Spreading Kindness One Act at a Time (Part 2)

April 28, 2023

Joseph Arujo (he/him) is a 19-year old Latinx mental-health activist and content creator based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a freshman student at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, hoping to combine his interests in Business Administration and Media Studies to create a purpose-driven career that makes a difference in his community. As a Community Leader in the TikTok Diversity Collective, Joseph uses his energy to advise companies such as TikTok on diversity, equity, and inclusion, leading to developments such as “Pronouns on profiles,” crediting creator tools, and more. He has steadily grown his online fan base to over 870,000 followers, creating a community centered around spreading positivity and kindness.

Joseph’s hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed, leading to coverage in various media outlets including Business Insider, Vice, Sweety High, Medium, and many others. He is honored to join Born This Way Foundation’s Advisory Board and committing to the foundations principles of building a kinder and braver world.

Stay up-to-date with Joseph on Instagram at @josepharujo and TikTok at @joseph!

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Day 12:

Today’s act of kindness is something I make a habit of doing every day, but never realized how it counts as a good deed. As I was scrolling through my morning Instagram feed, I stumbled upon a photo posted by a close friend. Without hesitation, I decided to leave a nice comment on her post. It’s amazing how a few words of encouragement, like “absolutely slaying” or “you are the coolest!” can make someone’s day brighter. Publicly expressing your love and support for the people you care about can go a long way in spreading positivity and kindness.

Day 13:

I was FaceTiming my friends today, and as we chatted, I took the opportunity to express my gratitude for our friendship and just how much they meant to me. All of our faces lit up with happiness and I felt a wave of joy wash over myself. Their responses were equally touching, as they shared how much I meant to them as well. It’s moments like these that remind me of the power of kindness and the importance of showing appreciation to those we love.

Day 14:

This afternoon, I went to the mall for a quick shopping day. As I was walking inside, I noticed a family of four entering behind me, and without hesitation, I held the door open for them, welcoming them in with a smile. They thanked me as they entered and we both went on our way in different directions. Although I’ll probably never see these people again in my life, it felt good to connect with strangers in a positive way and brighten their day even just a little bit.

Day 15:

As we’re more than halfway through this kindness challenge, I began to realize the importance of not only expressing kindness to others, but also ourselves.

With that being said, I decided that today would be the perfect day to switch up our routine with…a self care day! So today, I took a few hours to relax and indulge in some wellness activities. I treated myself to a warm, relaxing shower, put on a face mask, and watched my favorite show before bed. It was a great reminder to take time for myself, so that I can continue to show kindness to others in the future.

Day 16:

For Day 16 of this challenge, I was spending the day in Santa Monica and wanted to challenge myself to do 16 good deeds all in one day. Instead of doing kind deeds for people, I wanted to spread kindness to the environment and decided to pick up 16 pieces of trash from the beach.

As I walked in the sand, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of litter scattered everywhere. From that point forward, I began my mission of picking up any pieces of garbage I came across. At first, I started with small pieces of litter, such as candy wrappers and small piles of clutter. But as I continued, I noticed larger items such as plastic bottles and food containers, and made sure to pick those up too. It felt great knowing that I was doing something good for the environment, even if it was just a small gesture.

Day 17:

Today I was in an elevator and someone was struggling to carry all of the items piled on top of their arms. As soon as we started to move up, their phone fell to the ground. I quickly sprang into action, bending down to pick up their dropped belonging and handing it back to them. The person looked relieved and grateful, and it was a small reminder that even the tiniest act of kindness can make someone’s day a little bit brighter.

Day 18:

Today I was walking down the street and I complimented someone’s outfit. It was a very quick interaction, but one that definitely impacted this stranger’s day. The woman had a wide grin on her face, thanked me, and we both went on about our days. This reminded me of the power a simple compliment can have to make someone feel good about themselves

Day 19:

While browsing through Target, I stumbled upon a toy that reminded me of my little cousin. Without hesitation, I decided to buy it for him as a surprise gift. When I visited him later that day and pulled out the gift, the joy that lit up on his face was absolutely priceless. He hugged me tightly, thanking me for the present. Seeing him so happy made my day!

Day 20:

Today I took a drive to my grandparents house and spent time with my grandmother.

We spent the day chatting about everything and anything, from our favorite family memories to what I’ve missed while away in college. My grandma has early-stage dementia, so it’s nice to reminisce on these memories while we still can.

It was a simple day, but it meant the world to me to spend quality time with my grandmother. As I said goodbye and hugged her tightly before leaving, I knew that this visit was a kindness not only to her, but also to myself.

Day 21:

For the last day of my kindness challenge, I’m deciding to do something a little different. Instead of performing a specific act of kindness, I want to pass the torch onto someone else. That’s why I am challenging YOU to take part in your own kindness challenge.

For the next 21 days, make a conscious effort to perform at least one act of kindness each day. It could be something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or complimenting a friend’s outfit. The possibilities are endless.

Remember, kindness is contagious and has the power to make a positive impact on someone’s day. So, let’s spread kindness together and see how far it can go. Are you up for the challenge?

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