In the wake of so much tragic and disheartening news, it was nice to see this and be reminded of all the good that exists in Seattle.
Kindness is the best response to events like those that have transpired over the past few months. Kindness has the power to change the mood of a person, a family, a neighborhood and even a city. It’s been shown that just witnessing an act of kindness occur between two people (even when all are strangers!) improves the mood and happiness of everyone involved — the deed doer, the deed recipient and all who saw it happen (or even heard or read about the act of kindness later!) With every good deed done, there are ripples of kindness. Scientifically proven ripples!
Imagine the impact of just one person doing a single good deed each day. Over a year, with just two or three people receiving or witnessing this one person’s kindness each day, that’s over 1,000 people who had their moods elevated and faith in humanity strengthened just a bit. One thousand people. I think that’s a big ol’ impressive number.
That’s why Altrooist loves #SPARK — Seattle People doing Acts of Random Kindness. When one person’s possible impact is so impressive, imagine that of 10 people. Or 100. Dare to imagine 1000! All in one city, all during one day or even a Summer of #SPARK — that’s transformative. Neighbors will be met, communities strengthened, litter picked up, cookies shared, doors held, compliments given.
To join in, just sign up for Altrooist and log your good works, tag them with #SPARK. You can also join in via Twitter using the same hashtag. Easy peasy! Need some ideas? Here’s a list of good deed ideas on the cheap. And check out Imelda Dulcich’s original #SPARK post, too for an additional dose of inspiration.
As this idea grows up and finds its people, we’ll keep updating here with new ways to help out and join in. If you want to help shape what #SPARK becomes get in touch! E-mail me! email@example.com.
Here’s to all the good!