Each year on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. It is celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. A random act of kindness is a nonpremeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world.
A random act of kindness can be expensive, like buying a person who needs transportation a car. It can also be as simple as smiling at everyone you walk by.
Did you know that being kind, whether planned or random, is good for your health? Studies show that kindness can:
Boost your levels of oxytocin, which can improve your immune system and reduce your blood pressure
Lower your levels of cortisol, helping to reduce stress and anxiety
Increase serotonin levels, giving you a sense of calm and peacefulness
Promote happiness with you and those around you.
I tend prefer candid photos, as opposed to set up ones. I think they are more genuine and show the heart of the person being photographed. Random acts of kindness follow the same principal, it is simple done, without thinking, also revealing the heart of the giver.
I will share one person’s idea, that I thought was terrific… They bought a Starbucks giftcard and put the QR code on Facebook, saying “Scan to enjoy a free coffee, until the funds run out.” No, I didn’t take advantage of it, but what a cool idea! I think the card was used for about four hours. There are some fun, unique ways to show kindness, and others that, though very basic, have the same effect on both giver and receiver.
As you go through your day, how might you provide a random act of kindness?
Go ahead and share, we’d love to hear them!