Juliana Margulies – Smile at a Stranger, and the Important Reason Why

This post is by CEO Pamela Hawley’s from her blog Living and Giving.

 

“Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.”  — Juliana Margulies

I love this quote. The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy.  Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being.  And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out:  It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness, and lovingkindness.  That’s reason enough. 🙂

Juliana Margulies is an American actress who achieved success as a regular character on ER, for which she received an Emmy.  More recently, she took the lead role in The Good Wife, and has received a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Spread your kindness and take our quick RAK Day survey. It’s fun!

Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.  — Juliana Margulies

This is one of UniversalGiving’s CEO Pamela Hawley’s favorite quotes!

Pamela believes “The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy.  Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being.  And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out:  It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness and lovingkindness.  That’s reason enough. :)”

At UniversalGiving we are celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day with lots of smiles! If you want to join us and make people all over the world smile, check out our giving opportunities. And don’t forget to take this fun survey (you could be featured on UG’s social media!)

If smiling is not enough, here are more ways to spread kindness on Random Acts of Kindness Day!

A Story of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

This week is all about kindness at UniversalGiving. We are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week by going out of our way for both people we love and strangers. This week engage in purposeful acts of kindness. Uplift friends, community members, and people around the world. One random act of kindness can make someone’s day! Spread your kindness globally with these giving opportunities!

Daily Challenges for Random Acts of Kindness Week ! #RAKWeek2017

Monday, Feb. 13: Notice the positive things around you! Give someone a genuine compliment.  

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Call someone you love and let them know that you appreciate them. Tell them how much they mean to you.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Leave a kind note, or a flower on a strangers car.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Pay for the person behind you in line.

Friday, Feb. 17: Bring a treat to the office to share with your co-workers. Maybe cookies or donuts!

Saturday, Feb. 18: Give books  to students who can’t afford them in Guatemala. Or chose another giving opportunity to spread kindness to people across the globe.

For the kindest among us who need additional ideas for random acts of kindness click here.

 

Make a Wish Come True

By Cheryl Mahoney

“People want to help people.”

This was a thought expressed by Dave Girgenti in a recent USA Today article: “Website Connects Needy to the Charitable.”  Girgenti is the founder of Wish Upon a Hero, which does just what the USA Today headline suggests: connecting people in need with people who want to help.
Wish Upon a Hero is a website where anyone can post their wish–and anyone can help fulfill it.  I glanced over the wishes on the front page, and found requests for gifts for family members, pleas for help to make a rent payment, hope that someone will assist with schooling, a need for special equipment for a handicapped sibling…some wishes are big, but many are just people who need a little bit of help.  Check it out and see what you find, but be warned–some stories are heartbreaking.

It reminds me that what most of us probably take for granted–money for rent, the ability to buy a gift–can be someone else’s dearest wish.

So often people say, “I wish I could help someone, but I don’t know how.”  And so many people are saying, “I wish someone could help me.”  Wish Upon a Hero brings these two groups together –and it’s working.  According to the counter on the site, almost 31,000 wishes have been granted so far.  With those results, one could almost imagine they’re using pixie dust!