Kindness is contagious.
Think back to the last time a close friend, or maybe even a stranger, did something nice for you without expecting anything in return. How did it make you feel? It probably made you smile. You may have thought about it on and off for the rest of the day. I mean, it obviously made an impact on you — you’re thinking of it right now!
What’s more, that kind act may have transferred on to other people you interacted with that day. From an extra smile for someone having a down day, to softening your reaction to a frustrating relative, that positivity made its way to other people you know. There is a term for purposefully injecting positive energy into the world around you — this is called “paying it forward.” There have been chains of people who paid for the person behind them in line at Starbucks or at a toll booth; sometimes those chains were hundreds of customers long! And that is just the most obvious and literal example. Anytime you spread cheer with random acts of kindness, you are technically paying it forward, because that kindness is contagious.
The Kindness Challenge aims to take this one step forward. Listing fifty ways to practice kindness over the course of the year, this challenge invites you to brighten not one day, but fifty. Through these challenges, you can pass along the positivity to those in need, and they may in turn pass it on to someone else.
To get started, bookmark the challenge or print it out to keep it within checking distance. Then just strive to complete at least one activity per week. If you do this, at the end of the year you will have completed the entire challenge! You can also invite your friends to participate, increasing the influence of your kind actions.
So what are you waiting for?
Start the Kindness Challenge today!
Adrienne is the positive-thinker behind Cleverpedia, a blog about all things useful, inspiring, and clever. If you are interested in the project, you can follow Cleverpedia on Facebook and Twitter.
Keep Smiling 😊