A Summer of Goodness – How Do You Share Kindness ?


Earlier this summer, I read an article, “Happiness is Contagious”. While this study was geared toward heart health, the message was consistent. Be happy and make others happy too. It spreads like wildfire, even to people you don’t know.

If you’ve ever been the receiver of a kind act, I am sure you have felt the desire to pass it on. It is just one of those things. When Ben and I went on our honeymoon to Ireland over 10 years ago, we were out to dinner one evening. We were enjoying a nice conversation in this pub that was totally empty with the exception of one other couple. About halfway through our dinner this couple struck up a conversation with us and we got to talking about our travels. Later on the couple left and Ben and I went to pay for our check. Only we didn’t have one. That couple paid for it and had given the message of, “Many happy years, enjoy your travels.”.

Not only did that couple pass on the happiness that evening but for the (almost) 11 years following. Ben and I talk about that moment and constantly share ways in which we can pass it on. We scheme often and talk about sharing goodness.

Zoe’s Kitchen, a Dallas based fast, casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, has created a Summer of Goodness program. This program is based off of their company’s philosophy of sharing goodness and giving back which is something they do often. Their goal is to deliver goodness to their customers and inspire them to live a balanced lifestyle by staying positive and being active, but also serving nutritious, high quality, made from scratch menu items to make them feel good from the inside out

Jump in and join Zoe’s Kitchen and #sharegoodness on  Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!


Zoe’s believes that goodness is meant to be shared and would love to be a reason that one of you all is smiling this month so enter below to win a Veggie Package:

  • recipe book
  • $50 Whole Foods Gift Card
  • OXO Vegetable Steamer from Williams and Sonoma
  • Zoe’s Gift Card (can be used online) and other goodies!

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**Disclosure: I was not given anything except the ability to offer my readers this giveaway package. It is a great campaign and so I wanted to share. :) 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Nicole Millheim says:

    I teach them it is better to give then receive. To help those that are sick and hungry. we are all respnosible #sharegoodness

  2. I teach my children to share the goodness every day in little ways with people and then we try to incorporate helping others on a larger scale throughout the year.
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  3. I teach them to be kind – starting with each other! I do this by highly praising any time they do something for each other. You know, with siblings that can be rare.
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  4. I HAVE to tell you my Zoe’s story. Last summer it was 100 degrees and I was shopping with Abby. She was so cranky and started to cry that she wanted water. We were next door to Zoes and I went and asked if I could have a small cup so i could get at little water from their dispenser. The manager saw Abby and handed us two bottles of water and a cookie and REFUSED to let me pay for it. I’ll never forget that kindness! We’ve eat at Zoe’s every time we’re in Collegeville now, I love to support businesses that treat customers so kindly. It was also a great thing for my daughter to see.
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  5. You know, I don’t consciously do this with my kids. I try to be a good person- holding the door for the person behind me, picking up something someone dropped and giving it back to them, helping neighbors, volunteering in the community….. I hope that my actions are teaching them, but I will start to point it out just to make sure.
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  6. I know how I learned from my parents, they would often involve us kids, and so I have found that by having kids participate with you, whether it is visiting shut ins, making a meal and bringing it, it is something they feel is good and see how much it means to people.

  7. My son hosts an Alex’s Lemonade Stand each June. Through it, he has learned about how he is helping researchers find a cure for cancer. It first started out as a regular stand for his own benefit three years ago, but once we learned about Alex and read her story he decided he wanted to give his money to the foundation. We continue to add to his generous spirit through the year by talking about others in need. He loves donating food to our church’s food pantry too.
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