February 17, 2021 is National Random Act of Kindness Day.
The world has been experiencing a lot of ups and downs, physically and mentally. And while everyone has a different story and different beliefs, there is always a need for more kindness.
Most of us would probably agree that we need kindness now more than ever. Humans thrive off of mutual interaction, and the challenges of being in the midst of a pandemic it has undoubtedly made it more difficult for people to find peace and happiness each day.
Remember as you go about your daily tasks, that everyone is facing different challenges. One small act of kindness can help lift someone who is struggling. As a bonus; kindness is contagious. So, the more kindness you offer the more it will spread!
Oxytocin, called the “love hormone,” plays a role in forming social bonds. It’s one of the hormones that mothers produce when they breastfeed. Acts of kindness can give our love hormone a boost. According to Health.com, kindness is good for your heart. Visit their website to read more about the risk of heart disease when you lack a strong network of family and/or friends.
What are some ways to show acts of kindness to others?
- Compliment a stranger. Don’t be afraid to tell someone you like their shoes or that they have kind eyes.
- Hold the door open. This is often easily bypassed. It can mean a lot if you pause to wait for the person behind you just to hold the door for them.
- Pick up the tab for the person behind you in line—at the café, the grocery store, or even the drive-thru.
- Donate a copy of your favorite book to a library.
- At the grocery store, buy an extra treat and give it to the cashier or grocery bagger.
- Listen to someone who needs to talk. Really listen.
- Learn the name of your barista or server and let them know you are thankful for their hard work.
- Write a note to the first person that pops into your mind. It can be via email or even better, mail the message to them.
- Leave a sticky note with an encouraging word like, “You are beautiful.” or “Your life matters.” on a public mirror.
- Distribute a box of chocolates as an appreciation gift to those in service to your community (police, nurses, postman, firefighters, etc.).
“Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.”
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