I am hereby issuing the world a challenge…
There are so many horrible things happening in the world today to the point where I can no longer watch or read the news as it gives me too much anxiety. I can’t change any of these things. I am not in any position to stop wars, feed the starving, or create peace in countries that have been brought to their knees from ignorance and intolerance. While I can’t fix any of these bigger problems, I can make a difference in the lives of individuals. I can (hopefully) put a smile on someones face and make their day a little better. With any luck that will be contagious and they will go on to make another person smile and we can spread happiness together.
According to the Wold Health Organisation (WHO), ‘one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.’ and ‘there were an estimated 788 000 suicide deaths worldwide in 2015’. Together we can do something about this. We can promote good mental health and well being. We can make a difference.
The world needs to be kinder. People need to know they matter, that they are important, that someone cares. We can do this with our words. Words are powerful and we should use them, so lets use them for good and spread a little happiness. I can’t tell you the number of times someones words have made me feel better with my own struggles with mental illness and in general day to day life. Most of them don’t even know what a wonderful effect they have had on me. It’s time to share those moments.
You never know what is going on in someone else’s life. You don’t know what struggles they are facing or what they have experienced. Your words could have an enormous impact on the life of another by a simple act of kindness.
So, my challenge to you is to write five anonymous positive notes that could make someone smile or feel better about themselves. It could be a compliment, a positive affirmation, an inspiring quote or even something as simple as wishing them a good day.
At the bottom of the note write the hashtag #WordsOfKindness. This will hopefully make it easier for people to find out what this challenge is all about and get more people spreading the happiness even further. It will also provide a place on social media for people to share the notes they have found and the happiness they are spreading, if they wish to do so.
Place the note where someone will find it – under the wiper of a car, in a library book, on a park bench, in a cafe, in someones letter box, next to the chocolate in the supermarket – you get the idea.
You can make the note for a specific person or for a stranger to find.
If you can’t write five that’s OK, even one is enough to spread some happiness. If you’d like to write more than five, that’s great, the more the better.
Notes can be as long or as short as you want them to be.
They can be hand written or typed and you can decorate them or leave them plain, it’s entirely up to you how creative you want to be.
Your words and kindness could be just what that person needed to get through their day.
Please share this post! Re-blog, share to Facebook, twitter, pinterest, anywhere where people will see it. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #WordsOfKindness when you share. Lets get the word out and start spreading happiness today.
If you’d like to share stories of notes you’ve written or found you can do so on the Encouraging Kindness Facebook page here! I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to. The Facebook page is brand new so any help to get it kick started would be amazing!
If you’d like to check out the brand new blog associated with #WordsOfKindness you’ll find that here.