Celebrate Love with Random Acts of Kindness

February 16, 2017

 

Have you ever left the grocery store struggling with all of your bags to find a complete stranger willing to help you open your car door? What about waiting in the drive thru line to pay for your order but being surprised that the person before you treated you without you even knowing? Ever received an infection smile from someone just passing by? These seemingly small gestures aren’t small at all. In fact, they have the power to change outlooks, turn days around and really move people emotionally. It’s a great feeling to be treated with a nice gesture and everyone loves a random act of kindness. Another added plus-it’s really contagious! One single act can influence dozens more.

 

This February, we are encouraging everyone to participate in Random Acts of Kindness week taking place Feb 12th to 18th as well as participate in Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th. We are ready to be extra kind to family, friends and strangers! Not only does the practice of random acts make others feel good, it makes you feel good too.

 

If you don’t know where to start, here are some great ways to pay it forward and brighten someone’s day:

  • Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator
  • Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
  • Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
  • Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her. 
  • Bring your assistant coffee.
  • Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
  • When you're on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
  • Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
  •  If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
  • Smile at someone on the street, just because.
  • Give someone a book you think they’d like.
  • Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
  • Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.

 

The last is our favorite specifically because we have called out to all Calgarians to clean out their closests and help local teens glow at grad. Graduating high school is a pivotal moment in a young person’s life, complete with the pressure of looking their absolute best in front of peers. In an effort to ease this stress and help all students glow at grad, Marlborough Mall announced a call for gently used or brand new occasion dress donations in support of their annual Gown Town event, which is a sale for local graduating students.

 

All dresses will be available for purchase for just $10 cash to students with a valid student ID during Marlborough’s tenth annual Gown Town event on April 9, 2017. All proceeds will benefit WINS, (Women In Need Society): the local charity that provides basic needs to women and their families who live below the poverty line. If you don’t know where to start, this is a great option!!

 

 

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