February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. In a week where our focus has been on the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, the entire country is grieving for the loss of innocent lives taken. We are in need of this gentle reminder to be kind to one another, to love one another, and to treat each other with respect.
There are so many opportunities each day to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a huge display of kindness. It can be something as simple as a smile, or a simple “thank you”. So often in this busy life, we are rushing around and taking little notice of those around us. By making a genuine effort to take notice of others, we will find many opportunities to be kind.
How often have our hearts told us to do something kind for someone but we brushed the thought aside because we were either too busy or did not want to be a bother to someone? Instead of acting on our need to be kind, we overthink it to the point we talk ourselves out of it. A quote by Douglas Coupland says, “If you have an impulse to kindness, act on it.”
Random Acts of Kindness Day is a gentle reminder to all of us that we need to practice such kindness every day. On this day we focus on what should be the norm in our daily lives. According to an article in HuffingtonPost.com, research indicates there is great healing power in kindness. Not only do we help others, we help ourselves by demonstrating kindness. Happiness researcher Sean Achor found that by performing random acts of kindness for 21 days, a person can actually retrain his brain to be positive. The result will be a person who is more productive in many areas of his life.
On Random Acts of Kindness Day, let us all take a moment to do something kind for someone else, remembering that we can make a difference in this world.