“Pen It Forward” on World Kindness Day

“Pen It Forward” on World Kindness Day

Have you ever had one of those days? You know: a day where nothing seems to go right. You’ve been stuck in traffic for hours when you finally arrive at the grocery store, only to pace aisle after aisle unable to find what you’re looking for. Fighting the crowds frustrated, you finally find and pay for your produce, when you walk into a thunderstorm to find your car like this:

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The situation may have been different, but the outcome, the same. When Redditor Nquattro walked out to his car one morning, he found a pleasant surprise after leaving the passenger side window open all night.

It’s certainly easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day, but on this day -- World Kindness Day -- we’d like to share a few ways you can spread smiles to the unsuspecting. After all, they say showing gratitude gives off a boomerang effect; once you spread happiness, it’s likely to come back to you, too.

Tips to Spread Joy on World Kindness Day

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  1. In this digital age, the art of the written note is fading fast. Share a rare gem in the form of a handwritten thank you note to someone who’s made an impact in your life.
  2. Have a loved one across the country? Now’s the perfect time to use up those stamps collecting dust in your drawer. After all, if a handwritten note is rare, snail mail is even more precious.
  3. There’s nothing like stumbling onto a random note of kindness. Pen a phrase of encouragement on a piece of paper, and leave it for a stranger to find. Ideas include: at the grocery store between cans; in a book at the library, or on the elliptical machine at the gym.
  4. You deserve kindness, too! Write something you love about yourself on a sticky note, and post it on your mirror. Each morning before you head out the door, glance at that note to affirm yourself for the day ahead.

Whether you choose to spread smiles over miles or to the next stranger you see, sharing kindness takes but a few seconds, and the effects are long-lasting.

Happy World Kindness Day! And if no one else says it, you are special -- certainly to us. Thank you for being part of the Pentel community. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Have a beautiful week!