I am so excited to share about our new book Goodness Abounds: 365 Loving Acts of Kindness! Loving acts of kindness and goodness can happen in the simplest fashion and in the shortest amount of time such as a hug, holding the door for someone, smiling and saying “Hello” to someone in passing or reaching out to let someone you care about to let them you know you are thinking of them. It was hard for me to choose just four examples to write about as I experience loving acts of kindness on a daily basis.
In this book, I contributed the following pieces; “A Valiant Act of Love“, a powerful act of heroism and love shown by my significant other. He risked his own life to save mine after a car crash, “Giving Me Wings to Succeed“, an example how the love and support of spirit and two people I met at a training event helped me succeed in my reaching my goal in a time of deep sorrow and grief, “Planting the Field of Dreams” an act of kindness from a special friend who invested in my education and future, adding to the seeds that had been subtlety planted over the years in my field of dreams and “For the Love of Strangers“, examples of the love, kindness and assistance of people I barely knew and strangers during a time in my life I had to choose between being a victim or being a survivor and putting my complete faith and trust in God, Goddess and the Universe.
In this interview my friends, editors, co-authors and creators of the 365 Book series, Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck talk about how the idea of this book and the other books in the 365 Book series came about.
About Jodi &Dan:
Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck are a husband-and-wife team who loves living soulfully and joyfully. Since 2005, they’ve been living their dream of writing books and creating products that inspire others to connect with their soul and live fully and passionately. Together, they have over 30 years of experience with editing and publishing and have sold approximately 50,000 books. They have written over 20 books, 8 ecourses, and more than 1,000 blog posts/articles. They are the co-creators of the Soul Journal Series, the 365 Book Series, Your Soulful Book writing program, and a number of soulful online communities and ecourses.
They live on the Oregon coast with their sweet cats. They enjoy hanging out at the beach and working, creating, and playing together. They feel truly blessed to be able to spend each day together, doing what they love. It’s their heart’s desire that their books and products bring joy to everyone they reach.
Jodi has a BA in English/Technical Editing and Sociology. She is an award-winning blogger at www.jodichapman.com and the author of Soul Bursts, an Amazon award finalist in the “Spirituality: Inspirational” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards and the upcoming book A Year of Silence. She is passionate about helping others listen and be guided by their soul and began her spiritual journey in 2010 when a loved one who had recently crossed over began communicating with her from the other side. A fun fact about Jodi that reminds us of how powerful we truly are, is she consciously changed her eye color by praying & praying that they would turn from brown to green so she wouldn’t have the same color as her dad. Today, her eyes are a sage/light green color.
Dan has a BA in Religious Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing. He is the author of the personal-growth blog www.halfwayupthemountain.com and the author of the upcoming book Rewrite Your Story. He has been involved in personal growth & spirituality for over 25 years- studying, experiencing and teaching a wide variety of paths and practices. His religious studies at Vassar College included classes in the U.S and India, where he spent almost a year traveling, studying and visiting holy sites and ashrams. A fun fact about Dan is his “parlor trick”, if you give him a name of two singers or bands, he can usually play a song by one in the style of another. You can check them out on You Tube by searching “Crossies” by Dan Teck.
For those who are meeting you two for the first time, please tell us more about yourselves and your journey.
First of all, we’d like to say just how grateful we are to have connected with you! We love connecting with people who are also looking for a deeper, more soulful experience of life. It’s a pleasure to be sharing this journey with so many others who are listening to – and following– their souls’ whispers in such loving ways. Welcome! 🙂
We’re a happily married couple who live on the Oregon coast with our three cats. We work together from home – writing spiritual books and blogs, creating personal-growth courses, connecting with soulful communities, and enjoying our lives together. We also love walking on the beach, kayaking, and being together and in nature as much as possible.
Can you tell us about this book?
We’d love to! This is the fourth book in the 365 Book Series. This book is called Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness. This inspiring book is filled with over 450 pages of positive, loving energy from over 250 authors, and we know that it’s going to be so uplifting for so many. The stories include receiving kindness from loving family, friends, teachers, coworkers, kids, pets, and perfect strangers. This book includes moments of everyday goodness plus stories of goodness from beyond. All of the stories are intended to uplift, inspire, and remind you of just how good people truly are and how much more alike we are than we may have thought.
What inspired you to create the 365 Book Series?
It started in perhaps the least likely way – by doing our taxes! In the midst of going through the endless stacks of paper and methodically entering each item into a spreadsheet, we came across a receipt from several years back. We pulled it out of the pile –wondering how it ended up there. We were just about to toss it aside and get back to the taxes when we noticed something scribbled on the back. It turned out to be a seedling for this book series!
Before going to sleep that night, we asked for more clarity regarding our next step, and this fully formed idea popped in immediately upon waking. We were so excited about it but weren’t sure if anyone else would be. But we felt such a strong calling that we decided to let our soul lead the way – and we began sharing our idea. Almost immediately the first contributors started signing up, and before long over 200 others had joined us. We were absolutely elated that others shared in this vision!
This series has been surrounded by loving energy right from the start, and it’s turned into much more than just books– it’s a loving, supportive, soulful community. We’ve held classes, workshops, Facebook parties, and connected with one another in so many beautiful ways.
Why was it so important for you to share a book about goodness?
We actually were all set to publish a different book next in this series, and then the 2016 election happened and we were feeling overwhelmed by all of the negativity and divisiveness in the news and on social media. Scrolling through our Facebook feed was no longer enjoyable due to one contentious post or news story after another. We were angry and disheartened, and we found ourselves sinking lower and lower into a pit of powerlessness, despair, and darkness. We began questioning everything that we thought we knew about the inherent kindness in people and wondered what had happened to the light-filled and loving universe we thought we lived in.
Our first inclination was to bury our heads in the sand and come up only when the world seemed sane and peaceful again. But something deep inside our soul whispered that loving kindness was still out there, that the majority of people still had huge hearts and were still out there, that the majority of people still had huge hearts and were still making a positive impact in our world, and that it was up to us to turn on our “Goodness Radar” to find it.
Being on the lookout for goodness felt empowering to us– we liked having something to focus on that made us feel good instead of bad. So we started thinking about our lives – starting with the present and working all the way back to childhood – looking for evidence of goodness that we had experienced from both strangers and loved ones. We wanted to remember all of the moments – the big ones and also the small ones. We wanted to surround ourselves with all of these happy and life-affirming memories because we knew that they would help us have more faith in humankind again. And it worked. We began feeling more hopeful, and the cloud of darkness that had been surrounding us seemed to lift a little bit. We could see a glimmer of light again.
We were so excited to be feeling hopeful again, and we wanted to invite others to join us in finding, focusing on, and celebrating goodness in their own lives, too. We knew that many others were still feeling disheartened and powerless, so we thought that it would be wonderfully uplifting if hundreds of us came together to share our stories of goodness in one book so that we could all fill our hearts with the knowing that no matter how bleak things looked, people were still so helpful and giving. As the stories began pouring in, each one we read renewed our faith in humanity and opened our hearts just a bit more. While reading them, we cried tears of joy as we were reminded of just how giving and kind people truly can be. And now, we’re so excited to share each of these stories of goodness with you!
Can you share some examples of goodness with us that are shared in this book?
Sure! Some of the stories include life-changing moments that you never forget, such as when an entire community came together to help someone in need or when someone was given a helping hand that changed the trajectory of their life. Other stories include quieter moments of kindness– moments that aren’t always as easy to remember because they may not be as flashy as the bigger moments, but moments that can be just as powerful. It’s these moments that, when added up, become the fabric of our lives: a smile from a stranger, a helpful hand from a neighbor, a kind comment from a teacher, a hug when it is most needed, a loving note from a co-worker, a random act of kindness from someone you’ll never see again, or an “I love you” that stays in your heart forever. We’re so happy that we get to share all of these moments with you – the entire range of goodness – to help show how prevalent loving kindness truly is in our world, in our communities, and in our lives. It’s everywhere.
Who is this book for?
This book is for anyone who would like to see lots of lots of evidence that goodness is alive and well in our world. It’s for those who believe that people are inherently good and are ready to read inspiring stories that prove that this is true. It’s for those who are wanting to turn on their “Goodness Radar” and begin finding more and more goodness in their own life and in the world around them.
What do you hope each reader will take into their heart while reading this book?
It’s our hope that when someone picks up this book, they can flip to any page and find a true-life story that will provide inspiration, upliftment, and encouragement to reflect upon the kindness they’ve experienced in their own life…and to be on the lookout for more!
Where can people go to learn more about this book?
To learn more about Goodness Abounds– and to purchase copies– please visit Amazon here. For a limited time, everyone who orders the book will receive our bonus gift package, which includes lots of soulful gifts (meditations, ebooks, ecourses, and more) – all contributed by the authors! Please remember to visit www.goodnessabounds.com with your Amazon order to claim your free bonus gifts.
Thank you for sharing so much with us– in this book and in this interview. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you so much for inviting us – and thank you to everyone reading this !It has been such a blessing for us to connect with the hundreds of authors who shared their moving stories of goodness throughout this book. And we look forward to sharing these moments with all of the readers who are opening their hearts to these moments while opening up their own hearts to find the goodness in their own lives as well! We are incredibly grateful to each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.