Love Letters

Hello Friends!

Im excited to share with you today our first Random Act of Kindness; love letters. What I did is I wrote out a bunch of little cards with nice sayings and motivational words.  (See Below) I took the cards and put them on the doors of my neighbors.

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I live in a dorm, so it easy to put notes on doors and if you live in an apartment, it won’t be too difficult to find neighbors.

Variations: People who live in houses or places that are more spread out, you can put nice notes in mailboxes. You could put notes on carts at stores when they walk away, on car windows, the ideas are endless! I like to stay anonymous because its about doing it to feel good, not for your own personal fame; unless you’re purposely writing a note to a friend.

I also did Bursts of Sunshines to leave and give to friends. (See Below)

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This idea is so fun because you get to make someones day, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end” -Scott Adams (1957)

This week’s Happy Thought for you to think about is from the book “The Politics of Happiness” by Derek Bok. k9107

Bok discusses how what we think brings us happiness may not actually bring us any long term happiness. The number one thing people believe will bring us happiness is money. Yes, winning the lottery will bring you short term happiness, but after a while, your happiness “level” will become the same as it was before you won.

The real things that can bring you happiness are,  “having close relationships with family and friends, helping others, and being active in community, charitable and political activities.” (Bok 205)

So my challenge for you this week, tell a friend or a family member you love them by either calling them or sending them a love note. Also, tell someone you’re not as close with, something nice and encouraging.

Be the sunshine in someone else’s day! XOXO

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Welcome!

Hello friends and welcome to my blog! My name is Amanda I am excited to start my blogging journey with you!

The inspiration for my blog came from my family and from my roommates. I grew up doing whatever I could to make others happy. My parents motivated me to help others, to be friendly and kind. I grew up doing girl scouts and volunteering with my Mom. In elementary school I participated every volunteering opportunity given to me, and I think that really helped shape the person I am today.

My roommate inspired another aspect of my blog. One afternoon at the beach my roommate did a random act of kindness by putting money in a expired meter. We soon later realized the meters stopped charging at 5 pm and it was 6:15 pm. Her selflessness, even though probably wasn’t as helpful as she thought, gave me the inspiration to add a random act of kindness part to my blog.

What is a random act of kindness? Glad you asked. According to Wikipedia; “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. Either spontaneous or planned, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities”. So my plan with this blog is to share ideas of random acts of kindness you can participate in, spread kindness and finally share some information about the “science of happiness”. 🙂

Here is something for you to think about for the week:

Stumbling_on_HappinessIn the book “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert he says “Feelings just don’t matter- they are what mattering means” (Gilbert 71). I spent time reflecting on this quote and what it means. I believe feelings are not just these little things that come and go, your entire existence is just a compilation of feelings. If you think of your feelings as your happiness. it is not just a thing that will come around every once and a while, Your entire life is circled around your happiness. It should be your goal in life to be as happy as you can be.

Now go dazzle the world with your brilliance! XOXO