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I posted on my personal Facebook page last month hoping to entice a few of my friends to join in on a kindness challenge.

Little did I know this challenge would draw such a huge response. Within an hour, we had more than 100 people ready to participate. I remember saying, “Oh, wow! I need to put something together!”

Chelsea and I brainstormed ideas and designed the branding elements utilizing Canva. Within 48 hours, we had a team of more than 500 people ready to be part of the first ever #31DaysofKindness.

Ultimately, more than 725 people participated in this year’s #31DaysofKindness. What an experience it was! But it shouldn’t stop there. We should continue to perform acts of kindness every day. More importantly, we should encourage others to initiate their own #31DaysofKindness campaign.

Here are 6 reasons you should participate– and invite others to participate– in 31 Days of Kindness:

Click image to download the 31 days of Kindness collage!

Click here to download the 31 days of Kindness collage!

Makes you aware – You begin to understand how much you really have to give and what abundance we all have. If we all gave a little more, all smiled a little more, and all helped a little more, how much better the world would be!

Makes you care – It really gets you thinking about your fellow human beings. You can do simple things every day to make a big difference in other peoples’ lives. It doesn’t require a million dollar donation or starting your own foundation to make a difference. We are talking about doing little things that make a big difference and show others you care about them.

Makes you happy – I cannot tell you how happy I am having completed this challenge. Think of the last time you did something nice for someone. How did you feel? I felt like I was on cloud nine, everyday! Selfish it may be, but being kind also makes you more happy!

Makes you appreciative – You start to look at the world differently and understand how much you really have in life. Take a look at what we can be thankful for, and appreciate, everyday.

Makes you feel connected – There is strength in numbers. When you see others using the #31DaysofKindness hashtag and connect with them, it makes you feel amazing! You feel like you are doing even more, because you are part of a larger group!

Makes you dream – You dream constantly of what else you can do, what the world would be like if more people did kind things every day, and how you can make a difference one kind act at a time.

I have some big goals for us next year. If you want to be part of the planning committee, or have ideas of how we can improve to get more people to join in this effort, email me at!

Either way, start today being more kind and adding value to the world with what you already have! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s #31DaysofKindness. I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition in 2015 and the rest of this year! As always…

Dream BIG,

If you were part of this year’s #31DaysofKindness, share this with your friends and family. Let’s get more people performing acts of kindness around the world!

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Although I fell off the wagon, this was a great thing to be part of. I continue my kindness every day whenever possible, now. Just yesterday, I gave a fellow gym member at the Y a bracelet I’ve been wearing since my office gym opened 10/2012. It says “30 minutes a day” and “be a better you”. He was restarting his workouts after some issues and having a bit of a struggle. I told him he needed it more than I did now, as I’ve been on a dedicated health improvement kick. Felt great just to make him smile.

  • Karen O'Keefe says:

    Hey, Ryan. This was a really fun and meaningful challenge! I was an imperfect participant, but the challenge pushed me further than I would have gone without it. I shared it widely and even gave a speech about it (may even give another). A friend who runs a happiness center is going to create his own challenge, inspired by you. You helped make the world a better place…one small act at a time. Great job!

  • Kapil Patel says:

    Loved it Ryan. Yes, everyday I was looking for different ways to do kindness. I will continue doing little kindness everyday. Let’s make it big next year.

  • Ryan Avery says:

    So glad you joined us Kapil and really liked your photos! 🙂 Can’t wait for next year!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    That is great to hear! So glad you joined us on this Challenge Karen and thank you for sharing it with so many people!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    That is awesome Larry! So glad you joined us on this challenge! 🙂

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