If you're anything like me, you have more projects for the weekend than you have weekend. There are, of course, the things I need to do but I always have a long list of things I want to do, as well. This weekend is no different. I have a new book I want to read, I want to go for a long leisurely swim and, as always, I want to spend time with family and friends. But this weekend there is something else I want to, as well. Sunday is Random Acts of Kindness Day is this Sunday. Someone once said, "Love is kindness made visible." So it makes sense that this special day should come on the heels of Valentine's Day. Yesterday, we showed our love to family, friends, our special someone, and to ourselves. Now, it's time to show the rest of the world the the love we have.
Random Acts of Kindness Day was started in 1995. it is a nonprofit organization that is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It has grown in popularity with each year and has become a favorite way for people, organizations, and groups to help spread kindness in a world can can seem increasingly cold and uncaring. Research has shown that being kind to others isn't just good for the recipient of the kindness, but it also makes the doer of the kindness not only feel terrific, but actually can regulate the chemical balance of your heart and lower your blood pressure. Altruism has a profound effect on the brain, as well, and makes us happier and more satisfied with our life.
We tend to think of these random acts of kindness as being toward others, but they can also include kindness towards our planet. I have no doubt that you can think of many ways to be kind to others this weekend, but I found a few suggestions on the randomactsofkindness.org website that I want to share with you. They blew me away!
1. Run/Walk a 5K for a cause. This activity is good for you and the money raised helps a worthy cause.
2. If you're a teacher, have a coloring contest. Ask students to draw examples of random acts of kindness or illustrate what kindness means to them.
3. Wheel out your neighbor's trash bin. Not only are those bulky to handle they can be hard to push, especially for an older person. Wheel out the bin for your neighbor when they've forgotten it's trash day.
4. Use e-tickets for your concerts and airline tickets. This may not seem like much but it helps the environment. If you have a smartphone, you should be able to access your tickets online and thus save a tree by not using paper to print them out.
5. Find out something new about a coworker. When you see someone almost every day, it can be easy to get caught in the motions of familiar conversation. Make an effort to learn something new about a coworker.
6. Buy raw local honey. The bees are in trouble and humans can help. Support your local beekeepers.
7. Take a walk outside. Day or night, rain or shine, there's always something new to see and experience. Spending time outdoors improves your mood. So how is this an act of kindness? It kindness shown to yourself. And when you feel better, you tend to spread the joy.
8. Start a fundraiser for a local school, group, or nonprofit. it's fun and helps generate much-needed funds to keep these organizations going. You can also set up a fundraiser to help a struggling individual or family in your neighborhood.
9. Run errands in clusters. Save time. Save fuel. Lower the pollution.
10. Rather than stop at your favorite coffee shop, make your own beverage in the morning and use a reusable travel mug. Not only does it keep your coffee / tea hot for longer, you can save some money while you’re saving the planet.
11. Organize a clean-up party. We live in a beautiful world! Let’s work together to keep it that way.
12. Foster a pet that's up for adoption. If you’re not prepared to make the leap of adopting a pet, give fostering a try! There are so many animals waiting to be placed, and your kindness can help a lot with their transition.
There are countless other ways you can show kindness to people, plants, animals, and the environment. If you're looking for something cool to do this weekend, find a few ways you can make the world a little nicer. Got kids? It's never too early to teach them the value of kindness. Get them involved and let the whole family have fun together while making our planet a little nicer for everyone.
That does it for me this week. Whatever your plans are this weekend, please stay safe and have a little fun. I hope you'll plan to stop by again on Monday. Until then, I wish you