It Only Takes a Moment

The last few days, as we’ve carved our way through Oregon and into northern California, have been hot. Still, we’ve had a great time at our recent stops — Manzanita Fresh Foods and Ashland Food Co-op — and have been extremely grateful for the air conditioning!

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Writing a card to Grandma takes a lot of thought!

One teacher came over to tell us she’s helping her students learn to write by using letters as a medium. They’re sending letters to their favorite celebrities — and themselves! One student scrawled his home address as the return address, whispering cleverly, “This way I don’t have to use a stamp.” Looks like this campaign is inspiring all sorts of unexpected things, including a way to hack the U.S. Postal Service. Hooray!

Another visitor told us she was writing to her best friend of 45 years. “I thanked her for coming to my 60th birthday party,” she said as she stamped the card. Truly a friendship to last a lifetime!

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It was great to meet the Ashland Food Co-op staff!

More and more people have expressed gratitude that they can send their letters right at the booth. “This way it just gets done!” And we relate to the sentiment. We all have the best of intentions when it comes to sending letters, but they tend to sit on the kitchen table for a few days more often than not. As much as we’d love to brighten someone’s day, we just never have the time!

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We’re here to remind you that you don’t have to overthink a small kindness. Just do it! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Write a quick note – “Thinking about you!” and leave it in a friend’s book.
  • Smile at someone on the sidewalk as you pass.
  • Write “You look beautiful!” on a Post-It and leave it on the mirror in a public bathroom.
  • Pay for coffee for the person behind you in line.
  • Give someone a genuine compliment.
  • Send that thank you card you’ve been agonizing over, because it really only needs to say “Thank you!”
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She brightens people’s days by smiling and waving at strangers on the street. She said, “It really does just take a moment to make someone happy!”

There are a million ways to brighten someone’s day – and most of them only take a moment.

What will you do to brighten someone’s day today? Tell us in the comments!

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