Today, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day in the US – a day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness.
Josh de Jong of New Zealand is the person who created this recognized holiday as National Random Acts of Kindness in 2004. Since then there is also a National Random Acts of Kindness organization here in the United States.
Kindness is contagious and when people see one another being kind to someone, they want to “pay it forward” to be kind to others.
While I encourage you to act in the moment and do some random act of kindness today (and every day), here are some “intentional” acts of kindness you can use to get you started.
#1 Mail a Card
Make a handmade card for a friend or family member that doesn’t live near you and mail it to them. Include a photo of the two of you together as a special memento. Take it a step further and send a note to a random stranger in need through the website More Love Letters. Everyone needs a little more love, right?
#2 Donate Used Books
Gather all your used books and donate them to a school, local library, or local shelter. Take it a step further and ask your neighbors if they would like to donate too, then pick up their donations and deliver them along with your donations.
#3 Leave a Note
Write a thank you note to your mail carrier, trash collector, or newspaper deliverer to thank them for doing a great job. Attach a piece of wrapped candy as a special surprise. Don’t forget to leave a note for your spouse and your kids – tuck it under their pillow to make it more special. Vintage postcards make the notes even more unique.
#4 Make It or Bake It
Make or bake a special treat such as cake, bread, dessert or cookies (placed on a vintage platter), and deliver it to your neighbors with a handwritten note that let’s them know you are thinking about them.
#5 Learn from Your Elders
Go visit an older relative and ask them to teach you something they remember from their childhood. Perhaps a song, how to knit, how to play a game – you get the idea. Take it a step further and teach them something you know how to do.
#6 Help the Animals
Fill a vintage basket with old blankets and towels, a bag of dog and/or cat food and bring it to your local animal shelter. They are always looking for donations to help the animals. While you’re there, volunteer to walk a dog or play with a cat. It will make your heart feel good.
#7 Go To Lunch
Invite a friend or family member to lunch, and pick up the tab. If you don’t have time for lunch, invite them to coffee, or go have a piece of pie together. Take it a step further and do this once a month!
#8 Finish That Task
Finish a task that someone has started, but keeps putting it off. For example, wash someones car, mow their lawn or shovel snow off their driveway. Surely someone you know needs an extra hand!
#9 Clean It Up
Grab a large trash bag (or two), then go for a walk in your neighborhood and pick up all the trash you see on the ground. Invite your neighbors to join you. Take it a step further and clean up a local park, too.
#10 Give Back
Pack up things you no longer need that someone else could benefit from, then use a Give Back Box to send your items (free) to Goodwill. Things like clothes, small household items, and books are perfect for the Goodwill. The Give Back Boxes are free and can be sent from any state in the USA.
#11 Pick Up the Phone
Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time – perhaps a friend who has moved out of state, a distant relative, or even your next door neighbor. Tell them you’ve called because you missed hearing their voice. Make the conversation be all about them and ask them questions about how they are, what they’ve been up to, etc.
#12 Plant a Seed
Be kind to the Earth and plant a seed! Whether flower, vegetable, or tree – grab a pot, fill it with potting soil, and plant that seed. Tend the seed until it sprouts, and when it is large enough to be transplanted, plant it in your yard or garden. The Earth will thank you.
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)
What random acts or intentional acts of kindness will you do today?
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