Category: Media

Did You Know…

This write up was found on a bulletin board of a national corporation in New York City in 1993. We’re not sure who the writer and illustrator are. At the time the web was still brand new so any publicity we received was by newspaper, magazine, book, radio, and of course, bulletin board. We have a few more pieces of publicity that we saved which we’ll be sharing on this website soon.

Did you know…August 25-31 is “Be Kind to Humankind Week?”

Discouraged and angered by a daily diet of life’s negative news, housewife and mother Lorraine Jara, of Toms River, New Jersey, started “Be Kind to Humankind Week” in 1988. Thousands of new friends and five years later, this event is celebrated by people across the United States.

Be Kind to Humankind week highlights the need for people to perform positive acts of love and kindness for others – and ourselves – to counterbalance the negative things we read and hear about every day. “To make the world a better place, we must first change our attitudes for the better,” says Lorraine. “We have the power to create our own good news every day if we choose to do so.”

According to Lorraine, we have the power each day.

Lorraine suggests, for instance, that on Sunday we can sacrifice our wants and needs for other’s needs; Monday we can be considerate to motorists; Tuesday we can touch a heart; Wednesday we can be willing to lend a helping hand; Thursday we can be thoughtful; Friday we can forgive a foe; and on Saturday we can speak kind words.

The first year of Be Kind to Humankind Week, Lorraine and her family celebrated it alone. The next year she talked her friends and neighbors into joining them. By the third year, thousands of people participated. It was a success.

Radio stations and newspapers across the country began interviewing her about the “holiday.” Representatives of Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush sent letters of support. She even got the attention of entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel.

But what Lorraine values most is the support of people all over America who believe, as she does, that human beings are essentially good-hearted, loving and kind. “I know that there is evil in the world, but it doesn’t outweigh the good,” she says. “We just need a better balance of good news. It’ll improve our health, relationships and we’d leave this world a better place for our children.”

Who says that one person can’t make a difference?

Bullying…

I read an article in People Magazine about the horrific consequences of bullying.

People Magazine did a special report on the subject after receiving a tremendous response from its concerned readers in reference to the suicide of Massachusetts resident, 15 year old Phoebe Prince. She was taunted and harassed by fellow students and as a result, hung herself. According to the article, two other teenagers committed suicide in the United States this past October. The numbers for October could be higher, I do not know. I certainly hope not.

How can we put a stop to bullying in schools and in our work force? YES…our adult work force. Adults can be bullies also. It is amazing to me. I would think that it would be foolish to believe that adults can be bullies…however they can be terrible bullies at times. They can make a person’s time at work pure hell. When a reformed teenage bully, Daniel Harrison, was interviewed by People Magazine about “why” he chose to be a bully, he said it made him feel confident and powerful. Adults who are bullies are also seeking to feel confident and powerful when preying on the kinder less aggressive people in their midst. It shows just how insecure these people actually are, but when you find yourself being victimized by them, it is difficult to see their vulnerable side. WE are made to feel vulnerable by them, which is the bullies’ goal.

Ellen DeGeneres stated in the article that “this has to stop.” Easier said than done….however, the Massachusetts school system has taken serious steps to try to alleviate the problem and hopefully prevent any other students from committing suicide.

The high school where Phoebe attended formed an antibullying task force. Antibullying measures are now being passed throughout the U.S. in schools, which is excellent. However, the lessons begin at home.

Parents must display kindness towards others, strangers included. Kids mimic their parent’s actions. If they see their parent being unkind and cruel to others, they will do the same. If they see their parent being kind to others, they will do the same. Promoting kindness is a wonderful thing and a wonderful way to help turn things around, turn negative into positive.

There are many GREAT things that teenagers and adults do in their communities daily to help promote kindness and good works for others, but after reading this article apparently there is still a repulsive amount of aggression and meanness permeating our society. Kindness truly IS contagious and just as the reformed bully in People Magazine, Daniel Harrison turned his life around, others who bully can choose to do the same. DAILY AFFIRMATIONS
Daniel said that he felt confident and powerful when bullying…however after turning his life around and joining forces to stop bullying he stated that, “Now I befriend the people being bullied.” He said, “It’s satisfying to help people out.” Being kind to others promotes the same feelings of confidence and power although 100% more intense. Being kind produces a natural high and I wish those who bully others, both teens AND adults, would witness for themselves how much MORE confident and powerful they will feel by exercising kindness! You will become addicted to being kind…and that is a good thing!

An excellent book for teens to read [and adults] is written by Ben Mikaelsen titled
“Touching Spirit Bear.”

Daniel said that this book is what turned his attitude to gratitude rather than anger. His language-arts teacher Laurie Hogan-McLean assigned Daniel a project which was to write a letter to the author of “Touching Spirit Bear” and how it proved to be an inspiration to him. Daniel wrote to the author and his letter took top state honors in the national Letters About Literature contest! Yay Daniel! Keep the kindness going and I hope this story proved inspiring to my readers!

My Kindness sent 2U…
Lorraine

A special CNN report – “Bullying”

Here are additional links with information which will help to alleviate bullying.
Health Resources and Services Administration
CN Stop Bullying
GLSEN
PACER CENTER

2008 National Association of Broadcasters Speech by Tim Robbins

I’ve been saying for over 20 years that I am tired of the media’s hunger for broadcasting unpleasant news, news stories in poor taste and stories which glorify negative sensationalism. Most say we can either choose to watch these programs or simply turn to another station. However, television today is so inundated with foul language, foul behavior, and negative sensationalism that unfortunately there remains very few stations which provide excellent programming.

This is a testimonial by actor/producer Tim Robbins at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Listen to Tim’s speech at NAB. He speaks what I feel.

Real Beauty Comes From Within

Dove ‘Evolution’ is a riveting, 1:14 time-lapse film of a young woman’s transformation from pretty, but ordinary girl to strikingly beautiful billboard model.

It deconstructs the beauty myth by revealing everything from the impact of lighting through the application of hair and make-up to retouching, to the photoshop-stretching of neck and impossible widening of eyes, ending with the comment, “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.”

Its goal was to promote Dove Self-Esteem workshops in Canada and create broader awareness of the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

View Dove ‘Evolution’ on YouTube

This second video is from the same campaign, it is titled “Onslaught”.

View Dove ‘Onslaught’ on YouTube

Go to Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty.