Saturday, October 3, 2015

Give the Gift of Empathy: TINY BUDDHA'S 365 TINY LOVE CHALLENGES

From the founder of the popular online community comes a daily inspirational guide of simple and creative challenges to help you actively spread love to those around you.

Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges is a simple guide to help readers pursue happy, connected lives and bring greater love into the world.

Each week begins with an inspirational message written by members of the online community, followed by seven days of short challenges that focus on self-love, giving and receiving love in relationships and friendships, and spreading love in the world, such as:
·      Write a list of three things you appreciate about yourself and place it somewhere in your home where you’ll frequently see it throughout the day
·      Compliment someone who serves you in some way (for example, a waiter, barista, or bus driver) on how well they do their job
·      Keep an eye out for someone who looks sad—a friend, coworker, or even stranger—and say something that might make him or her laugh or smile

By using the book each day throughout the year, readers will learn to develop closer bonds in relationships, let go of anger and bitterness, better understand themselves and their loved ones, and turn strangers into friends.

Segment ideas:
·      Finding Authentic Connection in Our Relationships: Turning surface level interactions, online or offline, into something deeper
·      Daily Love Challenges: Do something big by starting with something small
·      Does social media help us hinder us or in forming meaningful, authentic connections?
·      How blossomed into a vibrant community, helping more than 63 million readers since 2009 gain insight into healing, letting go, and living a happy, connected life.
·      Holiday Gift Guides: 365 days of inspiration for the new year 

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha, an online community that enables participants to share their experiences and insights to help themselves and others. Since launching the site in 2009, she has helped over 1,200 writers tell their stories, attracting more than three million monthly readers. She is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself. She has presented at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and her writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 

My Thoughts

I love the concept this book. I like to believe I'm a good person, and I try to be mindful of others whenever I make choices in my daily life. But this book challenges you to take that a step further. Tiny Buddha's gives you a new challenge every day of the year that will inspire you to help others and do good things for other people and yourself. 

This little book is broken down into the dates of the calendar year. Every day is a new challenge. It's never anything complicated. Just something little you can do to show love. Here are a few random examples:

January 15th - Respond kindly to someone who is unkind to you.

March 5th- Sit with a loved one in comfortable silence, with the goal of simply being there together.

June 21st - Keep a promise to yourself today.

November 23rd - Replace a critical thought about someone with a grateful thought.

These ideas are all so simple, yet they really are a challenge to pull off.  If you can do it, though, the rewards are boundless. The book gives you the incentive to live a better life, which will help you grow as a spiritual being.  In a world where it's so easy to become self involved, to get lost in the material things, we all need a few friendly reminders to concentrate on the truly important aspects of life. This book gives that to you. Best of all, you can use it over and over again every year. These challenges never get old and each lesson bears repeating. I would recommend this book to anyone. It doesn't matter what spiritual path you follow. We can all learn to give a little love every day.