I received an email today, which told me that..
Millions of people are now being called to complete kind acts in celebration of the 17th annual Random Acts of Kindness week.
The Random Act of Kindness week is an initiative that’s run by The Random Acts of Kindness foundation, which is an international non-profit organisation which believes that reminds people that they have the choice to be kind in their every day lives.
How amazing is that?!
This is one of my favourite quotes, which is attributed to Mahatma Ghandi (although apparently not his exact words.. there’s an interesting article on that here) According to Joseph Ransef, what Ghandi actually said was ‘We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.’
This is something I truly believe.
You reading this blog post, or I sitting here writing it, may not be able to change the world. But by carrying out little acts of kindness every day, we can make people smile, make people feel happy. They may be inspired to ‘pay it forward’. It can all start with one person, with you, or with me.
I’ve been blessed with many acts of kindness recently.
One of my neighbours bakes lovely cakes and often leaves them on my doorstep wrapped in a tea towel.
Another of my neighbours puts my bins out every week, takes in parcels for me and brings them over, and does my gardening for me in the summer – little things that are tricky to do as I’m on my own with two little ones.
Just before Christmas, I was out shopping with Alfie in the pram and we got caught in a very heavy rainstorm, which I was in no way prepared for so I was rushing through the streets to get back to the car as quickly as I could when a lady waved her umbrella at me saying, ‘Please take this for your baby.’ That was incredible. That lady did such a kind thing for me and would have got soaked herself!
When Alfie was first born, the lady who runs the local PANDAs group (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support) came over to see me. She brought a home cooked meal for me to heat up for tea, a little gift for Alfie, made me a cup of tea and let me talk at her for an hour.
My best friend, who lives in Canada, knew I was feeling a little down at Christmas time, so she sent me two bottles of Prosecco with a happy note to cheer me up. I love her!
This is the good in the world.
Back in November 2015, I wrote a post called ‘Seven easy ways to sprinkle kindness everyday‘ – and so in honour of the upcoming Random Acts of Kindness Week, I thought it was about time I brought you seven more ideas.
Smile at Strangers
Super simple, a smile and a ‘hello’ from a stranger can really cheer you up.
Leave a positive comment on a blog
If you’re a blogger, sometimes working on your own blog can take up so much time you don’t get chance to read many others. Share some love in the blogging community and take time to read other blogs. And while you’re there, leave a positive comment for the writer.
Make a big batch of cookies and take them into your workplace, or give some to your child’s nursery for all the staff to share to show them how appreciated they are.
Flowers for your neighbours
I love flowers, they never fail to put a smile on my face. How about making up little posies and leaving them on your neighbour’s doorsteps?
Write a letter
Write a good old fashioned letter to a friend. Or send a little care package with a few treats.
Pay someone a compliment
This can be a bit tricky if you’re a bit shy – but give it a go! If you notice that someone has changed their hair for example, let them know it looks good!
Send a postcard to a child with a life threatening illness
A bit like ‘write a letter’, how much does it cheer you up to receive something lovely in the post? I’ve discovered a website called sendkidstheworld.com where you can send a postcard to a child who is suffering from a life threatening illness. Founded in November 2008 by Janine Brigger and Gerilynn Plunkett, after Gerilynn’s daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia. Gerilynn says that a family friend used to send postcards to her daughter from all over the world as he travelled on business.
Checking the mailbox, reading the postcards, then locating the countries and states on the map became a family routine. It gave us the opportunity to temporarily escape from our constant worry and fear by focusing on a brighter part of life.
Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from February 12th to February 18th 2017. Visit www.randomactsofkindness.org to sign up and find out more.