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Make Yourself Stronger- Cut that Self-Criticism

Apr 16, 2014


5833 Many believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people. However, research does not support this belief. Self-criticism has been shown to reduce motivation, increase procastination, and increase rumination. This article from the Greater Good Science Center summarizes some of the scientifically-proven healthier ways to take an honest look at yourself and learn from your mistakes. From criticizing behaviors rather than traits to practicing self-compassion, learn how to be your own friendly critic and best friend.


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Change the World With One Simple Act at a Time

this is from the Huffington Post, 100413

It says what we know here at Run Towards Not From— that one simple act can have a meaningful impact, even if you don’t realize it at the time…


Changing the world starts with very simple acts done on a daily basis. It starts first with changing our habits, beliefs, and roles we have within society, by becoming more mindful of the actions we are partaking in on a day-to-day basis. It starts with understanding our emotions, and the emotions of people around us.

1376615_10151608680645951_702280723_nI was at an airport this past weekend waiting in the security line — as I fumbled looking for my boarding pass, I apparently dropped a dollar. A lady says, “Sir you dropped a dollar,” then her son goes to pick it up, and I tell the young kid that he can have the dollar. A guy comes up to me after and said, “That was really nice of you — that kid will remember that the rest of his life.”

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The Waiter Hero of Houston: Server Defends Child With Down Syndrome

The Run Towards way of life is everywhere….

When a customer at a Houston restaurant made a disparaging crack about a little boy with Down Syndrome, waiter Michael Garcia couldn’t hold back his feelings. He refused to serve the customers and gave them a lesson in manners.

Last week, Kim Castillo was at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib with Milo, her 5-year-old son. The Castillos are regulars at the restaurant, like family to many of the waitstaff, including Garcia. A family sitting nearby, also regulars, asked to be moved from their current booth, which was right next to Milo and his mom.

“Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” said one of the customers, reported Houston’s KPRC-TV.

That’s when Garcia cracked.

“‘How could you say that?’” Garcia demanded of the customer before they left Laurenzo’s. “‘How could you say that about a beautiful 5-year-old angel?’”

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Long time “regular” shows her kindness

Via Reddit— just being yourself and kind to others can pay off when you least expect it…We don’t do things for others expecting reward, we do them because it’s the right thing to do…

I work at a grocery store and we have regular customers come in and out every day. There are a handful that I talk to on the regular, the kind of people I go out of my way to say hello to. It’s usually small talk and things going on during that particular time of year.

I had mentioned that I got engaged a few weeks ago to this particular woman that comes in to our store regularly. This morning on my opening shift, she came in at around 7:20AM. We chatted briefly, I told her I might be moving into an apartment soon with my my fiancée. “What’s her name?” “It’s ________” She asked for the correct spelling and said that her daughter had the same name etc. We spoke until the next customers arrived and she was off. 10 mins go by and she came by again. “It’s just a little something, congratulations! You’ve always been so nice and I wanted to get you guys something.”

I opened up the card after she left. It was an engagement card with a $50 bill inside. I was shocked. I was grateful but at the same time, I didn’t know how to feel. I also felt a little guilty taking it.

After a couple of minutes, I thought about how weird it was. I couldn’t get the smile off my face, a random person that I had a work relationship with just dropped $50 to me. It was such kind gesture that I’m not used to seeing, especially where I work! She made my day!

via Long time “regular” shows her kindness . : randomactsofkindness.

39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist

Here are just a few of the 39= you can see more at Dailygood.org


The proper function of man is to live — not to exist. –Jack London

39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist
–by Leo Babauta, syndicated from dumblittleman.com, Jul 28, 2013

“The proper function of man is to live – not to exist.” — Jack London

Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it.

That’s fine, and comfortable, until you have gone through another year without having done anything, without having really lived life.

That’s fine, until you have reached old age and look back on life with regrets.

That’s fine, until you see your kids go off to college and realize that you missed their childhoods.

What follows is just a list of ideas, obvious ones mostly that you could have thought of yourself, but that I hope are useful reminders. We all need reminders sometimes. If you find this useful, print it out, and start using it. Today.


Perhaps the most important. Fall in love, if you aren’t already. If you have, fall in love with your partner all over again. Abandon caution and let your heart be broken. Or love family members, friends, anyone — it doesn’t have to be romantic love. Love all of humanity, one person at a time.


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