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7 Ways To Celebrate Random Acts Of Kindness Day

02/17/2016 at 2:36 | CeAndria Jones // Staff Writer

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and no matter what you think about unofficial holidays you may want to consider participating in this one. The purpose of the holiday is simple, extend a helping hand to a stranger or someone you cross paths with on a regular basis. Why? Because everyone could use an extra reason to smile today.

Clueless about what to do? Here are some ideas to help you out!

1. Pay for another person’s order. This is the easiest of them all, more than likely you go to Starbucks or a drive-thru fast food restaurant each day. Why not unexpectedly pay for someone’s drink or food? The best part about paying for someone behind you is not having to see their reaction, you won’t get any recognition except for knowing that you could possibly help make someone’s day.

2. Donate items to your local pet shelter. We can’t forget about our furry friends during this special day. Many shelters are in need of various items which are usually mentioned on their websites. The Humane Society asks those who would like to donate to purchase the following items: dry cat food, 6ft. leashes, paper towels, non latex gloves, pens, canned pet foods and more.

3. Extend a helping hand to a friend. Has someone close to you recently had a baby or is going through a difficult time? Offer to cook dinner for them or do their laundry. The little things matter more than you think and those who are going through a significant life change will appreciate it more than you know!

4. Check, please! It may be difficult on your wallet to leave a big tip everytime you go out to eat but make today an exception. Visit one of your favorite restaurants and leave the biggest tip (that you can afford), if the waiter was good. Let them know you appreciated their service!

5. Say Cheese. If you see some tourists on your way to work or out for the night, ask them if they’d like you to take their picture. This way they can all be in the photo and they’ll remember how kind and hospitable the locals were on their trip!

6. Introduce yourself. Is there a new kid in class or a new addition to the office? Stop by their desk and introduce yourself and/or invite them to lunch. It’s difficult to be the new kid in town, but just saying hi can make all the difference.

7. Help someone out. Everyone has some not-so-good days but it doesn’t have to stay that way. If you see that a person’s parking meter has expired, drop a quarter or two in before they get a ticket. Alternatively, if the person in front of you at the grocery store is short a few dollars offer to pay for the rest. We’ve all been there and it could cause the person to pay it forward in the future!

Let us know in the comments below of any random acts of kindness you’ve done! 

 

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