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Teams and "Falling In Love" - The Ripple Effect of Kindness

For those of you who “fell forward”  into the New Year with us last month, let’s continue our stroll and fall in love!

Some of you may be familiar with a recent on-line “pay-it-forward” initiative where the first five individuals to text “I’m in!” can look forward to receiving a random act of kindness by the email sender at a future date.  How?  By extending the same invitation to another five individuals, who in turn invite another five individuals to participate, and so on.   As so eloquently puts it, “It’s the power of the ripple effect – a gradually spreading effect or influence. (The) impact begins with one person. A change in thinking impacts behaviour. Behaviour creates influence and inspiration to others to in turn, change their behaviour. And as group thinking and behaviour change, the organization changes, improves and grows.”  Now that’s a ripple effect we can get excited about!

Imagine the impact if our organizations, communities and families took on this challenge of random acts of kindness ... what would our world look like?  What would it be like to live in an environment where people go out of their way to express their gratitude and appreciation to one another?

We Ten Dot chicks believe in the power of love, and the capacity we all have within us to express our love out loud.  It’s the simple things we do, each and every day, to show we care ... things like

* Noticing when someone is absent, and letting them know they are missed when they return
* Paying for the person behind you in the Timmy’s line
* Leaving the parking spot closest to the mall door for people with mobility issues
* Complimenting your co-worker for something they’ve done
* Holding the door and allowing others to proceed
* Smiling at people as you walk past
* Being the first and the last person to speak to everyone you come into contact with
* Actively listening to whoever is speaking with you
* Saying no to, and refusing to engage in, gossip
* Singing an off-key version of someone’s favourite song when they’re feeling blue

With so many possibilities for expressing our love, let’s make the world a better place together by committing ourselves to one daily act of kindness this month.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and the impact of our collective kindness will pay dividends long into the future.

Care to up the kindness ante and really make a dent in our universe?  Take a look at what team love in action looks like!

Stay open, be curious, and let kindness rule our world!

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