Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia
When February rolls around most people think of Valentine’s Day. And while Valentine’s day can be nice, romantic, and wonderful (or not!), there are other days in February that are worthy of our attention: February 13 through 19 to be exact—Random Acts of Kindness Week.
I was thinking about a kindness a friend bestowed up me a few years ago. I wasn’t dating anyone so Valentine’s Day felt more like Single’s Awareness Day. My best friend and her husband weren’t going out so they invited me over for dinner. Kindness number one: invite your single friend to spend what’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year with you and your spouse. I showed up for dinner and the husband came home from work with a dozen roses for his wife, and single roses for each of his daughters, and one for me. It was a small act on his part but was such a kind gesture that made my day. I bet if I asked him about it today, he wouldn’t remember doing it. Sometimes those are the best random acts of kindness, small acts done out of the goodness of your heart. You might never know how much a small act of kindness will mean to someone. A smile, a warm hello, a sincere “how are you?” or a small gift are all things you can do any day of the year.
I hope that whether I’m volunteering or just going about my daily life, that I can perform acts of kindness that will be remembered. Maybe they won’t be be remembered past the next day but if they make a someone smile or feel good for a moment then that’s an accomplishment.
One of the reasons why I volunteer is it gives me the opportunity to do things that help others and, in turn, it benefits me. I feel good when I do kind things and volunteer. It’s a win/win situation.
Have you ever received a random act of kindness? How did it make you feel? Have you ever performed a random act of kindness? What did it do for you? Share you thoughts in the comments section.
Learn more about Random Acts of Kindness Week through the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation inspires people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. They provide free educational and community ideas, guidance, and other resources to kindness participants through their website.
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- Dianne Rambke