The tree has been decorated, cards have been mailed, gifts have been wrapped, and cookies have been baked. With Christmas around the corner, UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness was a reminder of what the holiday season should really be like. From calling old friends to mailing love lettersdonating canned food to celebrating local heroes, these are just some of the random acts of kindness that we have participated in.

Today is Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. While no gift receipt will be required, this gift of kindness should be added to all holiday to-do lists. So are you ready to hear what it is?

For Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness we are writing letters to our future self. Life can be a rollercoaster. We can have a good day and then a bad day with no apparent rhythm in the frequency. The purpose of day 12 is to take a few moments and write a letter to your future self that you may read on one of your bad days. It is a way to remind yourself that you are doing amazing even when plans go astray. That you are loved even when you don’t feel it. That you are not alone and that an army is behind you. That you will be okay even if you feel like you won’t be. That your feelings are completely valid and to give encouragement of continuing. Provide examples of your success or strategies to help you see through the fog. This is an exercise that your future self will thank you for. Trust in yourself. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself.

Now seal the envelope, store it away and save it for that rainy day.

If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

Everyone could use a little motivation now and again, and there is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. A little motivation can help in achieving goals and attaining success. Not only this, but motivation can also help in overcoming fears.

It’s Day 11 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness and we want to lift the spirits of someone who may have lost a little confidence in themselves. Whether it’s your siblings, your neighbour or friend, your family or relative, by sending a beautiful motivation message you might just put a smile on their face and help them in feeling inspired, determined and more importantly, enough. Everyone might need to hear a different sort of message, but one of our favourite mantras we like to share is:

“You are good enough. You are capable. You are important. You are worthy. You are loved. And you are not alone.”

These motivational messages are also great for tweeting on twitter and updating on Facebook. Try sending a motivational text to someone who you think needs to be reminded of their ‘enough-ness’.

Stay tuned for Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

 

 

Half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives. Yet only four percent of Canadians donate. Taking an hour of your time can save someone’s life. It’s that simple. When you donate blood, your donation can treat cancer patients, bring a car crash victim through surgery, even help a transplant patient’s new heart beat for the first time. It is truly that powerful.

For Day 10 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness we will be rolling up our sleeves and donating blood to Canadian Blood Services. It is a simple act of kindness that we all have the power to share with others. Learn more about becoming a blood donor and give the gift of life.

Stay tuned for Day 11 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

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“There are 1.6 million Canadians living with heart disease and stroke.”

“9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.”

“Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through lifestyle choices than can reduce key risk factors.”

The Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada is a source of information about stroke, heart disease, surgeries and treatments. This volunteer-based health charity leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

For Day 9 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness, we are donating our time to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of Canadians. We will be joining the Heart and Stroke gift wrapping team today at RBC Plaza (200 Bay Street) in Toronto. Donations received from the gift wrapping will help to support their mission of preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery.

While the holiday season might be the perfect time to give back, we do believe in volunteering regularly to make a more meaningful impact and to gain a better understanding of our community. If you are in Toronto and looking for opportunities that make a positive difference within your community, we would recommend visiting Volunteer Toronto.

Stay tuned for Day 10 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

 

Monday.

This might have been the mondayest Monday that ever mondayed. Because of this, for Day 8 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness we decided that we would buy coffee. A lot of coffee. You know when Oprah would have a Christmas giveaway and everyone would get a free car? Well, we are kind of doing something like that (but, not totally).

“And you get a coffee! And you get a coffee!”

While standing in line to buy our own coffee today, we are going to buy the next person’s coffee as well. It might make their day feel a little less Monday, but we also hope that from this genuine act of kindness others will be inspired to pay it forward. Try it out for yourself.

Stay tuned for Day 9 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

Over the last week, UR Enough has been pursuing random acts of kindness during UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. From sending handwritten letters of love to donating food items to the local food bank, UR Enough is creating a little positivity by spreading love and cheer this holiday season.

Coming soon to a doorstep near you — Day 7 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness!

We decided that today we would leave a little treat at our friends’ doorsteps. The small note and surprise will be a gesture of our gratitude and love. While it is not the material gift that matters, it’s the genuine act of appreciation that’s so rare to be seen.

Taking the time out of your ‘busy‘ schedule just to go to their door and leave a small gift will not only exemplify how much you care and appreciate this person’s friendship, but your gesture might just make their day a little better. We mean, who doesn’t love a surprise?!

Stay tuned for Day 8 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

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It is Day 6 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness and we are showing gratitude to those that serve in our community. We stopped by Toronto Fire Station 333 to deliver a selection of yummy treats for all of the firefighters and thank them for the actions and efforts of preserving and protecting our community. Firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s, police men — it takes great dedication to do the work that these first responders do and thanking them for bravery should not be overlooked. Plus, recognizing and celebrating them by saying thank-you might even earn you a seat in their firetruck.

If you have kids, this is a great way to get them involved in the UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness project. Focusing on the idea of gratitude, choose a hero that you believe needs to be recognized in your community. We would suggest calling them first to ensure they know when to expect you.

Stay tuned for Day 7 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

 

 

Yay! Its Day 5 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness.

Today is one of our favourite days because we get to spread kind thoughts and well wishes. We are writing messages for people we don’t know, telling them how brilliant they are, how special they are, how enough they are, and leaving them in places for them to find. It’s the sort of thoughts that most people don’t really say out loud even to the people they care about, let alone a total stranger. Our hope is that these non-conventional love letters might make someone’s day through just a few short, sweet words.

Stay tuned for Day 6 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

Picture this — You wake up, commute to work or to school, juggling multiple projects at a time, answering your colleague’s question of “How are you?” with “BUSY!”, leaving work with just enough time to squeeze in a workout class to whiz through your errands, rush home to make dinner, fire off your ‘important’ emails, and hope that you get just enough sleep to do it all over again tomorrow. Sound familiar? We pride ourselves on our ‘busy-ness’, as if being busy were a sign of achievement and value in and of itself. Lets face it — there are few things more glorified in our culture than being busy.

But the truth is we all have time for the things that are most important to us. No one has ever starved to death because they couldn’t find time to eat. We prioritize what matters most to us in our lives. For Day 4 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness, we are going to slow it down, stop being busy, and remember the important things in our life. That old friend we haven’t talked to in a while, we are going to call them. A family member that we’ve been meaning to visit, we are going to go see them. Take the time to focus on the people in your life that you have once told you’re busy. Because in the end, your identity isn’t based on what you do or how much you do. It’s based on how you think and share, how deeply you can love, how much peace you can bring, and how you make others feel.

Stay tuned for Day 5 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.

For Day 3 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness, we are joining the fight to end hunger this holiday season. We have been privileged to never worry about where and when we might eat our next meal. Let alone, have reasonable means to be picky about the type of foods we do eat. Everyone deserves to enjoy full nutritious meals. Local food banks are in need of peanut butter, canned fish and meat, canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, and lentils. So please consider donating to a local food ban this season — whether you donate money, food, or your time, every little bit counts.

To find a food bank near you, please visit Food Banks Canada. If you are in Toronto and want to drop off your food donations, please consider visiting Daily Bread Food Bank.

Stay tuned for Day 4 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

For Day 2 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness, we thought we would get a little vulnerable. We have found that sometimes society can be a little insular. I mean think about it, we take the bus and our eyes probably don’t leave our phone. So today we are pursuing tiny acts of bravery by offering compliments to a stranger. Reaching out to someone who is a total mystery to you might take you out of your comfort zone, but you never know how powerful your offering might be. That girl whose hair you just complimented? She is on her way to a big interview, and your words may have improved her confidence. That man whose smile you commented upon? He could have been feeling lonely until you spoke up. Your simple act of kindness has the power to make someone’s day a whole lot better.

So, when you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It might take you a few seconds to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime. And an added bonus, compliments, admiration, and genuine appreciation can create a snowball effect. You can’t change how the world works with one compliment, but every little bit of positivity helps. Truly.

Stay tuned for Day 3 of UR Enough’s 12 Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

 

We tend to spend hours each day posting, liking, checking in, sharing, tweeting, emailing, Snapchatting, texting — the list can go on. While technology has improved the efficiency in the way that we connect to one another, it has taken away the magic of personal interaction.

For Day 1 of UR Enough’s 12 Days of Kindness we sent handwritten letters of love and appreciation to some of the brightest lights in our life. Why not spread a little cheer of your own and send a Christmas surprise to someone special?

Stay tuned for Day 2 of UR Enough’s 12 Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.