Five Reasons to Create Ripples of Love For Random Acts of Kindness Week
"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end"
~ Scott Adams
It's Love Month over here at The PeaceRipples Institute! Whether you are celebrating partnership or relationships of all kinds, including the one with yourself, this month is full of ways to honor love!
February 14th is Valentine's Day, as most are probably well aware. The day before, however, might be less well known. Many people are starting to call February 13th Self-Love Day, a day to truly honor, check in with, and celebrate oneself. But that is not where the love celebration ends! The Love Army, Revolutionary Love Project, and dozens of other organizations are sending out a call to #ReclaimLove as a public ethic and force for justice. Valarie Kaur, a profoundly inspiring activist, has a TED talk coming out on the 12th and people are gathering for watch parties across America and beyond. Finally, to share all this good energy that has been generated on the 12th, 13th and 14th, we have Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th! How fun is that? And not only is there a day dedicated to celebrating spreading ripples of kindness, there's a whole week! Did you catch all that? Here it is again:
Let's Celebrate Love Month!
February 11th-17th: Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 12th: Release of Revolutionary Love TED Talk by Valarie Kaur
February 13th: Self-Love Day
February 14th: Valentine's Day and the #ReclaimLove Movement
February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day
Now that you know, you are invited to join in on all the fun! How to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, you ask? Here is a little story that might give some ideas. Back when I was in high school, my school had a requirement that every student complete and present to the community a Senior Project in order to graduate. For mine, I chose to create and design a class called PeaceDance. I would combine my passions of peace, dance, and psychology and teach a class to 7th grade girls that was full of social and emotional learning practices, positive psychology teachings, stories and quotes from inspirational figures, and lots more.
As part of the program, we honored what I called "Do-Good Days," dedicating a day a week to going throughout our neighborhoods doing random acts of kindness. The final weekend before our performance, we got together to create our costumes and write up a list of random acts of kindness, which we then typed up into mini "Do-Good Day Books." We printed out hundreds of these books and took to the streets to pass them out. We put them on neighbor's car windows, with flowers on doorsteps, at coffee shops, and gave them to people walking by us. This left an impression on all of us and at many of our reunions since then we have recounted these fond memories together with much laughter and joy.
So if you're looking for some ideas to spread the love, here are some examples from our original Do-Good Day Books (remember, these were compiled by 7th graders):
Play music at a hospital
Send a get well card to someone you've never met
Make a sick person chicken soup
Send an old friend an email
Dance with friends in the rain
Send flowers in the mail
Play a game of cards with a sibling
Dance a lot
Smile at strangers
Put some change in someone's marking meter
Leave flowers on a doorstep
Leave a note of thanks on a neighbor's car
Send out half birthday cards
Hopefully that helps to get your ideas flowing! It is estimated that millions have participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week. You are not alone! Think of how many ripples go out from this! So gather friends, make an outing out of it, have a Revolutionary Love TED Talk watch party and then go out and shower your community with acts of love - there are so many creative ways to spread kindness!
If you need a little extra help convincing you to join in, here are five reasons why practicing kindness matters: