10 Random Acts of Kindness

Did you happen to see the 10 Days of Random Acts of Kindness Challenge? It started July 8th and ran through July 17th and was run by the One Love Movement, started by Kim Bauman to help at-risk & homeless youth.  It was so much fun to see each random act of kindness and what participants decided to do. Even though the challenge is officially over, I thought you might want to do the challenge on your own and start now! If you’re posting on Instagram, be sure to use #theonelovemovement #b_inspired & #imahappster (to be featured on the @happsters instagram).

Below are the details on what to do each day:

Day 1 Warmth: Give food to someone in need, hand out hugs all day long, tell someone you love them.

Example from @beulahwellness: “My daughter and I made a snack pack to hand out to someone in need, and she wrote YOU ARE LOVED on the outside.”

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Day 2 Love: Send someone a secret love note, leave a thank you for your mailman, write a nice message for your server on your receipt.

Example via @_daydday: “Day 2 of the #randomactsofkindness #challenge Left a letter for my mailman thanking him for getting our mail to us consistently and on time! Thank you for your hard work”

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Day 3 Abundance: Pay for someone unexpectedly, the person behind you in line, put money in parking meters, put $10 in a gas tank

Example via @sugarheartlife: “In giving, we receive. This morning I surprised my sister and parents with coffees and a little note on each. My parents have been selflessly giving to me for 30 years. It felt good to do something small and loving for them.”

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Day 4 Wisdom: Speak positively out loud, hand out compliments, learn about someone, ask them their story.

Example via @doctordribble: “Today at the supermarket I noticed a man using an electric wheelchair/shopping cart so I offered to lend him a hand. His name is Alvis and he appreciated the help but even better we enjoyed talking to each other. He told stories of being captain of a dive club in the Caribbean, working in an emergency room while earning a degree at West Virginia University, and playing high school football on a state runner up team! I had no idea what to expect from Alvis. I just wanted to perform a random act of kindness but got more than I bargained for. He inspired me to continue to work hard and do what I love.”

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Day 5 Pay it Forward: Donate your professional services for one hour, donate time to help someone move/clean/babysit.

Example via @yogini_omdre: “So for the past week or so this street has been filled with garbage. When I first saw it it made me really sad and angry that someone would do that. Now I don’t know how it got there, coulda been an accident but either way it wasn’t getting cleaned up. I found myself getting even angrier that no one has cleaned it up yet! So for day 5 of #randomactsofkindness (pay it forward day) I decided to clean up this street. It is my neighborhood after all. It took me about an hour and I even had one lady thank me as she drove past. Lesson to be learned today… If not me, then who?”

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Day 6 Connection: Meet 5 new people, introduce yourself, no phones just real conversation.

Example via @thesusiekara: “I ran the #costumepartyhalfmarathon this morning (that’s me as Waldo). Before the race started, my niece Maddy and I went to up to 5 strangers and handed them energy gels with a special message “you are beating everyone behind you” for inspiration. “Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging. -Deepak Chopra”

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Day 7 Non-attachment: Give away something material that has meaning to you, gift a friend who you know loves something you own, donate to goodwill.

Example via @lp21385: “So happy to gift these pretty bracelets to one of my favorite ladies. Now our wrists match always. (Shout out to @eluscomb for the beautiful wrap bracelets we both rock too!). And to top it off, I was the surprised recipient of a beautiful token of hope from the one and only @smatthews1010 at #runlululj tonight. Definitely feeling the love.”

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Day 8 Patience: Slow down, drive safely, listen carefully rather than thinking about what you will say back.

Example via @offroadpursuits: “Instead pushing the pace on today’s run I backed off and ran with a good friend. Not only was it a great run but the conversation, scenery, and enjoyment was fantastic. Sometimes the kindness you show is as much a benefit to you as those around you! “

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Day 9 Motivation: Tape an inspiring quote in a random place today, bathroom stalls, bus windows, drive through windows, someone’s coffee cup.

Example via @happydasha: “Today I put up quotes in public telephone boxes and bus stops”

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Day 10 Purity: Spend time today cleaning up something selflessly, your sidewalk, beaches, the side of the road, your work place kitchen, someone else’s house/space.

Example via @runnerjen1: “Instead of weeding our own garden today, we went over to the neighborhood garden and spent some time cleaning up weeds from around the corn. Filled a huge bucket and didn’t take much time at all! “

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I love that so many people got involved for this great cause and shared their experiences. Are you going to try it out yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Explosion

The Ultimate Random Acts of Kindness Movement - Happy Explosion

As you may know, I created this blog in an effort to spread as much happiness as possible. The world needs more happy people!

I had this new idea while falling asleep the other night (when some of my best ideas come to me) and I got so excited that I could barely fall asleep. I’ve decided to create something called the “Happy Explosion”. Here’s how it will work:

1) Every week I’m going to spread happiness in a different way and leave it up to YOU to tell me how.

2) I’ll give you some options (you can come up with your own if you want!) and I’ll take the most popular happy act from the comments to do.

3) I’ll announce what happy act I’m going to do on Monday and then post about the experience on the next Saturday.

4) If you have a blog, I’d love for you to post your random act of happiness there.  I’ll post a link up on Saturday’s post so we can all see each other’s Happy Explosions of the week!

How does that sound? Ready for the first week?

Happy Explosion: Week 1

Should we:

A) Buy the person’s coffee behind us

B) Leave a note of gratitude for our mailman

C) Leave a sweet treat on a co-workers desk

D) You choose

You can use the button below on your blog if you want to participate in the Happy Explosion!
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Just copy/paste the code below to add it to your blog:

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Let me know in the comments what you think we should do for the first week of “Happy Explosion”! I’ll have a post up on Monday with the winner so we can all get to spreading happiness ASAP!

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15 Random Acts of Kindness That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I wanted to share with you some simple random acts of kindness that everyone has time for. All of the suggestions below take less than 5 minutes! I hope to knock these all out in less than a week. Are you with me?

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Are you going to do any of these random acts of kindness? Do you have another random act of kindness that isn’t on the list? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Extraordinary Acts of Kindness While on the Job

9 Extraordinary Acts of Kindness While on the Job

It’s not often that you see people go above and beyond the call of duty in their daily lives. Today, I wanted to put the spotlight on a few employees and companies who have taken it upon themselves to spread kindness to those around them. Here are 9 extraordinary acts of kindness that occurred while on the job:  Continue reading

Why a Road Trip Might be Exactly What You Need

Why a Road Trip Might Be Exactly What You Need

When I first started dating my boyfriend, he insisted upon going on a road trip together. But road trips didn’t make much sense to me; “What’s the point of a road trip when you can get there faster on a plane?”, I asked. Finally, he convinced me to take a road trip with him to Big Sur, California. I didn’t see it then, but the road trip was exactly what I needed. Now I understand the power of road trips and their ability to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Continue reading

How to Avoid Road Rage & Drive Happy

How to Avoid Road Rage & Drive Happy

Collectively, Americans spend roughly 500,000 years stuck in traffic — nearly 4.2 billion hours. That’s a lot of time in the car! If you’re like most of us, you’ve found yourself frustrated while driving a time or two. Here are some tips to help you stay happy on your commute:

1. Leave a 5-10 minute cushion for yourself. Many people get anxious in the car because they get caught in traffic and end up being late for an appointment or meeting. Avoid feeling rushed by leaving yourself a little more time than you think is necessary.

2. Listen to great music. Turn on your favorite song and take time to enjoy it. You can even sing along if you want! I know I do.

3. Check the traffic. Avoid getting caught in traffic by looking at real-time traffic updates on a site like sigalert before you leave so you can plan your route accordingly.

4. Take another mode of transportation. Whenever you can, take another mode of transportation like the bus, train or your bike. Mixing it up will allow you to notice new things, decrease your stress and meet new people.

5. Practice an act of kindness. Help make someone else’s day a little smoother by practicing an act of kindness like letting a car merge into your lane. Even if you get to your destination 30 seconds later, you’ll feel better about your commute.

6. Take the scenic route. Stray away from your regular routine and go on a mountain road or drive along the beach. It’s hard to have road rage when you’re among beautiful scenery. Just to be sure to keep your eyes on the road :).

How much time do you think you spend in the car a day? What are your favorite songs to listen to?

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6 Thoughtful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Recently, I read that making something by hand is a good way to boost your happiness. You can read that article here: Tips To Feel Better About Yourself. This is great news because I LOVE DIY projects, which you probably know if you read this blog! So today I thought I’d share some Mother’s Day DIY gifts, just in case you needed some inspiration!

1. DIY Painted Flowerpot

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Perfect for spring, this DIY painted flowerpot has just the right amount of personal touch and love to make your mom smile. See details here.

2. We Love You Pillow

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This is such a wonderful idea to give your mother if you know how to do embroidery! See details here.

3. Tips From Mom Journal

Tips From Mom Journal

A few years ago, I filled a journal with tips my mom has given me over the years and cut out pictures from magazines to go with each one. I didn’t spend much time on the presentation of it, but I did take time to think about what my mom had taught me. She loved it! :)

4. DIY Flowers

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What mom wouldn’t want flowers for Mother’s Day? This craft is so easy that all you need are soda bottles, pretty scrap paper and twine! See details here.

5. A Fun Frame

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Make an old frame come to life with some new paint, a bow, and a picture of you and your mom. See this frame here.

6. Jar of Happiness

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I’ve shared the Jar of Happiness on my blog before, but wanted to bring it back because I think it’s such a great present! See my post about it here.

What are you planning on getting your mom for Mother’s  Day? Do you think you’ll make any of these presents for her?

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13 Ways to Bring a Smile to Someone’s Face

As Happsters, we’re always looking for new ways to spread happiness and bring a smile to someone’s face. Here are 13 ways to do just that:

1. Cook someone a nice meal.

2. Run a local fundraiser for someone struggling in your neighborhood.

3. Pick up the tab at dinner with a friend.

4. Give someone a note of appreciation! (If you don’t have one, get some free happy notes here)

5. Tell someone close to you how much they mean to you.

6. Add money to an expired meter.

7. Lend an ear to a friend who needs someone to talk to.

8. Remember someone’s name the first time you hear it.

9. Give a friend a hug.

10. Surprise someone!

11. Say I love you.

12. Leave flowers on someone’s front porch.

13. SMILE…It’s contagious!

How do you spread happiness? Let me know in the comments!