“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ― Mother Teresa

In May of 1963, my wife and I were both born, Melinda on the 13th and me on the 24th. In 2013, as a way to honor our 50th birthdays, I crafted this kindness activity. IntroductionFor 12 days, beginning on Melinda’s birthday and continuing through mine, I sent out a message that contained a kindness theme suggestion.

The idea was for people interested in honoring Melinda’s and my milestone birthdays to contemplate and then act on each theme each day. Now, the archived activity is presented to interested people to utilize as they see fit. Feel free to scan through the days to see what I suggested, or progress through day by day in the way the activity was first presented.

If you do choose to complete some of the suggested kindness activities, I encourage your actions to be small ones. In other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s much more important to do something small than nothing at all. Besides, a bunch of small acts of kindness are much better than one so-called big one.

If you are interested in learning more about my ongoing kindness classes, feel free to get in touch with me by writing


PS — Oh, another goal of this kindness campaign was to get 1000 Likes on our Facebook page and 1000 subscribers to our Kind Living eNewsletter. We got up to 945 on Facebook but our eNewsletter list only made it to 810.