“Kindness can do everything from brighten someone’s day to save someone’s life, so the more of us that can think about how to include kindness in our everyday lives, the better off we’ll all be,” she said.
For those looking for ideas, the foundation will provide tips, Smith continued, saying there is no such thing as a small act of kindness.
The #BeKind21 challenge also aims to draw attention to mental health, as September is also recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
“These are uncertain and unprecedented times, so make sure you know the resources that support you, the people who you can talk to,” Smith noted.
How to take the pledge: If you want to participate in the #BeKind21 pledge and need some inspiration to think of a kind act for each day, TKN created a list to help you with the challenge. Some acts of kindness are for others, whether they’re strangers or people you love. Others are acts of kindness toward yourself, because you matter too.
- Check in with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
- Acknowledge someone’s work that makes (or has made) your life easier.
- Pay yourself a compliment (You are worth it!).
- Celebrate a win no matter how big or small.
- Rediscover a hobby or interest you had as a kid, like coloring books.
- Register to vote, or help a friend register.
- Send a book to a family member or friend.
- Practice being actively present.
- Donate supplies to a local school.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Indulge in a screen-free afternoon.
- Meditate for 5 minutes.
- Switch an item you use to a sustainable version.
- Make and share a fun playlist with a loved one.
- Write down 3 things you love about yourself.
- Leave a kind comment on a friend’s social media post.
- Donate to or volunteer for a cause you believe in.
- Invite a friend to do an outdoor activity with you.
- Support a local bookstore, small business or independent artist.
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for.
- Create a positivity mood board for yourself.