Spread Kindness not Antics

Happy April 1st people! We are here in 2020 mid pandemic and we happen upon April Fools Day. My least favorite day of the year. I hate pranks, being scared or any other type of antics people might out there spreading. At this time the world is scary and confusing enough let’s just be kind. It feels like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina rolled up into 911 in my world.

This idea came from a FB post from Lauren Gray reminding all us that pregnancy fools are not a good idea. Many people are out in the world right now desperately trying to get pregnant with all the hope and energy they have. Lauren Kutz and I both made comments and here were spreading kindness and do-gooding Absolute Pilates style. Tag us @absolutepilates @thestudiobyap @allisonzang @laurenandlattes @thelarbar

Here we go show us your kindness on social media and we will give you a share and many so other Pilates fun if you are not part of the virtual studio at Absolute Pilates @home.

Here are my ideas of how you might make this happen.

1. Make someone’s day

As children, our parents tell us to make up for misbehaving by doing something nice for someone. As adults, we help friends move into a new house; we bring hot meals to new mothers; we might even donate time or money to local charities a few times a year. After all, it’s naturally uncomfortable to see a friend (or stranger) suffering or in need. I could be as small as not on a  bathroom mirror,  computer, car dashboard. Not that I am encouraging anyone to go anywhere. Make someone’s day today! (but please stay home! dear god if there is not summer camp I am not going to make it!)

2. Act generously

Something as small as a conversation can boost your mood and spread good vibes to those around you. Here are 30 other ideas of random acts of kindness. 

3. Respond with kindness

The first person you meet today, whether a family member, passing acquaintance or friend, and no matter the context—positive or negative—is an opportunity for kindness. You can seek to understand where they are coming from. You can seek to understand who they are, what they need, and what forces or impulses might be acting on them. And you can treat them well and be better off for it. Remember we are all struggling these days.

The same is true with the second person you encounter, and the third. Of course, there is no guarantee that they will return the favor, but that’s not our concern.  Again from a minimum of 6 feet away unless it is the people you have been stuck at home with for the last 3 weeks. There is not social distancing my 6-year-old from me.

4. Give back

If everyone asked, “How can I help?” as opposed to “What can I get?” we would start to see a much different world take shape around us.

 

5. Practice self-kindness

Being kind to yourself is one of those things that sounds easy in conversation but difficult in practice. To turn generosity inward. To do acts that allow you to appreciate yourself, reflect and grow.

Lets hear about what we can do for each other 4/1/2020