When I began writing my book, Hot Girl Etiquette, my goal was to offer etiquette information in a more fun and realistic way. But, as we all know time and experience brings about different subjects, challenges, and situations. Proper etiquette does not always fit in to the conversation. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is that very challenge and situation.
I could not fathom discussing the holiday’s or etiquette after 20 children and six adults were gunned down in my home state, not far from where I once lived. I was heart-broken and angry with a loss of words. I could only think about how we as a society can change. My thoughts were only about praying for the families who would struggle through the holiday season without their children, mothers, sisters, and friends.
After the shooting political leaders and the American people began to analyze the cause and the effect of violent acts. Gun control became the essential topic of discussion on news television shows like CNN, MSNBC, and Night Line. Social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest began challenging its participants to the #26Acts of Kindness campaign. So, after 15 days of pondering about my part in creating change within the world I plan to pay it forward with Acts of Kindness.
During the holiday season and immediately after tragedies it is easiest for most people to act thoughtful and kind, but after the pomp and circumstance leave, we often forget about those little acts. Etiquette has always been about a code of civil conduct. When common decency and love for our fellow-man is shaken to the core our only option is to work harder at our acts of kindness. So, I want you to make acts of kindness your New Year’s Resolution.
Beginning January 1, 2013 do an act of kindness each day for 26 days +2. Why plus two more days? It takes 28 days to create a habit. Mark the first 26 days for the lost lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School and make the last two days for you and your future. Do little things like hold open a door for everyone walking through. Give a compliment to a stranger or a friend. Let a car cut in front of you without hesitation.
Still wondering about your 26 Acts of Kindness? This list will get you started
#26Acts of Kindness+2
- Bring Georgetown Cupcakes for everyone at home.
- Give a chocolate Kiss to each person at work with a note attached “Great Job!”
- Hold open the door for more than just one person.
- Leave a larger than usual tip.
- Make a meal for a neighbor in need or an elderly person in need.
- Call your parents and ask how they are doing and if they need anything.
- Give your clothes to the Goodwill or a homeless shelter.
- Volunteer to serve food to the homeless.
- Babysit for free, one Friday night to the couple or friend that needs some alone time
- Do you have a skill? Offer one free class to your community.
- Throw a party for your friends.
- Help a stranger parallel park.
- Anonymously leave money for a co-worker or friend that is financially struggling
- Bring some Starbucks for everyone.
- Share your favorite inspirational quote
- Compliment a strangers hair, clothes, or makeup
- You pay for the first round
- You be the designated driver
- Shovel your neighbors snowy driveway
- Call a friend you have not talk to in years and just say, “I was thinking about you”
- Write on a friends Facebook page about how great of a friend they are
- Tweet Ann Curry and thank her for the inspiration for #26Acts Campaign
- Offer your store savings card to customer at the grocery store so they can save money at checkout
- Give a Target or Wal-Mart gift card to a family in need
- Offer to volunteer at a local youth group or elderly home
- Bring flowers and treats to a friend’s house
- Be good to you and be good to others
I got you started. I’m sure you can think of 28 more acts of kindness. Share some of your #26Acts of kindness with us and on Twitter at @HotGrlEtiquette