Tag Archive | Happiness

Week 25: Start the chain

These next four weeks may just be my favorite four weeks of the whole year to write about. That’s because for the next four weeks we will be having a theme of RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS! There is nothing better than that feeling when you do something nice for someone who can’t repay you. It’s like being a secret happiness agent. This theme incorporates all of my hopes and dreams for this 52 Weeks of Good campaign. Looking at the little things we can do every day to make a difference and random acts of kindness are pieces we can easily incorporate into our lives everyday!

“If we all do one random act of kindness daily we just might set the world in the right direction.”

For week 25 we will explore the idea of starting a random acts of kindness chain effect, starting with you! This is where you can take public opportunities to do something nice for someone and hope that they start the trend.

Here are 5 great ideas to get you started!

  1. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you. If no one is there, give the barista $5 to pay for the person after you.
  2. Talk with a homeless person. So many people walk past them and don’t even give them the time of day. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation, just a simple hi, a smile and how is your day going? If you have a snack, share it with them. You will make their day better and hopefully inspire those who pass by to do the same.
  3. Give a stranger a compliment. It is always so unexpected and makes them feel great. With their brightened mood they will be sure to pass on their new found happiness.
  4. Leave a note on someone’s car (looking like a ticket under their wind shield wiper), but write a really positive comment on the paper. Wish them a good day and encouraging them to pass it along to spread the joy.
  5. Leave $20 with the cashier (at a grocery store, or a second hand clothing or furniture store) and ask them to use it on whomever they think could use the extra help. This gives the store clerk a chance to be part of the good. You might not only be making the receiver of the money’s day, but could be helping them with their months worth of groceries or new clothes for their kids.

I will leave you with this little video on a different perspective of security cameras:

What are your ideas for starting the kindness chain effect?

Evening of Reflections

The other night I had an evening of reflection from what I watched on TV.

First up was the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. First of all, great movie. Just know that if you are a cryer, you will diffidently shed some tears. The movie is about a boy’s struggle to understand the world again without his fathers guidance. His father, played by Tom Hanks, died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the boy searched through the world to find the message his father left behind with a key he found in his fathers closet. Basically, I cried a lot. It brought back so many memories and pain. The movie did such an amazing job portraying the feelings of that day through one family and their healing process. After this movie ended, I thought I should watch a happier show to boost my mood before bed.

Next I watched an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. No I’m not getting married any time soon, I just really like to see the happiness,  joy and hope on each bride-to-be’s face. However, the bride that was looking for her dress in this episode had just gotten out of the hospital from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her accident happened when she was walking across the street with some friends and was shot in the back. Just a random shooting and now she is paralysed from the waist down. She is only 22. One could say how lucky she is to still be alive, which is very true, but she will never be able to walk again. In that split second her whole life changed. At one point in her interview, she talked about how people get up hundreds of times a day and don’t think anything of it. Just stand up and walk away and that is something she will never be able to do again. Our health is often something we take for granted. You never really know what you have until it is gone.

Needless to say, it was an evening of crying. So much sadness and pain and loss. Yet, there is always a lesson in everything we do. What I really took away from that evening was a reminder of how unpredictable life is. How uncertain each of our days are and how quickly everything can change. These are all good reminders to appreciate what we have today and if you want to do something, don’t wait until tomorrow to do it. Do it now because you never know what tomorrow will be. Also, to live every day to its fullest because each day is a gift.

All of this relates to this weeks 52 Weeks of Good campaign theme: to tell the people you love, that you do indeed love them. Earlier I said it was because we often forget, but another reason is because we never know what tomorrow will bring and a day shouldn’t go by that the people we love don’t know how much we love them.