Our daily lives can be filled with hustle and bustle – things like work, school, family life, traveling, and other commitments can make the hours fly by in a blur. But at the end of the day, what we tend to remember most are the little things: a free refill at our favorite coffee shop, receiving an unexpected text from a friend, the person who let us skip ahead in line at the grocery store.
These small acts of kindness add up quickly. In fact, studies have shown that kindness not only promotes gratitude, empathy and compassion toward others, but it can also have a positive impact on our own health and well-being.(1)
National Random Acts of Kindness Day, celebrated each year on February 17, invites us to show kindness to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike.
Choose one (or more!) of these random acts of kindness to do this weekend. Remember that no matter how small the act, what we do matters, and might just brighten someone’s day!
“Do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
(1) Sreenivasan, Shoba, and Linda E. Weinberger. “Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 16 Nov. 2017.