Most of you may not know this, but there is something special going on in February besides Valentine’s Day. In fact, it isn’t even a special day, but rather, a special week! What, you might ask? It is Random Acts of Kindness week. So my question is…what will you do?
Will you choose to celebrate this week? Committing random acts of kindness has become somewhat of a trend as of late. Some of you may have noticed the Facebook post that went viral…looked something like this:
“2013 Pay-It-Forward: The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a handwritten note. Perhaps with a gift attached. There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status. Go. Create. Do.”
When the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy happened, people began urging others to commit 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the victims and even dedicating Facebook pages to the cause.
Personally, I don’t think we need a week to remind us that we should do right by others. We should take the time now and again to do something kind to lift someone’s spirits or put a smile on someone’s face. We should always want to do that! We should strive to be that kind of person. We should also pass that on to our children. Our children should know the importance of giving back and be able to show compassion and kindness.
So let this week be the start to something bigger. Need some ideas to get you started? Check out our list below! We got you started with 15 ideas. Add to our list by sharing your ideas for random acts of kindness in the comments below!
- Send a handmade card to someone
- Be kind to someone you dislike
- Send someone flowers
- Buy a homeless person a meal
- Make a new friend
- Donate used books to your local library
- Pay for someone else’s coffee
- Help your family by doing an extra chore (kid-friendly)
- Pick up trash in your community
- Read a book to a child or elderly person
- Be generous with compliments
- Help a co-worker or classmate
- Volunteer in your community
- Write a thank you note
- Forgive someone