And the winners are….
Congratulation to the lovely winners!!
And I’m really sorry if you didn’t win this time.
Thank you again for all your support and kindness – together we are making the world a kinder place.
Love+hugs, Helen Xxx
And I’m really sorry if you didn’t win this time.
Thank you again for all your support and kindness – together we are making the world a kinder place.
Love+hugs, Helen Xxx
Over the last few days, I’ve been writing letters for the ‘One Million Lovely Letters Exhibition’.
The organiser, big-hearted Jodi Ann Bickley, started her One Million Lovely Letters project with the simple but gorgeous idea to send a lovely letter to anyone who needs a little lift.
It’s become a huge success and she has written and sent oodles and oodles of lovely letters to people all over the world.
Now, she is asking for help.
Jodi’s first exhibition is at Centrala in Digbeth, Birmingham (UK) from 10th April. And she’d like folks to write a ‘Dear You’ letter to be included in the exhibition.
As Jodi explains, they need to be “letters of positivity that will be put up in the exhibition that any one that visits will be able to read and take the letter they feel speaks to them at that specific moment in time”.
The theme of this exhibition is “A letter to my younger self; a letter full of hope to a stranger or a letter of guidance to a younger, lost you.”
It’s such a brilliant idea, I couldn’t resist writing and sending a few lovely letters…
Here’s the info with the address if you fancy sending a letter or two to be included in one of Jodi’s fabulous exhibitions.
Or if you’d like to receive a letter from Jodi, or would like to nominate someone who’d appreciate one, please send an email with the address and reason to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is my birthday, hooray!
And to celebrate, I’m giving away 3 copies of ‘The Kindness Diaries: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around The World’* by Leon Logothetis.
It’s also my little way of saying a big THANK YOU for all your kindness and support, it really means a lot.
For your chance to win, simply comment on this post.
That’s it 🙂
To double your chances and get TWO entries, finish this sentence in the comments:
“Kindness is __________”
The winners – one each from here, my ‘Spreading a little kindness’ Facebook community page, and on Twitter – will be chosen at random on Friday and posted in the comments below.
Please make sure you’ve subscribed to my blog, so I can contact you if you’re a winner.
Good luck my lovelies.
* The Kindness Diaries is an inspiring true story of how Leon Logothetis “circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.”
A kind-hearted Facebook friend recently wrote this post on her inspiring kindness page:
And it really hit home. HARD!
I completely identified with the first part of the post:
“We were walking home and I walked past a whole lot of litter that was left from the parade that was on in the week. Guess what I thought? ‘the council didn’t do a very good job cleaning up afterwards, that’s a real mess at the top of my street’ AND I KEPT ON WALKING… yep. I walked past it.”
Yep, whenever I see litter, I say to myself how awful it is, and I keep on walking. And I imagine most people do the very same.
But now, I want to identify with the second part of Ally’s post:
“Then I thought, actually I keep harping on “Be the change in the world” and wondered how many other people had walked past this litter. I turned around, and walked back and with that thought in mind, I had a small plastic bag in my bag, and with Roux [Ally’s dog] on her leash (more hindrance than help) I picked up the litter.”
So rather than tut-tutting about the amount of litter I see strewn around my neighbourhood and feeling outrage at the person/s responsible for the rubbish, I will simply pick it up.
It’s that easy!
Due to a CFS symptom flare up, I haven’t been feeling well enough to go out for a soul stroll these past few days (my kindness calendar suggested this act for Tuesday) but today, I felt up to taking a gentle walk around my neighbourhood.
And before I set off, I stuffed an empty bag into my coat pocket, ready to pick up any litter I came across.
At one point a woman walking her dog shouted to me over the brook: “What are you doing?”. When I explained, she replied: “Thank goodness there are people like you in the world!” and came over for a little natter.
As I came back home I picked up a little litter in our front garden, and came across my dad’s peugeot car badge which he thought had disappeared forever! We’re guessing it had come loose and had been blown onto the garden.
So from my 10 minute stroll around the green space near my home, this is my haul…
I have to admit, I’m pretty surprised how much I found.
Just think, if every person in the world picked up just one piece of litter today, there would be over 7 billion fewer pieces of litter in the world. If every person in the world picked up just 10 pieces of litter today, there would be over 70 billion fewer pieces of litter. And if we did this every day, my mind boggles at the number of fewer pieces of litter around our communities!!
And the good news is that we don’t even have to make a massive effort to do this.
Here are my 3 favourite tips I’ve gathered from litter picking campaigns:
2. “You can make a big difference by ‘adopting’ somewhere and committing to litter pick it on a regular basis, say once every 2-3 weeks.”
3. 7 Keys for a Successful Cleanup Project
1) be willing to do the activity alone, and enjoy it
2) make the time, place and duration explicitly clear to everyone you tell about it
3) INVITE people. Don’t coerce, try to sell it to them, or overly control their participation. When invited, most people will bring something to the clean up effort that really makes really work.
4) keep it simple. Cleaning up trash is easy. All you need are garbage bags, places to put the trash, and gloves (rakes and shovels can’t hurt either!) Tell potential participants that these are the raw materials, but bring enough yourself to cover half-a-dozen people who come without .
5) have fun doing it. After all, you and everyone else will be actively making the world a better place… really.
6) tell lots of people, including the press. Just call them up and tell them what, when, where you are doing what you are doing. Even if you wind up alone out there, you will still peak interest, and people may want to join you next time.
7) remind people and yourself that what you are doing matters by telling incidents and specifics about how it matters to you. Just the simple truth will inspire others.
Thank you Ally for inspiring me to spread a little kindness around my neighbourhood to help make my community a better, cleaner place to be.
Today, I wanted to do something a little bit more special, while still taking into consideration the limitations of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).
And so I decided to hand out a few chocolate bars to strangers in the street!
As my budget is also very limited, I thought I’d email a few of the larger confectionary companies to see if they’d be happy to help me by donating a few bars.
Unfortunately, I still haven’t heard back from them… but I imagine they must receive lots of requests like mine.
I also asked my kind-hearted local Co-op Foods as they’ve given members of our local community – including lucky ole me!- goody bags filled with lovely things around Christmas-time.
I was thrilled when they said YES!
And I was over-the-moon when they delivered 88 bars of their yummy chocolate (and it really is yummy if you haven’t already discovered it!).
Then a big-hearted friend said she would donate £50 of her own hard-earned cash to buy chocolate bars with. And on behalf of RAK Day, I simply couldn’t refuse her kind offer. (THANK YOU my lovely!)
And believe me when I tell you I had a LOT Of fun choosing which choccies to buy and couldn’t believe my eyes when I loaded up my trolley with 205 bars – thanks to a brilliant offer on at the supermarket!
This makes an incredible, grand total of 300 chocolate bars for my RAK Day giveaway.
I wanted to attach one of my kindness cards to each bar, explaining what the give-away was all about. And I’m so thankful for my lovely mum for helping me write them and then attach them to the bars.
We couldn’t believe it when we filled up the rucksack-on-wheels my sis lent me for the occasion. And then filled up half a carrier bag too!!
This morning, I recruited the much-needed and deeply appreciated help of my lovely mum and 8 yr-old nephew Callum, and we all headed down to our city’s Old Market Square.
And they were such kindness superstars. (THANK YOU mum and Callum ♡)
At first Callum was a little too shy to hand out any bars with us, but it wasn’t long before he joined in the fun and then really got into the spirit of it, which was really heart-warming to see.
My mum was absolutely brilliant and was happy to go into some of the city centre shops to hand out bars to the hand-working staff.
As we stood in the Old Market Square offering bars of chocolates to passersby, some people practically ran away from us. Some people were a little suspicious at first, but then seemed happy to accept a chocolate bar once we explained what we were doing. And some people happily accepted straight away.
We got a few hugs, lots of thank yous, and oodles of big smiles.
With only a few bars left, we were feeling rather hungry and headed for a celebratory lunch. Then after giving all the staff a chocolate bar, we slipped into a city centre car park and popped the rest onto cars so that their owners can enjoy a sweet surprise when they return after a hard day’s shopping.
And now as I’m utterly wiped out after all this RAK Week fun, I’m heading to bed for a few days to recover.
But I do so with a happy heart and the hope that we’ve made a few people smile this week, and brightened up a few people’s days.
ps if you have received one of chocolate bars – thank you for visiting! I’d really LOVE to hear from you in the comments below (and if you’d prefer me not to publish your comment on the blog, please do let me know).
pps Huuuuuuge thanks again to both the big-hearted Kerry at Co-Op Foods Hucknall, and my kind-hearted friend who wishes to remain anonymous. Today wouldn’t have been possible without your kind donations ♡
ppps please forgive any mistakes as I’m super-duper tired whilst writing this, but I wanted to post before I zonk out! Night, night!!
What a perfect opportunity to spread some love-filled kindness.
As it’s the school holidays, I have the sweetest little helper in the form of my 4-year-old nephew, Thomas.
Could this day get any better!
And as it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a lovely idea to give a few flowers to strangers to show them some love and make them smile.
Last week, I approached our local florist, Kerry’s Florist, to see if they would be interested in donating a few flowers for the occasion.
And even though it’s most probably their busiest day of the year, they said YES!
So, yesterday I collected 20 gorgeous red roses, and was really touched to see that the lovely Kerry and Shania had wrapped every single rose beautifully.
I attached one of my Kindness Cards to each rose with the message: “Happy Valentine’s Day: You are AMAZING. Kindly donated by ‘Kerry’s Florist’ to celebrate RAK Week.”
Earlier this morning, my little helper and I happily made our way down to our local GP surgery. Here’s a little video I made of us.
And we had the loveliest time placing our Valentine’s surprises on car windscreens.
We even had the chance to give a few people coming out of the doctor’s surgery a Valentine’s rose in person.
It was touching to see Thomas happily handing each person a red rose, and most of the recipients seemed really touched. One lady in particular had tears in her eyes, and it was clear we’d really made her day. We both gave her a big hug.
We hope that the flowers are a LOVEly surprise for all the car owners when they return to their vehicles after their Doctor’s appointment.
And we really hope our little act of kindness will make them smile and feel a little bit better and brighter, especially on this love-filled day.
ps if you have received one of our Valentine’s red roses, I’d really LOVE to hear from you in the comments below (and if you’d prefer me not to publish your comment on the blog, please do let me know).
pps Huge thanks again to the big-hearted Kerry and Shania at Kerry’s Florist for generously donating the roses and wrapping them so beautifully. You are both AMAZING.
Day 23 of my Kindness Advent Calendar is to “buy a lottery ticket and give it to a friend, loved one or stranger”.
So this morning I bought a few lottery scratch cards and popped them in a bag along with a little chocolate bar and one of my Kindness Cards with the message: “I hope this brings you a little lottery luck! Merry Christmas.”
I then randomly placed them on windscreens of cars parked in my local town.
I really hope they bring someone a little lottery luck this Christmas.
I’ve been really looking forward to doing this act of kindness, which is Day 3 on my Kindness Advent Calendar.
I received one of my own a few years ago when I was really struggling financially, whilst living in Germany. My kind and thoughtful sister filled a box full of my favourite food and gave it to me on one of my visits home. I’ll never forget how touched I was and can honestly say it remains one of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever received.
And so, I’m really excited to be ‘paying it forward’ by preparing a box of my own for a family in need over the festive season.
I wanted to give a family supplies for each meal of the day and snacks in between. Of course they need to be non-perishable items, which I thought would be a little challenging for me as I’m a big fresh food lover, but I think I did ok… here’s what’s in my box:
Kicking off the day with cereal and a cuppa tea; lunch could be a flavourful tin of soup; for an afternoon snack I’ve put in a packet of tasty biscuits; for dinner there’s a choice of rice or pasta with tinned veggies, tinned tomatoes or baked beans, and tuna; for pudding there’s a tin of fresh fruit which can be served with a tin of custard; and finally, for an evening treat there’s some yummy chocolates to be washed down with another cuppa!
I’m going to pop by box down to my local food bank today. I really hope it helps brighten a family’s Christmas.
ps I’ve made a little video of what’s in my box, if you’d like to take a peek, please click here 🙂
It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness.
My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we are embracing the true spirit of Christmas by doing 25 random acts of Christmas kindness.
How cool is that 🙂
I was wonderfully surprised and deeply thrilled that last year’s Kindness Advent Calendar (2015) was so well received.With just over 200 downloads, I’d like to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part.
I guarantee that your acts of kindness made a difference and brightened someone else’s day.
☆ You are AMAZING ☆
So again, I’d like to invite lovely you and yours to join me spreading a little kindness by doing small acts kindness leading up to Christmas Day.
Here’s this year’s Kindness Advent Calendar:
To download your free copy, please click on this link Kindness-Advent-Calendar-2016-PDF.pdf (452328 downloads) .
Now, I know December is an extra busy month for most of us, and we can find ourselves rushing around trying to get everything ready in time for the Christmas holidays.
So with that in mind, I’ve made each kindness act:
3. Cheap (or mostly free!)
This way, anyone and everyone can take part.
You may want to mix it up and swap the acts around, or even create your own kindness acts. And don’t worry if you can’t do an act of kindness every single day, sometimes it’s just not possible as I know too well with the nature of my CFS flare ups.
But even if every one of us manages to do just one kindness act on one day – imagine how amazing that would be!
It’s such a wonderful way to spread some festive cheer and boost our own spirits at the same time.
But I really need your help.
Please help me spread the word by encouraging family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to take part in this kindness extravaganza as we countdown to Christmas.
I’d be ever so grateful if you could share this blog post with others – simply click on one of the ‘share’ buttons below, or share it however works best for you – and let’s get the kindness ripple effect reaching out far and wide over the festive season.
I’d also love it if we all share our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness experiences with others on my Spreading a little kindness Facebook page.
JUST ADDED: A few clever folk have suggested I get onto Twitter to help keep the kindness ripple effect spreading further and further. I’m a complete novice, but have set up the hashtags #KindnessAdventCalendar and #ChristmasKindness so we can share our festive kindness fun. You can find me on Twitter here.
But most of all, remember to HAVE FUN and enjoy creating a kindness ripple effect in your community.
Thank you so very much.
p.s. I’d love to hear about your kindness experiences in the comments below…