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The other day, while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across the kind of uplifting story that makes my exhausted-mom-bleeding-heart melt.
It was from a mother who’d decided to fly alone with her two-year-old and five-year-old, only to find herself overwhelmed by two screaming, overtired children.
I can imagine the stress and anxiety she felt, given that I often feel that way just sitting in my living room with my poor-sleeping baby and high-energy toddler—which is why I almost shed a tear when I read about the other moms who stepped up to offer help.
One fellow mama let the solo mom cut her in the security line, another helped carry all her bags, and a third woman held one of her children for a long stretch on the flight and carried him all the way to baggage claim, where she left with a hug and a “Merry Christmas!”
The mother who needed it most, found her village right when she needed it. raise a child—through the air and back again. (See? What I did there?)
These women did a lot to make a difference, whether it was in the spirit of Christmas or simply human decency.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough stories like these—tiny reminders that the world is full of good people who care and want to help.
It’s easy to feel discouraged sometimes, whether you’re covered in spit-up at 3am or collapsed under the weight of all your responsibilities after one too many days burning the candle at both ends.
In moments like these, when we’re feeling drained and depleted, we need to remember that there are kind, loving people all around us who are willing and eager to lend a hand, if only we speak up.
Brad Aronson is that person for me and many others. His bestselling book HumanKind is a stunning collection of stories about kindness. He also gave me his support by giving his time to help me after I reached for advice.
True to form, he’s also offered ten free copies of HumanKind to Tiny Buddha readers, and I couldn’t be more excited to get his inspiring book into even more hands.
There’s a reason Forbes referred to it as “the most uplifting and life-affirming book in years.”
HumanKind shines the spotlight on the greatest qualities of humanity. It offers countless ideas and practical tips to help you bring out your best self.
What is it that interests me most HumanKind—aside from the fact that all author royalties go to Big Brothers Big Sisters—is that the people profiled are just like you and me. They’re everyday people with struggles of their own who one day decided they wanted to do something good—then did.
Whether you’re looking for confirmation that the world is a caring place or inspiration to make a difference in your own sphere of influence, HumanKind has you covered.
You will find it fills you with joy, inspires you to help others, and gives you hope.
To enter to win a free, signed copy of HumanKind, comment below, sharing why you or someone you love would appreciate this book. Then email the link to your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org so Brad has your email address to contact you if you win.
Enter until Sunday December 12th at midnight PST. Brad will reach out to the winners the week following.
Good luck, Friends!
About Lori Deschene
Tiny Buddha was founded by Lori Deschene. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal and other books and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. To help us reduce our stress, increase our peace, and bring joy to our lives, she recently created a Mindfulness Kit. Subscribe to the Tiny Buddha List for daily wisdom. Tiny Buddha is also available on Facebook and Twitter.
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