February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, an international celebration that encourages people to step out of their everyday routines and spread joy to family, colleagues, and yes, even strangers. These random acts can range from a simple compliment to an inspiring and potentially life-changing gesture. The point of it all? To make our world a kinder place, one act at a time.
Here are a few ideas for how to make kindness happen:
Sometimes, a good tip can turn everything around for a server. Next time you’re out for a meal with cash to spare, don’t scrutinize the check, do the math, or pull out a calculator. Just know it’s good karma.
Maybe it was a teacher who helped you in high school or a friend who was there to listen during a difficult time. No matter how long it’s been, send a note to let them know about how they made you feel. Think of it as your turn to spread some positive recognition.
Here’s a fact: A smile spurs a powerful chemical reaction in the brain that can make you feel happier. Try taking a moment out of your day to find something to smile about. With just a few seconds, it’s a powerful way to feeling calmer, transforming your mindset, and enhancing your feelings of joy too.