GOOD Citizenship Task 8: Help Someone Today #30DaysofGOOD

Inspiring change can start with just one action.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for February? GOOD citizenship.

Help someone today.

Too often we race through life at breakneck speed, ignoring the people that fill our days. Cities like New York and Los Angeles in particular can make you feel like you're alone in a crowd. But you hold the power to change all that. Being a citizen entails social contributions as well political ones. Every little social transaction, positive or negative, carries over to the next; eventually coloring all of society. Help spread good not only within your friends and family, but among neighbors and strangers as well.

Pay it forward by holding open a door. Say please and thank you to your waiter, your barista, and your garbage man; simple courtesies are so often overlooked. Start up a conversation in the checkout line.

More ideas to kick-start your kindness:
- Praise someone where others can hear it.
- Treat a homeless person with dignity. Make eye contact, say hello.
- Offer someone a ride.
- Give an elderly neighbor your phone number so they can call you in an emergency.

It doesn't take much to reach out to neighbors and strangers. Little actions help create a community that nurtures human connections and interdependence. And who knows? That smile you passed on the other day may come back to you.

Learn how to live like a citizen at The Guiding Lights Weekend conference on creative citizenship March 8-10 in Seattle.

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via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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