When I first wrote this months series I was so inspired by the idea of giving away your favorite book on public transport with a note I decided to embark on my very own kindness project. My favorite book had been Lovely Bones for years because it spoke of the strength of the human spirit and the journey we all go on to be at peace with ourselves and our circumstances. I carefully crafted a kindness pack, it had an introduction saying what had inspired me to do the kindness project, a review of the book, the book itself, this months kindness article and a request the reader passed on a kind act. I then placed it in a clear A3 envelope with glitter writing on the front saying ‘Psssst, I’m a gift, read me’.
I did thirty packs in total to give away to those who showed kind acts or left for members of the public to find. I’ll never forget a wonderful girl who wrote on my Facebook page that she had discovered her pack on Saturday morning and read the entire book during the weekend. She had said that as a result of reading the book she was reevaluating her life and going to make some positive life changes. She even said that she was inspired to do a kindness project of her very own. To say I was touched was an understatement, to me this made it all worthwhile.
In the spirit of kindness this month I am going to do something different. There will be three kindness project options to choose from depending on how much time you want to commit to your very own kindness project. Remember, kindness is inextricably linked to long-term happiness and the greater the challenge, the better the rewards. Please see below and choose which kindness project you would most like to embark on…
Small project: Do the Monday series post exercises each week
Medium project: Do Tues, Weds Thurs post kindness challenges
Big project: Do a full thirty day kindness project, created in part or entirely by you!
Wishing you all a wonderful month full of happiness!
x X x Jenny x X x
The kindness I have received in the past has touched me greatly, even to this day I remember that African man who greeted me at the bottom of my grandmother’s driveway when I was just a child.
How about the greatest act of kindness you have received? Can you recall a time that stands out and still touches you?
Please spend just a few moments sharing your story with our community, your story has more power than you realize – someone who desperately needs to be reminded the world can still be a kind place may well be touched by your story.
I remember the feeling I had when I paid for my parents to go on their anniversary honeymoon, I was so happy I could say thank you to them in this way for everything they had done for me over the years. It genuinely gave me such joy to see them so happy, it was as if I was going on holiday myself.
What’s the kindest thing you have ever done for someone? How did doing this kind act make you feel? This could be as simple as giving money to a homeless person so they could sleep at a hostel that night or even comforting a friend in need during tough times.
Please spend just a little time sharing your story, your story may well inspire someone to reach out and act in kindness or even do our thirty day kindness challenge, spreading kindness even further. The more we communicate how transformative kindness can be, the more blessings we can pass on to others and also ourselves.
Next month’s hot topic is particularly close to my heart and is called ‘What’s in it for me? The transformative power of kindness and its inextricable link to long-term happiness’. The series looks at how, by making just a few minor changes, we can reap the benefits of long term happiness by being kinder.
The further reading for this month’s series is not only uplifting but incredibly poignant; the book’s title is ‘The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life’ by Piero Ferrucci. The Dalia Lama lists it as “A book after my own heart!’ with topics including honesty, warmth, forgiveness, mindfulness, patience, generosity, gratitude, service and joy amongst others.
As part of this month’s hot topic I have a thirty day kindness challenge to do one kind thing a day for thirty days so we can test the theory for ourselves and see our happiness soar to new heights. Join me in exploring a more compassionate and happy existence as we embark on a kindness project like no other.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,
x X x Jenny x X x