It’s a new year and boy are we glad to put 2020 behind us! We know there is a lot going on in the world right now causing discomfort, anxiety, and fear for many people. Despite everything, people are coming together now more than ever speaking up against injustice, supporting their neighbors and communities, and remaining hopeful that things will get better by making changes in how we treat others and acting and thinking unselfishly.

With a new year upon us and new year resolutions in place, this is the perfect time to implement kindness and flood social media with smiles. Iceland recently released a promotion to help bring in tourists and we love it! It’s called JoyScroll and it inspired this month’s campaign. Basically, the idea behind JoyScroll is to bring viewers 22.7m (74.5ft) of joy through pictures of Iceland. As stated on their website, “With so much of today’s content made up of bad news, all that doomscroll negativity can affect our mental health. In that spirit we created to take you out of your doomscroll and into 22.7 meters of pure Icelandic joy.” We agreed that we all could use a bit more joy in our day to day lives and while pictures of Iceland are wonderful and inspiring, let’s bring joy into our lives through acts of kindness.

This month we’re encouraging our Ambassadors and followers to flood social media with kindness via our Virtual Kindness Star. We have our Kindness Wands traveling all over the world with people doing random acts of kindness, but with many people in the U.S. and the rest of the world encouraged to stay home right now we thought a Virtual Kindness Star was the perfect way to continue spreading kindness! Of course, your random act of kindness might have to be approached differently than in normal times, so think outside of the box for ways you can make someone’s day special!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Do an act of kindness – this could be picking up trash in your neighborhood, delivering groceries for someone, donating to a food bank, checking in on friends, anything!
  2. Screenshot or save our Virtual Kindness Star photo and add an emoji (small) inside the star that represents your kind act.
  3. Post your star with your newly added emoji to Instagram, along with photos of your kindness in action, and share about your kind act.
  4. Tag a friend (or many friends) and challenge them to do something kind and keep the star going! Ask your friend(s) to tag you in their post with their kind act so you can see how far your Virtual Kindness Star travels.
  5. Don’t forget to tag @infinitesmileproject in your post too!

Reflection Questions

  1. Why do you think it’s important to be kind?
  2. How did your kind act make a difference in someone’s life?

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