Spread Goodness Day a worthy cause

Spread Goodness Day a worthy cause

We know our community will prove Anna Dravland right. She believes one person’s good deed, no matter how small, can make a difference.

As creator of Spread Goodness Day, Dravland is confident that each person — regardless of age or ability — has the power to spread goodness and make a difference in the world, one act at a time.

As conveyed in a story earlier this week by Journal Staff Writer Cecilia Brown, Dravland is the driving force behind Spread Goodness Day, which will take place on March 9. The idea is people are being encouraged to commit acts of goodness, large and small, as individuals or groups.

These acts can be as simple as opening a door or offering a hug — and already many local organizations have been able to use their time and resources to plan events that will benefit many people and give many others a chance to spread goodness.

Dravland, community relations and event marketing coordinator for Travel Marquette, had been considering a project that encouraged people to spread goodness and acknowledge that even one small good deed will always make a difference.

“It’s a project I’ve been brainstorming for seven years in different ways, it became an event early last year and I started really talking about it and creating it,” she said in the story.

Dravland said she realized creating a Spread Goodness Day could empower people, organizations and business — everyone, really — to spread goodness in their own unique ways, providing a tangible sense of how acts of goodness, large and small, can combine to create a major change at personal, local, national and global levels.

Shortly after 34-year-old Dravland launched the campaign in late October, she suddenly suffered a stroke as she walked to work, falling to the ground. But Dravland was lucky in that Northern Michigan University nursing instructor Nancy Mass saw the fall while driving by and came to the rescue.

Mass’s subsequent actions greatly helped Dravland’s chances for not just survival, but recovery. And Dravland has emerged even more driven to bring Spread Goodness Day to the public’s attention. She said Spread Goodness Day has been a positive force in her life throughout her recovery process.

We hope everyone in our community — heck, in the world — joins in the Spread Goodness Day efforts to make the world a little brighter on March 9 by doing something for someone else, be it a small gesture or a big effort.

With hundreds of participants and events already listed on the website of Spread Goodness Day, it’s clear that Dravland’s inspiring message has already helped to make the future brighter. People from across the nation have reached out to Dravland about the event.

“I’ve realized, particularly over the past few weeks that there are organizations, schools, businesses and individuals planning events, activities and acts of goodness on that day that I had no idea about,” Dravland said in the story. “That’s what I wanted, to create a platform that is very easy for people to participate in, no matter what or who they are, whether they’re a social media monster or just a family that wants to get together and go pick up garbage or open doors for people. It’s definitely becoming something much bigger, people are definitely planning a lot of more large initiatives and really cool, amazing events that will make definite and quantifiable differences in the community and well beyond.”

We thank Anna Dravland for being such an inspiration and wish her the best in her continued recovery.

For more information on how to spread goodness, visit alexpalzewicz.wixsite.com/spreadgoodnessday/events.