My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama
Every single day there’s an opportunity to show kindness. Whatever the situation – a business meeting, an encounter with a stranger or a dinner with the family – showing kindness is always an option.
The question becomes: do we choose it?
When kindness is chosen, positive things happen. Problem solving is shared, people feel respected, and the ones we love the most realize how much they are valued. While no one act of kindness can change the world, a daily commitment to performing kind actions can have positive, life-changing results for everyone involved.
Will you help make kindness a daily habit?
On Tuesday, March 1 the 31 Days of Kindness project begins. The goal of this month-long campaign is to encourage people to perform one act of kindness daily.
My life changed for the better when I adopted kindness as a daily habit. Seven years ago, my focus was on me and how I could how I could make more money and advance my career. This selfish approach pushed my children away and put my marriage on the brink of divorce.
Realizing what I was about to lose, I looked for answers. During the journey, I realized my heart was buried under so much shame that it forgot how good kindness could feel. Today, the relationships with my children are alive and Mary Beth and I are approaching our 26th wedding anniversary with sweet anticipation.
I believe in the life-changing effect kindness can have and I want to share this belief with you. This is the reason behind the 31 Days of Kindness project:
When: March 1 – 31, 2011
Where: Across the Blogosphere
Why: To encourage people to perform one act of kindness daily
Here’s how you can participate:
- Download A Manifesto for Making Kindness a Daily Habit. This free guide has 132 ideas from 29 talented (and kind!) bloggers, including Ali Luke, Farnoosh Brock, Lori Deschene and Chris Guilebeau.
- On March 1, please spread the word about the 31 Days of Kindness project on Twitter Please use the hashtag #31Kindness.
- Share your own kindness thoughts and actions on The BridgeMaker Facebook page. This page will be updated daily throughout March with ideas, quotes and links about kindness.
- If you are a blogger, write about the importance of kindness. Be sure to use the Linky tool at the bottom of the page – that way, everyone involved will be able to see all the posts.
- Encourage your readers to make kindness a daily habit, too.
- Ask your readers to write their own posts so they can help spread the message.
- Link to A Manifesto for Making Kindness a Daily Habit in your post.
- Invite your readers to download the manifesto and refer to it during the 31-day campaign.
- When you post your article, navigate back to this page and include the link using the Linky tool below. Be sure to put your name in the caption field after inserting your link. By doing so, your name will appear under the thumbnail of your post.
- And finally, Arvind Devalia has graciously donated 31 copies of his best-selling book Get the Life You Love to anyone, anywhere in the world who has carried out the most inspiring act of kindness that day. Visit The BridgeMaker Page on Facebook for details.
The image used in this post is courtesy of Todd Baker.