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HOW To Make A Difference: The 365/365 Challenge

Updated on January 26, 2013

THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE

As 2013 rapidly approaches, millions of people turn their thoughts to New Year’s resolutions. The annual ritual of losing more weight, saving more money, and drinking less diet cola is upon us. If statistics are to be believed, 80% of those resolutions will die a natural death by the end of January. Only 5% of those resolutions will be achieved by the end of 2013. Certainly those statistics paint a bleak picture about society and change.

This writer does not believe in resolutions. I do, however, believe in challenges and goals. I have never met a challenge I wasn’t willing to meet head on, and that is why I spend a great deal of my time challenging myself to move beyond my comfort zone and push my own personal limits.

I did exactly that at the beginning of 2012. When I first started writing for an online site called HubPages, I read about the 30/30 Challenge. Started who knows how many years ago, the challenge consists of writers writing thirty articles in thirty days. I accepted the challenge, and completed it, and then set a new challenge for myself. I decided to write 365 articles in 365 days, and as of the date of this writing, I have eight articles to go by January 6th in order to be successful. Mark that one in the “sure thing” file because I’m going to accomplish it. If Las Vegas covered odds on that sort of thing, the odds of me completing the 365/365 would be a sure thing…no odds at all would be offered. Not bad at all!

And of course, that got me thinking about new challenges, and since H.O.W. (Humanity One World) is a pet project of mine, I crafted a new challenge that I thought you might like to join me in.

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HUMANITY ONE WORLD

H.O.W. began back in November and has been growing stronger ever since. It began as a movement of like-minded writers who believed in raising awareness about social issues, and it was hoped that by raising awareness we could in some way make this world a better place in which to live.

Have we been successful? I know for a fact we have raised awareness. Certainly not on a national level with millions of citizens talking about it, but we are growing and will continue to grow. Patience and perseverance are our strengths, and we will continue onward and upward. We have members who span the globe, from the United States to Australia, England to South Africa, and many countries in-between.

With that introduction out of the way, we have now arrived at the challenge. What is the 365/365 H.O.W. Challenge?

ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU WILLING?

I propose that we each do one random act of kindness each day for 365 days. One full year’s worth of kindness multiplied by the number of participants. Say we have 200 writers willing to accept the challenge; that means that by the end of 2013 we will have performed 73,000 random acts of kindness for our fellow man and woman.

73,000!

I know what you are saying; you are saying so what, right? You are saying who cares! With seven billion people on this planet, how can 73,000 acts make any difference? A valid point for sure if it were only 73,000 acts standing alone. However, what if each act of kindness was received by that person and in turn they turned around and did a similar act of kindness for someone else? What if they did two random acts of kindness in response to the original act? If that were the case, then we would be looking at possibly a quarter-million acts of kindness….or more!

But maybe I am being too optimistic; what if none of the recipients went on to reciprocate? What if those 73,000 acts of kindness died on the vine and never spouted their own seeds?

My response to that question is that no act of kindness goes unnoticed. No act of kindness dies on the vine, and every act of kindness is one step closer to a world we have dared to dream about.

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WHAT DO THESE ACTS LOOK LIKE?

To most observers, each individual act would not seem too special. Holding a door open for someone else; raking leaves for a neighbor; these are things which, in the grand scheme of life, are hardly worth mentioning. Smile at a stranger; give fifty cents to a homeless man; hardly the stuff of legends, right?

I know….we won’t be seeing these stories on your local news. “Man give homeless woman fifty cents; news at eleven.” No, that won’t be happening for sure, but what will be happening is a small, psychic shift away from complacency and towards humanity. Every single time we do something for one of our fellow human beings, without any hope of reward or recognition, we are adding another brick to the house we want to build, a house of compassion and empathy….a House of Love for Mankind!

Are you still not convinced of the value in this challenge? Then maybe the challenge is not for you. J

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ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU WILLING?

Well then join me in taking the challenge. We will begin January 1, 2013. Stick notes up around your house, reminding you of the challenge. Put notes in your car, and print 365 on your bathroom mirror. Doing this will not come naturally for many at first, but once we have established the pattern it will become a habit.

And what a habit that would be! Two-hundred people who have developed a habit of doing acts of kindness for others daily; how cool would that be?

Now if you really want to get involved, tell your local newspaper about the H.O.W. 365/365 Challenge. Steer them to our website and encourage others to join us in our movement.

I am sure there are some right now who are saying it will never work. That’s fine; don’t do it! Just don’t sit around whining about the state of the world if you are not willing to do something as simple as one act of kindness each day.

Humanity One World….it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wonderful idea, Bill! I'm not sure about the logistics yet but count me in! Congratulations on the soon to be completed 365/365 challenge! Looking forward to the celebration!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful article and am with you this one all the way Bill. I think it is a wonderful idea and could never do enough that can be nice for others. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, you are filled with wonderful ideas. I can't really keep up with you, but I love this challenge! It's something I want to do. It's not going to be hard for me on the days I'm working. At work I do acts of kindness all the time, I hope. I guess you are waiting for a H.O.W. hub from me. I'm working on it - in my head, lol! I'm sharing this hub, of course. Hugs from a warmer Finland. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Love it. I'm in for the challenge. I like to think we all perform more than one act of kindness each day just as part of the price for the gift of life, but I will try to be more conscious and make sure I am meeting that goal.

      Really great idea to tell the newspaper. There is so much competition for bad news, but I will definitely try to get it in somehow. The PATCH seems to be open for stories that are novel.

      You are awesome to send out the challenge.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think it is possible to meet the challenge.. I was going to write a hub for H.O.W on this subject. Random acts of kindness can be many things. This would be an amazing feat. Of course we need to keep track..maybe one day do ten things. Will you make the 365?

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Awesome idea! I love it. I'm in.

      We usually think of charity as material giving only. Charity goes beyond material and into the spiritual; every act of kindness and wish that benefits others is a charitable act. I believe these actions benefit the world as a whole, extending positive energy toward others who you might not ever even see in this lifetime.

      Thanks for the challenge, Bill (aka Papa Bear)!

      I hope you and Bev are having a wonderful holiday season. I also hope you have/had a nice second Christmas with Tyler. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! I had no doubt you would get involved. You are appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I can always count on you. Think of it as a way to take your mind off of the post-Christmas blues. :) Thank you Janine; you are always appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, at least you are working on the article in your head. LOL Warmer in Finland? That's encouraging, except that January isn't even here yet. :) Stay warm my dear; here is a hug to help you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you! That is something I'm going to work on with the New Year, getting these ideas out to the newspapers. Thank you for reminding me to do just that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Carol; I think it is doable for sure. Since I'm at home five days a week it makes it a bit difficult except for family....but I do a lot of acts on weekends when I'm out and about...I think I can do it in sporadic chunks on weekends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz......Papa Bear???? LOL You are killing me softly with your friendship. :)

      I still haven't had my 2nd Christmas with Tyler; not sure when he is coming down. His work schedule does not give him much time off, but we'll work it out eventually.

      Thank you my dear, and Happy New Year to you and that gamer and little one in your arms.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Beautiful, Bill! And I mean: a beautiful hub and a beautiful idea. "One random act of kindness each day" - I am up for it! I will at least try...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      One more thing..I was going to write a hub as I mentioned for HOW doing an act of kindness whenever you can...I had some different ideas about it..Simple ones...Does this cause a problem with your hub?

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I long ago discovered that my involvement in Rotary gave me the outlet to accomplish humanitarian deeds like you discuss. Whatever venue one chooses it beats doing nothing.

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      Lisa Palmer 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Awesome idea ... I'm game...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I have no problem with any H.O.W. hub...the more the merrier...but thank you for asking. :) That was thoughtful of you and unusual on HP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, very true words my friend. Well done and thank you...have a very Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Slacker, I love it....thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, thank you and I'm happy to have you with us.

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Wonderful Hub Billybuc. I have mentioned the same thing several times in hubs and even in forums; asking what random act of kindness did you do today? Maybe you will get a better response than I did and I certainly hope so. Homelessness and joblessness has reached extreme proportions (even though the government states that things are fine) and it will only get worse after the new tax laws at the first of the year. I at least have moved out of a tent and into a house. It's the little things that make the biggest differences. I always tell people to pass on the kindness to some stranger that needs help. Not knowing if they do or not but I sure hope so. Rock On my HP friend. I certainly pray that your readers will take you more seriously.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      You just never case to amaze me. What a great challenge. Always the motivator and teacher! Yes, I accept your challenge. I couldn't refuse you even if you hadn't linked my hub to this one. :-)

      So yes, I'm in it for the long haul and happy to report, I did one today that left me smiling. It feels good. Great hub. Great challenge. Great friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, there was no doubt at all that you would accept this challenge. Now all we need is a million more like you. LOL It starts with one, right, and then we build from there. Thank you Kindred; how can my idea go wrong with you walking next to me?

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is the kind of challenge I can definitely take! I was going to do the 26 random acts for the Newtown tragedy, but why stop at 26? Doing random acts of kindness for 365 days will help us all to develop a life-long habit--the best habit one could acquire!

      Bill, I'm not really very active (okay, not much at ALL) on Facebook, but is it possible to add a link to your facebook site in the hub above? Sorry if that is a stupid question/request, but I think it would help guide some of us to the facebook page. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can do that Melissa, and thank you for reminding me of that....and how active can someone be in Minnesota in the winter? LOL https://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/ Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sarra, I don't know if I will or not. I do have the core members of the H.O.W. movement, and they all share these H.O.W. hubs, so we do reach hundreds....still, it is hard to shake people out of their complacency. You can find our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/ and thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Billy, I think this is your best hub yet. Why? Because it is the most attainable.

      “… what will be happening is a small, psychic shift away from complacency and towards humanity.”

      This is such a true and powerful statement. Even a kindness to someone who does not appreciate it probably sticks in the back of their mind and one day comes back to inspire them to be kinder to someone else. Who knows what influence it has in the long run. Since someone came up with the idea of “random acts of kindness” several years ago, I have tried to do not only one, but my old Southern upbringing urges me to do as many as I can.

      One, for example: I am not a secretary, but a professional in my field, so I’m not responsible for the coffee. However, I know that many days my boss is so busy she thinks she can’t spare a minute to get a badly needed cup of coffee mid-afternoon. I have learned that she likes her coffee almost latte with lots of sweetener, and so I fix and take her a cup. Sometimes she looks at me with such a sigh of relief like I have actually given her a transfusion. Don’t pat me on the back yet, because she started it. Yes, sometimes when she knew I was that busy, she would bring me a cup of coffee. Now that has blossomed until several of us do it for each other.

      That’s just one example. I love your example of holding the door for someone. How about picking up something someone had dropped while getting on the elevator, I appreciate our custom of one person pushing the buttons for everyone when the elevator is crowded. How about offering to carry a bag for a loaded-down employee. Something I sometimes do is buy a coke for someone without change. Those are just a few things we can do at work. Out in the world, sometimes all it takes is a smile to help someone along the way. Thanks for a tender heart, my friend, and a really good hub!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Count me in, Bill. This is something that I and many other people can handle - one random act of kindness a day, even if it is a small action. Sometimes people may be overwhelmed by the social problems in the world and the amount of help that is needed. You've suggested something small and easy for people to do on a daily basis, which will be helpful in itself and may lead to even greater things.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I think a lot of people think change has to happen with huge acts; I'm of the opinion that small acts of kindness are huge in themselves. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thank you as always! I have hope for humanity, and I really do understand how we have moved away from acts of humanness. I think we have to re-train ourselves, and I do believe that an act of kindness will generate another act of kindness down the road. We have to start somewhere and yes, this is an attainable goal for all of us.

      Happy New Year my friend and thank you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I like the broad perspective you used to explain charitable giving. Sometimes we can be stingier with our time than our money, so it is good to look at the big picture. Excellent hub again. Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela and Happy New Year to you as well!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Well, I wish I could do both 365 challenges, but with all I have on my plate, I don't think 365 hubs is happening in a year. However, I can certainly make a pledge to commit 365 acts of kindness. If we are mindful daily of what we can do to make someone else's day a bit better, it certainly will lead to a better world for us all. Great idea. Voted up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donnah....few people are crazy enough to try 365 hubs in a year. LOL I'm glad you aren't one of them.

      And I am proud to know anyone willing to do 365 acts of kindness. Happy New Year to you my friend!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely am an advocate of this....am so a believer in doing doing, quietly acknowledging another is on the planet. How powerful that is...to have someone make you feel valued. And doing some kind unexpected deed or gesture is often the thing that tips the day into a positive one for someone who may have been feeling less than positive.

      365 hubs...in as many days...not surprised though...maybe anybody else doing it I would wonder....but You, yeppie....I can see you getting the job done..and you wrote about things we need to mull over and consider...that is more important than the number of hubs...it is the content, my friend...it is out there now for others to read and hopefully be motivated to act on....thank you....

      More of the Angels headed to your corner of this US of A. :) ps

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      Brilliant idea: goals in place of resolutions.

      Even more brilliant idea: revolutions in place of resolutions.

      Well done.

      May I make a suggestion? Yes, we should all do our share to promote this project-- and I don't mean to suggest that we toot our own horns-- but as we are all writers here with an obvious access to a publishing platform, perhaps people could write about some of the random acts of kindness they are engaging in as a way to inspire others. Or better yet, write about the act of kindness we receive.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      COUNT ME IN!! I love it! Super idea. I accept the challenge. I want to do this....I can do it....I WILL do it. Actually sounds like pure fun, to me. 365/365......easy. Piece of cake. I'll have the most fun keeping my 365 Random Acts of Kindness journal! Let's ROCK....use the next 4 days as "practice"......wake up Jan 1st....and GO!..........UP+++

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      Excellent idea. I'm in.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Count me in Bill. I had an act of kindness that was remarkable. We had 14 inches of snow, completely snowed in, i heard a noise in the front of my house, upon looking, i see a snow plow cleaning off my driveway and road that leads to my house. He was our Mayor. A kindness that i will always remember. Thank you..

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You are the master of challenges and pushing boundaries. This is a great idea and count me in! 365 acts of kindness should be easily doable for us all no matter how small it may seem. I had started doing one good turn everytime I go out in the car and even got Mike to start thinking and doing it. I began doing this 2 years ago when I got my drivers licence as a way of giving back to all drivers I had known or who had helped me through the years . Maybe an idea for those looking for ideas for this challenge.

      Roll on Jan 1 and congrats in advance my friend on your 2012 achievements!!

      Awesome and Inspiring work! Voted Up shared and pinned!!!!!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      I love this idea - count me in for 365 days of a random act of kindness each day! I'll add this to my goal of 365 days of gratitude.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Count me in Bill. I would like to think I do this anyway, only now you will be making me make sure I acknowledge it to myself. I know the bigger things I have done, but I don't think about the little things, so this is definitely doable for me. My kids and I have already started working on the 26 random acts of kindness to honor the children and adults from Sandy Hook. Go on twitter #26 to learn more about this easy to do and very satisfying way to be kind to others. Thanks for your inspiration and motivation. Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patch, I love your idea...well done and it's a go! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, a journal??? why not? I'm in....I'll have it right above my computer so I remember to post daily. Love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patch, I'm liking you more and more each day. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, really? The mayor? How cool is that? That just made my night! Thanks Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I love it.....way to be ahead of the crowd! This can work and now I'm more excited than when I wrote the challenge. Thank you Irish!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, I love it! Thank you for taking part in this.....what a cool group of Hubbers I know!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Toknowinfo my friend, you are special. I love that you have your children involved in humanitarian works already. Excellent job, Mom!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS, and I knew you would take part in this challenge. As for the hubs.....I'm pleased that I stuck with it, and I'm more pleased with the quality of the hubs. You are a special friend and I thank you....and the angels keep doing their job so keep them coming.

      hugs,

      bill

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      I'm definitely down for it, brother. Random acts of kindness should be daily imperatives for people of faith, but without a scorekeeping mechanism like 365/365 to keep us accountable, it's much too easy for us to forget what we're supposed to be about. Thanks for a timely reminder and for a practical solution to the problem of forgetfulness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I need the reminder as much as anyone. Thanks for taking part and Happy New Year!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Yes, Yes, Yes. Count me in. :) And I already have the Random Acts of Kindness coffee cup sitting on my desk at work as a reminder. Now I need a couple more cups -- one for home and one for the car. :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill...I had already started thinking about this in response to Ann Curry's challenge to do 26 acts of kindness for the victims of three Connecticut shooting....even wrote a hub about it...this is even better...I can still honor those teachers and students and continue it for their memory throughout the year...I am also going to try to get something started with my students and the teachers at our school...I am also going to try to get something publicized in our local media....I don't know how much good I'll do but I do know I can do one act of kindness every day....thanks for this wonderful idea...you are living proof that one person can make a difference!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, you go girl!!! LOL I love the enthusiasm! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teach, I love it! Wonderful follow-up ideas....get those kids and teachers involved...you have me excited and it was my idea. LOL Thank you so much!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I'm in. Sign me up! Count me in!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, we can always use quality people. Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and great message Bill. You know me. I agree 100% but with me here it is a bit different. We live in the suburbs and right now it is winter snow land. I hardly see my neighbors and they don't need any help. However on the days when we will venture into the city I will see what I can do. It won't be every day but I will do an act of kindness as often as I can. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great and easy idea. If the community is behind you by Feb. H.O.W. should have lots of followers.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I seem to remember someone saying about 365/365 maybe it was you and someone else saying "Yeah yeah right!!" But if you can write 365 hubs in as many days the challenge of 365 acts of kindness is definitely doable. I like you am home for most of the time but still I can give a cheery morning to my neighbours or the postie.

      I think some may see this as a struggle but I bet many do acts of kindness everyday without thinking. 2 Weeks ago I took coffee down to road workers at the end of my drive. I didn't think of it as an act of kindness and many will naturally do things like this.

      Yeah 365 challenge should be a doddle even if we have to do 10 in one day Lol. I'm in

      A great challenge Billy good for you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I'll accept it. One random act of kindness each day for the new year. Starting with not complaining about how someone is unkind to us but showing them how to be kind instead!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A wonderful idea and I do believe it to be very attainable. It's all about having a will to do a kind deed. Great hub as always. Voted up and sharing it, my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Yet another way to spread the spirit of H.O.W. - and so simple! I'm in!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Good, bill....I'm thinking maybe a calendar with big daily squares where each day, I can just jot down......."Held the door open for young Mom with 3 little children."....."bought a burger for an old man sitting on the city streets."......just short notes.....not really a "Journal." Don't want us to waste time writing when we could be doing acts of kindness.

      I practiced yesterday.....bought a cup of hot choc for the Salvation Army Bell Ringer, standing outside in the cold.....Should have gotten a picture of her smile!! She said, "God Bless you." I said, "God bless YOU!"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, a little tough for you, but I know you will do what you can when you can. Thank you for caring so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, that's the hope of course. We shall see. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I think you are right; many do these things and aren't even aware of it. This is definitely doable, and thank you for doing what you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, perfect.....that is indeed an act of kindness. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I knew we could count on you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I knew you would be. Thank you my dear!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you for restoring my faith in mankind, and I'm being serious. Keep doing what you are doing and we will all reap the benefits.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful idea, so inspiring and I love this passage: "what will be happening is a small, psychic shift away from complacency and towards humanity. Every single time we do something for one of our fellow human beings, without any hope of reward or recognition, we are adding another brick to the house we want to build, a house of compassion and empathy….a House of Love for Mankind!" I will be sharing this with friends and family.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crystal! I greatly appreciate your stopping by and sharing. I hope you are well and Happy New Year to you.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Count me in, Bill. Can you just imagine the difference this could make in our own lives, too? It's pretty hard to be stressed and unhappy when doing something nice for somebody else. Best version of dominoes ever!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I agree with you. We tend to forget our own problems when we are doing good things for others. Glad to call you a friend my dear, and Happy New Year to you.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome again Bill, actually it is easier to go out and just do a simple kind thing than it is to write an article. I think we all can do this with no problem!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Mark! It takes what, one minute to do a good act of kindness for someone...and it takes hours to write an article. Seems doable to me. :) Thanks buddy!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I thought these things you are suggesting were the way people were supposed to live everyday and not have to make a special effort over. I always try to help anyone I can everyday, sometimes several different people in a day. and I see it as my responsibility as a person and a Christian and not something I need a pat on the back for. The best good deeds are done quietly without fanfare and then a person will receive credit in Heaven where it has much more value than good deeds seem to have in this world.

      There are lots of things a person can do to help other people that don't have to cost anything except a few seconds or minutes of time, and they can sometimes make a bigger difference to that other person than you know. For one thing, it lets the recipient know that somebody (they often never even imagined) cares enough to take an interest in them and give them a helping hand, or help them find what they need, etc.

      You might be surprised at how many people who are living in difficult times right now think nobody cares. With the members of Congress continually playing politics with all of our lives as though this mess our economy is in were only a game, why would anyone think anybody cares? It seems so many of us are disposable these days . . .

      I'm not into New Year's resolutions either. Nor do I drink coffee, tea, or soda, diet kind or otherwise. My weight stays pretty much the same and I have no money to save, so I guess it's a good thing I don't try to mess with resolutions about those things. ;)

      Hope you inspire a lot of people with this hub and this idea of yours to do the things they should have been doing all along. If what it takes is a special effort to get people out of their apathy where other people's hardships are concerned, then I'm glad to see you making that effort. I expect to continue doing what I can for whomever I come across that I can help as usual.

      The opportunities for people to show they care and to lend a hand are limitless if they just open their eyes and look around. Not many things an ordinary person can do to change the whole world at once, but if everyone would just take care of their own little corner of the world and do all they can to make it the best corner, in no time at all the whole world would be ship shape!

      Voted you up, BAUI, and will share!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      You know I am in, dear man! Blessings, Reba

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is the easiest and best challenge yet! You are truly humanity's champion and yes , each act is another brick in the wall! Count me in...our local newspaper thinks it is a nice idea but one better. Suited to the Internt...I. don't think I need to tell you what we think of our local newspaper.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I had no doubt! Happy New Year to you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you! Any way we can spread the word is a good way! Happy New Year dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, I always love your comments. They are so detailed and so heartfelt and honest...thank you! Yes, without a doubt, these are things that we all should be doing without even thinking of it, let alone without the need of a challenge. Unfortunately, reality is not that, and so I thought I would stick a little burr under the saddles of some people and see if we can't get some action going.

      I am a teacher by nature, and part of my job when I was teaching was to motivate....and so here I am motivating others to reach out and help....this nation...this world....needs it badly.

      Thank you and Happy New Year!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's all it takes. An act of kindness begets happiness, which in turn, creates another act of kindness. It is all within us if we choose to do it. A little help can go a long way, and it can create new friendships.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I like the new friendships angle as well; thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I wanted to come back to tell you about our Mayor. First let me tell you that we live in a little town of 800 people. The Mayor works the night shift at our local coal mine. In the summer he mows grass. He takes good care of my property at a very reasonable price. I just wanted you to know that there are still good people in politics. He is a republican and he will always get my vote. I watched the news today and almost got sick at the antics they are playing in Washington. You know that i love our president but he's having a hard time getting anything done. I pray that congress will put the people first. Didn't mean to get political, just wanted to explain about our Mayor. There are still good people in this world and i wanted you to know it..Cheers my friend..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think that is so cool! I'd vote for him too. As for Congress and the President....don't even get me started!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Brilliant idea Bill! Why not?

      As Neil Armstrong said: "This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

      I believed nothing is impossible. Let's see what else can we do. You may count me in.

      Best wishes for the New Year, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, many of us, like yourself, do these things every day of our lives and never think about it. I just want the others to think about it. :) Thank you my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful challenge and yes I am certainly in with you on this one.

      I vote across/up and share all around.

      A great idea and here's to January 1st and beyond.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, this challenge isn't even a challenge from someone like you. You make a difference each and every day of your life. Thank you for being the person that you are.

      love,

      billy

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful inspiring hub, billybuc.

      In South Africa, however, charity projects are the order of the day. Telling our newspaper about H.O.W. will only bring South Africans under the impression that Americans were asleep all the time and are now waking up to reality.

      We are born to serve each other. This is the attitude in South Africa. Only a handful of people down here are selfish and not willing to practice charity as far as they go.

      I hope with all my heart that this H.O.W. movement will have positive results in countries where people have no sympathy and empathy with the poor and needy.

      Thumbs up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I love it! It's amazing, the difference in cultures. There are people in the U.S. who do this naturally, but I do not for a second think it is the norm in this country. I hope one day it will be, but right now greed and fear rule the day.

      Thank you my friend; your wish is my wish as well.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love your idea of each of us doing 365 random acts of kindness Bill. What an awesome idea. This is one challenge I will gladly accept and share far and wide. Happy New Year!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      That is some challenge you undertook - and completed (almost) Bill! VERY impressive and daunting!

      Now..doing 1 random act of kindness a day could also prove daunting, but - much more appealing!

      Right now - i believe i am doing a daily good deed by chatting with an old, handicapped man who has very little in his life and is ignored by most of the world..

      he makes my heart cry...sigh..

      awesome idea, Bill and awesome hub, as usual (of course you don't believe in new years resolutions, bro!)

      My apologies for falling behind in my reading - all i can say is - 'tis the season!

      All the best, my friend!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Beautiful, and Interesting.

      I'm thinking of joining the challenge. Please clarify the ground rules. Do acts of kindness for a spouse count? Does signing online petitions for good causes count? Does doing five acts of kindness on one day make up for no acts of kindness on four days? (Retired people don't get much opportunity when home writing, housekeeping, and napping and not out volunteering.) Does petting cats count? Does the act have to include talking to someone or otherwise being forward, or can it be done on the sly? Do kind acts done ungladly count -- or is that not logically possible? Does campaigning for a politician who advocates for kind and against mean legislation count? Do prayers and good wishes count?

      Once all is clear, I'll do my best.

      My minister often ends her Sunday services with this Amiel quote, "Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be quick to love and make haste to be kind."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathy! I appreciate you taking on the challenge; every single good act counts and will pay dividends. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, no apologies needed or necessary. I am thrilled to see you whenever you can make it. I love that you chat with the handicapped gentleman, and I'm willing to bet that means the world to him. Bless you my friend. I'm looking forward to breaking some more windows with you in 2013. Happy New Year!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Brian, thanks for the visit and for being open to the suggestion. Actually, any act that you consider kind would qualify....animals deserve kindness too, right? Stock pile in one day and let four or five go by.....if you think it is kindness, and that is your intention, then it is kindness in my book.

      Thank you my friend and Happy New Year to you!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      What a wonderful idea, Bill! A little goes a long way. It's really not that hard to do one tiny act of kindness every 24 hours for a year...well, forever actually! Great idea, and I'm with you here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, many people do this daily anyway; it's more of a wake up call to those who might be lost in a personal forest of ego. :) That's certainly not you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Bill I don't really manage resolutions either but I plan on the first 2 you mentioned lol! I did on the other hand set my self a buy no no clothes for 365 days challeng in 2011, and I am happy to say I completed it. I didn't buy myself a single item of clothing except new work shoes, when mine got a hole in them! So I know with a bit of determination I can manage a 365 challenge. I didn't realise you had done 365 hubs in 365 days, but that is an amazing achievment! I am happy to join your H.O.W challenge although not sure how it'll really work, but happy to give it a try. Great hub and great idea!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, I think I'm more impressed that you didn't buy clothes for an entire year. LOL I can't even say that, and I'm not clothes horse. The challenge is a personal one; it works the way you work it. I'll write about it from time to time to remind others, but you determine an act of kindness.....as simple as being polite to a stranger....and then go for it.

      Thank you so much and Happy New Year!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hey Billy, you actually have no idea how big a challenge it was to me. I'm actually a fashion blogger and fashion writer outside hubpages, its a massive part of my life but had just started to take over. I didn't buy designer or spend hundreds I didn't even shop that often its just that I have a shed load of clothes and often bought second hand or online and I just didn't need anymore! My parents bet me a designer dress i couldnt do it, by the end of the year I had decided a designer dress wasnt worth the money anyway and had 2 far cheaper ones that I can wear daily instead, lol!

      Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, I had forgotten that you did the fashion blog thing....that really does put your accomplishment in perspective. Well done my friend, and Happy New Year to you as well.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Joining this challenge, too, Billybuc. I am of the mind that it all matters. All of the energy our spirits extend into the universe is multiplied geometrically and eventually makes it back to us...akin to the "butterfly effect." :0)

      So, I'll do my best to add kindness to the world, and to practice habits that bring healing to the earth. :0)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, thank you! I love the butterfly effect and believe in it too. Happy New Year to you, and maybe we can make a difference in 2013.

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      MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Geez, I would like to be 1/10 of your production....wish I lived closer to you, and I would draft off your aura! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MzChaos....I'll try to dial up my aura and send it to Indianapolis. LOL Great comment, and thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i salute you sir bill for putting this challenge and for inspiring all writers to be a part of HOW movement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Myz! Just trying to do my part for humanity.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I love your challenge, William, and I feel that humankind needs it desperately. Thank you for sounding the clarion call!

      I am not tooting my own horn, but for most of my life I have held in my consciousness the value of serving. From the time I was very small, I knew within the deepest part of me that giving to others was truly more blessed than receiving, and I am humbled and grateful to say that I have practiced kindness most of the minutes I have existed on this planet. I am not puffed with pride about this, and Heaven knows that I am not perfect, but I know that deep in my core that compassion, kindness, and generosity are the only ways to live. Everything else is for naught. Thank you, Mom, for modeling that for me, and thank you, God, for always showing me the way.

      Sail on, Bill! You rock! In faith, Reba

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, if that is tooting your own horn then I'll have a toot too! :) I was raised this way, from my earliest memories I was taught that we are all in this together, and that service is our most important gift to mankind. I don't know any other way to live and I'm glad of it.

      Happy New Year my friend; thank you for your friendship and thank you for being who you are.

      bill

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I'm in...and my wish is that this reaches millions of people and changes the way strangers and even neighbors relate to each other. The world is better for having your thoughts and motivation in it Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Relationship, thank you so much. Happy New Year to you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well day 1 is over for the UK. Today I bought my mum lunch! I'm not sure I have ever done that, so I paid today. And I helped her cut all her Christmas tags with my cutting machine. I'm going to do a hub on the challenge too I think, if that's ok. Of course I will link into yours too explain the challenge. Thanks for the great inspiration for a 365 challenge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, I think that's fantastic! I hope your mother was pleased, and I look forward to your hub about the challenge. Thank you so much!

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      MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Thank you for the mail billybuc, careful or you are going to create a Hubpages stalker here! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MzChaos, I'll take my chances! At least you don't have beady eyes and a scruffy beard. LOL Thank you so much for the visit and have a wonderful day.

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      KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Awesome Idea billybuc! Count me in! Three days late I know...I'll just have to do a few more randoms acts of kindness to make up for it:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kerry, I know you can do it! :) Thanks for joining the movement.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      As usual, I am late here.Anyway I am IN Bill. What a nice way to spread the word about humanity! I feel inspired by your words. We can certainly do it. Thanks for motivating us. Glad to be your follower. Cheers, Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, not my follower but my co-worker, and we will work together to make a difference. Thank you!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Bill,

      I missed this one, probably i was still on x-mas merry making :-) Wow, those are many hubs in a year! Am so proud of you Bill, always with writing energy. I certainly feel motivated and inspired and i can already anticipate 2013 will be a great year. I wish you the best. Voted up, useful and more.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira, thank you my friend from Kenya! I sense that 2013 will be an incredible year. I am certainly looking forward to it.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Your movement is such an inspiration and I am proud to be a part of it. You are an outstanding human being with the potential to make a difference!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I love performing random acts of kindness. It is somewhat selfish on my part because I enjoy the great feeling it gives me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, it is my hope that we all make a huge difference....our combined efforts must work. :) Thank you for your kind words and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, that's the great bonus...it makes us feel good! This challenge should be a piece of cake for you. :)

      love,

      billy

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Such a simple idea, really, and yet one that can make a big difference -- certainly in the lives of those who take on the challenge and perhaps in those who are recipients of an unexpected smile, compliment or good deed.

      Thanks for sharing this; I'm on board. Voted up and Shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.L., thank you! It is a very simple idea, and I believe one that will pay huge dividends down the road. Thank you so much for taking part in it.

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Count me in Billy! I only just found this hub now, but I have asked a similar question about small act of kindness 3 days ago, and I can't stop thinking about the same thing: how any act of kindness, large or small, could ripple and spiral out into the world. 2013 has me feeling love, thinking about love, concentrating on love, which is surprising but fantastic! I've decided on giving genuine loving smile to EVERYONE I come across EVERYDAY. I started it yesterday as I was doing my morning walk, and I ended up so happy all day purely because the simple act of heart-felt loving smile with no agenda put me at a heart place of love. I noticed it changed my own mood and my way of interacting with people ALL DAY! I have decided to stick to it, and now I bump into your hub. Fantastic Billy! xo

      The following is a link connorj posted on my "question/answer", I am sure he wouldn't mind me sharing it here:

      http://vimeo.com/15429960

      We can do it!

      Hugs xoxo

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Violet, I love it! I love that you felt better after sharing smiles; I love your enthusiasm about spreading good will. You can hang in my neighborhood any old time you want. :) Thank you for your compassion; you make me feel that this is all possible.

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