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Today is World Kindness Day! Are you surprised? Most of us are, so don’t worry, you’re in the clear.

Now that you’ve breathed that sigh of relief, what are you going to do about it? Yes, World Kindness Day is one of the social media holidays that just add to your already full schedule, but you can relax, there are a slew of things you can do to commemorate the day from the most sacred place in your home – the couch.

Here’s some advice from  Blogger Brooke Jones of The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, that will enable you to spread kindness without hindering your perhaps sedentary lifestyle you’re involvement one bit!

1. Take Care Of Yourself

First off, you can’t save the world if you don’t take care of yourself. We thought it would be a good suggestion for you to go take a bubble bath and enjoy time to yourself, but that would require you moving, so bubbles are out. Here’s what you can do instead:

Go to futureme.org and write yourself a letter. Seriously, write a letter to your future self. Pick a date in the future… a week from now, a month from now, even ten years from now and write an encouraging note to yourself. The site will send you your letter on the date you specify.

Congratulate yourself on losing weight or finishing that homework assignment. Tell yourself that everything is going to be ok. Remind yourself that you are awesome and you make this world a better place just by being you. Maybe even give yourself a cool new nickname? Now you’re getting the hang of it, Sparky.

2. Write Someone A Letter of Gratitude

This can seem like a difficult task since no one “writes letters” anymore.  Let’s make it really easy for you. Skip the pen and paper. Take the sentence below, fill in the blanks, then post it on a friend’s social media feed. Easy peasy!

“I’m so glad you’re my ________. Every time I think about you, I feel ________. You probably don’t know this, but I’ve always admired ___________ about you. I wanted to take the time to tell you, because ___________.  Just know you have a fan out there in this crazy world and I appreciate you so much!

3. Donate Some Dough

Hop on your favorite charity website and donate some money. Don’t have a favorite? Think about organizations that benefit the world (check out charitynavigator.org to find legitimate organizations that truly need your help).

When you’re done, check out freerice.com where you can play fun quiz games where each correct answer you give, they donate 10 grains of rice. It’s a unique way to help feed people you’ve never even met! You’re amazing.

4. Order Flowers For Someone

Get yourself on the internet. Wait, you’re probably already there if you’re sitting on your couch reading this blog post. In that case, think of someone who totally deserves flowers right now, preferably someone who rarely receives them. Got it? Now, do a search for a local florist in their area. Find the prettiest, brightest, happiest bouquet (that fits your budget) and send it to them! Bam. You’re a hero.

5. Send A Positive Text

Hopefully you won’t have to move yourself too much by getting off the sofa to get your phone. We apologize if we’ve disturbed your comfy couch cocoon.

This one is about as quick and easy as it gets. Pick one person (or your entire contacts list!) and send them an uplifting text message. Here are a few examples:

“Mom, you are the mommest mom ever.” (translation: you’re amazing and I love you.)

“Jeff, I know you’ve been having a rough couple of days–here’s hoping today is really good… or at least not as bad as yesterday.”

“Ms. Johnson, thanks for helping me through that math homework. I finally feel like I ‘get it’ thanks to you. #teachersrock”

6. Recycle

No list claiming to save the world would be complete without mentioning recycling. We all know it matters. When you’re done with that soda can sitting next to you, make sure you put it in the recycle bin.  Also, just a note–if you have been eating peanut butter with a spoon and you finally finished it, DO NOT leave it in the sink with hot soapy water. Hot soapy peanut butter smells terrible. Trust me.

You could step up your efforts and make your couch even more comfortable with a little crafty project. How about recycling that old sweater in your closet? You know the one…where you spilled some hot sauce on the sleeve when you were at that taco joint down the street?  Check out this tutorial to make that sweater into a sweater pillow! Magic!

7. Plant A Garden

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. This one will require you to get out of your marshmallow seat and get dirty but you couldn’t be more wrong! I’m not actually suggesting you lift a finger (yet!). Actually…I take that back. You will have to lift your fingers: Search for organic, sustainably-farmed seeds. Pick your favorites (mmm…. parsnips) and order a few packets of seeds. If you don’t have space for an outdoor garden, get a few herbs and grow a mini herb garden in a window sill. Hint: fresh mint is super easy to grow and makes for the best mojitos.

Gardening is good for the soul. Eating what we grow is good for the belly. Understanding and appreciating where our food comes from is good for the world.

And that’s all folks! You can spread kindness, make a difference and keep those important promises all without putting down the remote! So get to it, because you said you would!

because I said I would – Echoes

The 'because I said I would movement' goes global with it's new chapters called "Echoes."

The ‘because I said I would movement’ goes global with it’s new chapters called “Echoes.”

The program that inspired this year’s CARE Contest – because I said I would – turns three today, but what does that truly mean? Today is the day that Alex Sheen’s father passed away from complications of lung cancer and Sheen decided to change the world.

According to Sheen, his father was an average man who kept his word.

“My father was an average man. He was no war hero. He never wrote a book. He never ran marathons. He was a pharmacist. No recognition. No fame. But for everything that made my father ‘average’ and “everyday,’ there was one thing he did exceptionally well. He kept his promises. My father was a man of his word.”

The day of his father’s funeral Sheen made a decision. A decision to model his own life after his father and to encourage others to do so as well. On that day Sheen handed out for the first time what he would call “promise cards” to help remind people of the importance of their commitments. Simply write a promise on the card and use it as a symbol of your honor. He offered to send ten promise cards to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost to them.

Now the because I said I would movement is going global.

“We are starting because I said I would chapters around the world,” said Sheen. ”Each because I said I would chapter will be called an Echo and will act as a force for good in their respective region.”

What will these Echoes do? Each Echo will make and keep unified promises as a team to help people and causes in their local community, come together to learn about how promises and humanity are affected by history, psychology, philosophy and culture,  learn ways that make us better at keeping promises and work as a support group to help members stick with their individual promises.

Now they need your help. In order to make this global movement happen they need funds to get things started. Want to help? Please go here to donate. They are almost at their fundraising goal!