Wikipedia definition of kindness:
“Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.”
Here at Molen Orthodontics we are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day because we believe kindness inspires kindness. This holiday has grown in popularity each year. Traditionally, it’s celebrated on February 17th but random acts of kindness can be done each and every day of the year.
You can never fail at being kind, kindness touches people’s hearts and makes them feel good. We have the ability to make kind gestures that can help make the world a better place. Carry out random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return.
Here are 20 simple ways to show kindness!
- Smile – Nothing brightens a person’s day more than receiving a simple genuine smile. Smiling was immediately the first thing that popped into my head. Is it because I work for Molen Orthodontics? Absolutely! I’ve witnessed first hand how smiles can change peoples lives. Sometimes we take the simplest things in life for granted. We have no idea the affects that a simple smile can have on someone’s life. A smile takes little to no effort but has the power to turn someone’s day around. That simple smile could make all the difference in their world and it didn’t cost you any time or money. One of my favorite quotes is…
“Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world,” Author Unknown.
- Let someone get ahead of you in line.
- Leave a positive anonymous note.
- Share your secret recipe with a friend.
- Stop and have a conversation with a homeless person.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Buy flowers for the person standing behind you in the grocery line or the cashier ringing you up.
- Post a positive quote to someone’s Facebook timeline.
- Invite someone who is alone over for dinner.
- Donate one of your favorite possessions to someone in need.
- Give a compliment to a friend, co-worker, boss, loved one or stranger.
- Pay for the person behind you at a drive thru.
- Put up anonymous sticky notes for strangers, friends or family members to find.
- Say “thank you” to someone who has made a difference in your life or the lives of others.
- Compliment a co-worker for a job well done.
- Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
- Send a letter or card to people who have dedicated their lives serving others – police officers, fire fighters, military personnel and teachers.
- Buy extra groceries for the local food bank or donate.
- When cooking or baking, make a double batch and give to a neighbor, friend, senior citizen, someone in need, sick, just had a baby or who has been going through a rough time in their life.
- Stop everything to help someone.
“Always remember that kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see,” Mark Twain said.
I challenge each and every one of you who reads this blog to pay it forward in some small way this week whether it be with a stranger, co-worker, friend or family member. Make a difference in someone’s life and let me know what chain reaction you started to help change the world in the comments below.
About our guest author, Korrina Campbell
Korrina has a contagious, positive attitude. At any time you can see her smiling, regardless of how easy or hard a day is. She has a unique ability to let the negative slide off her back and never leaves until the job’s complete. People gravitate to her gracious attitude!
“Korrina is the perfect example of what we are all about. She is passionate about Molen Orthodontics and takes every opportunity she can to talk to other people about what sets us apart from other practices and what makes a Molen Smile unique and special. She is loyal, dedicated, hardworking and committed to helping make Molen Orthodontics the absolute best,” said Dr. Rick Molen.
Korrina grew up in Sumner/Bonney Lake area and is married to her husband Duncan with three beautiful girls Makenzie, Madison and Macie. She spends most of her time outdoors on the soccer field watching her girls play. She enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hiking and running on trails. She earned her BA at Pacific Lutheran University and is currently working as a Referral and Event Coordinator at Molen Orthodontics. She will be celebrating 14 years at Molen on February 23rd! Little do you know she has been sky diving, loves football and she’s done a dance routine on stage with the Beach Boys.