Signed to be Kind
Signed to be Kind
We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. And while it’s nice when kind acts enter our lives at seemingly random moments, what if everyone approached being kind intentionally?
Kindness, above all your strengths, has the ability to change the world. Being kind makes you feel better physically and emotionally. Kindness improves your relationships with your family. Being kind increases your sense of community and brings you closer to those important persons in your life. Kindness can help shape and improve your world view.
We are asking you and your family to get signed to be kind! By signing this pledge, you are committing to being intentional about sharing your strength of kindness with yourself, your family, your community, and by doing so making the world a kinder and better place.
Be Kind to You
Being kind to those around you is easy. You probably already do it every day without even thinking about it. A smile in the hallway. Helping dad with the dishes. Being quiet while mom works from home. Holding the door at the library for an elderly neighbor. But being kind to yourself? That can sometimes be more difficult. Try and be kind to yourself with these simple thoughts.
Be Kind To Your Family
Being kind to your family doesn’t have to be a chore! There are so many little things you can do every day to make your house smile.
Be Kind In Your Community
Here is where it gets good. Being kind to yourself and your family is just the beginning. Signed to be Kind means intentionally spreading kindness to your neighbors, your friends, your teachers, your entire community. Imagine what’s possible if the community rallies together around kindness?
Be Kind To The World
Kindness can make a difference in your community, but can it have an impact on the entire planet? Absolutely. You’d be surprised at the huge impact a little kindness can have. But how can you scale kindness on a global scale? Once your signed to be kind you can do it!
Kindness comes in all shapes in sizes. In gestures both tiny and grand. In random acts and planned opportunities. Once you're signed to be kind, you are committed to make a difference in the world through kindness. Let’s change the world one signature and one smile at a time.
So you want to get started right now?
- Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes now and again. Oftentimes they are out of your control. But you can control how you react to your mistakes. Give yourself a break and move on.
- Encourage yourself. Did you know you are in control of your own destiny? Sure, there are plenty of factors that can affect your day, but you can control your attitude in approaching each and every day. Start your day with a smile and a personal pep-talk. Pay yourself a compliment to begin your day and set an intention to accomplish a goal, large or small.
- Be yourself. There is only one you. What makes you, well you? Share one unique trait of yourself with the first person you see each day.
- Talk to each other. Talking to your family every day is crucial to building strong relationships. Instead of asking “How was your day?” and getting a one-word answer, try asking this powerful question, “Who did you help today?”. Setting the expectation that you help someone in some way every day changes the way you approach kindness. Did you hold the door for a classmate who was running late? Offer a smile or a hug to a friend who was having a bad day? Helping others is the definition of kindness.
- Support each other. Celebrating little successes lifts your family up and spreads kindness where its needed most. But are you celebrating what is important? Rather than just celebrating a goal, rebound, or catch on the field or court, why not celebrate sportsmanship? Help a teammate get up when they fall, or better still help an opponent get back up. Competition is good, but kindness is better.
- Love each other. Kindness and love go hand in hand. In fact, kindness is the best way to show your family you love them. Start every day with a smile and end each night with encouragement. Set an intention to tell every member of your family you love them every day. Add a weekly FaceTime call to grandma and grandpa or a Snapchat to your cousin to spread the kindness to your whole family.
- Volunteer your time. Share your kindness by sharing your time. Find a local organization that aligns with your family’s values. Scheduling a time to volunteer brings intentionality and accountability to your efforts.
- Make a contribution. Another way to support causes you believe in is to make a regular donation to an organization you support. A popular way for kids to learn about finances and philanthropy is the the share, save, spend rule. Share some of your money to help the community, save most of it for the future, and spend a little to be kind to yourself. Double up on the kindness by making a donation in the name of a family member of friend!
- Surprise someone special. Does your neighborhood have a tiny food panty or little library? If so, stock them with healthy food and recipes. Include a note of encouragement for another family with your drop off. Donate those books you don’t read any longer or that much-loved copy of Harry Potter so someone else can enjoy the adventure. Draw a picture, leave a bookmark on your favorite page, or highlight a favorite passage to bring a smile to the next reader.
- Clean up the planet. The planet sure could use a little kindness and what better way to start than to clean up our surroundings. Start at home by properly sorting your recyclables. Set a goal to recycle more than you throw away. Take a garbage bag and gloves with you on a walk and clean up the neighborhood as you go. You’ll be surprised what you find! Have a VSCO girl at home? Save those baby turtles! Get a metal straw for each member of the family and discontinue your family’s use of single use plastics.
- Celebrate diversity. Being kind to your family, friends, and neighbors who look like you may come easily, but being signed to be kind means being kind to everyone, especially if they look, sound, or even think differently than you. Encourage your family to interact with people from different ages, races, or religions. Attend a church service of a different religion, attend a regional ethnic festival, or try a different cuisine once a week. You’ll find kindness translates to everyone.
- Act during times of uncertainty. Uncertainty and change can happen when you least expect it. A power outage in your neighborhood. A severe weather event in your state. A wildfire in another country. A global health crisis. Circumstances can change in a blink of an eye and have severe, even permanent consequences. This is when kindness is needed most! Check in on your neighbors to make sure they have what they need. Donate supplies to help flood victims. Make smart choices when hiking or camping to avoid catastrophes in nature. Wash your hands every day and encourage others around you to do the same.