Spreading Kindness

spreading kindness

The excitement surrounding random acts of kindness is something that should never come to an end. As we’ve seen more and more random acts of kindness go unnoticed in the news and on Social Media channels, it’s important to remember that doing something nice for someone else, regardless of the time of year, shouldn’t be done for attention. Rather, a random act of kindness should be done simply because you feel like doing something nice for someone else and spreading kindness to others.

So why is it important to spread kindness, especially during the holidays? Well, during a time when people have become overwhelmed by to-do lists, anxious about buying the right gifts for friends and family, or even the stress of having a holiday party, it’s important to remember that aside from the presents and the extravagant meals, a big smile or a hug can be much more meaningful and can even make a person’s day!

As we get right into the heart of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to start (if you haven’t already) teaching your children about kindness and how to spread it on an on-going basis! Here are some ideas for random acts of kindness that you can easily do with your kids:

  • Donate old toys before getting new gifts
  • Take cookies to the police or fire station
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Shop for a toy to donate to Toys for Tots
  • Leave a bucket of Milk Bones at the local dog park with a note saying “Happy Holidays!”
  • Sing Christmas Carols to the residents at a retirement home

Seems pretty easy, right? Remember this holiday season to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and to think about what really makes a difference. The earlier your children learn to take this approach as well, the better their perception of the holiday season and why this is the best time of the year to spread kindness and cheer!