I’m spreading kindness with Metropolis at Metrotown and you can too! #METMakeNice

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

You know how they say you should live without regrets. The thing is, I do have some regrets, and when I think about the things in my life I do regret, it always involves the times when I was a child and I didn’t choose… kindness.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now then you may be aware of my past childhood bullying behavior. I’ve written about this topic on more than a few occasions.

Below are 5 posts I’ve written about bullying:

  1. My #Pinkshirt day story; Having compassion for all, even the bullies

In this blog post, I bravely shared some of my past childhood behavior and why I feel it’s important to have compassion for all, even the person with the bullying behavior.

2. Embracing our differences and coming together to prevent bullying 

In this blog post, I collaborated with a brand to spread awareness about bullying. Proceeds from the item being sold went toward anti-bullying initiatives.

3. Teachable moments from a scooter 

In this blog post, I shared a story about my middle daughter and how she purchased a scooter and some of the teachable moments that came from this, which included a bullying talk with my older daughter.

4. 5 ways to teach children kindness to prevent bullying 

In this blog post, I share 5 ways we can teach our children to be kind to prevent bullying behavior.

5. 10 benefits random acts of kindness have on our well-being 

In this blog post, I share a story about someone’s random act of kindness and how it made me feel which inspired my blog post: 10 benefits random acts of kindness have on our well-being.

As you can see bullying is a topic that brings up a slew of emotions for me. In other words, I’m pretty passionate about bullying prevention.

For this reason, I’m really looking forward to teaming up with Metropolis at Metrotown again this year to spread kindness.

You see, kindness and empathy are essential, especially if we want to prevent bullying. It has to start within and doing something kind for someone has so many health benefits for the giver and receiver.

Last year when I walked around Metropolis at Metrotown surprising strangers with gift cards, I began to cry. It made me feel so emotional. One woman even cried too! She couldn’t believe I was just randomly giving her a gift card, and it truly made her day. I can’t wait to spread kindness again at Metropolis at Metrotown on Pink Shirt Day (February 28th).

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Pink Shirt Day events at Metropolis at Metrotown 

Metropolis at Metrotown has joined the Pink Shirt Day movement against bullying, working with the CKNW Orphans’ Fund to promote this initiative to end cyberbullying and encourage everyone online and in-person to spread kindness.

“From February 15-28, customers are encouraged to post their pledges on how they can #METMakeNice on the Metropolis at Metrotown Instagram page. What is your random act of kindness? How are you going to spread kindness, whether online or in-person? For every pledge made, Metropolis at Metrotown will donate$1 to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund (up to $3000). By tagging a friend as well, customers have the chance to be
entered to win a $500 shopping spree and a $500 gift card to be donated to their favourite local charity.”

More information about this giveaway can be found here.

“Pink Shirt Day is an important program that raises awareness in our communities to stand up to bullying and encourage kindness, tolerance, and solidarity. This year we are proud to be working alongside 200+ students, teachers and parents to spread kindness to our shoppers and our community,” said Judy Black, Marketing Director of Metropolis at Metrotown.

On Pink Shirt Day, February 28, Metropolis at Metrotown is encouraging everyone to wear a pink shirt to support this anti-bullying movement and to perform a random act of kindness. Students from 9 Burnaby elementary schools including Windsor, Lochdale, Maywood, and Marlborough will be carrying out random acts of kindness to surprise and delight shoppers in the mall starting at 10am. In addition, a special
performance by the students will take place in Grand Court at 11:30am. Students also created original artwork that they will share and distribute to Metropolis at Metrotown patrons.

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For more information on Pink Shirt Day at Metropolis at Metrotown visit http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com.

*This blog post was written in partnership with Metropolis at Metrotown. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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