Perhaps in needing some inspiration myself this week, I wanted to share 4 links that have moved me or which have inspired me to share my appreciation of them. Each is a reminders that kindness is out there and
can is making a difference. I’m even considering making this kind of share a periodic feature called “Thankful Thursday” but as it’s Friday – Friday Favorites??
I came across this great article and video written by James Armstrong of the Global News that was right up my alley. Random Acts of Kindness-type notes were being created for EVERY student in this school (and I’m sure many others) in support of “Say My Name Canada.”
The program creator Glen Marais, challenged students to be kind for 30 days starting on January 30, 2015. Several of the students felt that everyone should be made to feel special and took to writing and affixing uplifting, positive messages on each and every locker. The goal: Communicate that Bullying is Unacceptable. It was meant to conclude with Pink Shirt Day (see pink inset) on February 25th but per the program has been well received it at this school it continues on.
In 2007, David Shepherd and Travis Price of Nova Scotia stood up for a boy who was bullied simply because he wore a pink shirt on the first day of school. How did they do it? The second day of school, they both wore pink shirts and distributed pink shirts to all of the boys in their high school. The pink shirts have gone on to symbolize that “we will not tolerate bullying anywhere” and has Pink Shirt Day has been celebrated annually in Canada ever since. Visit the Pink Shirt Day site here.
In 2012, the United Nations declared official Anti-bullying day as May 4th. It’s celebrated in the US, Australia and the UK.
Coca-Cola – A Coke and a Smile continues in a more meaningful way
Unless you live under a rock, hate football or use commercials for food breaks, I’m sure you’ve seen the “Make it Happy” Coke ad that played during the Superbowl. I’ve been waiting to be able to talk about this. I LOVED THIS AD. While some may say, “well what can it really do?” I found it very unexpected. At first I couldn’t understand why a Coke would be promoting cyber bullying and hatred… but then the twist. I loved the idea of a product we’ve seen marketed to bring “a smile” could be used to make that smile last. My favorite vignette, the boy on the bus.
It may be only an ad, but if the 1000’s of visitors and pledges on their www.gomakeithappy.com site is any indication, maybe Coke’s ideas and taking these small steps (pledges) can make a difference. It would be nice wouldn’t it? I’d definitely like to see a change both in bullying and in the nasty, negative comments online. Let’s see if we can create a positive ripple effect. I hope my followers and their friends (pass it on) will pledge how we’ll “make it happy.” As I say on Twitter: #smallactbigchange.
What will you do “to make it happy?”
video source: YouTube/Coca-Cola
Across the Globe – We see how Random Acts of Kindness bring us more than monetary gifts
I’ve watched this Thai Insurance video over and over again since seeing it first on a blog (which I cannot locate anymore to credit as the source. – Sorry if it was on yours!) I did find it on YouTube. Sure it’s a commercial, but I love watching how small things like helping a women with her cart, started to make her day, and encouraged her to give something back (watch for the extra rice!), as well as the touching end with little girl. It illustrated, at least for me, how my small acts of kindness can create such deep and ongoing positive changes, many of which I may never see.
Were you moved?
video source: YouTube/Thai Insurance
New Yorker’s aren’t as uncaring as some stereotypes may make us think! (I already knew this but… in case you didn’t)
And finally, I found this great post on Relephantmatters that shared a different way of paying for a stranger’s coffee.
For the month of February, customers of the Fortunate Cup Coffee Cafe in Saratoga Springs, NY have been encouraged to leave their change or make a donation to something they were calling “Suspended Receipts.” The collected funds would be used to pay it forward by contributing to, or paying for, someone else’s cup of coffee. This is a new spin on, “I’m also covering the person’s purchase behind me,” don’t you think?
As of February 1st, …. all the do gooders [sic] who can spare change for a random act of kindness [leave it as a suspended receipt]. This month we will provide customers with the opportunity to suspend receipts to provide a complimentary drink or meal for a stranger…. It’s our way of showing customer appreciation and connecting strangers through genuine care for our community.
It gets better! They’ve also promised to continue accepting donations after February which later may be used to buy meals or provide other assistance for those less fortunate and/or those who may need temporary assistance.
Think of how much one single cup, or a few dollars to help with a bill if a family member is ill could improve someones day? Go New Yorker’s! Go Fortunate Cup Coffee Cafe!