In today’s paper I noticed a full size bright orange ad with the caption YOU GOOD? There is a movement out there called People for Good, which is a coalition formed with the purpose of getting Canadians to be nicer to each other. I visited their web site www.peopleforgood.ca and read their manifesto:
“We’re People for Good. And our goal is to make the world a better place, one good deed at a time. It may sound ambitious but it’s easier than you’d think. In fact, you could help make the world a better place right now. Just by doing something nice for someone. Rest assured, we’re not asking for money, we just want you to donate a little generosity.”
I went on to view some video blogs that had been posted by a half dozen young people sharing what they’ve done to make someone’s day. Most of the gestures where so simple yet clearly effective.
One gesture was a bit questionable… a young man thought he would compliment people on what they were wearing and got mixed results. (See George’s Day 3 video above.) As an etiquette trainer my advice is that men be extra careful when complimenting what a woman is wearing as it’s likely perceived to be a come on. However, he was successful in complimenting some older couples who were dressed up for a special affair – they took it well and thanked him. You’ve got to admire George and he’s making a difference (even in his own behavior – letting go of his earpods).
There is an opportunity join the movement through Face Book and pledge your support. The site goes on to say “Studies show that when you do something nice for someone, it gives you a natural high that can last for weeks, even months.” So to celebrate Canada Day try it yourself – one good deed every day for 7 days.
I love the fact that they have compiled a list of ‘do good tasks’ and invite visitors to add to it. I posted some of my own and I’d like to share this one — I often smile and greet little children who are with their parents at the grocery store line up – it validates the kids and the parents appreciate it too. I encourage you to have a look at the site, I know I will be checking back. You good?