So does RAK Friday, which promotes doing random acts of kindness on Black Friday. That seems like a great idea, given how competitive the shopping on that day can get!
“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” — Samuel Johnson
Kindness is Good For You
So … maybe you’re thinking you’d rather poke your eyes out with a hot poker than be kind to certain people?
Most of us probably feel this way about at least one person. But consider that kindness has positive results for both the giver and receiver.
Believe it or not, a person who receives or witnesses kindness may be more likely to also be kind. So, by committing one act of kindness, you may create a wave of kindness rippling out from you!
“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” — Harold Kushner
And kindness can improve both your mood and health!
Oxytocin production increases. This “love hormone” helps you feel more optimistic and lowers your blood pressure.
Serotonin production also increases. This “brain chemical” helps you feel calm and happy.
Endorphin production increases. Endorphins give you a natural high, also making you feel happier!
Regularly performing kind acts tends to decrease depression. That shouldn’t be surprising with all those feel-good chemicals running through your body. (Please note we’re not suggesting just being kind can cure major depression.)
“Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun.” — Unknown
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Scroll down for some ideas on celebrating this unofficial/official holiday.
Ideas for Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week
This one’s pretty self explanatory: Be Kind!
“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
Need more specific ideas? Try one or more of these:
Pay for the person behind you at the toll booth, drive-through, or coffee shop.
Strike up a conversation with a person you’re in line with.
Smile. At everyone. Yes, even the grumpy guy who didn’t hold the door for you. Your smile just might be the bright spot in an otherwise rough day.
Compliment people you meet. It doesn’t have to be anything big.
Post sticky-notes with positive messages around the office or random spots around town.
Leave quarters in pay-per-use shopping carts or washers/dryers at the laundromat.
Be a kind driver: Let others change lanes in front of you. Wave a pedestrian across the street.
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