When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen’s busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to embark upon a project: perform one thousand acts of kindness "mitzvahs" to honor her father’s memory.
Out of those acts of kindness, a book was born. 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Healk, Inspire, and Change Your Life shares Cohen's two-and-a-half-year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette, and the myriad forms they take—from helping the elderly to donating to good causes to baking and collecting food for others—highlight the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others. As she pursues her quest, Cohen finds that her life is improved by these small acts—that every time she goes out of her way to do something good for someone else, she enhances her own well-being.
In this episode, Linda shares her journey with us. More than a touching story of a daughter's love for her father, 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness, and a call to arms for those who would like to follow in Cohen's footsteps with their own mitzvahs—no matter how large or how small.
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About Our Guest
Linda Cohen, THE KINDNESS CATALYST, has been a nationally recognized kindness expert and professional speaker for over a decade. She works with a wide variety of businesses and associations on the ROI of Kindness. Her first book, 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life was published in 2011 by Seal Press. She is the past president of the National Speakers Association Oregon Chapter. In 2017, she was chosen as NSA Oregon Chapter Member of the Year. She received her BA from American Jewish University and an MA from Brandeis University. She lives in Oregon with her husband of 28 years. They have two spirited young adult children and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ginger and Remy. She loves practicing yoga and meditation and will never pass up a good cup of Earl Grey tea. Linda's second book, The Economy of Kindness: How Kindness Transforms Your Bottom Line will be published in October 2021. Learn more at https://lindacohenconsulting.com/