Project kindness to a stranger
To introduce the idea, I will ask everyone to watch this short movie first. It takes around 18 minutes, and people say they feel really good afterwards.
We go about our everyday lives wanting things to always be getting better. We hope that our work makes a difference and those who came before us are proud and we wish for our children to have more than what we were given. As anyone knows who has heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech—delivered fifty years ago this August~ dreams are at the center of any effort to make things better. And today we have something with more power than we might realize: The internet. It’s not without reason that China and North-Korea tried to keep their inhabitants away from news. The media also have immense power, and even if some might argue that they focus on the wrong things, a lot of journalist really want to make the world a better place. Combine the knowledge, motivation the internet and the media and you have a wonderful recipe: People who actually do something.
So, by now you might be thinking: Yeah, sure, but what can I DO?
If you have watched the movie, you have seen the immense effect some words can have. When we have the possibility to help, by little effort, we do it. For example, most people help the world by sorting our paper and throw it in a separate garbage bin, thereby saving the rainforest. So, what about potentially making somebody happy by smiling a little?
Research shows that our mirror-neurons respond automatically by creating a smile on your own lips. This means that smiling AT someone, actually MAKE them happier. Research also shows that being happy yourself, gives you more energy to be there for others. So, like in the video, I would challenge the readers of this blog to do JUST one nice thing for somebody else (preferably a stranger, because that would have the biggest impact) the next week.
When you have done that, write WHAT you did, and if you want, leave your email at the end. This will be like signing a petition for releasing a political prisoners. For every one of you who does that, you might have made the world just a little better. This is what your story means: You are signing a petition for a better world!
- 2013 My 100 Day Challenge (my100daychallenge.com)
- (never stop dreaming!) http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/lolly-daskal-i-have-a-dream/
- Validation: You can change things (forfreepsychology.wordpress.com)
- A women who writes brilliantly about how to think for yourself and fight for what others say is “naive”: http://theoeditrix.com/2013/06/24/im-naive-not-stupid-theres-a-difference/
- Enter now for the 2014 Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards!
- Facebook: Pay it forward group. Meet and connect with others!