Wake up and show an act of kindness
Several inspiring slogans are stencilled across the walls of the office where I work. My favourite is: ‘‘Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind, always.’’
We often talk about the importance of kindness and every day on Neighbourly we see heart-warming examples of neighbours being kind and compassionate to one another.
It’s fair to say there’s a bit of a kindness revolution under way and charitable organisations such as the Wakeup Project and New Zealand’s own Givealittle are helping drive it.
I followed the Wake Up Project on Facebook some time ago – but it was their Kindness Cards that really captured my attention.
The Wake Up Project launched these pretty little cards as a way to inspire and encourage, quite simply, acts of kindness. It could be buying a coffee for the next person in line, mowing a neighbour’s lawn or berm, topping up an empty parking meter, or leaving your favourite book in a public place for someone else to enjoy.
nice and leave the card to encourage the recipient to do something equally kind – and so it continues.
The only rule is to keep your act hush hush; all acts of kindness should be completed anonymously.
Unfortunately this is where my first act of kindness fell apart; I gifted my favourite kind of chocolate to a colleague. The other acts I can’t talk about (it’s about being anonymous, remember). But let’s just say I have been creeping around the neighbourhood stuffing goodies into neighbours’ letterboxes.
The Wake Up Project is an Australian initiative now posting Kindness Cards, at no charge, to New Zealand. All they ask is that you spread a little further kindness by paying-it-forward. More than 250,000 cards have been sent out – and it’s nice to think that this could have lead to 250,000 acts of kindness among strangers and those who need a little lift.
Givealittle is also making the world a little kinder by connecting generous Kiwis with different causes. Lynne Legros, Givealittle spokeswoman from the Spark Foundation, says the site used to be a ‘fairly niche way to donate’ but Kiwis have used it to donate more than $10 million to worthy local causes in the past eight months alone. Lynne says the site’s ‘‘not just about giving money but is about love too; so many lovely messages go along with each donation’’.
‘‘Anything that encourages people to be more mindful, thoughtful and generous towards others is awesome,’’ she says. ‘‘If we can all be a little kinder to each other every day, it’s going to make New Zealand a better place. And of course, you don’t always have to open your wallet to be kind.’’
Givealittle allows you to search by location, enabling you to find causes in your own community to support and spread a little kindness in your neighbourhood.
Kindness cards: An Australian pay it forward initiative is starting to pick up pace on this side of the Tasman.