It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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LEAPS 4-H Club Cards for Veterans

Members of LEAPS 4-H Club making and sending Valentine’s Day cards to send to a veterans hospital.

Scott Adams once said, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” What does it mean to show kindness? Is it saying something encouraging or positive to someone? Is it a behavior that you act upon by doing something for someone else? Does it involve being a friend? I think it could be all of these things and we celebrate kindness on this National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Kindness is more than a thought, it’s an action.

When I turned 19 years-old on my birthday of August 19, I decided to do 19 acts of random kindness for others. My purpose was to bring a little cheer to others and let them know someone cared about them. I wanted to take the focus off my birthday and onto serving others. The things I chose to do varied from donating school supplies to giving blood to sending an email to a teacher who impacted my life and writing encouraging notes with chalk on the sidewalk at a local park. Maybe this is something you can try on your next birthday. 

Today on this National Random Acts of Kindness Day, I challenge you to do something kind for someone else. This could be a stranger or someone you know. It will be just as meaningful to you as it will be for them. To get ideas of ways you can show kindness, visit randomactsofkindness.org. To read about 4-Hers doing kind acts, visit 4-H.org for the Reflecting on Kindness blog posts.