Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by The Good Cards social enterprise. All opinions are my own.
Some of you may recall that last summer, Pumpkin and I set out to complete a series of acts of kindness. When I recently heard of The Good Cards, an app that gamifies kindness, I thought it would be a fun way for both girls and I to start back up again this summer. Turns out they are loving it, and it’s a great educational opportunity, too!
How it works
The Good Card is a physical card about the size of a a credit card. Once you have it, scan it in the app and receive a mission to do a good deed.
You track your missions in the app, and then pass the card along so you can see the kindness chain you’ve started and all the other places around the world where people are using The Good Cards to help others, and how they are carrying out their missions.
My first mission was to do something for myself. The people at The Good Cards believe in the importance of self love, and that change begins from the inside, so it’s intentionally created this way. I happened to receive my mission on a weekend where my husband was working, so whatever I did for myself would also need to involve the girls. I asked for their ideas, and they said, “Coffee!” (They know me well.) In the middle of a full day of errands, we stopped at a local cafe and sat down to enjoy an iced coffee (me) and avocado toast (the girls). When they finished eating, Peanut asked if we could go for a walk, and we came across some folks with birds. The girls asked questions about the birds and the owners let me hold one while the girls pet the bird’s head. If we had gone through a drive-through for coffee as we rushed through our errands, as we normally do, we would have missed out on this experience. It was a nice break in the middle of the day!
Once I shared the first mission in The Good Cards app, I received my next mission: Anonymous Friend. For this mission I was tasked with surprising a friend or family member with a gift for no reason – and leaving it for them anonymously. I have a friend at work who recently announced her pregnancy, and whose husband is out of town for work for a few weeks, so it made sense to surprise her with a gift. We rounded up all the pregnancy magazines we could find at the book store, added a bag of treats for her dog, and left it on her porch with a note as well as the card. Now my friend is inspired to start her own chain of kindness, and I can track all the good deeds that began with my card as it gets passed around the world.
Although Peanut was the one who actually left the bag on the doorstep, Pumpkin was especially excited about this mission because it was a secret. (She remembers “booing” neighbors at Halloween, one of her favorite activities that involves leaving a surprise, ringing the doorbell, and running away before they see you.)
Now, for the first time, the cards are available online for the broader public. Until today, you could only get The Good Cards by meeting with the founders or the team while they were in beta testing. Now they are looking for the community to build this game with them, choose new features, and help determine what the future of this product will look like. For 30 days, they’ve organized a campaign on Kickstarter to take the project to the next level. Cards start at just $2, with additional options at depending on the level of the pledge amounts, ranging from multiple cards to a Good Box, which includes additional cards, a special wristband and Dreamer Glasses. With one circle and one square frame, the glasses are designed to unite the heart and mind for a better world.
The girls and I will continue to use the app to track the card I passed on and participate in new missions. We will also be checking out the map and seeing how others are using their cards, and to learn about the world. I think it’s a great opportunity to talk about new places, and how we as humans are all connected, and can touch lives all across the globe.
I’ll also be giving away a card on Instagram! Visit my Instagram and look for my Good Cards post for details.