With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holidays quickly approaching, we are already starting to think about others. But sometimes the holidays can turn into something stressful and material focused. Commercials bombard us with ideas for the “hottest new gift”, magazines parade the latest toy craze, and the mall is full of lights that shout “Shop Here!”.
Sometimes I need to take a step back and remember what the holidays are really about: love, friendship, and kindness. Well thank goodness some genius decided to give us World Kindness Day right before the holidays.
So before you hang up the amazing decorations from your TinselBox, here are a few simple ways to spread the kindness on World Kindness Day:
Do a Not-So-Random Act of Kindness
Since it is World Kindness Day, your random act of kindness will be less random and more planned. However, that doesn’t make it any less special. Send a text message to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while saying you are thinking of them. Write an email to a coworker telling them they did a good job on a project. Volunteer at your local animal shelter walking a dog or spending time with a lonely cat. Or you can simply smile at a stranger. Remember little things go a long way.
Here is our list:
- Send an email or text to an old friend
- Send a card to an elderly person
- Give extra kudos to your employees at work
- Buy donuts or cookies for the office
- Volunteer at a shelter or spca
- Pick some flowers or some oranges to give to a neighbor
- Say hello to a person you usually would not
Teach Future Generations About Kindness
Do you have kids, nieces or nephews, or grandkids? Maybe your next door neighbor has a couple little ones. Well, the best way to ensure kindness spreads is to show those kiddos what it means to be kind with your own act of kindness. But, you can also praise them when you see them doing something kind. Did your daughter just share her stuffie with a friend? Tell her how kind that was. Did your nephew help another kid build a Lego ship? Let him know that he did a very kind thing. You can even make a kindness jar and for each kind deed your child does, they can add a marble to the jar. When the jar is full they get a prize! Make the future a kinder place for kids everywhere.
Larger Acts of Kindness
Maybe this day inspires you to make an even bigger difference then just being kind today. Have you thought about getting involved with World Vision? Sponsoring a child has been so rewarding and we love that this charity really helps children around the world.
Spread the Word
Let’s help make this the biggest World Kindness Day ever! Tell your friends and family, your mailman, and your boss (hey, maybe he/she will be a little more kind)! At the bottom of your email post a quote about kindness. Share quotes and kind deeds on social media. Remember to use #WorldKindnessDay2016
On World Kindness Day, TinselBox will be posting our acts of kindness and kind quotes as inspiration so follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter! If we can spread the kindness, so can you!
Oh, and don’t think kindness has to stop on November 14th, remember to be kind year round. May the Kindness be with you!
For more kind inspiration visit: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/world-kindness-day