It’s no secret that I am a theme park nut. I moved to Orlando simply so I could immerse myself in the world of theme parks. I regret nothing.
I, naturally, am I Disney guy through and through but that doesn’t mean that I don’t share a special affair with the other big name in town: Universal Studios.
Let me back-story before I get to the point of this post:
I became a Universal Passholder in December 2014 but I didn’t really fall in love until September of the following year when I attended my first ever Halloween Horror Nights. I was obsessed with everything about the event and made sure to go as much as possible.
Through this, I found a very stupid 15 minutes of fame by posting my pictures with Taylor Swift lyrics as captions. The internet went nuts. For exactly 15 minutes.
What made it better was how Universal’s social media team responded to my quotes- quite often finishing the lyrics.
It was hilarious.
Complete side note: I would love nothing more than to work as a “Social Media Insider” for Horror Nights. I envision making videos and posts offering a sneak peak at the makings of the event, building the environments, casting, rehearsals for shows. All that. From there, making posts and whatnot of me at the event. Basically what I already do but officially and more.
I also think that Universal (specifically the official Horror Nights Account) kind of slacked this year when it came to posting. I feel like they could have done more but didn’t. Having someone specifically on board for the event could have fixed this. Just saying.
Flash forward to the point of post.
On a recent visit to Universal we stumbled upon a pop-up photo opportunity.
Universal Studios Orlando was no stranger to the tragedies of 2016. On June 12th they lost one of their own at Pulse Nightclub. A wonderful team member, Luis Vielma, who I had the pleasure of meeting on many occasions when visiting the Wizarding World.
2016 only seemed to get worse as more and more terrible things seemed to come our way. As a society, our collective moods seemed to dip into a pit of despair. We elected a Cheeto to be our president.
NBC Universal decided to put a positive spin on the year that doesn’t want to let up. This photo opportunity:
What an amazing concept. I really loved everything about this and I’m a bit sad it hasn’t gained more traction on social media. I know because I checked.
I’m in love.
So much so that this is the attitude that I want to carry into the New Year. Something I’d encourage everyone to do.
I encourage it so much that I’ve done the task of putting together ideas for ways to share kindness with those around you. The challenge? Do at least one kind thing every day for all of 2017.
Yes. Showing kindness to yourself counts.
Here are some acts of kindness to try out in 2017:
- Smile at a stranger. This one is so easy and can make someone’s day!
- Outstanding Team or Cast Member in the parks? Leave a compliment at Guest Relations
- Offer to take a picture for tourists
- Pay for someone behind you in the drive through
- Buy an extra cup of coffee for a co-worker
- Hold the door open for someone
- Pick up trash and throw it away. Gotta be kind to our environment!
- Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford
- Offer directions to someone who looks lost
- Compliment a stranger
- Let that car merge into your lane
- Bring homemade goods to work to share
- Sit with someone who is eating alone
- Donate blood
- Donate old clothes whenever you buy something new
- Put your shopping cart in the corral, pick up other strays along the way
- Leave extra time in your parking meter
- Pay your friend’s tab
- Encourage someone who’s working hard at the gym
- Send an email to a former teacher who had an impact on you, let them know
- Write a letter to a friend or family member. A real one. Pen and paper.
- Fold your roommate’s laundry
- Don’t just “like” someone’s post or photo online- leave a nice comment
- Buy and gift someone your favorite book
- Make a mix CD for a friend
- Call your grandparents
- Call your siblings
- Pay your boss a compliment
- Leave sticky notes with positive messages on bathroom mirrors
- Put your phone away
- Thank a custodian
- Send dessert to another table
- Bring a security guard a coffee
- Buy some extra dog or cat food to donate to a shelter
- Buy some extra canned goods to donate to a food bank
- Be kind to customer service on the phone. It’s not their fault
- Clean the snow off the car parked next to you
- Spend some quality time with your pet. This benefits you both!
- Give someone you love a hug
- When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to be nice to yourself. You deserve kindness too!