AUBURN – Portland author and inspirational speaker Michael J. Chase will discuss kindness as a way of life at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Temple Shalom, 74 Bradman St. The talk supports the synagogue’s theme of “Be a Blessing” in which Temple Shalom members work as a community to change the world.

Also known as the “the Kindness Guy,” Chase is the author of “Am I being Kind: How asking One Simple Question Can Change Your Life and Your World.” He gained local and national media attention from his “24 Hours of Kindness” event and became a sought-after consultant and speaker for schools and businesses.

Chase founded the Kindness Center in 2007 with the vision of creating a more peaceful and kindhearted world. He attempts to inspire kind behavior at school, work and in the home through workshops and events in which he teaches a unique approach to personal growth.

Before starting the center, Chase says he overcame many obstacles and personal challenges in life. Raised in an unkind environment filled with substance abuse, depression and violence, Chase made it his mission to spread kindness across the globe. His presentations reveal his approach for achieving happiness and creating a better world.

In addition to programs such as “24 Hours of Kindness,” “3,000 Miles of Kindness” and “September 11th: Remembering Kindness,” the Kindness Center celebrates the spirit of performing “random acts of kindness.” The center has grown into a large group of advocates.

Refreshments will be served. The community is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Temple office at 786-4201.

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