52 Weeks of Kindness Challenge

Now On!

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Week 1 of 52

Start by simply trying to think the best of people

There are plenty of rewarding ways of being kind to strangers and there is no need to go out of your comfort zone. This week, simply try to think the best of people. It’s not nice to have someone not hold the door open or having someone cut in front of you whilst driving but try to remember you have no idea what other people are going through. Start to notice when you may be able to help and take the time to do so.

Week 2 of 52

Make kindness calls. Calls for no other reason than saying hi.

We all are guilty of being consumed in our lives but there is nothing better, even in the rush, when someone calls just to say hi and see how you are. No agenda. No motive. Just good old-fashioned human interaction. This week, focus on making kindness calls. There is no limit to the number and even if you just make one, that’s fine too. No answer? Leave a voicemail instead.

Week 2 of 52

Keep a record of your happy moments. These are the moments which matter. 

What makes you happy? Like truly happy? Is it when you’re walking the dog? Cooking? Belly laughing about something that isn’t funny but is the funniest thing you’ve ever heard? Keep a record of them. These are the moments that matter and are wonderful to reflect on when you are experiencing tough times.

Week 4 of 52

Make your school, workplace and community one which includes others.

Human interaction. A wonderful ability that is free of charge. If we don’t have this, we may miss out on new experiences and meeting new people. Challenge yourself to say hi to the new person or notice the person who needs to be included and take the opportunity to make your school, university, workplace, community group and friendship circle, for example, one of life-changing kindness. 

Week 5 of 52

Be conscious of your recycling habits

Channeling Greta Thurnberg and a growing awareness of climate change, did you know that any glass that isn’t recycle can take up to a million years to decompose? By being more aware of disposing of rubbish correctly, can reduce water pollution by up to 50% and related air pollution by up to 20%. Have a look at your local council requirements to ensure you are complying first and be aware of your surroundings by picking up the litter when out and about.

Week 6 of 52

Back to basics – Be Nice

You never know how much a few nice words mean to someone, you never know what hell they may be going through, and when you put positivity out there into the Universe YOU yourself become a happier person. It’s hard to be nice and be miserable yourself. It’ll reflect from the outside in. I’m telling you random compliment giving will change your life and maybe someone else’s, too.” Words thanks to @jordansarahweatherhead

Week 7 of 52

Practice Forgiveness.

Forgiveness does not mean forgetting but sometimes increasing your own happiness involves making peace with the past. When you choose to forgive someone, you choose not to be held back by disappointment, hurt and resentment. It means choosing to let go of the things which bring you down. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to confront someone who has wronged you or even have direct content with them. We can’t change the past nor can we make others take responsibility for things but we can change how we think about ourselves in relation to these events. 

Week 8 of 52

Practice Mindful Driving.

Being mindful is an important facet of kindness and it’s clear from the number of deaths, accidents, near-misses, beeping horns, aggressive back seat drivers and daydreaming driver’s that it’s not happening enough. We can’t all be perfect drivers all the time but we can be mindful of others. Will the extra 5 seconds to let someone in really make a difference? Will it really matter if you don’t answer the phone until you get home? Would saying thank you when someone lets you take the car park space be that hard? Probably not. Do you know what will matter? The moment you do hurt someone else and regret it for the rest of your life.

Week 8 of 52

The Art of Making Memories.

What are memories made of? Why is it that hearing a song, remembering the line from a movie, or a familiar smell can take you back to something you had forgotten? Some days we remember because they were sad.  Whether good or bad, happy or sad, memories can be considered as the cornerstones of our identity. They allow us to travel back in time via stories from older people. They influence our mood and help us plan for the future. Practicing the art of how to create and remember happy moments – they don’t last forever and at times, don’t last for long enough.

Week 10 of 52

Have An Attentive Heart.

To notice when someone needs help or to hear a kind word goes back to the first step in kindness – being aware. To make a difference in the lives of others means having an attentive heart. This can be as simple as seeing someone struggle with their shopping or crossing the road. Take a few moments each day this week and intentionally look for occasions to be kind. You can do this as work, at school, at the shops and even at home.

Week 8 of 52

Find creative ways to be kind which suit the situation. 

Wednesday is World Kindness Day so this week is simply about finding the opportunity to be kind. From simple acts of kindness to using your imagination, the opportunities to brighten someone’s day are endless.
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves and look beyond culture, race, ethnicity, race or religion. The day started the in 1998 and according to the Random Act of Kindness Foundation, “the goal is that we hope kindness is spread every day of the year but is a day we can be a bit louder about our kindness”.

52 weeks of kindness step 1

Step 1

Don’t just think you can sit there and look cute for 52 weeks. Our acts of kindness won’t be hard but they may require a bit of effort. If you think you can look cute and be kind, then welcome aboard. If you want to contribute an act of kindness, please email us

Proceed to Step 2…

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Step 2

It’s much more fun to do things with other people so get your friends to join. In the corporate world? Get together with your team use our 52 week kindness  challenge to create a a kinder workplace. The more the merrier!

Proceed to Step 3…

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Step 3

You’ve got this far so we say you’ve made a conscious effort to be kind. Here’s how it works. Every Sunday we will post the act of kindness for the week on our Facebook and Instagram pages. That gives you a week to complete the challenge.

Proceed to Step 4…

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Step 4

We are all for giving the high fives but they are hard to give if we don’t know who to give them too. Post a comment below the challenge on the website, tag us in social media or send us an email. We’ll do the rest!

52 Weeks To Go…

If you want to be in the draw for prizes along the way, you must let us know what you did. Send it to us via the website, email hello@thecooltobekindproject.org or tag us @thecooltobekindproject and #52weeksofkindness

If you are a business wanting to sponsor the event, please get in touch.