National Kindness Day

— Written By Leah Joyner and last updated by Elisabeth Purser
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Dr. Wayne Dyre once said, If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”

Kindness, How to be KindDid you know that tomorrow, February 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? What does it mean to show kindness? Is it saying something encouraging or positive to someone? Does it involve a selfless act to help the lives of others? Does it simply mean being a friend? I think it could be all of these things. Kindness is more than a thought, it’s an action.

By showing kindness to others, you are also showing kindness to yourself because spreading kindness actually benefits your health. By doing considerate acts, your body releases hormones like oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone, that aids in lowering blood pressure and improving your heart health. It also can improve your mental health by boosting your mood and lowering stress. 

I bet you do kind things every day without even thinking about it. Taking their dog for a walk shows kindness to your pet. Cooking a meal for dinner shows kindness to your family. And letting someone go in front of you in line can show kindness to a random stranger. As a family, consider painting kindness rocks or writing kind cards to neighbors. The possibilities are endless! You can also visit for more kindness ideas. 

Tomorrow on National Random Acts of Kindness Day, I challenge you to do something kind for someone else. It will be just as meaningful to you as it will be for them. To read about 4-Hers doing kind acts, visit for the Reflecting on Kindness blog posts. I want to leave you with one last quote from Scott Adams who once said, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.