Happy Today! :-)

chrismcmullen

Happy Today

Why should we wait for holidays, birthdays, and special days to wish everyone a happy day? We shouldn’t.

Every day should be special. We should be happy every day.

So here’s a wish for a Happy Today.

It’s not just good for today. It’s good for every day.

Have a very Happy Today.

Because it will always be today. Even when today becomes tomorrow, you will still think it’s ‘today.’

So have a Happy Today that never ends.

Smile! 🙂

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Guest Posts, Please!

There hasn’t been a new post on here for a little bit because the poetry group that is working on the Be Nice Campaign has not been able to meet for the past two weeks. However, I’m hoping to get more content on here and I want to include anyone who would be interested in doing a guest post.

It doesn’t have to be an anti-bullying post, or a feel-good, explicitly uplifting post. Basically anything works: poetry, photographs, personal stories, anecdotes, encouragements, open letters, et cetera.

I will try to post all submissions I receive unless there is something about it that I feel goes against the purpose of the Be Nice Campaign.

If you’re interested, you can email a submission to me at heathervoidblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Please use the subject line “be nice campaign” and be sure to include the name you’d like me to credit the post to, as well as the blog URL you would like linked. I will try to respond within a week, hopefully with the date your submission will be posted.

It’s totally ok to submit something that you’ve already posted on your personal blog.

I hope that this will be well-received, because honestly, I’m low on ideas at the moment. It’s easy to stay fired up when you’re with others who are excited, but our lack of meetings has left me lacking inspiration. Hopefully by next Tuesday we’ll have a Twitter hashtag…

A big thank-you to Sue’s Considered Trifles for including the Be Nice Campaign in her post about World Kindness Day!

Top 10 Reasons To Smile

How much can a smile change? Turns out, it can do more than I thought. I especially like point 3 about the positive chain reaction.

The Freckled Fellow

You sit nervously at your desk while your teacher gives back graded tests.  You studied all week.  You stayed up late.  You skipped date night.  You receive your test, quickly skim to the bottom, and see a crazy red symbol: A.  You breathe a sigh of relief, and finally let an ear-to-ear smile take over your face.

We’re accustomed to smiling after receiving after receiving positive news, hearing a great joke, or seeing our friends.  However, when you step back, you realize there are many smaller moments (that are less profound) that deserve a smile as well, as they happen much more frequently.  There are also functions under the skin surface that you never see, but can definitely feel.  Case in point: spend as much time smiling as possible (without being weird about it).

Here are our Top 10 Reasons to Smile:

1 – It’s healthy.  Smiling reduces stress…

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Be Nice Campaign

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There’s a quote I really love that says that revolution can’t be planned.

The images are from a silent discussion on bullying which took place during a meeting of a high school poetry group.

The members of this group, myself included, are working on a Be Nice Campaign to promote, well, niceness. We can all do more than just avoiding being cruel; we can actively work to increase the kindness we show to others and to ourselves.

This isn’t just about bullying, though that’s one set of circumstances we want to surmount. This is about encouraging people. This is about reminding the world of the human capacity for goodness.

Less than fifteen people- for now- and our social media, but we want to change the world.

This blog is my contribution to the campaign. I can’t take credit for the initiation of the idea, just the continuation, and I would be ecstatic if other bloggers picked this concept up and ran with it.

By simply being nice, we have the power to overtake the negative sides of schools, the internet, and humanity in general.

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