Fact: Monday generally sucks.
Fact: Finding an envelope with a cheery message and some cash quickly decreases Monday's overall suckitude.
That’s the idea behind Give Mondays, which aims to brighten strangers’ days and form a community of givers all over the world.
The process is simple:
- Get a blue envelope.
- Include an anonymous, kind message. (I’m a fan of “This week is going to be amazing. Also, your hair looks great today.”)
- Include some money. (How much you give is up to you.)
- Direct the recipient to share a snapshot of the surprise on Twitter with the hashtag #givemondays.
- Leave the envelope somewhere a stranger will find it.
I love the simplicity of the idea. I love that it’s quick and easy enough that anyone can join in. And I love that the project targets Monday mornings (because, honestly, if anything can zap a person’s cheer it’s the reminder of another work week) with random acts of kindness.