by: Alicia M. Blanco
Remember that one time when you gave up your seat so that someone else could sit down? Or the time you were feeling really generous and left a generous tip for your server?
Surely you can think back to the time you went out of your way to extend a helping hand for your neighbor or when you gave someone a really nice compliment, just because.
If you’re like me, you’ve often wondered how the rest of their day went after what you did for them. Sometimes I find myself thinking, “I really hope they had a great day today and that my small gesture turned things around for them. I wonder if they paid it forward…”
Similarly, I know that when someone does something nice for me I always hope they know what a difference they made in my day. I want to encourage more behavior like that- and it makes me want to do the same for someone else.
This is why I am SO excited that The Wave now has its very own app that will be able to answer these very questions instantly with your smart phone. You can literally track your kindness across the country and all over the world. Instant gratification!
Creator Charley Johnson:
“The Ripil app was born from an idea of wanting to make kindness an everyday thing for billions of people and in a way was that easily accessible for this generation. The app is still very much in the early stages of development so we appreciate as much feedback as possible as we look to expand it and watch it grow! We get our news from Twitter, we connect with family and friends on Facebook, and with Ripil we wanted to create a platform that spread kindness and inspired more good in people throughout the world with the click of a button. With the app you can plug in what you did for someone, or what someone did for you and then track it throughout the day and over the course of time. The more people who have it, the more interactive it will be! A wave starts off with a small ripple in the water, and it builds over time. This is what we want to see happen with KINDNESS. It may start off small like a ripple, but the more people who catch on and participate will be part of a massive movement, like a WAVE. Imagine if your random act of kindness landed in the life of someone contemplating taking his or her own life…We believe kindness is something that needs way more attention and focus and we know Alicia and The Wave agree with us. Having an inner beauty blogger like Alicia whose main focus is to make people feel good on the INSIDE, along with her Miss Inner Beauty pageant, her passion to help more people conquer depression and her desire to see more random acts of kindness performed each day showed us what a great collaboration we will have working together towards a kinder world.”
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you know is fighting some sort of battle.”