February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

I was completely unaware that there was a day for this but I guess it’s been going on for years. In fact, it’s a whole week and an organization’s focus.

 

So here are two stories of why random acts of kindness are appreciated.

  1. I used to coach high school soccer and anyone who teaches or coaches will tell you the greatest compliment is to hear from their former students or athletes. One of the girls, in particular, is in the Air Force and has been traveling to different bases for training and to live. Each time she’s somewhere new, she drops me a postcard and I LOVE it! It’s nice to know she still thinks of me even though we don’t see each other and I love hearing the quick updates. More importantly, I never know when one will arrive. It really is the thought that counts.
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    Postcards

    2. Some women in the roofing industry created a group to help us build our confidence in knowledge and in networking. Less than a year old, we’ve topped 100 members and are coordinating some great education sessions (including factory tours) and volunteer opportunities to help the community. The praise we’ve heard in the last month alone for the work we’ve done has been fantastic. Every compliment and conversation this starts is a great confidence booster for all involved, which only makes our industry stronger. It’s nice when someone tells you this to your face rather than discussing you behind your back.

See? We all know it’s super easy to be kind to someone and we should work on this every day. For today, we just ask that you consciously do something nice to someone else.

Here’s a quick review of ten items that you could pick from (and we kept contact with others off the list because evading one’s personal space is not always appreciated):

1. Send someone a card. Just a little pick me up to let them know you’re thinking of them.
2. Offer to grab your neighbor something from the store as long as you’re going.
3. Make someone laugh.
4. Lend someone a book that they might like.
5. Compliment someone.
6. Look for items to donate…and then donate them.
7. Write a positive comment on a website, blog, or news article.
8. Leave quarters at a laundromat.
9. Pick up trash on the side of the road or that skitters across your path.
10. Smile.

We’re also asking for suggestions of how to randomly act kind to others. We ask this a lot but reminders are helpful, right?

For more ideas or to learn more about the organization we found, go to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

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