There is never a bad time to throw some kindness out into the world around you. However, I feel like lately we need it more than ever. In a stage where politics seem like a game of petty insults and selfish motives, where a Super Bowl halftime show draws more critics than congratulations for the actual winners of the game, and social media is full of judgments and misjudgments, we need to take a time out to, in the words of Taylor Swift “calm down”. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with the world, let’s focus on what we can do that is right. Instead of spreading negativity like its a virus I am challenging us to 28 days of sending out good vibes only.
Feeling the Good Vibes Only
I don’t know about you but I am totally sick of seeing and hearing people criticize one another. The competition, the jealousy, the haters, and the unhappiness all need to go take a permanent vacation on the same deserted island.
Because seriously, as much as I try to stay above it, it brings me down. It brings us all down. Even if it has nothing to do with us just by hearing or reading negativity we are affected negatively. And guess what? I don’t want to feel that. I want good vibes only. Or at least as many good vibes as I can get.
Obviously, life is going to hand us some plot twists that are tough to deal with. Injury, illness, tragedy, hardship. It happens. Trust me, I’ve been through the ringer. But even in the times of struggle I would rather have those around me lift me up a little with the good things in life, than push me down further with the icky stuff. I would rather focus on the pros than get lost in the muck of the cons.
Giving Good Vibes Only
I think much of the time we forget that our differences are not what we should be at odds about. Our differences are what we should be grateful for. They set us apart and make each of us unique, and often times, they are how we balance each other if we let them.
This challenge is meant to over look our differences, our circumstances, and our own self serving thoughts. Instead, it is a chance to celebrate our common humanity, to bring out the best in one another, and to genuinely feel happiness towards those you are surrounded by.
Additionally, it is an opportunity to find happiness in ourselves because that is really where all of our good vibes begin.
So dive on in and vow to spend the next 28 days completing the good vibes only challenge. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to cost you anything beyond your personal effort, unless you want it to.
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28 Day Good Vibes Only Challenge
Week #1: Words
One of the easiest ways to spread some good vibes and kindness is through verbal communication. Being given a compliment or word of encouragement is very powerful when it comes to lifting someone’s spirit. So let’s spend this first week doing what our mamas taught us: saying something nice.
Day 1: Compliment a friend.
Start looking for the good stuff when it comes to the people you come in contact with every day. Tell your friends you like their shoes, or their hair looks gorgeous, or that you admire what a great mom, friend, student, teacher they are.
Day 2: Compliment a stranger.
This one might make you step out of your comfort zone a little. It could be the cashier at your local grocery store, the lady next to you in your yoga class, or the bartender who is serving your drink. Say something nice to them, not in a weird creepy way like “you’re hair is so silky” but in a casual off-the-cuff moment to let them know they did a good job or their workout leggings are on the mark.
Day 3: Reach out to someone.
Perhaps you know someone who is going through a though time or major life changes. Or perhaps you have lost touch with someone from your past. Reach out to them today to just say “hi”, and let them know that you are thinking about them.
Day 4: Send a thank you.
Think of someone who has inspired you and been a mentor in your life. Then take the time today to send them a thank you for positively influencing you. It doesn’t matter how long its been, or whether you send it by email or snail mail. What matters is that you send it.
Day 5: Encourage your family.
Today give an encouraging word to each member of your family. It can be an expression of how special they are or a positive comment about something they are working on accomplishing. Even just a simple “I love you” will do the trick.
Day 6: Use your manners.
As you go through your day say hello more often, even to strangers. Be polite and say “please”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome”. These things might seem like a no-brainer but you will be surprised at how easily life distracts us from using our best manners on a daily basis.
Day 7: Wear your words
If neither of those things are an option then simply put on the accessory that spreads the most kindness of all: a smile. If you need a little help remembering to smile more then write “good vibes only” on your hand or wrist. That way every time you see it you will be reminded to show those pearly whites.
Week #2: Actions
Day 8: Give a hug.
Today spread a little love by greeting your loved ones with a hug. Human touch can be an immediate mood-lifter for both the giver and receiver.
Day 9: Pay it forward.
Focus on others and pay it forward on day 9. For this action you can dig into your pocket book and do something like buying coffee for the person behind you in line, leaving an extra tip for your waitress, or taping quarters onto a vending or candy machine for someone to find.
However, if you can’t afford to spend any extra money you can pay it forward in other ways like holding the door open for someone, helping another shopper load their groceries, or picking up someone else’s litter.
Day 10: Bake for someone.
Spend a little time in the kitchen today to bake a special treat like, cookies, brownies, or bread for someone you know. Then wrap it up and deliver it. If you don’t have time to bake then its OK to take a little short cut on this one and visit your local bakery or donut shop to pick something up.
Day 11: Thank a service member.
I can personally attest to how special this action is to those who serve or have served in the military. My husband is a proud 20 year veteran of the Marine Corps and is moved every time someone thanks him for his service or does something special for him.
If you know a veteran express your thanks to them for their sacrifice to our country. You can send a message, a card, or give them a call. If you don’t personally know someone serving then send a small care package or a hand made thank you note overseas or to a military base. Look around for people wearing military clothing or accessories, like a cap, and go over to give them a hand shake.
Day 12: Thank a police officer, fire fighter, or first responder.
Just like a military member our local authorities deserve our appreciation. Take a little time to stop and thank a police office, fire fighter, or first responder. You can also visit their stations to bring thank you cards, drawings from kids, or a special treat (perhaps the cookies you baked!).
Day 13: Donate used books.
I don’t know about you but we have a ton of books. Its one thing I love getting more of, however, I know I could sort through them and give some away. You can donate them to your local library, a preschool center, your church, or a hospital.
Also, if you have one of those little free library boxes in your area you can take your books to fill it up.
Day 14: Treat a pup.
Now, I am not much of a dog person. Don’t get me wrong, I think dogs are great, I just don’t have one as a pet at this stage in my life. Currently we specialize in children rather than pets. However, let’s not forget the furry friends in our lives, whether they belong to us or someone we know.
If you have a pet you can bake special puppy treats, get a new toy, or take it to a dog park or on a walk. If you don’t then get a treat for your neighbors dog or ask a friend if you can help out by walking their family pup.
Week 3: Social
Goodness knows that social media can be a downer sometimes. What, with all of the political rants and pop culture critics, some days its hard to find photos of what is actually going on in the lives of your friends.
So this week lets give the vibes of social media a resuscitation by breathing some good into it. Here’s what to do on week three.
Day 15: Comments for close friends.
The objective for day 15 is to leave 5 positive comments on the posts of people you would normally interact with on social media. This can be any of your social media accounts or across a number of them.
Drop a compliment, congratulate, or cheer someone on in their life events.
Day 16: Comments for not-so-close friends.
Today we are stepping out of our norm and leaving 5 positive comments on the posts of people with don’t normally interact with on social media.
Perhaps they are just people you tend to scroll passed without a like or comment, or perhaps you need to go find someone on your friend list who you haven’t been in touch with in a while.
Day 17: Post an inspiring quote.
Day 18: Send a PM.
Take a little time today to send a private message to 3 friends. You can give them a compliment, or an encouraging word, or even just a quick note to see what’s up and let them know they were on your mind.
Day 19: Add something funny, beautiful, or cute to your feed.
This can be a joke (keep it appropriate) that gives someone a laugh, a funny quote, a picture of a sunset, or a video of your child learning or doing something special. The point here is to keep good vibes only on your account and to give others a little happiness as they scroll through their feed.
Day 20: Post a recommendation.
Today post a recommendation for something that has inspired, encouraged, or motivated you recently. Some ideas are:
- link to a personal development book
- YouTube video of a speaker, sermon, or one that just made you smile, like this one
- a song that just makes you want to dance
- a feel good blog post you’ve read
- or promote an inspiring influencer you follow
Day 21: Challenge others to spread the good vibes only.
Copy and paste the link to this challenge in a post on your feed and get your social media friends to jump in with you. Spreading kindness can really make you feel good, but when you are helping to send it out in waves through those around you the ripple effect can be an incredible thing to witness. And to know you were a little part of that is a pretty darn good feeling.
Also, don’t forget to pin this post to refer back to during these 28 days of good vibes.
Week 4: Self
It can be a simple thing to spread the good vibes only to others for a few weeks. But the best way to continue doing that is to give your self a healthy and positive mindset. In other words, you need to love yourself first.
It may seem sort of counter productive that our “self week” comes at the end of our challenge, but stick with me babe, I’m going somewhere with this. Sometimes, the hardest person to be kind to is ourselves. We are our own worst critic and can pick out the flaws with think we have better than anyone else.
After spending a few weeks getting into the groove of giving good vibes, its time to turn some of that inward and offer some self love to the person you look in the mirror at everyday. Because when you have a positive opinion and attitude towards you, its so much easier to allow it to seep out to others naturally.
Day 22: Find an affirmation.
Maybe you already have an affirmation that means something to you. If you don’t you can search Pinterest or Google until you find one that really speaks to you. I recently read an affirmation in the book Girl Code that said “trust your brilliance”. It was perfect for me because I tend to doubt myself and feel personally hurt if someone doesn’t agree with my work. So those 3 words have become a sort of mantra that I repeat to myself on a daily basis. Find yours and let it fill you with positivity and strength today and everyday.
Day 23: Meditate.
Even if you don’t meditate on a regular basis, or even if you have never meditated, take 5 minutes today to sit in silence and think about your new affirmation. Repeat it to yourself. Then, consciously list the things you are grateful for and the qualities that you love about yourself. Leave out any negative talk, remember it’s good vibes only, even in our minds.
Day 24: Set a goal.
Maybe it’s a New Year’s resolution that has already gone by the way side or maybe you have an area that you want to improve in. Now is the time to revive your goal or set a new one. Then, make a plan to achieve it. It doesn’t have to be big. Small improvements matter too. Just give some thought to how you want to better yourself and go from there.
Day 25: Eat healthy.
Today be extra conscious about what you are putting into your body and make sure you are fueling it the right way. It is amazing to realize what the proper nutrition can do for your energy, mood, and the way you feel.
Also, don’t forget to hydrate! Related post: Tips for Drinking Enough Water Daily.
Day 26: Move your body.
Schedule in 30-60 minutes of exercise today. It can be gym time, taking a class, or even just a walk around your neighborhood. Your body not only benefits from activity but so does your mind.
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Day 27: Pamper yourself.
This is the day to do something that makes you feel good. Go get a massage, paint your nails, sit in a relaxing bath, put on a face mask, get a hair cut, etc. You can have a professional do it or do some self care at home.
Day 28: Set good vibes only notifications.
I love this idea. Go into your phone and set 5 notifications that will alert you throughout the next several months. They can be totally random dates but in the title put your affirmation or another phrase or compliment that makes you feel good. It can be a great reminder for your mindset. They may even pop up on a day when you need it most.
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