Are you one of the 1,683,527 people participating in this event today? Sure, it's a Facebook event, yet this is how beautiful things start! Perhaps a day of such behavior will stick with some and carry-on into other days. Maybe the modeling of such kindness will resonate with others, spreading it deeper and wider across a number of people. Ultimately, I do believe that people are "good" and wish to be "good". I also believe that American society has changed to a more selfish and egocentric one, and that being friendly and truly understanding seems more difficult as a result. This is a good self-check for many of us. Maria Montessori would certainly approve.
This is what the creator, Stephen Shoemaker, has proposed:
Wouldn't it be amazing?
Just one day in the year where we all held our tongues.
A day where we ignored others' shortcomings and made a valiant effort to be kind and understanding. A day where we all got along. It's sad that we are all at a point where we should do this, but it's even sadder to know that we easily could every day, but refuse to do so.
Rule #1.Say not a single unkind thing about anyone or anything. If at all possible, try not to even think a nasty thought. If we do, reflect on why it was that we thought to say it in the first place.
Show everyone we cross paths with some genuine human compassion. Be it with a smile or kind words, just spread some love.
Rule #3.Make not one person the exception to the rule. Not everyone deserves to have roses thrown at their feet and have a holiday in their honor, but nobody deserves to feel alone. Reach out. Talk to someone new. Care about them, and we will be cared for in return.