Easy Acts of Kindness for Every Day
I’m thrilled to be joining Toddler Approved and other great kid bloggers from the Kid Bloggers Network on a 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge.
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10 thoughts on “Easy Everyday Acts of Kindness”
Man, I wish I had known about this. My family certainly would have participated.
Hum? wondering if we could do 100 acts of kindness in a week?????? This is a totally awesome project!
The 100 Acts of Kindness project is still going on and it’s never to late to do it. 100 Acts of Kindness in a week is definitely possible! I did 48 acts for my birthday over several weeks, but I only did 3-4 a day. Still, things like giving a compliment, picking up trash, holding the door, writing a letter or postcard can be done in bulk!
My daughters’ elementary school is promoting this throughout our community as well! Such a fantastic initiative!
Hi Sexy Mother Foodie,
I’m so excited that this idea of Acts of Kindness is going viral. I hope it creates permanent change. It did for me. I think differently every day about missed opportunities to do something kind.
I’m enjoying your blog very much. I didn’t realize you were a food and wine writer … reminded me instantly of Amanda Hesser. I love her Memoir/Dating/Cookbook Cooking for Mr. Latte. Any books in the works for you?
Thx, Pragmatic Mom!
Our schools promote “Acts of Kindness and Justice” each year beginning with our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
Have you read Gretchen Rubin’s book/blog The Happiness Project?
I honestly think that this idea is related–the beginnings of a Happiness Project for elementary schoolers.
As far as any other books in my future, I’m just trying to catch up on my reading! 🙂 Something tells me that you’ll beat me to a book proposal!
PS Love Amanda Hesser!
YES! I love The Happiness Project! I read it last year at sort of the same time as the Tiger Mom book which then forced me to do a comparison … those ladies are surprisingly similar! http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/08/top-5-similarities-between-the-happiness-project-gretchen-rubin-and-tiger-mom-amy-chua/
But I actually started thinking about doing Random Acts of Kindness as a means to celebrate my birthday (gulp! 48!) from reading Toddler Approved and other mom blogs and that’s when it all clicked into place.
I’m glad your schools are doing Acts of Kindness projects! Sounds like something I’ll suggest to our Social Action Committee. How does that work exactly?
I love these unique ways to spread kindness!! The spider idea is a great one (and one that would be hard for me!!) This challenge is such a great way to get out of our comfort zones and do something that we wouldn’t do otherwise… for me it is also a great reminder of little acts of kindness I can do in my own home that make a huge difference (even when they seem small). I am so glad you are participating in this challenge!
I’ve been trying to turn my own kids’ fear of spiders around … they are scared of spiders so they want to stomp on them when one gets into their rooms. I guess I am on the only spider rescuer in our house. I have to force my husband to do rescue work as well. I’m trying to reinforce the idea that spiders are GOOD (because they are!) using that picture book Be Nice to Spiders. Thanks so much for creating the 100 Acts of Kindness Campaign. It’s a wonderful idea!! I am thrilled to participate so thank you for the opportunity.
Hi Pragmatic Mom,
I really like your blog and especially this idea for the 100 (or X # ) acts of kindness. Sadly, I stumbled on this a bit late, but as my four-year old’s birthday is in 4 days, maybe we can manage 4 kind acts by then (like your 48 by your birthday!) Anyway, I have been thinking about acts of kindness lately because, recently, I came across Shawn Achor’s very entertaining TED talk ( http://on.ted.com/Achor ) that discusses how positivity and happiness are correlated with a boost in productivity and success. Amongst exercise, meditation, and gratitude journaling, practicing random acts of kindness is a concrete way to improve your positive outlook. Along these lines, I also found out about the Greater Good project ( http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ ) — you might be interested in this, if you aren’t already aware of them. Anyway, thanks for the post and wishing you happy thoughts!
Thank you so much for sharing the TED talk and the link to the Greater Good project. You might also like The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Her experience trying to improve her happiness “quotient” over a year is chronicled in that book. It’s a fun read and I think her conclusions are similar.
I’m glad there is a wave of support for Acts of Kindness (random or otherwise). It’s a movement I truly can stand behind. It has definitely made me happier.
Thank you so much for your comment!