When was the last time you had a photo taken of you and whomever you were with and it wasn’t taken by a professional photographer? Selfies don’t count. I’m referring to a photo of you with your family at a special event or on vacation. Maybe you and a child together at a school function. With as many pictures as I take, seldom do I find any of the family all together. That’s one of the reasons when I see someone taking what seems like a keepsake shot of the person they are with, I’ll stop and ask if I can take their photo for them. It’s a simple little act that takes virtually no time and leaves a smile on a total stranger’s face.
I believe in karma… It happened to me when someone offered to take a photo of my daughters and I while on vacation and also while we were visiting family at Christmas. The fact that someone would take time out of their schedule to preserve this moment for me made me happy.
Just like that time I came out to my car to find a $5 Starbucks gift card on the windshield, nothing can prepare you for that unexpected gush of happiness. These kind acts aren’t reserved for adults, either. While on vacation, a street vendor provided face painting for my daughters. We offered him a tip and he refused. Not only did it thrill my daughters that he took such care and detail while creating their individual masterpieces but it warmed our hearts that he wouldn’t take accept a gratuity!
Some people refer to it as random acts of kindness and it is celebrated on March 20th each year as “International Day of Happiness.” In honor of the day, not only can you give someone a smile but you can also help Big Brothers Big Sisters of American financially. How? By pledging to do something kind. Some small act like holding the door for someone or helping a neighbor. Upscale someone’s selfie by taking the photo for them. The pledge process takes less than a minute and for every pledge $1 will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, up to $25,000. There’s even a little something extra in it if you follow a few extra steps: a chance to win a 7 day Caribbean cruise for four! That’s no small prize! $25,000 worth of #HappyActs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of American and a super prize for one karma-worthy winner.
As I said, I’m one of those people who likes to make other people smile so this is right up my alley. I headed to the Acts of Happiness website and took the pledge myself. (Did you hear that $1 just cha-ching into the Big Brothers Big Sister donation bin?) You know what? It took less than a minute. Seriously. Less than a minute to agree to do something I love to do anyhow.
If you have just one minute, please take the pledge. It doesn’t cost anything and the benefits are the smiles it leaves behind.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit their website. Be sure to tune into the Live Happy Facebook page to see who wins the cruise as well as some other prizes that are being given away.
Please share a sample of when someone made you the recipient of Acts of Happiness. #HappyActs.