Today is Random Act of Kindness Day! Although doing an act of kindness today wouldn’t exactly be random, it’s still a wonderful concept: Do something nice for someone else with no expectation of anything in return. It could be something big or small. The idea is that if people performed random acts of kindness all year long, they’d inspire kindness in other people. Imagine what a nice world it would be if everyone were kind most of the time!
This is also a wonderful habit to teach your children. With the day falling on a Sunday this year, you may be able to spend much of the day with your kids. Here are some ideas for getting across the message about the importance of random acts of kindness:
- See how many random acts of kindness you can commit as a family. Over breakfast, explain the idea to your children, then decide to go out of your way to be extra kind to everyone that you meet. Think of a way to keep track of your kind deeds, then you can talk about them later, over dinner. Your children may be surprised at how good it feels to do something kind for other people, even though they got nothing in return.
- They say that kindness starts at home: Encourage your kids to commit acts of kindness to each other. One child might do another’s chores for him, for example. They can also be kind to you, by unloading the dishwasher or conspiring to let you take a shower without someone knocking on the door to complain about a sibling! Your spouse or partner might be the right person to suggest this to them!
- Brainstorm about ways to show kindness. A few examples to get you started: A child can go out of his way to hold a door for someone walking into a store several paces behind. If anyone sees someone drop something, they could pick it up for them. If you go through a drive-through and you are in the financial position to do so, pay for the car behind you (this could be at a toll or a fast food restaurant). Buy a box of crackers and a jar of peanut butter, or a bag of apples, or a pair of gloves and a hat, and offer them to a homeless person that you see. Let someone go in front of you in line at the grocery store. Put together a care package for a soldier and get it ready to go in tomorrow’s mail.
Whatever you choose to do with your children, try to carry it out every day, not just today. If your kids are older, they might enjoy the movie, Pay it Forward, which is about a young boy who tries to make the world a better place by committing acts of kindness. (It is rated PG-13, so it’s not appropriate for the little ones!)
Have you committed a random act of kindness lately? Today is a great day to do so!