Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day
Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. It's a holiday that was established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and is celebrated around the world with the intention of spreading good deeds and positivity. Sometimes it can be worth remembering the capacity for love and generosity that human beings can have to renew your faith in humanity. Acts of kindness don't have to be grand gestures. Showing someone that you care could take something as little as paying for their coffee order or wishing them a good day. So with this in mind, we came up with some ideas on how you can celebrate the occasion and start a new family tradition of kindness:
Send a kind message to loved ones
Consider going above and beyond your everyday acts of kindness towards family and friends by taking the time to write a note letting them know how much you appreciate them.
Say thank you
It's important to take the time to thank people so that they know they are appreciated. On World Kindness Day, try to consider thoughtfully expressing how much you appreciate the hard work of others to make sure that they feel appreciated for the work that they do. You might just brighten their day!
If you don’t already volunteer with an organization, consider planning a monthly (or weekly) volunteer shift. You might be surprised how much it can lift your spirits to help out with a cause that resonates with you.
Foster or adopt a pet
There are so many furry friends that need homes. If you don’t have the ability to adopt but you can temporarily open up your home to an animal, consider fostering. You could also volunteer at a local animal shelter.
If you don’t have the time to volunteer today, you might want to donate to a cause that excites you. Alternatively, consider giving out bus passes, food, or money to the homeless.
Start an online fundraiser
If you’re short on cash for donating, you might want to start a fundraiser on social media. Remind your friends that it’s World Kindness Day to inspire them to give.
Write a kind sticky note
Write uplifting messages on sticky notes and apply them to restroom or dressing room mirrors, lockers, someone’s computer screen or car window, or the door to your office or apartment building.
If there’s someone in your life you haven’t contacted in a while, consider sending them a gift to let them know you’re thinking about them. Or, deliver flowers to hospital patients.
Compliment someone on the elevator, the bus, or in line at a coffee shop.
Pay it forward
Complete random acts of kindness like paying for someone’s coffee in line behind you or offering to help someone carry their groceries. Let them know about World Kindness Day and suggest they pay it forward.