This time of year seems to bring out a lot of anxious and angry people in my neck of the woods. Everyone drives like a maniac, lots of pushing and shoving through the stores, and very few people actually smile. It makes me sad, considering this is supposed to be the “happiest season” and all.
So when Yahoo sent me the information on the How Good Grows project, I happily jumped in. At first I thought about giving the money to a charity, but I already do that on my own. So I decided to wait until an unplanned opportunity jumped at me.
One day earlier this month it was below freezing with 40 MPW. I had a minivan full of kids and we were headed to Chick-Fil-A for lunch. (grilled chicken! fruit!) As I sat in the drive thru line, (because there was no way I was unloading all my kids in that crazy cold), it hit me. Everyone around me could use some holiday cheer and kindness.
When I got to the checkout window, I told the employee that I would like to pay for all the cars behind me. (there were 5). I briefly explained Yahoo’s mission and asked that ask the other cars to somehow pay it forward to create their own ripples.
After I pulled away I watched as each of those cars drove up and were told they didn’t need to pay. Every single one of those drivers left with a smile on their face. Something as small as a $10 lunch had made their day.
Is there someone in your life (or maybe you?) that could use a ripple of kindness? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
To read more about Yahoo’s How Good Grows project and all the ripples around you, visit the website
Thank you Yahoo for giving me some much needed smiles during this holiday season.
Disclosure: I was given money from Yahoo! to help create kindness ripples.