A Random Act of Kindness for 19 Days

A Random Act of Kindness for 19 Days

Have you heard of “The 19 Days”?

I recently learned of the greatest kindness and compassion campaign there has ever been…one random act of kindness, every day, for 19 days, October 5 – 26th!  Please read the story behind Avery and how her mom came up with this idea.

What grabbed my heart about this story is this how Avery’s mother took the loss of her precious daughter (Avery would be a 6th grader this year) to share and empower people to do kind things for others, like Avery would do.  After reading her blog I was impressed with her strength, her ability to be positive, and following Avery’s heart by keeping Avery’s kindness alive.  Let me tell you now, if I lost one of my kids I don’t think I would be able to do anything but struggle to keep my head above water and some days, I know, I would want to just sink to the bottom and be done!

The next thing you need to read is the post Avery’s mother wrote this summer (get some tissue) about what Avery inspired in Haiti. 

A spark has been lit under my butt and I am going to participate by spreading the kindness and compassion to the world!  The wheels in my brain are working and I am making plans for my 19 days!  Please join me!

I have more ideas and inspiration…

While my wheels were turning about what I am going to do during my 19 Days I started to read the book How Full is Your Bucket?  by Tom Rath  He has a wonderful website, click here.  My book club is reading this book for the month of October.  I live a sheltered life, so maybe this is all old news to most people, I am just learning about all of this.   The book was first printed in 2004!  This is old news!  When I did a Google search for “How Full is Your Bucket?” a lot of website and blogs are writing about it.  You can even find this stuff on pinterest!

I finished this book last week and I can see how the book  How Full is Your Bucket? and “The 19 Days” are very connected.  If you do or say something nice to someone you are a “bucket filler” to their bucket and your own bucket.  If you say something mean, hurtful or judgemental you are a “bucket dipper” taking away from both yours and their buckets.

When I was reading the book I thought of all my places of employment, all my relationships and of the certain people who are always filling my bucket.  I wondered if I could have filled more buckets when I was a supervisor and a co-worker.  I know I filled many buckets when I worked for Head Start parents and their children, that was one of my main goals.  I know I could be a better “bucket filler” than what I am today.  I have already started to change my ways.

While reading this book I thought every single person in this world should hear what this author has to say about the research that has been done in regards to positive human interaction – being kind and in-tuned to the needs of the people around us.  This information is useful for parents, grandparents, spouses, aunts, uncles, children, friends, teachers, employers, and employees.  Did I miss anyone?

Every single person on this earth interacts with someone.  Everyone deserves a full bucket!

The day I finished the book we had our boys’ school open house.  Guess what was on the wall!  Robbie’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. B, has pockets for everyone in the class to fill each others buckets and to get their own bucket filled.  They have read the children’s version of How Full is Your Bucket? in class and are implementing it!  AWESOME!

How full is your bucket pocket design

The other 4th grade teacher used cups.  Two great ideas!

How full is your bucket cup design

Consider doing something wonderful for someone in the next 24 hours.  Fill someone’s bucket!

The littlest things can make a difference in someone’s day and maybe their life.

Fast Facts From How Full Is Your Bucket? website:

  • The number-one reason people leave their jobs: They don’t feel appreciated.
  • 65% of Americans received no recognition in the workplace last year.
  • Bad bosses could increase the risk of stroke by 33%.
  • A study found that negative employees can scare off every customer they speak with — for good.
  • 9 out of 10 people say they are more productive when they’re around positive people.
  • Relentless negativity resulted in a 38% POW death rate — the highest in U.S. military history.
  • We experience approximately 20,000 individual moments every day.
  • The magic ratio: 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction.
  • Too much positive emotion? More than 13 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction could decrease productivity.
  • Extending longevity: Increasing positive emotions could lengthen life span by 10 years.

(For details and references, please see the print edition of How Full Is Your Bucket?)

Related articles:

Being a Bucket Filler! (learningandfuningradeone.wordpress.com)

http://www.theartofed.com/2010/07/22/how-full-is-your-bucket/

If you are on Facebook, “like” The 19 Days page.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-19-Days/520963567981575

They are looking for 2,000 “likes” and participation.

Photo: 2,000 likes. Is it possible...?

Will you participate in The 19 Days with me?

I would love to hear about your acts of kindness.

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