If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.Dolly Parton
Can you remember the last time someone was kind to you? How did it make you feel? Now imagine how others must feel when you are kind to them. One small act of kindness can make a significant impact on someone’s day—or even their life.
Kindness is simple. It’s being friendly, generous and considerate to others and yourself. When our kindness positively affects others, we feel more confident, useful, and compassionate. And most importantly, being kind doesn’t have to cost a cent; it’s rewarding in and of itself to give back to others.
Since COVID hit, it’s been easy to sit at home alone and turn our focus inward. Truly, on some days, it’s all we can do to get up and get our work and home life in order to accomplish our daily tasks. Because we’ve been forced into a more “reclusive” life, I think so many of us have inevitably focused on ourselves, our self-care, and our survival. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing by any stretch. However, it is just as healthy (and more so) to think of others and show them we care.
They say that the kind thing to do is never the wrong thing to do. In that way, kindness serves to comfort us all; we are never left with nothing to do! But, amid a pandemic and an ever-digital age, everyday kindness can be intentionally forgotten. It’s easy to become overly consumed with oneself when we are the only ones we see daily.
Next week, February 14-20 is the National Week for celebrating “Random Acts of Kindness.” Here are twenty inspiring opportunities to take a few steps back; and rekindle the flames of kindness!
Whether you decide to DIY a special gift for someone or simply call a loved one who needs a kind word, let the kindness you show on Random Act of Kindness Day stem from a sincere heart, full of appreciation. That’s what matters most to the people in our circles!