Hashtag Holiday: #NationalKindnessDay

I am a firm believer in the power of paying things forward. Something good happen to you today? Then step up and do a small kindness for someone else, whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a total stranger who just looks like he or she could use a helping hand. Sometimes even the smallest of actions can make the biggest difference. Now, I don’t think we need a designated day like #NationalKindnessDay to be kind to one another—this world could use an extra bit of a kindness every day of the week—but it’s a good reminder for us to take a moment to check in with ourselves. It’s like what I used to ask my kids when they were young and doing something that required a little self-reflection: Was it kind? Was it safe? Was it respectful? With that in mind, I came up with a couple of suggestions to help you get the kindness flowing:

  • Wish a “good morning” to the person standing next to you in line for coffee
  • Write a short note to someone who you think could use some extra attention
  • Drop a coin (or two) into an expired parking meter
  • Pass along a good book you’ve finished reading
  • Remember to say, “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” (when needed) and really mean it
  • Offer to babysit for a busy friend or take an overwhelmed pal’s dog for a walk
  • Bring your assistant or employees something special, like donuts or cookies, to brighten their day
  • Always take the time to say “I love you” to those you care about