KINDNESS: 30Day Challenge Review – Five Takeaways
At the beginning of the holiday season I wanted to embrace the magic of the time of year where we talk about the importance of giving. A reader left a comment in one of earlier blogs about the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life, by Cami Walker.
Her memoir inspired me to seek a challenge that had the same intention: do something for someone else every day for 30Days. That’s how I came across PopSugar’s Challenge.
Here are MY GOALS that I listed on Day 0:
- to complete this in 30days flat 👍🏼
Ended up at doing and extra day of kindness and took this challenge for 31Days!
- to find out-of-the-box acts of kindness 👌🏼
I found that some of the tasks were giveaways because as I mom, part of the role requires you to be kind by default. But there were definitely some things that were out of the box, like leaving a note in a library book.
Five Takeaways From This Challenge:
1. It’s a relief that I’m not the witch I make myself out to be.
There were many things on PopSugar’s list that I do regularly, like running errands for others, babysitting, or letting cars merge in front of me. Having common courtesy is not as common as I thought.
2. An act of kindness does not need to be a grand gesture
Sometimes the most simple thing makes the biggest impact, the smallest being – a smile. I have a resting-bitch-face, but when I see someone else smile at me it dissolves quickly.
3. You shouldn’t be kind to only those you assume are less fortunate
Everyone, even that person who seems to have it all together, is fighting a battle you don’t know about. Everyone could use a pick-me-up whether that’s in the form of a genuine smile or small gift.
4. Accepting kindness is also a form of kindness
How often does someone offer something to you and you say “Ohhhh nooo, it’s ok” in an attempt to be gracious. Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. So when someone is being kind to you, try to accept it gratefully. Genuinely say “Thank You” and let them know how much you appreciate their offer.
5. Kindness is contagious
Try it and see for yourself.
Want to read all 30 Days of the Kindness Challenge? View the Overview page HERE.