We’ve just wrapped up with Valentine’s Day and are inching ever closer to spring time (we’re thinking Phil got it wrong this year). You can still feel the love in the air from the 14th; especially now that all that heart-shaped candy is on sale! Let’s keep that feeling rolling into today, February 17th, Random Acts of Kindness Day. We love to pamper our significant others and family during the holidays and on Cupid’s Day, but what about those we work with, or the person you see on the bus each day? A small random and unselfish act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.
So, what exactly is this holiday? A relatively new addition to the calendar, Random Acts of Kindness Day started in New Zealand. In that country, it is actually celebrated in September. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation a non-profit organization celebrates #RAKWeek2017 from February 12-18. They also offer great ideas on how to celebrate on the 17th and throughout the year. One of the main aims of this day is to spread kindness with no pretense other than to put a smile on someone’s face. Though groups like the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation publicize this day so that others will join in, the point is to do nice things without expecting anything in return.
How can we participate? You can celebrate in many different ways. Since it is a Friday, most of us will be at work, so why not start there? Here are some suggestions on how you can get involved at work and otherwise:
- Leave a treat for the night shift/cleaning crew – Working at night can be tough, and a lot of the time the work they do goes unnoticed. Brighten their work day with a snack to help get them through the night.
- Hold the door for someone – It takes very little effort and really is common courtesy, one that many people seem to forget.
- Post a positive message – Whether you place a message in the lunchroom bathroom, or on social media, it could be just what someone needs to hear.
- Compliment someone – Did a coworker give a very informative presentation? Let them know! It will boost his confidence and encourage him to keep up the good work.
- Buy the person behind you in line his meal – You’ve heard of things like these happening at Starbucks and other fast food places. Try it out for yourself.
- Send flowers – Is there someone in the office that goes the extra mile, or maybe the barista you see each day when you get your coffee? Send her an anonymous bouquet of flowers just to say thanks.
- Send cards to lonely seniors – So many elderly live alone with little interaction with their family; get a group together and write them notes to let them know they are not alone.
- Donate blood – Save a life!
- Give a good review – Just get great service from an employee of one of your vendors? Let him and his employer know.
- Make a donation – Funds are always needed somewhere.
- Smile at a stranger – You never know who needs one.
As you can see it doesn’t take a lot and it doesn’t cost a lot. It doesn’t take a lot of time or energy either. Being kind to someone not only makes her day, it makes you feel good, too. Doing kind things isn’t relegated to just one day of the year either, they can be done every day. How will you celebrate?