February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. While Edwin the Duck insists on lending a helping hand to those in need every day of the year, this unofficial holiday is a great reminder to do the right thing. Show compassion to those around you and get creative in finding small ways to make a difference. Here are 14 ways to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day:
- Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or child’s lunch.
- Send dessert to another table.
- Purchase extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
- Send a card to people who dedicate their lives serving. Soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and teachers are great options.
- Put sticky notes with positive messages on the mirrors in restrooms.
- Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.
- Pay the toll for the person behind you.
- Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause.
- Tell your boss how much you like working for them and how much you’ve learned from them over the years.
- Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people in the images.
- [endif]Leave your magazine or newspaper behind for someone else to read at the coffee shop, the doctor’s office or on a plane.
- Get an email address for your kids and send them memories, achievements and awards. Share the address with them on their 18th birthday.
- Notice a child who is well-behaved? Tell their parents with the child present.
- Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time and could make someone’s entire day.
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