Started to encourage people to do random acts of kindness, Jayne Howard Feldman first proposed this celebration on August 22, 1993. We have all had experience with those who have helped us when we needed it the most. Even just a kind word can make all the difference sometimes. Ms. Feldman calls people who do those angels, but you don’t need to believe in literal angels to celebrate this day.
Today is a day to be alert to those around you, and to offer aid where you may, whether that’s physical, emotional, or any other kind. Though its original purpose is to celebrate random acts of kindness, you can also do things you have been thinking about for a long time.
It would be great for folks to be kind to those they interact with today, from coworkers to family members to those who serve us, such as sales people, restaurant workers, and all those who work in service industries. It could also be a day to step up and support a charitable organization that regularly gives help to others or helps animals or the environment. I think it is particularly appropriate to do something kind anonymously so that no one but yourself knows the good deed you have done.
By the way, Cute Calendar says, “research has shown that acts of kindness do not only benefit receivers of the kind act, but also the giver, as a result of the release of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of contentment and relaxation when such acts are committed.”
Some suggestions for today are Fill a random parking meter, mow your neighbor’s lawn, or send an unexpected note to a loved one. Listen to someone with the intention of understanding. Volunteer at a community program of some kind. Plant a tree. Clean up litter. There are as many ideas as there are people, but don’t let this day pass by without being kind in some way.
Quotes about kindness
You may be sorry that you spoke,
sorry you stayed or went,
sorry you won or lost,
sorry so much was spent.
But as you go through life, you’ll find–
you’re never sorry you were kind.–Herb Prochnow
You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.–Ruth Smeltzer
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts of the thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.—-Thomas Chalmers
When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.”–Harold Kushner
When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And, it’ll become like a wildfire.–Whoopi Goldberg
When one begins to purposefully perform acts of kindness, the spirit changes and soon doing good deeds becomes a focal point for our life; doing good begins to be the same as feeling good. The periods of emptiness when we search for the “meaning of it all” begin to fill with acts of kindness.–Gary Ryan Blair
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.–Abraham Heschel
Try to make at least one person happy every day. … If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!–Lawrence G. Lovasik
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