National Kindness Day
While God didn’t plan National Kindness Day when scripture was being recorded for us, He did plan for us to be kind every day of our lives. His Word has references throughout, and I’ll include a few of my favorites in a little bit. But first, allow me to travel down memory lane.
Two decades ago I purchased a used minivan, and it came with a dash cover with the initials KAW embroidered on the right side. Because I like creating acronyms out of license plates as I drive around town, those initials kept my brain active as I thought of a fun wordplay. Nothing ever stuck until we’d had the van a few weeks.
That day when I picked up my youngest daughter Elizabeth from school, she told me tearfully that she was mistreated by another girl at school. We weren’t actively calling them bullies as we are now, but that girl was a bully. I’m one of those moms who wants to defend her children, but I tried to be calm. As we talked, I encouraged her to remember the verse in Proverbs I had “given” her years ago:
♥A kindhearted woman gains honor.♥
And tada! Our aha moment for the KAW inscription on the dashboard became our reminder that Kindness Always Works. Today, she’s a young wife and mom of two precious boys who exhibit the kindness that she has taught them. Paying kindness forward works!
Here are three of my favorite verses on kindness:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
By clicking here, you may read all of the verses on Kindness.
I found a list of 50 acts of kindness that might kickstart your day and use them all week, all month, or for the rest of your life!
50 FUN RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK IDEAS:
1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
4. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
5. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
6. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
7. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
8. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
9. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
10. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
11. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
12. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
13. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
14. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
15. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
16. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
17. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
18. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
19. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
20. Smile at five strangers.
21. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
22. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
23. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
24. Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
25. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
26. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
27. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
28. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
29. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
30. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
31. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
32. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
33. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
34. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
35. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
36. Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
37. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
38. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
39. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
40. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
41. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
42. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
43. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
44. Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
45. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
46. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
47. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
48. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
49. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
50. When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!
Source: Kindness Daily