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Triangle Kindness Project uses power of Instagram to spread joy

Posted March 22

Triangle Kindess Project

— Kindness is the message Andrea Griffith Cash wants to spread across the Triangle.

"Kindness can be done once a day in five minutes or less," she said. And she is right.

Inspired by Chris Rosati, a Durham man with Lou Gehrig's Disease and Inspire Media Network, the Triangle Kindness Project is a collaborative project that uses the power of Instagram to inspire others to think of creative ways to spread joy.

"You just set aside five minutes to plan your acts of kindness for the day. It's fun, approachable and feasible," Cash said.

Each day, a different Instagram user populates the Triangle Kindness Project Instagram feed and documents a few acts of kindness throughout the day.

"You're helping someone else, but you are also helping yourself," Cash said. "It helps put you in a better mood and you've done something worth while."

Cash said she started posting on the account herself, but has now involved friends, and friends of friends.

"We need help spreading the work. And I encourage people not to stress about it," she said.

April Manring, a Chapel Hill mom and CEO of Be Pure Beauty, said she loved being a part of the project and was excited to involve her young daughter.

"My daughter loves making people smile and giving out treats," Manring said. "She handed out lollipops and said kind words to people."

Manring said it is all about the mindset and being able to say something positive to someone on a daily basis.

"We should never be shy about being kind," she said. "It's not about the details, it's about the simple kindness...thinking of someone else."

Cash said some examples on the Instagram page range from checking in on a neighbor, to bringing in treats for coworkers, to volunteering at a nonprofit.

"It is what you put into it," Cash said. "You can do something nice for a stranger, or you can call your grandma."

Anyone interested in participating in the Triangle Kindness Project should email Andrea Griffith Cash at trianglekindnessproject@gmail.com. Include your full name, your city of residence, your Instagram username and your phone number.

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