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This Kindness Day was created by the nonprofit Random Acts of Kindness foundation, which calls itself the heart of kindness movement. The holiday is celebrated annually in the United States on February 17 and in New Zealand on September 1.

The benefits of compassion are powerful and immediate. You've seen it on the bus, when someone offers his or her seat to an elderly person: The elderly person beams with gratitude, and spectators feel happy inside just from having witnessed a simple act of kindness. As it turns out, the effects of those experiences aren't just psychological. Those who study the science of do-gooding have discovered that performing a good deed has major physiological benefits for the recipient and also for the giver. We don't behave in benevolent ways to benefit from our actions... but the side effects are rewarding and awesome.

If you you are stumped for ideas of what you can do, here are a few, courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

  • Deliver fresh-baked cookies to city workers
  • Collect goods for a food bank
  • Bring flowers to work and share them with coworkers
  • Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in periodically to see how things are going
  • Volunteer to be a tutor in a school
  • Extend a hand to someone in need
  • Bring coworkers a special treat
  • Buy a stranger a free pizza
  • Distribute lollipops to kids
  • Sing at a nursing home
  • Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting to parents, friends or neighbors
  • Slip paper hearts that say “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week" under the windshield wipers of parked cars
  • Treat someone to fresh fruit
  • Pay a compliment to someone at least once a day
  • Call or visit a homebound person
  • Hand out balloons to passersby
  • Be a good neighbor. Take over a baked treat or stop by to say hello
  • Transport someone who can’t drive
  • Mow a neighbor’s grass
  • Say something nice to everyone you meet today
  • Wipe rainwater off shopping carts or hold umbrellas for shoppers on the way to their cars
  • Give the gift of your smile
  • Adopt a homeless pet from the humane society
  • Volunteer to read to students in the classroom
  • Give a hug to a friend
  • Tell your children why you love them
  • Give coffee to people on their way to work in the morning
  • Donate time at a senior center
  • Give blood
  • Give another driver your parking spot
  • Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier
  • Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving
  • Have everyone in your office draw the name of a Random Acts of Kindness buddy out of a hat and do a kind act for their buddy that day or week
  • Give a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert to a stranger
  • Leave an extra big tip for the waitperson
  • Drop off a plant, cookies, or donuts to the police or fire department
  • Open the door for another person
  • Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through
  • Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home
  • Pay for the person behind you in the movie line
  • Give flowers to be delivered with meal delivery programs
  • Give toys to the children at the shelter or safe house
  • Give friends and family kindness coupons they can redeem for kind favors
  • Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line
  • When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile

Those are just some of the ideas that you will find at the following website:
Random Acts Of Kindness Organization

Remember these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."

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