Let’s face it, the world is kind of in chaos: famine, disease, wars, drought, poverty, racism, sexism, and other bad things that end with ism. It’s enough to make even the most active and organized among us throw their hands up in the air and say, “It’s too much!” You know why we say that? Because it is. However what if each of us took the time to do small things daily to make your life or the lives of other better? That’s the premise of “Be a Good in the World: 365 Days of Good Deeds, Inspired Ideas and Acts of Kindness” by Brenda Knight.
The title pretty much spells it out, contained within are 365 neat ideas to help make the world a better place. On November 16, you can learn to say “thank you” in a bunch of different languages so you can always show gratitude. January 27 you’re introduced to oceana.org in case you want to adopt an animal. For July 12 you’re encouraged to grow your own garden. Why not give it a try? Tomorrow, May 12th, you’re told to “Ask ‘How Are You?’ and Mean It!”
Ask someone how their day is going and start a conversation. Sometimes people want to talk more than they let on and your interest will show them you care. One day, you’ll get the chance to tell some kind-hearted person exactly how you are. Your answer to that question might not always be pretty, but it will feel wonderful to be heard.
It’s wonderful to be reminded that even a small act of kindness can make a difference in the world. And if we all try to do better, even if it is in small ways, maybe things won’t have to be so bad. That’s how Knight’s “Be a Good in the World” inspires.
And for my first Brenda Knight inspired act of good, I’m giving away a copy of her wonderful book “Be a Good in the World”!
Contest ends 05/15/2015 at 12am Eastern.