Random Act of Kindness Day
Last Friday was Random Act of Kindness Day. While it is wonderful to acknowledge kindness, I find it so unfortunate that we must designate a day to be kind. Why is it that kindness isn’t part of our daily lives? What happened to being kind?
Has the world changed so much that kindness is no longer part of our daily routine? The world has gotten so fast-paced that we forget? Forget to be kind? Really? I read in one article that people fear “doing it wrong” so they don’t do it all. Is there a way to do kindness wrong? To me, that sounds like an excuse.
Look at all the great things being kind can do for others:
- It can make the world a happier place
- Boost confidence
- Increase optimism
- Makes others happy
- It can give others a sense of value or encouragement
- Let people know they matter
Look what kindness can do for you:
- Reduces stress
- Help with anxiety and depression
- Increases your happiness
- May support physical health: heart or diabetes
- You can make someone’s day and therefore, improve the quality of your day
- Increase energy
- It is great for your attitude
Simple ways to show kindness
- Hold the door
- Help someone carry their groceries
- Call an old friend, just to say and catch up
- Be polite to others, even when it would be so much easier to be rude
- Create care packages for those in need or homeless
- Buy school supplies for a less fortunate child
- Listen when others speak to you, really listen
- Send a note to someone
- Go see your parents, grandparents or visit a nursing home
- Donate your time to a good cause
This is a simple short list. There are hundreds of ways to show kindness. It doesn’t have to cost you a dime. Oftentimes, the best acts of kindness are giving your time.
Let’s all commit to being more kind. It is so easy. Slow down. Take a minute. Think about how you can impact change. Change one thing in your day to be kind to someone else. Let’s be so kind we don’t need a reminder day to be kind!