Earlier this year, I volunteered for a kindness challenge with the Human Kindness Project, which encouraged students and teachers from schools across Canada to perform acts of kindness throughout Kindness Week. This could be anything from complimenting a friend, to buying someone their morning coffee, to volunteering at a soup kitchen or spending time at a nursing home.
I loved the idea so much, I wanted to keep it going beyond the boundaries of the one-week challenge. So now I use “be kind” as my mantra, and I try to do and give a little bit extra whenever I can. For example, last week when I got my hair highlighted, I gave an extra $10 on top of my regular tip, just because. And this week when I was in line at the grocery store, I let someone else go in front of me who only had a few items, which seemed to totally make their day.
So anyway, a few weeks ago, I found myself trying to find a way to explain the meaning of Christmas to my 2.5 year old daughter, which was more challenging than I had anticipated, perhaps because we aren’t overly religious. She already sort of understands that Santa comes and brings presents (this year she wants an Elmo doll), but I didn’t want that to be all she understood about the holiday so I was really trying to focus on the importance of giving (rather than receiving).
I decided that I would be more successful if I actually showed her what Christmas was all about and that we would do our own kindness challenge this holiday season, with the goal of performing at least one random act of kindness every day in the month of December. To make life easier, I even created a calendar with a daily kindness deed to keep us organized and accountable. So far, we’re doing pretty well!
Since we’re going to follow this Holiday Kindness Challenge, I am challenging you to do the same! For anyone who may be looking for something to balance out the greedy feeling that sometimes comes with the holiday season, commit to taking the Holiday Kindness Challenge! Feel free to make it your own by adding your own kindness deeds or changing up the dates! And don’t be too hard on yourself – the point is about giving – if you miss a day or two, it just means you’re human 😉
You can follow our kindness journey over on Instagram @heartprojectca. I’d love to hear from anyone who participates in the challenge! Leave a comment and share what your kindness deed for the day is!
With love and gratitude,