spreading Kindness

Kindness is a character strength that is easier to recognize in action than it is to define. Think about the people in your life that you enjoy being around the most. Chances are, they display gestures of kindness frequently, and they light up a room every time they enter. 

Words that are most often associated with kindness include generosity, helpfulness, goodwill, grace, understanding, and altruism. These virtues are the building blocks of healthy relationships, both of personal and professional nature. 

Kindness is contagious. One small act of kindness can prompt the recipient to not only return the gesture but to carry it forward as well. In this way, kindness has a compounding effect.

Random acts of kindness are spontaneous gestures of goodwill that come without the expectation of receiving something in return. They are small gifts given to others for no other reason than to bring joy to someone else’s life.

Here are some examples of how you can brighten someone’s day with a random act of kindness: 

  1. Sponsor a child’s school project 

  2. Pick up litter during a walk 

  3. Tell someone you appreciate them (and be specific about why)

  4. Pick up the tab for a toll or cup of coffee for the person in line behind you 

  5. Leave a big tip 

  6. Send a hand-written ‘thank you’ note 

  7. Open a door for someone 

  8. Make a donation 

  9. Teach someone how to do something 

  10. Send someone a care package

What are some other random acts of kindness that you would add to this list?

Please choose at least one random act of kindness to engage in this week and journal about your experience.

  1. What did you do? 

  2. What was the person’s response? 

  3. How did it make you feel?

Additionally, complete the form below and send it to Marisa Lopez to be shared in future District newsletters, website, and social media. #D102BetterTogether

Click HERE Acts of Kindness Form