Random Acts of Kindness Week is back! It generally runs during the 2nd-3rd week of February, building on all the giving and loving generated by Valentine’s Day. The perfect time to spread a little extra love and kindness to those you meet throughout your day.
The beauty of it is that showing kindness to others doesn’t have to involve grand gestures. All you need is to do is set your ego aside and let your heart lead the way.
How to be Kind to Others
To help you be kind to others, I’ve compiled a simple list of things you can do to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, from easiest, to those requiring a little work on your part. Try them on. And if doing them moves you to keep going, please do. Then share your experience on social media with #YSSRAKWeek and encourage others to do the same.
- Hold the door open for someone
- Let someone go in front of you In line
- Help someone load or unload their groceries
- Reach out to someone who’s helped you and let them know what that meant to you
- Stop participating in negative conversations about others
- Leave a coupon behind to pass on savings to someone else
- Pay the tab for the person behind you
- Donate blood
- Donate your time or money to a local charity
But Most Importantly – Be kind to yourself. It’s funny how we can all find kind words to offer our friends and family, but we rarely offer the same kind words to ourselves. We are definitely our worst critics, beating ourselves up and highlighting all the things that go wrong, and rarely celebrating all the things that go right. It can be a vicious cycle that sends us down a rabbit hole of darkness if we let it. So don’t. Instead choose to celebrate and be kind to yourself along the way.
Simple Ways to Be Kind to Yourself
Be OK with doing nothing
As an avid multitasker, I know how difficult this task can be. But we all need some down time to reenergize ourselves. Whether it’s allowing yourself to take a power nap or simply disconnecting and allowing stillness in, it does wonders.
Can’t justify doing nothing, then head outdoors and get lost in nature. Not only will the walk help you physically, but it will totally help you clear out your mind.
Spend time with loved ones
Whether it’s your significant other, family, friends – furry or human, spending time connecting, laughing, and bonding with others does wonders for the soul.
Be mindful of any “shoulds” that pop up
When you find yourself saying “I should do ___” or “I should have ____,” what you really need to be asking is “Do I really want to do ___.” If once you take a good look at what you’re trying to convince yourself to do and you realize you really don’t want to be doing it, then just say NO. This simple act allows you to say no to others and say yes to yourself, and isn’t that what it’s all about?
Like I said, some are easier to do than others, but they all help bring you back to what truly matters, making connections and treating others as you’d like to be treated. So by all means, have fun and enjoy spreading kindness to everyone that crosses your path!
What will you be doing to help spread Random Acts of Kindness?