Heart to Heart: On Spreading Kindness

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.


  1. Canne
    November 13, 2017 / 10:38 AM

    You feel that you’re kind? I have seen you act snobbish and very stand offish hunn. People reach out to you and you ignore their messages and to be honest that does NOT seem like kindness. Yes I am sure you are very busy in your office and I get it. I am just pointing out obvious facts about you. I guess because you have a big platform now you can act this way but remember Sai, your followers were a small amount at first. Appreciate that and be a little better. Happy Holidays and I pray I woke you up to some of your social ways.

  2. December 13, 2017 / 10:29 PM

    Wow. What you wrote is such a great reminder. Indeed, when we pay forward with random acts of kindness, we’ll never know how we are changing someone’s day. 🙂

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