National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Sometimes the simplest act can make the greatest impact. Simply saying thank you or please can change your day and make your life better.
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to encourage you to be the light in the world.
Random Acts of Kindness Day, which was established in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, was nine years old when it expanded to New Zealand. Random Acts can be anything from bringing a tray of muffins to work to taking it as a sign of kindness.
This holiday aims to spread light and kindness throughout the world. You can lift someone up by your words or compliment their appearance. Even the simplest actions can brighten someone’s day.
Even though Random Acts of Kindness Day isn’t around for as long, it has been around since the beginning. However, kindness has. Numerous studies have shown that kindness is an intrinsic part of our human nature. We are able to care for others and feel compassion even as babies.
Philosophy, sociology and psychology have long debated the importance of altruism. There are many theories as to why people choose to be kind. Perhaps it is because they feel more empathy for others and do good deeds. No matter where kindness comes from, it is a virtue.
Random Acts of Kindness Day helps to foster and encourage this valuable trait that we all share.
A wise man once shared the following idea: “Do not consider those in need, like panhandlers as seeking charity.” Instead, they are providing a service. This service allows you to feel good and pays someone to do it.
Altruism has many benefits. It can brighten someone’s day and make the world a better destination. Research has shown that helping someone else brings about a chemical boost, one that is higher than if it were done for you.
Our bodies release hormones like serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin when we are generous to others. This can help improve our overall health and well-being. For example, oxytocin lowers blood pressure and boosts optimism. While serotonin is known to make us happier, calmer, and even have a healing effect, serotonin can help with anxiety and depression. Random acts of kindness can reduce anxiety, stress, pain and increase our happiness, energy, lifespan, and health. !
The best thing about kindness? It’s contagious. We can start with ourselves and inspire others to act with kindness and warmth. This butterfly effect is illustrated in a variety of art projects. For example, the YouTube video “Kindness boomerang” by Life Vest Inside or the movie Pay it Forward. Both show that we can create a series generous acts and influence the world around us.
Random acts of kindness can take many forms. You can drop a few dollars in the cup of a homeless person on the street or give them a blanket. A friend could be taken out for lunch by you, if only because they are your friend. Do you see someone looking down? With a smile, pour a cup of hot tea or coffee on someone’s desk and wish them a good day. A simple smile and wish for a great day can make a big difference.
Websites such as Random Acts of Kindness Foundation are worth a look. They offer great resources that can help you increase your goodwill and provide many useful tips. There are many ideas and resources to help schools and businesses celebrate, as well as suggestions on how to do it. Random acts of kindness don’t have to be limited to one day if you want to add more altruism to your life. There are many fun and unique ways to make random kindness a daily habit. For example, calendars that have prompts for each day.
It doesn’t matter what you do to spread warmth and generosity around the world, but if your celebrations are random and you want to make sure that you have a chance to pick out unexpected acts of kindness, you can use a spinner or fill up a container with ideas.
Many organizations offer discounts, special offers, and giveaways in celebration of the day. Keep an eye on what’s out there and, if you find something that is worth your while, share it with family, friends, and strangers on the streets. You can even enter on their behalf to surprise them!