21 Day Kindness Challenge

Be the change you want to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi

We sing in our Christmas carols that December “tis the season to be jolly”. How many of my readers think that this message has gotten somewhat lost in the commercialism of the holiday season? One trip to the overflowing parking lot of a shopping mall, let alone venturing inside the shopping mall, certainly makes me feel like the “jolly” isn’t exactly all around.

My December 2016 challenge to myself and to my readers is a 21 Day Kindness Challenge. It is simple. Be kind. Be kind everyday. This challenge is not at all a unique idea. One quick Google search and you will find many kindness challenge blogs. You will also find a selection of kindness advent calendars to choose from. The good news is that this should make it simple for you to come up with ideas on how to be intentionally kind. Google is there for you!

Kindness can be any selfless act. Whether it is giving up that parking spot in the crowded mall to someone else and looking for the next spot, sending out thank you cards to someone who did something kind for you, donating your change to the Salvation Army, buying a stranger a coffee, candy cane bombing a parking lot, or taking treats to a senior’s care facility. The possibilities are endless.

Invite kindness into your life this season. Watch for the “pebble in the pond” effect as it spreads to others. Intentional kindness will feel good. It will be motivating. It will be inspiring. It will help us connect with others. Maybe, just maybe, by making a conscious effort at kindness every day you will inspire others to do the same.

To quote Aung San Suu Kri “Every kindness I received, small or big, convinced me that there could never be enough of it in our world. To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart. Kindness can change the lives of people.

Follow me on my social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter) as I post my daily kindnesses. It is my hope and intention that by sharing my challenge with you, I inspire you to do the same.

Happy Holidays!

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