James M. Barrie, the Scottish novelist, playwright, and author of Peter Pan, once said, “always be a little kinder than necessary.” As a company that’s founded on doing good and passing it on, we fully support that way of thinking.
Which is why we draw your attention to the fact that February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
It’s a day that celebrates how the smallest act can make the biggest difference and encourages you to get out there and do something kind for someone else. It doesn’t take much to make someone else feel good.
Below are a few ways to do just that.
Send an empowering text or call
Even if you’re not in the same state or country, you can still let someone know you’re thinking of them and send a little gesture of goodwill their way.
From texts and phone calls to Facebook posts and Skype messages, there are tons of ways to say “hello” and send a message of kindness.
Think of what you’d want to hear and then send it on to someone who needs a little boost.
Hold the door, pay it forward, or give a compliment
Kindness comes in all forms. Give back in a way that feels right for you.
Maybe that’s paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Maybe it means holding the door for an elderly couple taking their time getting into the grocery store. Maybe it means telling your friend he/she looks radiant in a new shirt.
However you feel spreading kindness is right for you, go ahead and do that.
Offer to help out
Helping others is a great way to spread kindness.
Before the person in need has a chance to ask for help, offer your services to them and tell them it’d be your pleasure to assist in whatever way you can.
People are less likely to tell someone they need help but are very happy to accept it when offered.
Surprise them with a gift
Getting a surprise “you’re great” gift in the mail? That’s a random act of kindness if we’ve ever heard of it.
And guess what? These gifts don’t have to be huge. They can be small, like our range of kindness magnets, or they can be bigger, like a warm blanket (ahem @ our Peace Blanket) or a cozy sweater.
The point of the gift is to surprise the recipient with a note that will make them feel good.
Share the love
Finally, the best way to share spread kindness is to be more positive. To feel the love that life has to offer.
February 17th and all the days after it, remember that life is short and a generous act or gesture might mean more to someone that you know.
Take James Barrie’s word for it and act a little kinder than necessary.
We promise it’ll do some good.
Maggie Dodson is a creative writer living in New York City. An avid hiker and film buff, she spends most of her days sneaking wine into movie theaters and climbing mountains in the Hudson Valley with her husband and rescue dogs, Billie Holiday and Walnut.
For book + wine pairings and her merry misadventures, follow Maggie on IG at @maggiesdodson.