Social media: great for staying connected, also great for enabling trolls.
Let’s face it – sometimes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not the nicest of places to be. In an ideal world everyone would love one another. We’d use social media for good, praising each other for our achievements and acknowledging diversity of opinion in a rational, calm manner. Basically, all the world’s citizens would join hands (virtually) and chant “Kumbaya” while working towards the elimination of world poverty.
Unfortunately the world (online and offline) is overwhelmingly not like that. Which is why when something like March Movement comes along, you really sit up and take notice.
March Movement is an online social media movement that aims to get people doing one good deed, every day, for 31 days. Participants are then encouraged to share their acts of kindness on the March Movement Facebook page.
As founder Daniel Harris says,
“March Movement serves as reminder of the power of purpose, but also that you can do something good, so simply.”
“Through one act a day, we aim to help move our world into a more loving and kind place to live.”
Right now you’re thinking,
“Great. Yet another fundraising-month challenge similar to Ocsober, Dry July or Febfast. Now they want me to raise funds by being nice for a whole month?!”
Woah Nelly – March Movement isn’t like that at all! By doing one good deed every day for the month of March, the only thing you’ll be giving up is negativity. The organisation is non-profit, with the month simply intended to try and make the world a bit kinder. You don’t need to raise a dime (unless, you know, that’s your good deed for the day).
There’s so many ways you can carry out an act of unconditional kindness. You could:
- Compliment a stranger
- Shout a pal their lunch
- Volunteer at a local charity
- Offer to cook dinner
- Do a beach clean-up
Really the possibilities for kindnesses are infinite. If 100 people commit to doing one good deed a day for the month of March, over 3100 more good deeds will have happened by the start of April. When there’s already so much hate in the world, creating even just a little bit more love can only be a good thing.
To get involved and commit to the March Movement challenge, check out their website.
In the words of Princess Di,
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”