I have an idea. How about initiating a kindness campaign? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or formal, universal or worldwide. What does work is intention. To help amp that up a bit, here’s a few ideas others have done that might inspire something that works for yourself, family, community or beyond.
Zachary Gibson decided earlier this year that he wanted to pass along a smile to strangers who may need one. Thus, the Tiny Mailbox Project was launched with a goal to set up 100 miniature mailboxes in public places around Los Angeles. In these mailboxes he leaves blank cards for people to write uplifting notes. Whoever comes upon the mailbox takes the current note and writes a new one for the next person. Yes, social media gets the word out about latest locations; however, the concept can be adapted to bulletin boards in laundry rooms, for example.
Within a family setting, Brag Boards are an easy way to express kindness toward others. Author Jen Hatmaker tells in the Guidepost September 2017 issue how she needed something to increase harmony among her five children ages 11–19 who often bickered at each other. In a state of retreat one evening, she reflected on the good moments of the day. Those made her smile, her heart skip a beat. That’s when the Brag Board was born. Using a chalk board, the family members write something about each other for all to see. What she found was the more they noticed kindness, the more it happened.
On a broader scale, cities and states have established random acts of kindness campaigns ever since the term first came into use. Nonprofits exist around this theme, as do many peer support groups for youth with programs to increase self-esteem and reduce bullying. It’s definitely an often-discussed topic in human relations organizations and faith-based groups.
If kindness is something that’s valued and taught at an early age, then why do we need to have kindness campaigns? Like most things we value, we do better with reminders and practice. Individually, we can do well with determination and commitment. Collectively, we have even more potential. That seems to be what motivates advocates who offer opportunities for others to participate in kindness-awareness activities.
So, back to my initial question: How about a kindness campaign? It could be within your family, your neighborhood, school setting, religious center, business, city or as far as your creative ideas take you. Campaign or not, let this be…