What? You never knew? Begin a new tradition, put it on your calendar!
Random Acts of Kindness week is the week of February 13-19th.
The power of kindness is immense. It is nothing less, really, than the power to change the world.
Daphne Rose Kingma, Random Acts of Kindness.
Quick list: Say please and thank you, return grocery carts, be a good listener, plant a tree, bring a flower to someone who looks like they need it, leave a kind note for your mail carrier, write a note to your friend’s parents thanking them for your friend, send a greeting card to one of your neighbors, help people carry out groceries, give a Popsicle to a gardener, answer the phone in a pleasant voice, climb a tree and thank the tree for giving you shade, put riddles on mirrors to make everyone smile, Hold a RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) party, do one kind thing each day for someone for an entire month, feed the birds, make your brother/sister’s bed without telling them, pick up trash, bring cupcakes to your local police dept or fire station, save some worms on a rainy day, bring treats to your friend’s dog, send an anonymous letter to someone telling them thank you, smile more, buy a gumball for a child or adult, compliment someone and really mean it, buy a candy bar for someone, plant some seeds, thank your dad and mom for working hard for you, laugh out loud, tell your neighbor you love their garden, be a patient, courteous driver and allow people to come in your lane, buy a soda for someone, do something around your house without being asked, offer a hug to someone who needs one, look around and notice where you can give kindness spontaneously, you get the idea... have fun and feel the rewards of giving. The secret is you don’t have to do these things only on Random Acts of Kindness week, but any day you choose!
Have fun with this:
1. Door bell ditch together as a family with a homemade treat left on your friend’s doorstep. (It’s not just for Christmas anymore, its for RAK!) Hide in a place where you can see their faces when they get the surprise!
2. Go to your local ice cream parlor and treat your family to ice cream. Pay for 5 extra people to receive ice creams and tell the parlor you want to stay anonymous and sit and watch how happy the other 5 customers will be.
3. Everyone goes to their mailbox hoping there will be more than just junk mail. Sending a snail mail letter is a great way to give a gift. Color the envelope or put stickers all over it. Write poems, or happy thoughts.
4. Load your pockets with some doggy treats as you go for a walk. When you get a “barker”, just toss the doggy a treat. The dog will be pleasantly surprised!
5. Invite a unique mix to dinner. Serve pancakes.
6. On a cold day pop some extra hand warmers in your pockets and when you see someone who is freezing, hand them some hand warmers for relief.
7. My favorite: Be a magic dragon. A little boy who had lukemia would receive a surprise package every time he was feeling discouraged. The family never knew who the packages came from; they were signed from the magic dragon. Become a magic dragon to someone who needs you.
Many of these ideas were my own but a few were adapted from the Books Random Acts of Kindness. 1993, 2003 (Conari Press)
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederick Amiel.