, you can feel the benefits of an increase in oxytocin. Oxytocin is commonly called the "love hormone." It helps lower blood pressure, improve heart health, increase self-esteem and optimism.

  • Kindness can increase the feeling of strength and energy due to helping others.

  • Kindness can also make one feel calmer.

  • Less depressed.

  • Increased feelings of self-worth.

  • People who volunteer their time or money for charitable causes often have fewer aches and pains.

  • Kindness is similar to a medical anti-depressant. Kindness pushes your body to produce serotonin. Known as the "feel-good" chemical provides healing and calming feelings.

  • Kindness decreases pain by generating endorphins (the brain's natural painkiller).

  • Stress shows people who are more kind have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population.

  • The University of British Columbia did a study on a group of highly anxious individuals. The study group performed at least 6 acts of kindness a week. After one month, they saw a significant increase in positive moods. Also, an increase in relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance.

  • It reduces depression. It delays mortality. And improves well-being and good fortune when we give of ourselves.

  • Lowering blood pressure from giving acts of kindness creates emotional warmth. It releases a hormone known as oxytocin. And this reduces blood pressure.

Thank you to Positive Psychology for this list.

KINDNESS, by Naomi Shihab, a poetry video

"Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world,
no matter what you look like." ~ Anonymous

I found this idea encouraging.  The idea of 3-D Printed Homes for Homeless is fantastic.


In a tiny village on the outskirts of Nacajuca, Mexico, builders are creating new homes using a novel tool: an oversize 3-D printer.

Photo compliments of NY Times. Full Story here

“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.” – Colbie Caillat

This week I enjoyed listening and watching two Eva Cassidy documentaries.
Who doesn't love her angelic voice. 

The first video is her band reminiscing the night they fortunately filmed the live sessions. Unfortunately, she passed away weeks later from cancer. 

Restored footage of Eva Cassidy performing at the Blues Alley jazz club on 3rd January 1996.

Few voices have touched millions of souls in the way that Eva Cassidy's has. Few success stories are quite as poignant. Timeless Voice - The remarkable Eva Cassidy and the story of how the music business could be turned on its head by the voice of a girl from small town Bowie in Washington DC.

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Gordon - January 29, 2022

Thanks for the music. Enjoyed it on this wintry afternoon.

Sue - January 29, 2022

Always look forward to your Saturday blog but today it was particularly moving. You and your company certainly embody the kindness model too. Thank you!

Valarie LaBore - January 29, 2022

I shared that list of the effects of random acts of kindness on my Facebook page. I feel like a lot of people could benefit from that at this time.
Stay warm, Val

Kay - January 29, 2022

Always enjoy your blogs which are informative & interesting. Enjoyed seeing the homes that are being built for the homeless.

Michelle Abushar - January 29, 2022

Eva Cassidy……WOW. Thanks for the introduction to me of her music and her life story. Incredible! How sad that she passed away at age 33 before she became widely known. But so glad for her musical legacy. Thx for sharing this with us. Very much appreciated!

Tati - January 29, 2022

Great blog this morning…so much to think about.
I love Eva Cassidy voice her rendition of Fields of Gold are amongst my favourite of her recordings. I hope you enjoy it too

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