Be an Angel Day

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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National Say Something Nice Day

Each year on June 1, we celebrate by saying something nice to others. Did your mother tell you, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?” Today is the day to practice that. According to what I found on the Web, this holiday originated in Charleston, South Carolina from the South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and was proclaimed by Mayor Keith Summey in 2006. According to some, the originators of the holiday were inspired by Mitchell Carnell’s book, Say Something Nice – Be a Lifter @ Work. The aim of this special day is to fight against unkindness, bullying, and the lack of politeness, with the hope that the attitude will expand to many more days in the year.

We all know that there are times to speak truth to power, which often involves not being nice at all, but most of us can use the reminder to be kind to others. So be aware today especially of those you meet and deal with, whether they are coworkers, the checker at the lunch counter, the gas station attendant, the janitor who cleans the building, your teachers, your students, your parents, your children, your spouse. For those of us on social media, it can also be a challenge to post nothing negative today – including replying to that annoying relative who posts the hateful comments, or that politician who spouts rhetoric that is obviously a bunch of baloney.

In the spirit of the day, all you who read these posts, and especially you who take the time to respond, I appreciate you!

Quotes about being nice

Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy but being kind, in my opinion, is important.–Dwayne Johnson

It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.–Mike Davidson

No person in the world ever lost anything by being nice to me.–Lillie Langtry

Being nice to someone you have an issue with doesn’t mean you are fake … it means someone taught you how to be polite.–Author Unknown

Being nice to people you don’t like isn’t called two-faced … it’s called growing up.–Bernajoy Vaal

Do not take me for granted, being nice is not a matter of weakness, it is a matter of choice.–Abhishek Tiwari

Be nice to everyone, always smile and appreciate things because it could all be gone tomorrow.–Ed Sheeran

Be nice. And if you can’t do that, just don’t be mean.–Richelle E. Goodrich

Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world.–Enock Maregesi

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.–Phyllis Diller

Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.–Wilson Mizner

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.–Bill Gates

Being nice doesn’t necessarily mean you’re weak. You can be nice and be strong at the same time. That’s a character trait that we need more in Washington.–Shelley Moore Capito

We’re [women] always bending over backwards being extra nice. And I don’t know if being nice is my legacy.–Kathleen Hanna

I tell my kids… you’re not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest, the best track runner, but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a true treasure.–George Foreman

For one thing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being nice. There is nothing uncool about it; there’s nothing wrong with being kind.–Jack McBrayer

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World Kindness Day

Very appropriately November 13 is World Kindness Day. Seems like there has been a distinct lack of kindness lately, especially if you are in a minority of some kind. I never expected to live in a country where teachers had to post signs saying “You are safe in my classroom,” nor to have elected a president for whom the KKK is holding a victory parade.

World Kindness Day is a relatively recent holiday. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement a coalition of nations kindness NGOs. The mission of the World Kindness Movement is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. Members of the movement include over 25 nations with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.

This is a day to be active and be kind. If you are an introvert like me, or shut in, or just lazy, you can do something from your computer. Share one of more of the kindness quotes below on whatever social media you use. Text some kindness to a friend or family member. Do something nice for your significant other or other members of your family. Speak out against unkind things.

Some of the activities suggested on the Random Acts of Kindness Website are: put up encouraging sticky notes in places the person will find them. Write a thank you note for something specific or just general thanks for someone who has been helpful to you in the past. Take time to thank those who are so often invisible, such as checkers in a store, or the janitor of your building. Do a random act of kindness for a complete stranger. Whatever you do today, think about being kind to those you share the world with, regardless of race, sex, age, or religion.

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Hands on a globe — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Quotes about Kindness

Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness.–Zoroaster

As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.–Katherine Francke

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.–Plato

Be kind to strangers. Let strangers be kind to you. Think of it as a positive exchange of … compassion in the circle of life.—Sarah Ban Breathnach

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.–Og Mandino

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.–Robert Brault

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.– Lawrence G. Lovasik

If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology.–Karen Armstrong

Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear.–Christian Bovee

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.–Henry James

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Kindness

Partially in tribute to the Dalai Lama whose birthday is today, July 6, I’m posting thoughts on kindness. An advocate of living a life of kindness, he has written such things as, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible,” and “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

We have been admonished to do random acts of kindness, which can range from simply paying for the drink of the person behind us in line at the coffee shop, to paying attention to needs of coworkers, to genuinely smiling and saying thank you to a busy clerk, to whatever creative thing one can think to do. And these things are good, but perhaps what most of us need to do is pay attention to those close to us and act kindly to the ones we so often ignore or take for granted.

We sometimes also need to be kinder to ourselves, and not beat ourselves up over our shortcomings. Everyone one of us has things we wish we could do better, or stop doing, and trying to better ourselves is a good thing. But no one is perfect, and that’s okay. It’s a good thing to sometimes remind yourself of what you do well, not just what you do poorly.

So, be kind to strangers, be kind to friends and family, and be kind to yourself. That pretty much takes in everyone! Brighten someone’s day today with a kind work or act, and it may brighten your day as well.

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Other quotes about kindness.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.—Plato

Be kind to strangers. Let strangers be kind to you. Think of it as a positive exchange of … compassion in the circle of life.–Sarah Ban Breathnach

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.–Og Mandino

Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?–Sam Harris

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.–William Hazlitt

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.– Lawrence G. Lovasik

Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear.–Christian Bovee

Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind!–Henri F. Amiel

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.–Aesop

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?–Sir James Matthew Barrie

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.–Mahatma Gandhi

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.–Henry James

If you want more kindness in the world, put it there.–Zero Dean

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

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.–Albert Schweitzer

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