Recognition Fun at The 'Ville: Jennifer Shares Kindness

February 20, 2015

As some of you may know, Random Acts of Kindness Week took place last week. Jennifer was full of kindness and decided to share some of her random acts to inspire us to continually make kindness an effort.

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Jennifer says, "To celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness week, I wanted to perform some anonymous acts that showcased how easy it can be to make someone’s day and to inspire others to perform their own random act.

My first act, which I forgot to capture on film, was an idea that I found earlier this year on Instagram. I put $1.00 in the company snack machine and posted a note that said “FREE SNACK – happy national random acts of kindness week.”

My second acts was to brighten the day of other women who work at Baudville, I posting a yellow Post-it note in the middle of the full length mirror that said, “YOU are beautiful! One week later, the note is still there! Words of encouragement cost nothing and can be far more valuable that any purchased gift. I saw the idea a few years ago when young women in college and high school posted notes of affirmation for the “sisterhood.” The note I posted was intended to bring a smile to a fellow team member’s face, to help them find something positive in their day, and to inspire.

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My third and final act took place, once again, at our vending machines. Imagine walking up to the soda machine, digging into your pocket for a dollar and some change, to find the attached note, instructing you to “Have a Coke and a Smile!” The money was already deposited, just waiting for the next random person to walk up to the machine. You just saved yourself some money and got a very nice surprise.

I heard a little bit of chatter in our department about the notes. I just played dumb. I wanted the gestures to remain anonymous. Listening to team members try to solve the mystery put a big smile on my face. The intent was not for me to get anything in return, but I did. When you give, you get back in so many ways."

Recognition can be random. Kindness doesn’t have to take a lot of money and effort. Simple gestures can have a great impact. What would happen if we did this all year, instead of celebrating just one week?

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Kaleigh joined Baudville in 2015 as the Digital Marketing Coordinator. She's got a love for all things content, knack for all things wordy, and a passion for web marketing. With her eCommerce background, she wants to be sure to make your web experience more than great.

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