I would like to tell you about our random act of kindness. My co-worker Gina sent me a link to a Youtube video about people in Italy giving out “Free Hugs”. They held up signs saying “Free Hugs” and just gave people hugs what a wonderful thing. So Gina thought during this Christmas Season we should do that. So we went to the Peace Plaza here in Rochester, MN and held up our “Free Hugs” signs and gave out free hugs ! It was really nice and it made us happy and it made others happy !!!!
Gina- What a wonderful idea! How did people react to your “Free Hugs”? Did you have a lot of takers?
We were careful not to be intrusive, meaning we didn’t get in anyone’s face. We let them come to us! It was beautiful! A squad car drove by and the officer smiled and waved. We even had ‘extreme’ hugging meaning….once stopped at the red light near the Peace Plaza some of the passengers hopped out of the car and ran over to hug us! We met folks from Brazil, Greece, Idaho, Nebraska and the city of Chicago to name a few. ALL thought we were wonderful and their recollection of Rochester will be a nice warm fuzzy.
My co-worker Gina sent me a YouTube video of folks in Italy giving “Free Hugs”. What a wonderful gesture and thought !!! She thought we should share this and so with a little encouragement we did ! Gina, myself, Marge (my mom) and Tina went to the Peace Plaza here in Rochester, MN and spent some time giving out Free Hugs !! It made our night doing this and it made others happy too !! We met people from everywhere from Greece to Georgia !! So give a hug and Merry Christmas.
There were some of course that didn’t feel comfortable with it but we smiled and wished them a Merry Christmas. I would say we had approx. 85% participation and plan to do it again next year.
I’ve been mailing weekly kind words to anyone who wants them for about two years now. They are personal, uplifting and request nothing in return. I send them to anyone who wants them. I have about 10k people currently on the list. For some people, it’s the only nice thing they hear all week.
And in my karate class that I teach, everyone gets a hug when they come in and everyone gets on when they leave. Everyone hugs everyone. I think it spreads goodness and kindness and that’s my goal in the world. http://youtu.be/6ApqQk8F1fg
Thank you for sharing this. I just posted a link to your video on our facebook page. It’s really inspiring.
In Singapore, we are promoting “kindness through appreciation”. Just the simple act of acknowledging the kind acts that are already present around you by saying, “thank you”, can already make a difference in lifting up people’s mood and passing kindness forward. Here are some videos people have shared showing how much they appreciate the kindness of the people around them as part of our celebration for World Kindness Day: http://makesomeonesday.sg/ambush.aspx
We hope to inspire even more good deeds by educating people that “appreciation is an act of kindness in itself.”
What a great idea. And so simple. We’ve posted a link to your site on our facebook page. Keep up your great work. Ps. we’ve had many, many visitors from Singapore to our website. It’s so powerful to have this strong connection – through kindness – to people half way around the world from us. Thank you!
On the night of Christmas Eve a group of us, aka RISE CREW(Collin Gow and James Rise Elsworth the founders of RISE http://www.facebook.com/risefans?sk=info) went on a 5k Christmas costume run down Bay Shore and surrounding neighborhood in Tampa, Fl…The master mind of the Group Collin Gow came up with an idea to give out dollar bills with an up arrow post-it with a positive message inscription on it to random people, most of whom ended up being homeless, one waitress, valet guy, and just regular people that were walking around in that neighborhood. It turned out to be an overly gratifying experience, that warmed hearts of everyone involved. Can’t wait for the next opportunity to give back…Much love to all…Keep Rising! Olga M (with FOREVER ONWARDhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Forever-Onward/307946275898580?ref=tn_tnmn)
Do you have photos? Be sure to post them!
Olga M with Forever Onward http://www.facebook.com/pages/Forever-Onward/307946275898580?ref=tn_tnmn
The dog food bag is too heavy for Parker’s Grandma to carry, so he brought the bag up for her. Then he filled a smaller container up for her and filled the dog’s bowls also! She was thrilled!
Bet the dog was happy, also. Good job, Parker!
On Saturday Jan 14th there will be a pond hockey tournament for Jack L, the high school hockey player that was hurt this past month. Link to the Facebook page for this event. http://www.facebook.com/events/303535543023747/
His fellow students are putting it together in less than 2 weeks, and already over 1,000 other young people from around the state that are joining in. And that is just the registered people. I know our own STMA league run by Brent Evenson, who himself does a million acts of kindness a year, is bringing his and a few other teams to support Jack. Those teams may no be counted in the registered numbers so…do the math, with hundreds of teams joining in. Myself and my team of photographers will be recording this event and we will send in photos. I will also try to calculate a number to represent at least part of the acts we see this Saturday.
I have seen a lot in my life but this event, with the young people giving so much time and energy, and how wide spread this reaches, hits my heart hard. There is so much support and giving going on, with no effort. It is just how the youth of Minnesota Hockey are. I am very proud of them.
Also on Facebook I am seeing hundreds of people, young and old, changing their profile pictures to Jack’s number 13. More to come and thank you for setting this up. I am sure we will realize that the news only reports the dirt and misses the great things our youth do for each other.
Correction to above post, it is Jack Jablonski, that this event is being held for.
That’s in our own backyard and it’s been wonderful to see way people have come together to support him, his family, the school, the other players, etc.
I am helping two friends over the next few months, one due for an operation, another with cancer.
That is truly an act of kindness. Make sure you take care of yourself, also.
For the Jack Jablonski Pond Hockey event. They have changed the date to Jan22nd and moved the location to Excelsior Commons. They now expect upwards to 10,000 people to attend. I think this event for Jack will show the nation that while government and the news make it seem like our nation is divided, the truth is our youth can and will bring us together and prove that we do care for one and other. Come for Jack and come to show that you too care about people and our communities. To learn more and send your support http://www.facebook.com/events/303535543023747/
I am Archiles Moses Balana, working here in Qatar as an expat, member of Couples for Christ (CFC) – Qatar Chapter. Last night with my wife , we went to supermarket here, its awesome experience , as we enter the premises , I shook the hands of the security guard and greet him ‘ Good evening” and smile to all the shoppers inside , and I feel the spirit of God spread in the store and amazing in one simple kindness we done, the effect is fabulous…even in the cashier , kind and soft word from us , make her work light even though she worked for almost 10 hours. Kindness move the world in a peaceful mode…before we left the supermarket , the security guard open the door and greet me back with kindness and I feel it is within his heart… even in bed . I feel the magic of kindness!
You really have felt the power of kindness. It IS magical the way it can spread and touch so many lives. Thank you for sharing your story.
Love this idea! Share kindness by donating blood today,
Through the everyday support of blood drive sponsors and blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can help ensure every patient has the blood and platelets they need, no matter when or where they are needed. That’s why the Red Cross is asking everyone to become Everyday supporters of the blood supply this winter. To show appreciation for blood drive sponsors who achieve 110 percent of their blood drive goal in January or February, a USA Today advertisement will be placed in March (Red Cross Month) to recognize sponsors by name for their lifesaving achievement. The sponsors will also be recognized on redcrossblood.org. Donors can share their stories about being Everyday supporters by logging on to redcrossblood.org or visiting facebook.com/redcrossblood
Did two very simple and almost silly acts of kindness yesterday: picked up a scarf that someone had dropped in the Target parking lot and brought it to the customer service desk, and brought a bundled group of Bed Bath & Beyond coupons, which someone had left in their shopping cart, to that store’s service desk. You never know how much someone may need a scarf or need to save 20% on their purchases.
And you never know who might have witnessed your kind act and will be inspired and motivated to do something for someone else. Thank you.
Our family saw a young man help a woman with a dead car battery at a local restaurant. He didn’t know her and came out to help while waiting for his lunch. We anonymously picked up the cost of his lunch.
Kindness is some thing you should “Do to others as you would have them do to you”.
(“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you”).
This was already said in the Bible, Luke 6:31.
Bad part is People don’t follow.
Project:Gratitude started out in October 2011 as a campus initiative to give thanks to our unsung ‘campus heroes’, from the auntie who whips up your favorite dish at the canteen or the bus uncle who shuttles you from class to class. The challenge is for students buy a fruit, write a note, and present it to a service staff who has been a blessing in our daily lives on campus. We hope this small act can strike conversations that may develop into relationships, bringing the campus community closer together. The stories and conversations will be shared in an art exhibition, in end February 2012. But really, Project:Gratitude goes beyond school and fruits – we hope to foster a culture of gratitude in our communities. Project:Gratitude is a challenge to slow down, to appreciate our blessings; a journey to learn more about the world around us; a lifestyle to be incorporated into every moment of our everyday lives.
Do check out our blog (http://projectgratitude2012.tumblr.com/) for stories and reflections from some who had undertaken this “kindness challenge”
I finally did something I’ve always thought to do, but never took the time. I signed up to become a blood marrow donor. Now I just need to wait for the kit so I can be fully registered. Thanks for the push!
Excellent! You are truly giving not only the “gift of life” but the gift of HOPE. Thank you!
My friend and I were out for lunch one day. When we walked into the restaurant, there were 2 men in Army uniforms having lunch. When our waitress came, we asked that their lunches be put on our bill. Just a small act of kindness to thank them for their service to our country.
What a simple way to make a big difference – thank you.
I think that everything published was actually very reasonable. However, think about this, what if you were to create a killer headline? I am not suggesting your content isn’t solid., but what if you added something to maybe grab folk’s attention? I mean Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 | Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 – Warming the world in 31 days! is a little vanilla. You could look at Yahoo’s front page and note how they write post headlines to grab viewers to click. You might try adding a video or a related picture or two to get people excited about what you’ve written. Just my opinion, it could make your blog a little bit more interesting.
You raise some great points. Actually a “news anchor” friend suggested something like “RAK attack” to get attention. This was our first venture into anything like this and we had such a short time to pull it together. If we had to do it over, there are a lot of things we would have done differently. We also got our hand “slapped” early on because we were pushing the media so assertively, it triggered their spam alerts. Ah well, live and learn. Again, thanks for your interest and your great suggestions!
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