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#ygkChallenge: Acts of Kindness

something nice, acts of kindness, ygkchallenge, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we’ll be establishing a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Do something nice for a complete stranger: whether you choose to give out free hugs, hold the door, make dinner for someone, the goal here is to engage in a random, extraordinary act of kindness. One of my Mom’s favourites is to buy coffee for the person behind her in the drive thru, with the hope that they’ll pass it along down the line. Just thinking about the ripple effect of doing something positive for a complete stranger brings a smile to my face.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you progress throughout this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to allart ·· for today’s photo of people giving away free hugs.

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3 thoughts on “#ygkChallenge: Acts of Kindness

  • October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am
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    I'm in, but for the record, holding the door is not an extraordinary act of kindness. It's having ordinary manners.

    • October 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm
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      An excellent point. Challenging people to do something is not an easy task, as I suspect many would decline an invitation to do something truly extraordinary. In that respect, my ordinary examples were simply trying to inspire the widest possible audience. Perhaps not the best approach for folks who already hold doors and such. What do you have planned?

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