Join the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge!
It's been a while since we have shared our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge... so we thought what better time than the month of November! With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, this is the perfect season to reflect on all you are grateful for and in turn commit to giving to others by performing one random act of kindness each day. Our goal is to help create a world where practicing human kindness is a natural and freely shared expression of who we are as a society.
"Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate — yes, give especially to those you don’t want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give, the more you will have!"
— W. Clement Stone
What’s the point of performing acts of kindness for others? Glad you asked. It makes the world a better place! When you perform a kind act for someone you not only help them feel better, you’ll feel better about yourself as well. You’ll also connect with another person for a brief moment, if not for longer. Connections are as important to us as humans as food, water and shelter. Without human connections, our lives can feel shallow and empty. The beauty of kindness is that it creates a connection that is felt by both the giver and receiver.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown
Giving spontaneously and for little or no reason, can have a powerful affect on the receiver. That person can become inspired to in turn pass on the kindness. This multiplies the initial act of kindness exponentially, creating more human connections and making our world a kinder place.
"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." — Scott Adams
So are you ready? Click here to download our 30 Days of Kindness Calendar and get going on November 1st spreading kindness! We would love to hear from you during through the challenge. Go to our "Share Your Story" page and tell us how you have spread kindness! Share your photos of kindness on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #spl30daysofkindness.
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14 Day Self Love Challenge
February is the month to share love. Why not start with yourself. Most people would never treat others the way they often treat themselves. Self negative talk can be as destructive or worse than when it comes from someone else. It is demeaning, lowers your self-esteem and can hinder your ability to motivate and engage in activities that bring you joy and success – including social, physical and work activities.
No matter how many people may have made you feel like you don’t deserve to love yourself (including you) it’s never to late to start! An excellent way to begin to love yourself is to do something loving for you. When you treat yourself with kindness, it makes you feel good. The more you feel good, the more you want to treat yourself with kindness. Each loving act, however big or small, is a brick in the foundation of self-love.
Feel confused or lost on where to start with your own self-love relationship? Here are some ideas to help you get started.
1. Begin each day by loving you.
What do you do when you first get up? Get online to see what everyone else is doing? Immediately start attending to other’s needs? What if you start tomorrow differently? Take five minutes to relax and visualize yourself enveloped in love. Think of the things you are grateful for in yourself and in your life
2. Buy a self-love ring or bracelet.
Buy yourself a self-love ring or bracelet to remind yourself to have loving thoughts toward yourself. If you catch yourself having negative thoughts about yourself, move the piece of jewelry to your other wrist or finger. After a while, you will catch yourself immediately when you start to have those defeating thoughts. When you catch yourself having negative thoughts, immediately follow up with a positive affirmation about yourself such as, “I deserve all that is good. I am worthy.”
3. Try something new.
Somewhere along the line many of us got the idea that we need to be good at everything we do. This mindset forces us to avoid activities, that while we may not be good at, we may still enjoy. Pick your activities because they bring you joy! Learning to accept yourself even though you aren’t good at something is a great way to practice self-love. Realize that you don’t have to do things perfectly to enjoy them and learn to laugh at yourself in the process!
4. Forgive yourself.
Understand that making mistakes are what being alive is all about. We are all learning, all the time, every day. ‘Mistakes’ are opportunities to learn. That is all. Beating yourself up about something that goes wrong for hours/days/months on end is torturous, pointless and harmful. Say to yourself, “I made a mistake. What did I learn? Great; I can now move on to the next thing. I am human!”
5. Encourage yourself.
Learn how to encourage yourself when you have done something well. Stop for a moment and internally praise yourself, “Well done.” Appreciate yourself for all you accomplish – both the big and little things.
6. No more comparisons.
Comparison is the thief of joy. We have all done it… compared our lives, clothes, car, house, family, school, or job to others. We could be perfectly content with our life one moment, and fall into despair the next when we realize our neighbor has “one-upped” us. Being in a pattern of compare and despair only makes you focus on the negative, when there’s SO much to be grateful for.
7. Explore your spirituality.
Faith is the foundation for self-love, no matter what you believe. Believing in something opens up your soul to the beauty of belief and trust. When you explore your spirituality it will also take you on a journey to learning things about yourself and those new thoughts, feelings, passions, and raw emotions will make you appreciate yourself for being authentically you.
8. Learn to let go
Holding on to past hurts can weigh heavy on your heart and lead to low self-esteem. Stop reliving past hurts by replaying the details of the story in your head. You can’t undo the past, all you can do is to make today the best day of your life. Focus on the present – the here and now – and know that joy and happiness is your choice to make.
You are worthy of love and being loved! Commit to building self-love by signing the 14 Days of Self-Love Challenge.
“I commit to do my best to do something loving for myself, however big or small, for the next 14 days.”
Share the 14 Days of Self-Love Challenge and help encourage others to love themselves as well!
Recurring Event - Every Monday!
Spread Peace and Love would like to unite the kind hearts and minds of our community with a common mission – to enhance the lives of others. One day each week, we want to inspire others to take action and make a difference. No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone has the power to do something that improves the life of another. Whether it’s starting a project that helps one person, or working on one that benefits a whole community, every contribution makes a difference.
We have chosen Monday to be this special day so that we can start our weeks focused on the positive and brighten our outlook as we take the focus off ourselves and place it on serving others. Every Monday we will either spotlight an individual or organization making a difference in the lives of others or we will provide you ideas of how you can easily brighten someone’s day. You can participate in a variety of ways – by giving of your time, talent or treasure, or by sharing the post to help reach a broader community. Together we can make a difference! Please say “YES” and join Make a Difference Monday!
Use #MakeADifferenceMonday when you tweet or post on facebook or Instagram how you are making a difference!
Be Awesome Challenge
Recurring Event - Every Day!
How can you be awesome? Make it your goal to do at least one Random Act of Kindness Each and Every Day! Spread Peace and Love where ever you go!
♥ Seventy Ideas to Get You Started ♥
1. smile 🙂
2. call your mother to tell her you love her
3. write a handwritten note
4. put change in the washer/dryer for the next person
5. fill an expired or about to expire parking meter
6. leave some extra money in the vending machine
7. buy a little extra grocery for the local food bank
8. plant a tree
9. send your favorite grade school teacher flowers
10. write a thank you letter to your parents
11. pay the toll for the person behind you
12. tape a nice saying or thought to a bus window
13. instead of just thinking it, compliment someone
14. ask someone “how are you?” mean it. and listen.
15. make some baked goods for your neighbor(s)
16. hug your loved ones for no particular reason
17. call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
18. give someone a flower …or a dozen
19. offer someone else your seat on the bus/train
20. visit a senior center or nursing home
21. say “thank you” for the otherwise routine, mundane
22. pick up trash
23. collect clothes to take to a local shelter
24. give an inspiring book to a struggling friend
25. leave your favorite book in a public place with a note
26. donate books to your local library
27. visit an animal shelter
28. volunteer at a soup kitchen
29. buy dessert for someone eating out alone
30. tape an anonymous joke to your boss’ monitor
31. send a nice card to a family member, just because
32. don’t lose any opportunity to say: i love you
33. leave a funny or kind note in an unexpected place
34. read to a child
35. rake someone’s yard
36. be a courteous driver
37. hold the elevator
38. visit a lemonade stand
40. leave positive news clippings in a waiting room
41. practice patience
42. refrain from gossiping; speak well of others
43. act as if the glass were half full
44. turn off a leaky faucet
45. let someone get ahead of you in line
46. listen intently
47. babysit for a single parent
48. be bold in your appreciation of life around you
49. create an inspired piece of art and gift it to someone
50. compliment a stranger sincerely
51. run an errand for someone
52. send a friend an old photo and recall that time
53. send your sibling a small gift anonymously
54. donate an hour of your professional services
55. leave chocolate for your co-worker
56. spend time with the elderly
57. share your secret recipe with a friend
58. write a letter of appreciation
59. introduce yourself to someone you always see around
60. anonyously send a friend in need some cash
61. throw kids in your neighborhood a pizza party
62. tape some change to a payphone
63. put up lovely post-it notes for strangers to find
64. donate blood
65. cook dinner for a busy parent
66. make time
67. speak gently
68. laugh heartily
69. share your last bit
70. one time, stop everything to help someone else