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!

The Extra Easter Basket

Easter is a great way to spread joy with friends, family members or casual acquaintances. Attending church services, Easter egg hunts, and other community events are generally a normal part of the holiday weekend. Due to the pandemic many annual events may not be held.   

For many, creating Easter baskets is a major part of the celebrations. As you begin to play the honorary role of the Easter bunny, consider making an extra Easter basket to share. The simple kind gesture may have a positive impact on someone’s whole day or even week. One spark of kindness may set a chain reaction without end.

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Image by Terri Cnudde from Pixabay 

Sharing the Extra Easter Basket

Are you wondering who may need an Easter basket? Consider all the people; you come in contact with on a daily basis. Still, need ideas? Check out the list below.

  • Friends
  • Extended family members
  • A child who you know is not getting an Easter basket due to financial restraints. (Remember you may need to ask permission to give a child an Easter basket. Some foods and toys may not be allowed.)
  • Teacher
  • Bus Driver
  • Child Care Provider
  • Dog Walker
  • Coach
  • Classmate
  • The barista who always gets your morning order correct.
  • Your dog’s pal at the park.

The list is endless. Just think of someone who may need an extra smile this time of year.

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