If you are reading this, I want you to be a part of my dream. I read an article several months ago that said the world as a whole is getting more pessimistic. People are sad, or discouraged, or just unhappy.
I Want Your Help In Changing Our World. We will Call it #KindnessGoneViral because that's exactly what we want it to do–go viral. I read a good article the other day about How to Be Happy Right Now. My favorite quote was, “I truly believe we were created to LOVE.” The main point was that there is a joy that comes into our lives when we are reaching out to other people and caring about their problems more than our own. Our most important relationships are built on kindness we have shown to each other.
So here's what I want you to do. Just test this theory out for me. I want you to participate in my dream for just ONE DAY and see if you feel happier after you have been a part of it.
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Here's How to Participate in #KindnessGoneViral:
Pick at least ONE person that could use a little extra cheer in their life. You can do this in many ways. You can pick someone you personally know, which is really fun…or…you can do this for someone who you DON'T know which can be even more fun. What I did was put out a status on Facebook that was something like this: “If you know someone who could really use some happy mail, will you do me a favor and send me their address?” Because I posted this on my blog page, I got several responses and I was blown away by all the hard things people are going through. Everything from Cancer, to the death of a child, to just really needing some cheer. I was in tears within minutes and knew I needed to send some happy mail to every single one of these individuals. I would challenge you at some point to do this to someone you don't know as well. You can ask your friends on social media as I did (everyone knows someone that could use some cheer), or you can simply call up your mom or your sister or your friend and ask the same thing.
Write a Letter, Put together a Package, or do something really meaningful for them. For me, since they were all people I didn't personally know, I made packages for all of them. Because I ended up with more than I planned, I got some other bloggers involved, and then I called up my sisters and we had a girl's night putting together these packages. We all went to separate stores in search of things bright and cheery and sent pictures to each other as we were shopping and finding different things. WE ALL HAD SO MUCH FUN going on a hunt for all the little gifts and goodies we wanted to include. We each picked different names and tried to think about our person and what they might like (with the very little information we were given–sometimes just a name and how many kids they have).
Include the #KindnessGoneViral printable. This is an important part. Below, you will find a few different printables to choose from. Anything from “You are Beautiful” to “You are Incredible” to “You are Loved.” Pick whichever one fits best and attach it to your little gift, or letter, or package. The fun thing about this part is you can follow the hashtag on social media #KindnessGoneViral and see if your person or person(s) posted a picture of their gift and what they thought. As people see this, they will be inspired to participate just as you have. And eventually, we can get more and more people spreading love and kindness. This is a fun way to watch and see what one small act can do in changing the world and effecting lots of different people. Plus, there is a healing that takes place when someone who is struggling themself, reaches out and helps lift another. If you yourself have burdens that are weighing on you heavily, or problems you can't seem to take your mind off of, chances are that participating in a project like this will bring cheer and happiness into your own life. This has happened for me EVERY SINGLE TIME I have done something like this.
Fun tip: Find some meaningful quotes and put those in with your package as well.
Print the #KindnessGoneViral Printable