If you've talked to me, you know that philanthropy is near and dear to my heart and that I am a big proponent of spreading positivity and kindness like glitter. I simply cannot wrap my head around the fact that others don't always share this mentality, and I'm forever on a mission to change that.
By chance, I discovered that today is World Kindness Day, and it's an annual celebration each thirteenth of November. With Thanksgiving coming up, I've seen people talking about gratefulness and being appreciative of what they have; however, I think this WKD falls at just the right time.
Sure, we should be grateful for everything and everyone around us, but I love that WKD actually emphasizes making others see the light at the end of the tunnel too. The reality is that some people struggle, and that hardship can often toughen the soul. Scrooge and The Grinch, anyone?
Today, let's help the world celebrate and inspire kindness. No act of kindness or good deed is too small. A simple smile in the direction of someone who might have just gotten some bad news, and is contemplating how they'll make it through their day. Holding the door for that frazzled mama with a baby in her arms, one tantrum away from a meltdown herself. Adding on that $1 to your shopping trip to help a non-profit reach their fundraising goals.
Do you see the pattern here? It's so easy to be kind, and our kindness can actually change the trajectory of someone's day and sometimes, their lives. Let's take this time to inspire the same reaction and positive habits in others, and watch the pattern that stems from that.