I was recently planning what type on content I want to produce over the next year. Yep, its getting closer and closer to 2018 and I’m fast approaching one whole year with Fitcake Blog. So want to make sure that I have some ideas going into the new year.
I like to plan a little bit in advance as it gives me some guidelines when things get a bit stagnant. Especially in the brainstorming department. Nobody likes a creative block do they, although they are inevitable.
In trawling the web and Pinterest for content ideas I came across a lot of infographics and websites for awareness days and key dates across the year that people are using as blog idea prompts.
For example I wrote a post earlier this year relating to mental health awareness and of course I got involved in the awesome National Fitness Day this year, plus the one celebrated today is World Kindness Day. Which is why I’m writing this post.
This got me thinking…
Why is it only encouraged and celebrated on one day a year?
Surely we should be encouraging awareness every day of the year. Both mental health and kindness wise, no?
I completely understand that people are using these as days to shout about it, to market their views and some charities are using it as a way to get donations and much needed funds. Then there are those that are capitalising on the awareness days, and using it as a money maker much the same way that Valentines Day and the Mother’s/Father’s Day schemes now work.
I also appreciate that it gets people talking, the media get involved and written blog posts and articles pop up all over social media encouraging people to get involved. That’s great news. I’m doing just that right now.
Thinking about what kindness means to me has given me the idea of documenting all the things that I am going to attempt to do on a daily basis. Kindness can be the make or break of something, the highlight of their day, that one thing they need to keep going.
Kindness makes you feel good. It’s that warm feeling that you get when you know you’ve made a difference, without expecting anything in return. Here’s a few things I’m going to try put into practise.
I mean smile at people. I’m one of those people that avoids eye contact and looks like a miserable bugger most days. I’m going to make a conscious effort to smile more. Smiling is infectious and is definitely something that brightens peoples day.
If you see someone that has awesome hair, tell them. Usually I’d be afraid of looking like a total weirdo but someone did just that to me recently when my hair was blue and honestly, it made me feel so damn good. And for what? They didn’t want anything in return for this act of kindness.
Give, give, give
See a homeless person? Buy them a warm drink, it’s getting cold now and living near the city, there are a lot of people that roam the streets for the best sleeping spots.
Of course, there isn’t much I can do, but I’m betting that they won’t be disappointed with a hot cup of tea or coffee when their eyelids are frozen from the winter weather.
Appreciate the small things
Sometimes its the small things that make us feel amazing. Letting a car out before you in a traffic jam. Holding the door open for a stranger. Helping some out who may be struggling.
Karma comes back around, so make sure it’s the good kind.
Visit the Kindness Day UK website to find out how you can get involved and make your pledge today.
What are you waiting for? I’d love to hear your kindness stories!
– Emma –
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