If you search for me on Twitter, you won’t find me. Not that you’re spending your days searching for me on Twitter, but it’s just an FYI. You see, I deleted my Twitter account last July.
Mike and I got married in Grand Cayman this past June, and we had the opportunity to spend ten days in paradise with some of the people we hold dearest to us. Obviously, this took me out of the stratosphere for a bit.
When we got back to LA and I was forced to reenter the universe, I realized that the biting remarks on Twitter that I’d once found amusing no longer entertained me.
I felt worn out by them. It was draining to scroll through a feed of endless scroll of snide comments and realize that it had become the new normal, and, before taking a partial social media hiatus, I’d become desensitized to them.
I realized that I didn’t want to be part of it anymore. There are things happening around us that, though they may be providing copious amounts of material for comedians everywhere, are at the core very serious and troubling. I decided I no longer wanted to be part of normalizing it or feeding the beast. I didn’t just want to contribute another snarky opinion – I felt called to take a different route.
Thus, The Kind Coalition was born.
The Kind Coalition is a clothing and home goods line with a focus on Kindness – for every purchase made, we donate 50% of our profits to three amazing organizations working to combat bullying: No Bully, Love is Louder, and STOMP Out Bullying.
I always wanted TKC to be more than just a fashion statement, though – I wanted it to be a social movement, and today, I am so excited to share our new initiative. No Bully, in partnership with Carrie Berk (Carrie’s Chronicles, author, No Bully Team Ambassador) just released Girls Against Bullying – an amazing public service video that aims to eradicate mean girl behavior by teaching young women to practice empathy.
The video, directed and produced by Laura Luc was created in support of a new challenge launched in partnership between No Bully, Carrie Berk, and The Kind Coalition: 100KChooseKind.
Here’s how it works: check out the video and spread the word, then join our movement:
- Share an act of kindness you gave or received on social media
- Promise to pay it forward (and ACTUALLY DO!)
- Tag a friend or family member and challenge them to do the same
- Tag us, too, so we can reshare!
Here’s a sample tweet/post:
“Today, my husband made me dinner. I promise to pay it forward! I challenge (@xyz) to share an act of kindness next! #100KChooseKind @shopthekindco, @nobully_org @carrieberkk
The goal is simple: we want to change the conversation. I’m tired of my feed being filled with depressing, snarky comments. I want to highlight the good in the world and remind people that THERE IS GOOD. When I was a senior in high school, I played the titular role in The Diary of Anne Frank in a regional production. There was one line that always stuck with me:
In spite of everything, I’ve always believed that people are really good at heart.
The line gives me chills. If Anne could believe that, then we definitely can. We just need to draw it out of each other. Sometimes, compassion needs someone to take the first step. So, to help you get the ball rolling, I’ve curated a list of 50 simple random acts of kindness you can do to brighten someone’s day. So what do you say?! Will you join us?! #100KChooseKind
- Call your grandparents
- Buy a stranger a coffee
- Ask your spouse how you can make their day better
- Make your parents dinner
- Send a friend an encouraging/complimentary text
- Hold the door open for someone
- Praise a local business via Tweet or Yelp
- Donate food to your local pantry
- Send someone a handwritten card
- Compliment a parent on how well behaved their child is
- Leave a small gift for your neighbor
- Donate old books to the library
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter
- Offer to babysit for the couple you know could use a night out
- Pick up trash when you see it
- Leave a sticky note on someone’s car window with a note of encouragement
- Tip your waiter a little extra
- Make eye contact and say “Hi” to anyone you pass for one full day
- Think of someone for whom you’re thankful and TELL THEM
- Contact your local church and “adopt” a person or family in need (one time gift)
- Comment positive comments on your top three favorite social media pages (bloggers, celebs, etc)
- Pay the toll for the person behind you
- Pay for a coworker’s lunch
- Avoid complaining for a day
- Bring home flowers for your spouse
- Send a note to someone with whom you’ve fallen out of touch
- Leave your mailman a thank you note
- Return a neighbor’s trash/recycling bin to the top of their driveway
- Email or write a former teacher a note of thanks
- Tell your parents/grandparents/spouse/kids you love them
- Surprise someone you care about with a plate of cookies
- Return stray shopping carts at the grocery store
- If you’re at the grocery store, offer to pick something up for someone you know who might need help
- Make dinner for a busy/sick/overwhelmed friend
- Donate to a charity
- Tell your spouse something about them for which you’re grateful
- Invite someone over for dinner
- Send someone a “just because” gift
- Hold the elevator for someone
- Donate your old clothes to Goodwill/secondhand stores that serve others
- Compliment a coworker or employee
- Send someone an article or recipe you think they’d like
- Let someone else choose what to watch on TV
- Send a soldier a care package
- Avoid gossip for a day
- Send coloring books to sick children in the hospital
- Volunteer at a nursing home
- Use your crafty talents to paint someone a picture or knit them a scarf
- Offer to help someone with the handy work/home repair project you know they’ve been dreading
- Let someone go in front of you in line