So you know how some people are like, “Yeah, it’s my birthday. No biggie. Let’s not talk about it.”
Yup. That’s me.
Only the opposite.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and for years, I’ve wanted to do something like Robyn from The Birthday Project. On her 38th birthday, she completed 38 random acts of kindness for strangers. Friends and family joined in, and the idea spread like wildfire. Countless people celebrated that day by being kind to strangers.
What an amazing day.
I haven’t attempted this on my birthday because it’s pretty busy packing shoeboxes. But this year, I thought I’d try.
And I’d love your help.
Do you remember in May, how we joined together for the Random Acts of Kindness challenge? Together, we completed 65 acts of kindness for strangers. It was a wonderful day. And tomorrow, I’d like to do it again. Will you help me try to hit my big, crazy goal of 100 acts of kindness?
There are only a few requests I have for this challenge. The first: Do something that you would NOT normally do. We’re going out of our way to bring happiness to the life of a stranger. And my other request: will you please come back tomorrow and let us know what you did? (You can leave a comment on the post that will be up, you can comment on our Facebook page, or if you want to be totally anonymous, you can e-mail me at [email protected]) There are two reasons for that. One, it’s awesome to learn from one another’s ideas. And two … there’s such an awesome sense of community that forms when people from all over come together to do good things. It’s amazing. And I’m SO excited already.
For some ideas, feel free to check out our original 100 Acts of Kindness Day results – there were SO many awesome suggestions from members of our Let’s Do Some Good Today community! Here are a few of my very favorites:
- Leave quarters around town for people to find
- Pay for someone else’s fast food order
- Feed a stranger (there are some ideas in this link that will cost you little to no money)
- Use some of your holiday gift budget to shop from a cause that helps someone else
- Take groceries to a family in need
Sometimes when I’m doing something kind for a stranger, one of the most awkward things is explaining what I’m doing in a way that makes it clear that I’m not trying to get anything out of them. If this makes you nervous, this might help: Often I print off a little handout (like these free Butterfly effect printable tags) to hand out to people. So if you wanted to give a stranger a gift card, you could just smile, hand them the gift card and this little printable card, and say something like “I’m participating in a kindness challenge today. This is for you. If you can, do something nice for a stranger and pass it on. Have a great day!” Smile again and walk away. And that’s it!
So how are you going to be participating in this challenge tomorrow? I would LOVE to hear! Thank you so much for celebrating my birthday with me, and thank you for spreading kindness!