I am so excited to write today’s blog because it is so inspirational and such a fun and easy idea!! Today is my friend Eileen’s birthday. She sent me a message today telling me that in honor of her birthday this is what she wanted to do,
“I want to spread joy today. I told my kids at school that I’d be doing some random acts of kindness for my birthday (when they asked.) I love the way I feel everyday, but especially on my birthday, so I really want to spread the happiness.”
I think this is an amazing thing!! Here are some of the things that she did to celebrate her day! First, while she was running errands, she stopped at the post office. After buying what she needed, she bought an extra pack of stamps and she gave them to an older man. She said the man looked at her in a funny way, but she just looked at him, smiled and said, “Have a great day!”
Then she went to CVS, and bought $2 CVS Gift Cards. She walked around the store, looking for people to give them to. The first person she found, was an elderly woman who smiled and thanked her; the second one was to a woman with had her hands full and also thanked her and gave her a smile. Meanwhile, as she was doing this, the clerk at the counter was smiling and asked her if she was just randomly handing out the gift cards to strangers. When she told him yes, he smiled and said, “Wow, that’s cool!”
After her CVS trip she went to Shop Rite! All she did was get a coffee, but she did it just so she could pay for the coffee of the woman behind her. Eileen told me that the woman was almost in tears thanking her and that it made her feel so good!
She bought $1 scratch-off lottery tickets and plans to hand them out later in the week. She is baking brownies for a friend who is battling Cancer and putting aside extras to bring to her nurses in the hospital.
She gave her son $20 to “spread some goodness” today in Newark where he works and is waiting to hear about his good deeds.
I told her how excited I was that she shared this idea with me. I told her that I would love to share it on my blog and she told me that would be great. She told me that she was so glad this was started today, on her birthday, but by no means will it end today!!
It was amazing how it took only a little bit of time and money to make so many people happy! She told me that she was having the best birthday EVER!! She said that my blog keeps her motivated to spread joy! I told her that this birthday idea has inspired me to share it and let others see how easy it is to do! It is her hope – and mine, that those people will now pay it forward. Imagine if it keeps on growing!! It could take over!! Spreading good deeds rather than negativity…how nice a world we would have.