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I launched Kind Living in 2011 to centralize the kindness content I've been creating since the 1990s, making it more easily available. Throughout, I've been fortunate to become connected to many wonderful people, demonstrating the significant overlap between giving and receiving.

On that note, as we come to the midpoint of 2021 I invite you to show your support of Kind Living through a financial gift. Such support offsets our expenses and provides a tremendous amount of positive encouragement to Fish Astronaut and me. Note, the amount, while important, is less important than the gesture. Honestly, I get positively giddy when someone donates a dollar or two.

You can make a one-time contribution via PayPal or set up a recurring monthly contribution at Patreon

Part of every financial donation we receive is passed along to other individuals, organizations, and crowdfunding projects that inspire us. We see this as part of an important flow of receiving and giving energy. One such individual is creative artist Steve Chapman, to whom we pass along a couple of dollars each month.

Thank you for your support! And note, we'll only ask for your financial support twice per year.
28 June 2021
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Savor the Morning Air

The idea for this exercise comes from the book "The Art of Simple Living,"  the concept summarized this way:

"The same process repeats itself every day, but each day is not the same. The taste of the morning air, the moment when the morning sunlight arrives, the touch of the breeze on your cheek, the color of the sky and of the leaves on the trees - everything is constantly shifting. Morning is the time when you can thoroughly experience these changes."

For me, I think this exercise is best accomplished while going for a walk, something I do every morning with my dog, Bentsen. As we walk, I not only savor the air, I bring awareness to at least three of my senses:

  • What new thing can I see today, what change?
  • On what can I focus my listening?
  • What aroma can I enjoy?

As Bentsen and I walk, we encounter other walkers and I see each one as an opportunity to extend friendliness. A nod, a smile, maybe even a verbal hello or a longer conversation are additional ways to savor the morning air.

Isn't it wonderful that we are all part of this glorious morning?

With connection & warmth,


Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.

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