An Intentional Act of Kindness Can Take You to a Happier Place #IAK #Hellohumankindness

Posted on December 13th, 2014 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, sponsored

Thanks to Dignity Health and InNetwork for partnering with me so that I can bring these words to your eyes, and hopefully, to your heart. (Disclosure.) #Sponsored

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“I believe that an intentional act of kindness, is a unique stance of being that comes from the heart, that impacts your own life as much as it helps others in their time of need. For it is in giving that we receive, and when we give with intent without expecting anything in return, it is then that our heart is filled with love, peace, and joy.” ~Melissa Reyes of MizMeliz.com

 This blog post may blow your mind, and hopefully warm your heart.

I want to tell you about an innovative way that Dignity Health is providing help to those in need and share with you an inspirational story about someone who shows intentional compassion in his daily life. I hope to express what motivates me to use my talents and strengths to help people in need as well as spread awareness about the effects that acts of intentional kindness and service can have on society and in our own lives.

The Volunteer Match on the Hello Humankindness website unites people with ways to go above and beyond a random act of kindness and provides the most effective and impactful ways to give to non-profit organizations. This is especially handy during the holidays, but it doesn’t stop there.

Follow @HumanKindness on Twitter

Follow @Humankindness on Twitter

It is important for us to realize that we can make a difference. By helping someone in need, we are not only helping that one person with one act, we are changing the world and making it a better place for EVERYONE. It just takes one person and one act at a time. We can make a difference in our own lives, in the life of the person we help, and we can produce growth and prosperity for everyone in the world by sharing our experiences and spreading the positivity. That is what the Hello Humankindness campaign is all about.

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At the heart of the Hello Humankindness.org website – you will find the Volunteer tab. This is where you are called to action. This is where you can connect and if you act on it, this is the door to finding your happy place and your next experience in helping to make the world better, healthier,and happier. Use the “Volunteer” tab on the Hello Humankindness website to find opportunities to perform an Intentional Act of Kindness.

Through their partnership with Volunteer Match, Dignity Health has compiled information about the most meaningful and impactful ways to give to non-profit organizations, when the need for these organizations is highest, and what kind of volunteering actually helps the most in need in the most effective way.

hello humanOur social news feeds are being inundated with short-form examples of kindness – Random Acts of Kindness, Upworthy videos, and Buzzfeed lists. These posts promise easy ways to perform token acts that have little impact on the beneficiary and mostly serve to boost the ego and get attention for the giver. This is especially acute around the holidays as people wrestle with their own sense of charity and altruism.

During this holiday season, there is an opportunity to cut through the noise and promote Intentional Acts of Kindness – acts of compassion that aren’t necessarily easy to commit, but are thoughtful, impactful, and have the potential to lead to a more kind world.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Humankindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @HelloHumankindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness – some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Human Kindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @HelloHumanKindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness - some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

Here is my favorite thing that Hello Humankindness is doing and it is on Instagram! Nothing to download, no website to connect with, just go to your Instagram, follow @Hellohumankindness and check out suggestions for Intentional Acts of Kindness – some are as simple as reposting and spreading awareness.

“Our goal is to cut through the noise of token acts of kindness and promote Intentional Acts of Kindness #IAK.” ~Dignity Health

I want to help inspire and celebrate Intentional Acts of Kindness by sharing my story with you.

niceI am proud to say that I see many intentional acts of kindness happen all around me in my daily life. Starting with my kind, generous and thoughtful family, I was raised to be helpful and to always give unconditional love. I also work in a place that teaches and practices what is called apostolic works. More than community or Christian service, it is a form of selfless aid to those who are in need of our unique talents and strengths. I am also quite fortunate (and believe me, very grateful) to live in a society and culture that is willing and able to come to the aid of the needy. Especially during devastation and times of hardship (including personal tragedy) I have seen first-hand how people can come together and enrich the lives of others when it is most needed.

Not everyone in our world is as fortunate. In fact, most people will go their entire lives without ever knowing such goodness exists. Some may fall victim to the random acts of kindness, acts that are completed for self-gratification or status, without forethought. Perhaps meaning well, but terribly misinformed, our society has turned to performing these acts to attract attention from the public. I am sure that many people are helped in these momentary instances, or are made to feel good at the time. Yet, what is truly needed is a deeper understanding of how we can help our fellow man and make a positive and lasting change in their lives.

I have thought about this quite a bit, in fact for this entire year I have had a blog post in my draft folder that I have kept going back to and not publishing about a special person in my life who is the most selfless and kind man I know. It is more difficult than I thought to highlight the goodness of a truly kind person. More than just being nice, or kind, this man lives each day with an enormous amount of compassion. He makes his goal to help those who are often forgotten in our society, all the time – not just in the midst of media hype or at the holidays, or after a storm or earthquake – all   the   time.

My brother, Jonathan Lopez, is one example of a person who has an enormous capacity for intentional compassion. When Dignity Health asked me to help out in spreading the word about Intentional Acts of Kindness, his story is the first thing that came to mind.

*Read my blog post about Jonathan Lopez: “Who is Creating Sustainable Change…”

Connect with Dignity Health and Hello humankindness on Facebook

Connect with Dignity Health and Hello humankindness on Facebook

The powerful influence of goodness is astonishing.

You will be surprised how easy it is once you get started. By using a website or an app, like Hellohumankindness.org – you will be well on your way to making a real impact on our society and making positive differences in the lives of people everywhere.

I realize that for most people, it isn’t easy to know for sure if an organization is legit and if you don’t know someone who needs your help, where do you turn? Who can you trust? There are many places one can go to find information about volunteering. This is when you can use the Volunteer Match tab on the Hellohumankindness.org site that helps people find volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods.

Find the Instagram tab a Dignity Health  on Facebook

Find the Instagram tab at Dignity Health on Facebook

What blows me away is how once you get started with being kind and taking it outside of yourself and putting aside your own needs to help others, it becomes a part of who you are. That is what I mean when I tell you that one act can and does make a difference. This is something good that we want to spread.

This will knock your socks off – but it doesn’t surprise me as it has become the norm. As I am writing this, believe it or not, I received this text message from my brother, Jonathan:

“Melissa, I am supporting Living Purpose Community Center in Chatsworth. They are having trouble collecting toys for 50 homeless kids attending elementary schools in the West Valley. These kids live with a parent in their cars and in people’s garages. Please let me know if you know of any organizations that may have extra toys or if you know anyone who can refer me to someone who might be able to help.” Thx, Jonathan

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Jonathan is ALWAYS doing this kind of thing. He thinks and acts way beyond his own course of action and abilities. He engages others to help out when he can’t. He asks for assistance, he develops relationships and connects people with others who need each other. Jonathan’s values are just like those of Dignity Health. It has become a part of his character to be kind and helpful to those in need.

How could he possibly know that I was just considering reaching out to help someone in need? He doesn’t need to know. He just acts, with intention, with compassion. You can too!

My family helped this kind woman move out of homelessness and into an apartment in Las Vegas when Jonathan knew we were going to be in the area. He asked me to deliver some items to her and we made a friend for life. Talk about random!

My family helped this kind woman move out of homelessness and into an apartment in Las Vegas when Jonathan knew we were going to be in the area. He asked me to deliver some items to her and we made a friend for life. Talk about random!

After years of connecting with organizations like Dignity Health, projects seem to come to me at times when I am willing and able to forge action. I know how special that is and I never take it for granted. But it is not that easy for everyone. One way to see beyond your front door and find opportunities to help others is at your fingertips right now.

I encourage you to think broader past the small daily acts of kindness, to focus on the most impactful ways you can help, give, and donate your time, your talent, your abilities, and your generous spirit during the holiday season, and always. When you do, you will see how doing so takes you to a place that is beyond happy.

This year at the holidays, I will be collecting toys for the homeless kids who live in my very own community and I will be sharing my experiences with you.

Use #hellohumankindness and #IAK on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Use this link to the Volunteer Match on Hellohumankindness.org and share your experiences.

Share the countless ways people around the world are acting with intention to be kind.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dignity Health for this campaign and look forward to learning about ways that you have made a change for the better and live happier, be healthier, and share kindness every day. (See full disclosure here.)

 

 

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2 responses to “An Intentional Act of Kindness Can Take You to a Happier Place #IAK #Hellohumankindness”

  1. Jonathan Lopez says:

    Melissa,
    You are a sweet and special sister.
    I love the way you make things happen.
    I love on how I can always count on you.
    I love how you join me on my life paths.
    I love helping people. And I love Christmas.
    This weekend while taking our annual ski
    Instructor Training with Jlo for disabled and
    Blind children – I worked with my friends and
    Partners on also providing furniture for a mother
    And her 3 kids who had a completely empty
    Apartment. And was able to work with one of my
    New bosses on helping an extremely troubled
    Young woman enter a treatment program.
    I am truly blessed . Merry Christmas! Jonathan

    • mizmeliz says:

      I am glad you mentioned these things, I was going to write about the fact you texted me from the mountains where you volunteer to help physically and mentally challenged people, but it is hard to believe that one person can do so much. But it is true. Your heart is full and you set the example of how the more love you give the more you receive. I have always believed in you.

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