The Kindness Podcast
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Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life’s difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer. She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness through her public speaking and weekly column, Kindness is Contagious, which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. She is also the author of the book, Kindness is Contagious: 100 Stories to Remind You God is Good and So are Most People. As Nicole often says, “Kindness has the power to transform a life, but it also has the ability to transform a single bad day-- and the life we transform with kindness is our own.” Nicole has her Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has worked as a television anchor and reporter in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin and Fargo, North Dakota. As Miss Wisconsin 1997, she spent the year touring the state talking to children and adults about overcoming crisis. Nicole lives in Athens, Ohio. During the basketball season, you can find her in the stands with her three kids (dressed in matching green and white overalls) cheering wildly for her husband, Saul Phillips, and his Ohio University Men’s Basketball team.
||CleanEpisode 028 : "Kindness Rocks" w/ Megan Murphy||Megan Murphy thinks kindness rocks! She is the creator of the national movement, The Kindness Rocks Project, which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life. You can see just how much impact she’s made when looking up #TheKindnessRocksProject. Learn more about how to join the movement at http://thekindnessrocksproject.com.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 027 : Mindfulness in Education w/ Chad McGehee||Chad McGehee works with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin to teach mindfulness to people of all ages. He uses a teaching approach that incorporates findings from modern neuroscience and encourages kindness. His group’s groundbreaking research is being used across the country, from teachers to police officers to the producers of Sesame Street! For more on the Center for Healthy Minds go to centerhealthyminds.org.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 026 : Tara Cousineau, Author of "The Kindness Cure"||Tara Cousineau, PhD. is a researcher, mother and kindness warrior. Her book, The Kindness Cure, combines wisdom, stories and science to explore the power of kindness. You can reach out to Tara on Twitter @taracousphd and find out more about her book at taracousineau.com.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 025 : "Come to My Table" Author, Sue Donaldson||Do you know what you’re making for dinner tonight? Nicole talks with speaker and retreat leader Sue Donaldson about her book, Come to My Table. The book offers more than just cooking and party planning advice but also talks about the real reason we would want to invite people to our tables. You can connect with Sue on Twitter @welcomeheart and check out her book at welcomeheart.com.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 024 : The Magic of Kindness, w/James David||James David can make people’s mouths drop in an instant, but his real magic is getting people to connect and be kind to one another. His “meaning magic” inspires, informs and motivates his audience members while he entertains them. You can find out more about James and his soon-to-be-released book on emotional intelligence and team building at jamesdavidmagic.com.||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 023 : "Fancy Freedom" - Jewerly With A Purpose w/Krysten Case||Krysten Case designs jewelry to make a difference. A portion of every sale goes to an organization in Columbus, Ohio called Doma International/Freedom a la Cart which provides a new start to survivors of human trafficking. Her jewelry, much like the women being helped through her efforts, can be described as beautifully unique. You can check out the jewelry for yourself at https://www.etsy.com/shop/FancyFreedomDesigns||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 022 : Lisa Williams||Speaker, mother, podcaster and radio host, Lisa Williams has shared her thoughts about life from behind a mic since 1990. Lisa’s voice may sound familiar to you. She joined the nationally broadcast klove morning show in 2009. Now she’s branched out on her own with help from Cure International and is producing her own podcast called Life with Lisa Williams. You can connect with her on Twitter @godsradiogirl and listen to her podcast on lifewithlisawilliams.com.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 021 : Gabriella van Rij, Global Kindness Expert||Global kindness expert Gabriella van Rij has dared people across the world to be kind. The speaker, author and researcher has taught others about cultural awareness and acceptance, as well as spreading the importance of being kind in every aspect of life. You can find her @GabiellavanRij.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 020 : Shaunti Feldhahn, Author of "The Kindness Challenge"||Author and columnist Shaunti Feldhahn has made a career helping people with their lives and relationships. Her newest book, The Kindness Challenge, claims only 30 days of kindness can lead to improving even the most difficult relationships. You can connect with Shaunti on social media @ShauntiFeldhahn and learn more about her book at jointhekindnesschallenge.com||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 019 : Brent Williams: Author of Graphic Novel, "Out of the Woods"||Brent Williams felt the kindness from others when dealing with depression, and now he helps others struggling with mental illness. The human rights lawyer and filmmaker from New Zealand wrote a graphic novel about his experience, which features practical self-help strategies. He speaks on the misconceptions about mental illnesses and how kindness helped him with his anxiety and depression. You can connect with Brent and learn more about his book, Out of the Woods at outofthewoods.co.nz||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 018 : Kindness On The Court w/ Alicia Henderson||As the wife of a college basketball coach, Alicia Henderson has spent more hours than she can count in a basketball arena. Alicia and her husband, Eric, have enjoyed the coaching profession and have covered five states since their wedding in July of 2003. They met at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where Alicia earned a BA in Chemistry and then went on to further education at the University of South Dakota to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. She stayed in the profession until their move to Brookings, South Dakota in July 2016. Her family loves cheering on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits where Eric is currently an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. Alicia and Eric have two boys Kooper (7), Kort (5) and a daughter, McKinley (1). Alicia became passionate about epilepsy awareness when their son Kort was diagnosed with an intractable form of epilepsy in 2015. With the help of medications and a special diet called the Modified Atkins Diet (a form of the ketogenic diet), Kort has become seizure free. Alicia has come up with some pretty fun ways to spread kindness in her role as a coach’s wife, but sees her kindness mission expanding in the future to other families facing an epilepsy diagnosis.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 017 : Becky Harling, Author of "How to Listen so People Will Talk"||Think you’re a pretty good listener? I dare you to take Becky Harling’s quiz. Her new book lays it all out — it’s called “How to Listen so People Will Talk,” published by Bethany House. You might be surprised by what you find out about yourself! After you’ve revealed how well you listen, take the Five Day Active Listening Challenge at http://beckyharling.com/the-5-day-active-listening-challenge/. You can also learn more about how to listen so people will talk by visiting BeckyHarling.com.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 016 : Kindness in the Classroom w/ Liz Schwarzel||Liz Schwarzel was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio. A graduate of Ohio University, Liz has taught for the past 16 years in the same school district in which she grew up. Liz’s classroom is part of a district wide initiative to teach lessons of kindness through the community based curriculum called Responsive Classroom, which focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. Liz and her husband, Jan, have three children and are the proprietors of a guest lodge and special event venue located on their 150 acre farm. For more information, visit www.coppertopinn.com.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 015 : "Kindness is Contagious" Filmmaker, David Gaz||You better be careful who you hang out with— it turns out you can “catch” kindness! Filmmaker David Gaz has caught it all in his critically acclaimed documentary, Kindness is Contagious. It’s a film all about the benefits of being nice, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, bestselling author of the book and movie, Pay it Forward. Kindness is Contagious is distributed internationally via Cinedigm. You can get it on iTunes, or watch a trailer at kindness-is-contagious.com.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 014 : Say "Yes To Kindness" w/ Tammy Joy Lane||Tammy Joy Lane is a Kindness Business Owner who is on a mission to increase world kindness through awareness and sharing. She is an Iraq war veteran, a TedX Speaker and a mom of 3 girls who are teaching her kindness lessons daily. After years of fighting an uphill battle of Bi-polar Depression and PTSD, Tammy decided that instead of spending her life trying to herself, she would focus on her strengths. Through her website, Yestokindness.com, Tammy is hoping to fill the world with CRAK addicts. CRAK, of course, stands for Commit Random Acts of Kindness.||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 013 : #LiveKinder w/ Barbara Hirsh||You might think of yourself as a kind person, but are you really? Former software engineer and current kindness activist, Barbara Hirsh, says there’s a formula to know for sure. She wrote about it in her booklet, Live Kinder. You can honor someone for their kindness by nominating them for the Caring Heart and Kindness Warrior awards at livekinder.com. For your chance to win one of ten copies of the pocket-sized edition of Live Kinder, just share this podcast and include the hashtag #LIVEKINDER. The contest will run until all ten books have been given away or until March of 2018.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 012 : "40 Miles, 40 Gifts, 40th Birthday" w/ Jessica Reed||Jessica Reed is a mother of five kids below the age of 14. She is a registered and licensed dietitian. In her spare time, she swims, bikes, and runs. She has joyfully crossed the finish line of numerous marathons and an Ironman competition. As if she didn’t have enough on her well-balanced plate, Jessica decided to do something amazing on her 40th birthday. She ran 40 miles to deliver 40 gifts of kindness. Jessica says her sports bottle is full of coffee, water, or chocolate milk, depending on time of day.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 011 : A Year of Conscious Kindness w/ Donna Cameron||At the beginning of 2015, Donna Cameron embarked on a year of conscious kindness. She tried to make a mindful and concerted effort to choose kindness: to be kind, think kind thoughts, and respond to unkindness with compassion. She has documented the lessons learned in her blog, A Year of Living Kindly: adventures in trying to live a life of kindness. After many years of non-profit management, Donna continues to work with organizations to help them determine their missions and visions, and aid them in creating and executing future plans. She consults with boards and leaders to help them identify their values and increase their own individual efficacy, as well as the effectiveness of their organizations. Donna Cameron’s kindness also comes in the form of a book she co-authored in which she allows people to tell the transformative stories of their cancer journeys. It’s called One Hill, Many Voices: Stories of Hope and Healing. You can follow the lessons of kindness yet to come through Donna’s blog at ayearoflivingkindly.com.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 010 : "Helper's High" w/ Allan Luks||Ever wonder where the term “Helper’s High” came from? Allan Luks coined that phrase back in the 1990s. Allan is considered among the top experts on volunteerism. His pioneering research changed what we know about how the body benefits from being kind. For four decades Allan has directed well-known organizations dedicated to helping others, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. You can learn more about Allan’s book, “The Healing Power of Doing Good” and his other publications at allanluks.com.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 009 : Lisa Barrickman, author of "A Case For Kindness"||Could 40 days of intentional kindness truly spark a revolution? Lisa Barrickman celebrated the days leading up to her 40th birthday by committing one act of kindness a day. Others embraced her endeavor, and in less than a year, more than 20,000 separate acts of kindness took place. In her new book, A Case for Kindness, Lisa shares the ripple effect that changed an entire community and how you can implement it in your own area of the world. Lisa Barrickman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Secondary School Counselor. She is a stay-at-home mother and has been recognized for her work with community and volunteer organizations. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a BA in Psychology and Loyola University in Maryland with a MS in Pastoral Counseling. She and her husband Josh have been married for seventeen years and they have three children. They live in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Visit Lisa at http://lisabarrickman.com.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 008 : Crystal McVea, NY Times Best Selling Author of "Waking Up In Heaven"||Crystal McVea is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Waking Up in Heaven and the follow-up story, Chasing Heaven. Crystal’s journey to Heaven and back has given her a deep rooted passion for the needy and lost. Kindness, hope and redemption are central to the message she now shares with audiences across the country. Back home, Crystal boldly ministers under bridges to the homeless and ventures into the dark of night to reach women working in the adult entertainment industry. Crystal is a schoolteacher and lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Virgil, a US Army veteran, and their four children. To learn more, go to CrystalMcVea.com.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 007 : Dennis Seeb||Dennis Seeb describes himself as a musky fishin', joyful livin', light givin', faithful willin', laughter overflowin', healthy eatin’, habitually exercisin’, book writin’, courageous & romantic warrior of truth. He talks about how one simple act of kindness in the face of unkindness can change a person's whole attitude on life. He is also a CPA and Registered Representative in Fargo, ND and has more than 33 years of experience in the financial services industry. Dennis has been married to Kim for 31 years. Their daughter, Emily, is a pastry chef in New Orleans.||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 006 : "Wonder" Child With Apert Syndrome||When little Aiden Skees was born nine years ago, doctors didn’t quite know what was wrong. Today his craniofacial syndrome, and others like it, have gained national attention through the book and blockbuster movie, “Wonder” written by R.J. Palacio. Aiden’s mom, Taryn Skees, joins us on The Kindness Podcast to talk about how she’s prepared her son to head out into a world that points and stares. To learn more about Aiden’s documentary, Apert syndrome and how to support a child with special needs, head to MoreSkeesPlease.com or http://www.apertowl.org.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005 : "Complimentees" Creator Shawn Aswad||Too shy to say what’s on your mind? A Nashville area company can help. Complimentees is the brainchild of artist Shawn Aswad. She says she’s hoping to change the world, one compliment at a time, with her new line of t-shirts. You can find them at complimentees.com. You can learn more about Shawn’s dog rescue at snootygiggles.com.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004 : Brooke Jones||Educator ideas, personal inspiration, and the science behind kindness… The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is the go-to place for all things kind. Brooke Jones is the Vice President of the organization and shares with us her own personal kindness transformation in this episode. To become a Raktivist or simply learn more about the benefits of implementing kindness in your life, visit randomactsofkindness.org. Brooke also incorporates kindness practices in her business as a professional life coach. You can find out more at http://sisu.coach.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003 : Ron Hall, Writer/Producer of "Same Kind of Different As Me"||Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. He is the writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures film, Same Kind of Different As Me and the book released in 2008 by the same name. He and his wife Beth divide their time between Dallas, New York, and their Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth. Same Kind of Different as Me was released into theaters in October of 2017. You can learn more at https://www.samekindofdifferentasmefoundation.org.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002 : Brian Williams, Kindness Ninja||Brian Williams is a 4th degree black belt in martial arts. He flips, he kicks and he inspires! Brian grew up in martial arts since he was 4 years old. His instructor taught him that kindness was the ultimate form of self-defense. They weren’t just training to become black belts in the arts, but Kindness Ninjas-- people who carry out acts of kindness without seeking recognition. Fast forward 22 years. At the age of 26, Brian founded Think Kindness, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring kindness in schools around the world. Brian’s infectious energy and positivity have earned him national media exposure on MTV, USA Today, & MSNBC. He has spoken to more than 400,000 students across the country, collected hundreds of thousands of shoes for families around the world, produced 2 award-winning humanitarian documentaries and has traveled to Africa multiple times to carry out Global Acts of Kindness. Brian currently resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife and 1 year-old baby girl... who is already starting to Karate Chop everything in sight. Learn more about what it means to be a Kindness Ninja at thinkkindness.org! Check out Brian’s new Parenting Ninja podcast at http://thinkkindness.org/podcast/.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001 : Leon Logothetis, Host of Netflix's "The Kindness Diaries"||Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road when he was inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. In his newest show, The Kindness Diaries, Leon circumnavigates the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike, Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All while relying on the kindness of strangers. Leon has documented his travels for Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times, among others. The Kindness Diaries is available on Netflix. His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, The Kindness Diaries and Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live are in stores now. You can connect with Leon at leonlogothetis.com.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: "The Kindness Podcast"||Thank you for listening to The Kindness Podcast, a weekly podcast that hopes to spread the message of the healing power of kindness. Hosted by author, Nicole Phillips, she talks with guests about their journey with kindness and how it has helped inspire their lives and the people around them. New episodes premiere every Friday, so stay up-to-date by subscribing!||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
It's my podcast! Of course I think it's awesome! Kindness has the power to change a bad day or a bad life. I promise.
Kindness IS contagious
I love this podcast, and love Nicole! So inspiring! Always a good "pick me up" when your down!
Keep spreading Kindness!
I have an hour drive each morning to work and am always looking for uplifting podcasts to listen to on my way. I have recently just attended one of Nicole's talks and really enjoy her view on Kindness. If you haven't read her book yet... get out there and get it! You won't regret putting Kindness first. Thank you Nicole for sharing your talents, we are all reaping the benefits. I really appreciate you and look forward to more episodes.