15 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

Did you know November 13th is World Kindness Day? Started in 1998, the annual international holiday promotes all acts of kindness, no matter how small. Are you ready to spread kindness in your small area of the world? Here’s a list of ideas for inspiration. Simple acts of kinds create a ripple effect, never underestimate the power of a smile or small gesture.

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  1. Hold the Door: When going into the bank, restaurant, or other business, hold the door for the person behind you.
  2. Offer to Help: Is there an elderly person or someone holding a baby standing in line behind you at the checkout? Offer to help unload the grocery cart.
  3. Pay at the Drive Thru: Buy the person’s order behind you in the line at the drive thru.
  4. Pay the Tab: Do you notice a young family with children, a person in uniform, or an elderly person sitting along at a restaurant? Pick up their tab.
  5. Pay for Someone’s Gas: When paying for your gas, pay for another customer’s gas too. This is a great gesture of kindness with the gas prices continuing to rise.
  6. Go to Lunch: Offer to take an elderly neighbor out to lunch or to the grocery store.
  7. Buy Flowers: Pass out flowers to neighbors, co-workers, teachers, friends, or family members.
  8. Volunteer: Offer to be a dog walker at your local pet rescue. Or help at your neighborhood women’s shelter or baby pantry.
  9. Donate Groceries: Buy a bag of groceries to donate at your local food bank.
  10. Start Cooking: Do you know a person or family who could use a home cooked meal? Cook a healthy meal for a neighbor, relative, or a friend.
  11. Bake: Pass out cookies or other treats.
  12. Call: Reach out to a family member or an old friend just to say hello.
  13. Extra Wash: Tape quarters (place in plastic bag first) under a lid at the laundry mat to give someone a free wash.
  14. Be Kind to Yourself: Engage in self-care to focus on your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being.
  15. Write Thank You Notes: Has someone recently made a kind gesture toward you? Write a thank you note to show appreciation.

Just smile! When out in public, a simple smile goes a long way in brightening the world around you. Happy World Kindness Day!

31 Days of Self-Care for August

August marks the end of summer. School will be starting soon. Whether virtual or in-person, school and work schedules take up a lot of your time. Finding time to relax and care for yourself is essential to your overall well-being.

Self-Care Ideas for August

  1. Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water.
  2. Get enough sleep! If possible, take a nap or sleep in for an extra half hour.
  3. Go for a hike. Do not forget to bring the dog.
  4. Go for a nature walk with your kids.
  5. Go for a bike ride.
  6. Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial.
  7. Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
  8. Write a letter or send out thinking of you cards.
  9. Call or chat online with a friend.
  10. Do yoga or other exercises.
  11. Meditate or pray.
  12. Read a book.
  13. Binge-watch your favorite television series or find a new one to enjoy.
  14. Have a movie marathon, complete with popcorn or other treats.
  15. Make a gratitude list, at least 10 things.
  16. Try a new recipe or cook an old family favorite.
  17. Listen to your favorite music, turn up the volume, sing along, or dance.
  18. Order pizza or another type of take-out to give yourself a break from cooking.
  19. Buy one new item to try at the grocery store. Your pick doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, buy a new type of fruit to try or a candy bar.
  20. Do crafts.
  21. Do not be afraid to say no.
  22. Listen to a Podcast or watch YouTube videos.
  23. Declutter your space.
  24. Go on a virtual tour of a museum, art gallery, or the zoo.
  25. Make a visual board or a mood board.
  26. Keep a journal.
  27. Spend a day in your pajamas.
  28. Invest in a high-quality weighted blanket.
  29. Buy your favorite scented candle to burn.
  30. Make lists.
  31. Be kind to yourself, always.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know today, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Every day people go on with their daily lives with little notice of the world around them. But promoting small Random Acts of Kindness has the potential to positively impact a large number of people.

40 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

  1. Donate food to a homeless shelter
  2. Bake cookies or other goodies for an elderly neighbor, co-worker, friend, or loved one
  3. Tape quarters on a vending machine
  4. Pay for the vehicle’s meal behind you in line at the drive-thru
  5. Donate clothes or toys to a women’s shelter
  6. Volunteer at a nursing home
  7. Mail cards of encouragement to friends
  8. Send a quick text to someone
  9. Walk a dog at your local shelter or rescue
  10. Make a meal for a family in need
  11. Let someone in front of  you at the checkouts
  12. Use the day to show gratitude instead of complaining
  13. Purchase a movie ticket for the person standing in line behind you
  14. Call an old friend
  15. Send flowers to your child’s teacher
  16. Babysit without charging
  17. Spend time with your grandparents or other elderly relatives
  18. Post a positive review of a local business
  19. Check for a wish list at your local animal rescue and send needed supplies
  20. Hold the door open for someone
  21. Thanks a person for a job well done
  22. Send cards filled with stickers, gift cards, or other small items to your nieces, nephews, or other small children in your life.
  23. Buy a bag a groceries for someone in need
  24. Help a neighbor with yard work
  25. Take a plate of treats to your local police or fire station
  26. Pick up litter at a local park, beach, or other natural areas
  27. Send a care package to a person serving in the military
  28. Make a gift basket for your pastor
  29. Pay someone’s library fees
  30. Pay off a child’s overdue lunch fees
  31. Make a special afterschool treat for your children
  32. Spend some extra time with your dog
  33. Paint small rocks to hide around the community.
  34. Offer to drive someone to a doctor’s appointment
  35. Tip your waiter or waitress above the average amount
  36. Plant a tree in the memory of someone
  37. Make and deliver homemade cards
  38. Read to someone
  39. Purchase a cup of coffee or latte for a random person, co-worker, neighbor, or friend
  40. Engage in self-care

Media bombards you with negative posts and stories daily. Showing Random Acts of Kindness is a small way to spread positive gestures.

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