While I expected the day to simply be filled with smiles and thank you’s, it ended up being filled with so much more. From people refusing our gift because “Someone else needs that more,” to a tearful woman hollering after me “You made my day!”… The challenge got me thinking, if we each did 1 random act of kindness a week, how HUGE would that be? I hope you read about our day and snatch some ideas that you can easily incorporate into your week. Or even better, share your own ideas below in the comment section so we can combine our forces in making every community just a little bit happier!
So what inspired this challenge, you may ask? In July, Rachel and I went to a fantastic conference in San Francisco called Alt Summit and while we were there, we came across this colorful wall. The Neighborhood was sponsoring a giveaway awarding $500 to a lucky participant in which they would use to execute any “act of neighboring” in their community. So Rachel picked up a pen and wrote her idea: “50 random acts of kindness at $10 a piece!” To our delight, her idea won! So here we are, executing the plan and loving every minute of it!
We documented the day because we wanted to inspire you to do the same!! No, we don’t want you to spend $500 (ok, unless you really want to), and we’re not suggesting you spend three hours approaching strangers on the street (which we found to be rather difficult at times!). The goal is to give you ideas on how to fit a random act of kindness into your day without much effort at all. So I included both what we did, and how you can do something similar without breaking the bank or eating up an entire afternoon!