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A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Paperback – Large Print, April 1, 1996

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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

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An Act of Kindness for a Broken Heart

I am only one. But still, I am one. I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

My husband, Hanoch, and I wrote a book Acts of Kindness: How to Create a Kindness Revolution, which has generated much interest across America. This story was shared with us by an anonymous caller during a radio talk show in Chicago.

"Hi, Mommy, what are you doing?" asked Susie.

"I'm making a casserole for Mrs. Smith next door," said her mother.

"Why?" asked Susie, who was only six years old.

"Because Mrs. Smith is very sad; she lost her daughter and she has a broken heart. We need to take care of her for a little while."

"Why, Mommy?"

"You see, Susie, when someone is very, very sad, they have trouble doing the little things like making dinner or other chores. Because we're part of a community and Mrs. Smith is our neighbor, we need to do some things to help her. Mrs. Smith won't ever be able to talk with her daughter or hug her or do all those wonderful things that mommies and daughters do together. You are a very smart girl, Susie; maybe you'll think of some way to help take care of Mrs. Smith."

Susie thought seriously about this challenge and how she could do her part in caring for Mrs. Smith. A few minutes later, Susie knocked on her door. After a few moments Mrs. Smith answered the knock with a "Hi, Susie."

Susie noticed that Mrs. Smith didn't have that familiar musical quality about her voice when she greeted someone.

Mrs. Smith also looked as though she might have been crying because her eyes were watery and swollen."What can I do for you, Susie?" asked Mrs. Smith.

"My mommy says that you lost your daughter and you're very, very sad with a broken heart." Susie held her hand out shyly. In it was a Band-Aid. "This is for your broken heart." Mrs. Smith gasped, choking back her tears. She knelt down and hugged Susie. Through her tears she said, "Thank you, darling girl, this will help a lot."

Mrs. Smith accepted Susie's act of kindness and took it one step further. She purchased a small key ring with a plexiglass picture frame -- the ones designed to carry keys and proudly display a family portrait at the same time. Mrs. Smith placed Susie's Band-Aid in the frame to remind herself to heal a little every time she sees it. She wisely knows that healing takes time and support. It has become her symbol for healing, while not forgetting the joy and love she experienced with her daughter.

Meladee McCarty

¬ 1994 Meladee McCarty

All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Health Communications, Inc. from A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558743820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558743823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1999
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The theme of nearly all of the "stories" relvolve about death (someone else's) which leaves the survivor as the victor or sometimes just the survivor. Sounds like bad medicine to me. The smarmy introductions provided by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen set the scene for real tear jerkers with no moral to the whole sad production. Don't waste your money and postage on this. I'm requesting a refund. Alex Ryan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on April 29, 2000
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I have several of the Chicken Soup books, I would love to have them all! I can sit for hours and read the short stories over and over. I've noticed that my pastor uses alot of them in his sermons also. It just warms my heart when I read the touching stories about struggles and triumphs in the lives of others. Some say that the series is depressing but I find that when I'm in a dark moment I can read or recall some of the stories I've read and I feel better. They just help shed new light on certain situations. Great gifts also. I've given them to friends and family members on different occasions. They loved them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1997
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This is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read. I now own almost all of the Chicken Soup books and I find them helpful in many ways. Each story is fairly short and offers hope and inspiration. They take away all of the ickiness life has to offer. These books also make great gifts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1998
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My beloved friend gave me this book for a gift. This is the most wonderful book I've read recently. It reminded me how we were when we were young and naive. If you are wondering what to get for friend who you love, this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1997
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I loved this book! I stayed up for 6 hours because I couldn't bear to put it down. All of the stories touched my heart and I cried for hours.
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