If you didn’t catch my April blog on “Why Being Kind Can Be Good for Your Mental Health”, you can check it out here. At the end of that blog, I declared April 2019 “Random Acts of Kindness Month”. I vowed to intentionally perform at least one act of kindness each day in the month of April. Take a look at Unlimited You, LLC’s business FB page here see what I did (and “like” my page while you’re at it)! I feel it’s only fair to report back how being intentionally kind for one straight month made me feel. Below are my results…
In a few short words…It.felt.amazing.
And I’m not exaggerating here. Prior to April, I often thought about doing kind deeds for others…and occasionally I actually performed them. But for the most part, thinking about being kind was the extent of it. Sometimes I didn’t even think about it because I was too busy thinking about myself, my kids, my business and the endless list of things on my to-do list.
While donating clothes to Goodwill and picking up trash while out for a walk did not directly affect anyone in particular at the moment I did it, I’d like to believe it still made an impact in some way.
With that being said, the random acts of kindness I did that directly affected another person felt super great. Not only did it feel satisfying and even exciting to help or be kind to another human being, it also felt incredible to see their responses to them.
The most common reaction I got was…surprise. People appeared genuinely surprised that a stranger (or even a loved one) would take the time to compliment or do something kind for them. After the feeling of surprise, most people appeared happy and grateful. And you know what? I did that. I made someone else smile and feel grateful.
I can’t imagine why more people wouldn’t want to help create that for others.
Even though the random acts of kindness challenge that I set out for myself has been “accomplished”, I do not plan to stop just because the month of April is over. Being kind and helping others has made my heart feel full. It feels so good to give back and while that is satisfying in and of itself, it feels even more amazing to see the impact it has had on other people.
One of the “activities” that I did with my kids last month was create kindness rocks. If you are not familiar with “The Kindness Rocks Project”, check out the origins of it here. Not only was it a fun activity to paint rocks with inspirational messages on them, but it was fun to leave them in random places for others to find.
As a way to give back to my community in a fun way, I have decided to host a free kindness rocks workshop on Saturday June 1st from 10am to noon at my office in Wethersfield and I would love for you to come! Because my office suite is not terribly big and because we will be working with paints/paint markers, this will be an adults-only workshop (sorry kids!). Come paint and/or decorate a rock with an inspirational word or quote and either take it home with you OR leave yours behind and take one home that has been created by someone else. *This will be a first come, first serve event. Once all rocks are gone, the workshop will be over! Hope to see you there!