This post is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare as part of their We Dare You campaign.
I open doors for strangers. I return runaway grocery carts. I say please and thank you.
I do it because it feels good to do good, and because I know that small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
But I still wonder sometimes if my kids are learning about the importance of kindness. I wonder if these little things are too little, so little that they go unnoticed by the little eyes that watch.
I’ve been wanting to do some sort of “random acts of kindness” project for a while – something a bit more visible that would perhaps have more of an impact on my kids – but the usual excuses of time and busyness have kept my ideas in the Someday pile.
And maybe, I told myself, turning randomness into a project would somehow taint the whole thing.
Sometimes it takes a project to make a point.
A representative for UnitedHealthcare reached out to me recently to tell me about their We Dare You project. Each month their Source4Women community is daring you to do something that’s good for you. When you participate and share a photo, you’re entered to win a prize.
January’s dare is to do a random act of kindness.
- The monthly prize is $400
- January’s weekly prizes are $25.
They asked if I’d participate in January and share my experience.
This weekend, I sat my kids down and told them we were going to do a random act of kindness together.
“Do you know what random means?” my teenager asked.
“You can focus on the word kindness instead,” I told him.
After a few minutes of brainstorming,
we I decided we’d make some kindness cards and distribute them around the neighborhood.
The kids weren’t sold on the idea, but I insisted that they would participate in this very nice thing, dang it! Their creativity and sense of humor eventually kicked in.
Twenty-two cards later, I had to insist that we stop making and move on to the delivering.
We ran around the neighborhood like ninjas delivering secret well wishes. Emma went so far as to approach a few people and hand them a card directly, and she was rewarded with smiles and thank yous. She loved it!
Both kids were into it by the end, and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve shared with them. I’m confident that they will remember how it felt to show kindness to their neighbors and strangers.
I Dare You to Share Kindness
Your turn! There’s still time for you to get in on January’s dare to share kindness and enter to win a $400 gift card!
- Do a random act of kindness
- Take a photo
- Share the photo at http://www.wedareyoutoshare.com/enter
Come back here and share your entry in the comments; I’d love to see what you come up with!
This post is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare as part of their We Dare You campaign. This is possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever been paid to do.