Too often kindness is relegated to a random act performed only when we’re feeling good. But an even greater kindness (to ourselves and others) occurs when we reach out even when we aren't feeling entirely whole . It’s not easy, and no one is perfect. But we’ve decided it’s not impossible to brighten the world one smile, one kind word, one blog post at a time. To that end, a few of us writers have established The Kindness Project, starting with a series of inspirational posts.
One of the easiest ways I've found to take the random out of an act of kindness is to get a pack of smile cards as a reminder of your purpose. They're adorable and free.
Here's one of mine:
It says: "Smile. You've just been tagged! Experiments in anonymous kindness is the name of the game, and now--you're it!"
Turn it over and it adds: "Someone reached out to you with an anonymous act of kindness. Now it's your turn to do the same. Do something nice for someone. Leave this card behind and keep the spirit going!" Below that is a quote from Gandhi: "The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose."
So far I have used my cards repeatedly for only one thing: paying for the coffee of the person behind me in the drive-through at Starbucks. I'll leave a smile card for the cashier to hand them along with their coffee, and drive away. One time, this particularly amused me, when I was in our decrepit, old, farm truck and paid for a girl I could barely make out through the tinted windows of the shiny-black Humvee behind me. I rattled away in my beater with my own drink and cackled to myself. She may not have needed a free cup of coffee, but everyone could use a little out-of-the-blue kindness.
Do you have any ideas for other anonymous acts of kindness? I'd love to broaden my smile-card horizons with your brilliant schemes! If you get a pack lets make a covert plan of action. :)
And please check out the blogs listed below for some truly inspiring, emotional and amazing posts about kindness.
Posting today for The Kindness Project:
Carolina Valdez Miller
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