by Tera Gibbs, Dance Instructor and Director of Compassion
We all know that the words we read, hear, and speak can either hurt or help those around us, and most of us would prefer more of the latter. From jewelry to books, here are some positive ways to foster those helpful words in our own lives:
The Giving Keys is a jewelry line of engraved vintage keys started by musician Caitlin Crosby. She employs individuals who are transitioning out of homelessness to imprint positive words on keys that they then make into stylish accessories. The Giving Keys website allows people to share the stories of how they forwarded their keys and the accompanying messages to others in need. There is so much goodness on this site, that with just one glance it can make your day.
See Caitlin Crosby’s TED Talk on The Giving Keys here.
I am a huge fan of non-fiction books. Recently I’ve come across some that have left me feeling inspired and empowered. Not only are these books entertaining, they have become full-fledged social movements! Check them out here:
Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
I got most of these books at my local library, which happens to be Upper Moreland Public Library. No matter where you live, please support your local library buy becoming a member! Or…
Trade books with PaperBackSwap.com!
PaperBack Swap offers an easy way to trade your books online allowing you to give your books new life while opening up your shelf for new reads. I love trading my books here! Not only does PaperBackSwap have an excellent selection, but the recipients of my book trades are always so grateful. Good books, good words, and good energy…What more can one ask for?
I hope these links lead you to lots of positive words, information, and insights. Let us know how you use words to foster kindness and empower others in the comments below!