Today is World Kindness Day! I’ve teamed up with Crest, a company on a mission to help people take care of their smiles, and WONDER, the incredibly heartwarming movie based on the New York Times bestseller, to bring you this post. I wanted to take some time to talk to you about the importance of kindness and the power of a smile.
Have you ever been walking down the street, having a totally crummy morning, and thinking about your impossibly long to-do list, when you happen to meet eyes with a stranger who smiles at you? And all of a sudden you feel just a teensy bit better, like this grinning pedestrian somehow passed on a little bit of his non-crummy vibes to you? It’s scientifically proven that the act of smiling can instantly improve your mood even if a taxi just whizzed passed and splashed you with yesterday’s rainwater. You’ve got to trust me on this because I majored in science in college (Biology. Shocker, I know!)
Now that I’ve got kids of my own, it’s even more important for me to pass on this philosophy by teaching them to be polite, kind, and compassionate individuals. I love the sweet things that London says, and I feel so proud watching her interact with her friends and other adults. And Rio Dash still can’t talk, but boy, that little guy can smile. I don’t think the grumpiest the grouch in NYC could resist smiling back, but I might be a little biased. I love that my children are being raised in New York, a city that’s a melting pot of mentalities, full of diverse cultures. I make sure that London and baby Rio are surrounded by good-hearted people and that they’re exposed to positive messages. This weekend, I’m planning on taking LS to see the WONDER movie, a sweet film with a message about accepting people regardless of how different they might appear to be or actually be. I’m thrilled when a movie with this sort of message comes out. If you have little ones, be sure to check out the trailer as this could be a great weekend activity for you too!
Don’t forget to spread a little extra kindness this week and every week, whether it’s simply smiling while you walk down the street, holding the door open for someone, or volunteering for a cause. Kindness is contagious. And it goes a long way.
This post is sponsored by Crest, but all opinions are 100% my own.