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Make copies of our "Make it a Good Day" BINGO squares page so you have enough squares for the amount of people playing the game. Cut out the squares and distribute them to players.
If we all set out each day to find opportunities to perform random acts of kindness, just imagine the impact we could have. The ripple effect from just one single act of kindness can touch many people, causing a far greater impact than the original act itself. People who benefit from someone else’s kindness often “pay it forward” by being kind to others.
In fact, the contagious nature of kindness was evident in a 2010 study by some researchers from the University of California/San Diego and Harvard. Study participants played a “public-goods game" that included opportunities to cooperate with and benefit other players. Participants did not know each other and never played twice with the same person. Those players who benefited from someone else’s generosity during one session of the game were found to be more likely to help other players in another session of the game down the line… and so on and so on. Study findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The best thing about random acts of kindness is that they tend to make everyone feel good, creating joy on both the giving end and receiving end of the act. Never underestimate the power of a single act of kindness and its potential to spread joy and improve even the worst of days… for you and for others.
Our “Make it a Good Day” BINGO game is a fun way to inspire and document acts of kindness. We invite you to play today!
To prepare for the game, you may want to first read over our list of “acts of kindness” (BELOW) and give yourself and other players a chance to think about them and perhaps incorporate some into everyday life.
Designate a “BINGO caller” to announce the “Make it a Good Day Acts of Kindness” below. Do not call them in order. You can always add to the list and create your own BINGO pages using our blank page.
We invite you to print out the following materials in as many quantities as you would like as often as you would like. You may want to laminate these materials for repeated use. Enjoy!
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."
When players have covered a complete line of “Acts of Kindness,” vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, they call out “Good Day BINGO!” The first player to do so is the winner.
Players cover up spaces (using their BINGO squares) corresponding to each “Act of Kindness” that applies to them as it is announced by the "BINGO caller." The center space is “free” and counts as a covered space.
Make it a Good Day Acts of Kindness
The object of the game can be made more difficult and challenging by requiring players to form an "X" across the page in order to win or some other design of your choosing.
Print enough "Make it a Good Day" BINGO pages so all players have their own page. Mix up pages 1 - 3 between players so everyone does NOT have the same page. You can also make pages with your own ideas for random acts of kindness by printing our blank page.