Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24; almost half of all suicide victims were bullied. kindness4GRACE was started by a group of family members of a girl who was continually cyber-bullied, leading to her death in 2012. “Easter Sunday 2012, our cousin Grace McComas committed suicide after nearly a year of cyber-bullying. Grace was a girl who inspired happiness and laughter wherever she went. She did not deserve to have to end her life so early. Had Grace been shown the kindness she deserved she would still be alive today. Grace, though is not the only victim of cyber-bullying. In honor of Grace McComas, her 17th birthday, October 9th, is official Kindness for Grace day!”
Although “Kindness for Grace Day” has passed this year, that doesn’t mean that we can “generate kindness” every day. Sending a single message- text, Facebook post, tweet- of kindness can have a huge impact on someone’s mentality. When people smile, its contagious. If everyone focused more on spreading happy thoughts and happy words, the world would be contain many more happy hearts.
Simple, random, acts of kindness are inexpensive and can be quick, but have effects that are sometimes larger than we could ever fathom.
A few examples from recent news:
Instead of a party, or asking for presents to celebrate her birthday, Hilary did 22 acts of kindness for her 22nd birthday.:
Otto Porter Jr’s (Washington Wizards) Random Act of Kindness-Purchasing and eating lunch with a homeless man:
No matter how big or small an act of kindness, it will always have positive effects. Take some time out of your day, and dedicate it to doing one, five, ten random and kind things for a friend, coworker or stranger. Then tell us about what happened, we love your stories.