Today's Kindness #397: October 11, 2023
National Spread Joy Day, observed on October 11, is an opportunity to shift the tone of our newsfeeds and newsrooms from negativity to joy.
Today, people are urged to surprise friends and relatives with a gift, a cup of coffee, or mail. The objective is to make each other happy. The day was initiated in response to the escalating negative thinking and hatred observed on social media, in our news, and in politics to effect proactive change in our communities. We can spread happiness if we concentrate more on the good. This is the message of National Spread Joy Day.
A little humor goes a long way to distract us from the awful reality of the world today, from natural disasters to violence and divisive politics. Spending time on social media has become taxing rather than empowering, which is exactly why Seattle-based firm Knack hopes to alter things by sparking a new social media trend that emphasizes love, generosity, and appreciation.
Overwhelmed by the pessimism in newsfeeds, Laura Jennings, C.E.O. of Knack, wanted to demonstrate that there is joy all around us - we simply don't talk about it much. As a result, she and the Knack team established National Spread Joy Day to encourage people to send gifts, carry out acts of kindness, and engage in more cheerful conversations.
The holiday encourages Americans to spend their efforts on sharing positive moments. The occasion is now in its fourth year and will be observed nationally and locally in Seattle. National Spread Joy Day is about appreciating life's good things and showing affection. What more could you want in a day? Engage with those around you, your friends, neighbors, work colleagues even those working at your local store. Don't allow this opportunity to show your good side to go by and that negativity and adversity won't get you down.
Do something pleasant for yourself
After all, they say that happiness begins at home, and this is true. You cannot make other people happy if you are not happy yourself.
Read cheerful and encouraging news
Every day, there are pleasant and wonderful things happening around the world. Use your blogs and social media channels to distribute uplifting information and news articles and cheerful events.
Do something to make someone happy
Allow an automobile to cut in front of you, greet a stranger in an elevator, and tell a co-worker how well they're doing. All it takes is one modest purposeful action for joy to triumph over unpleasant circumstances and spread like wildfire.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt