Susan here with a fun new way to spread kindness and happiness… digital #kindawesome cards. Thanks to KIND for creating this awesome program and for sponsoring us to help spread the word. For our Canadian friends, while you can get delicious KIND bars in Canada, this new initiative is currently only in the US.
I love healthy, tasty snacks. And I love when companies take positive steps to improve our world. So I really love KIND. Janice and I, along with our kids, can often be found snacking happily on KIND bars.
Janice first discovered the delicious KIND bars in an airport when she needed to grab a snack to take on an airplane. She told me about them and soon our whole family was reaching for KIND bars when they wanted a snack on-the-go.
So when the folks at KIND asked us to tell you about their new #kindawesome initiative to celebrate kindness, we happily agreed.
Today, on World Kindness Day 2015, KIND is launching #kindawesome to make it easier than ever for people to spread kindness in the world by recognizing those around them doing small kind acts.
How it works
Spot a kind act, give a KIND snack!
- Step #1: Spot someone being kind
- Step #2: Send that person a digital #kindawesome card
- Step #3: The #kindawesome card is redeemed for a free KIND snack and a new digital card to pay the kindness forward!
The idea behind the cards is that kindness matters and we all have a role to play in spreading it.
The #kindawesome cards remind us that small exchanges of kindness are happening every day and every minute, and really give people a chance to step outside their comfort zone and recognize that. The more we recognize these exchanges, the more we will perpetuate them.
Is Kindness Part of Your Identity?
While studies show that being kind makes you happier, you don’t need a research report to believe it. You feel it. Think about the last time you went out of your way to be kind to someone. You felt good, didn’t you? You felt happier.
I think what most of us need is simply a reminder to show more random acts of kindness. We get busy, rushing around, checking items off our to-do lists and simply forget.
- We’re late for an appointment, so we don’t think of letting someone else go in front of us in the coffee shop.
- We’re rushing to a meeting, so we don’t hold the elevator.
- We’re busy with our own kids, so we don’t offer to help another mom who seems extra tired.
But what if we started thinking of ourselves as extra “kind” people? What if we became people who took those extra steps of kindness? What if “kindness” became part of our identity and part of our state of mind?
I bet our kids would notice.
My girls’ school teaches them about the importance of kindness and they talk about doing random acts of kindness. So they are aware of what that means.
But what if they SAW me just randomly doing more kind things for other people. Words like “kindness” are especially vague to children. But if they SEE us continually, day after day, remembering to go out of our way to be kind and perform random acts of kindness, I bet they’ll grow up to be more kind.
I’m thankful today for this reminder.
I am going to start taking those extra kind steps. And I’m going to open my eyes and notice the kind acts of others.
If you’re in the US, you can start sending people digital #kindawesome cards.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KIND, so thanks for your extra kindness in sharing.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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