“Goddamn, Danny. We did it!” Jack cried as he slapped the answer to all his problems on the counter. He beamed at the scrap of paper, flattening wrinkles with his fingertips. The window clerk didn’t blink. She robotically counted bills, not bothering to ask who Danny was or inquire about…
Is kindness magic? Can you really get happy by giving? Are people happier when they give to others and perform random acts of kindness?
The answer to all of these questions is: hell yeah! It’s true, putting good out into the world creates a ripple effect of positive emotions.
We all have negative people in our lives. But did you know that negativity can be contagious and harm your health? It can cause stress, anxiety, heart disease, and it can even rewire your brain.
Friendships, relationships or family ties with people who are negative will bring you down. …
A stranger told me I was beautiful today.
He meant it
I could tell by the genuine way his voice wrapped itself around the words
Like folded arms, protecting something fragile.
But I didn’t smile for him.
His compliment made me think
Of the way your eyes used…
I was made in a minor key
Baptized by my mother’s tears
Not from joy, but from exhaustion
My song was the silence between her sighs
“Not another child”
The world did not stand up to meet me
I had to tap it on the shoulder
I had to demand to be…
It’s time to revel in some early 19th century English romance with the poster boy of tragedy and posthumous artistic validation.
John Keats, the bright star, was the very personification of a young romantic. …
Gwendolyn Brooks is an earthy, plainspoken, unpretentious American legend. She won countless awards including a Pulitzer prize and is known around the globe as Chicago’s First Lady of Poetry. She is a big deal. …