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Random Acts of Kindness 

Random Acts of Kindness 

 


Have you ever been in a rush or experienced a day where everything seemed to be challenging? Have you had a terrible day? Throughout a year, you interact with hundreds of people. While some may be a quick interaction, others may lead to interesting conversations, friendships, or relationships. Often we cannot tell what is going on in someone’s life by looking at them. Hearing stories about random acts of kindness can fill you with joy and renew the idea of good people in the world. Here are 3 ways that you can spread kindness in your life. 


Do good 

Many opportunities arrive throughout a day to show someone else that you care. While grand gestures often make headlines, the little moments can mean the most. Simply holding the door open for someone or carrying groceries into a neighbor's house may help to show you care. Write sweet Post-It notes and post them around your house or work. Call someone you have not talked with in a while and share a memory. Text a loved one letting them know how much they mean to you. Here is a list of 50 other Random Acts of Kindness.


Secret Buddies 

A great way to foster a positive work environment is through creating a secret buddies program. Secret Santa and White Elephant gift exchanges can be fun during the holidays, but it is nice to have a small ‘thinking of you’ treat throughout the year. Set a price limit of $1 or $5. Some groups have a secret buddy for a year before they reveal who they are, while others change buddies each month. Through secret buddies, employees learn about their co-workers' interests. This link provides an implementation for creating a secret buddies month.


Pay it forward

We have all heard a story about someone paying it forward. Whether it is a teenager who pays for an older woman’s dinner or a family that pays for a couple’s coffee in the morning, these stories show someone that they are seen. This small act can be very meaningful. Showing one person kindness sets off a chain reaction and spreads happiness to others. 


Let someone you care about know that you want them to stay as healthy as possible by sending them a Cold FAid kit. Help stop a long-lasting cold by using these 4 over-the-counter medications and the subsequent Cold FAid app to manage symptoms. For the month of February, all Cold FAid kits are 50% off. Read more from about Cold FAid through the blog Blonde Charm’s review. This kit and its research-based strategy will shorten the life of a cold and help you rebound to spread kindness. 


Show others you care by spreading kindness! 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a healthy you!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a healthy you!

With Valentine’s day coming up, February is the month where people take a moment to show their loved ones that they are thinking of them. Studies have shown connections between strong social support systems and healthy lives. Here are some ideas for ways to display your feelings for someone. 


Experiences Together 

While flowers, jewelry and gifts can show someone you care, creating an experience can provide memories to last a lifetime. Find a craft to complete together. In the evening, rent a car and watch the sunset. Take a cooking class, experience dance lessons, or learn a new musical instrument together. Become chefs and make a delicious dinner together. Here is a list of easy romantic dinners from Delish. 


Try visiting a local art, science, or history museum. Find a weekend to go hiking or camp. Explore a new brewery or winery. Grab a partner and see a musical or comedy special. Have a romantic movie night complete with wine and popcorn. A candy bar to add toppings to the popcorn can add a yummy twist. Here is the Rolling Stone’s list of the top romantic comedies of all times. 


Healthy Options 

Dark chocolate has lots of health benefits. One component of chocolate is flavanol, which protects the heart. It helps lower blood pressure and reduce the chance of diabetes in the long run. Dark chocolate also decreases hypertension and inflammation. Eating dark chocolate daily in moderation, which is about 6 grams or 1-2 squares, was shown to decrease risk of heart disease and mortality based on observational studies. Here is a link to an article that illustrates other health benefits of dark chocolate. 


Keeping your loved ones healthy is easier with Cold FAid! Cold FAid uses a research-based strategy and 4 over-the-counter medications. This helps to lessen the duration and severity of colds. You will not have to interrupt your special day with a trip to the pharmacy as Cold FAid delivers right to your doorstep. In tandem, use the Cold FAid app to receive notifications about what medication to take and when. The app also allows you to track symptoms, warning signs, and navigation to local pharmacies, student health, and urgent care centers. Check out this blog from Blonde Charm to read her review of Cold FAid. 


For the month of February, all kits are on sale for 50% off! This automatic discount will help you keep your loved ones healthy and happy for the second peak of the cold season (January to April). 


Roses are red, Violets are blue; Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with a healthy you! 

Honoring Martin Luther King

Honoring Martin Luther King

The third Monday of January is dedicated to the remembrance of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s message of social justice and nonviolent protests to enact change provides a reminder to us all. In 1983, Ronald Reagan signed the legislation to designate this day as a federal holiday. Years later, Congress declared it a day of service for Americans to improve their communities. 


In 1983, Cornetta Scott King wrote in the Washington Post her vision for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 


“The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration… Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic process.” 


In order to celebrate, many Americans donate their time to their communities through service. This Wall Street Journal article shows how people have observed their day of service and honored Dr. King. While most communities have service events on January 18, contact local animal shelters, hospitals, and other organizations to find a way to give back throughout the year. Here is an article with three websites that connect to service opportunities.  


May this month prompt us to act. Reach out to elders within your community and listen to their personal reflections, especially about the Civil Rights Movement. Everyone has a story and a memory to share. Hearing other's reflections can help you reflect on your experiences. While progress has been made, acknowledging that racism, inequalities, and biases are present in society is important. To learn more about bias, explore this article from Harvard University. 


If you work with or have children, here are some guidelines for celebrating and discussing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the civil rights movement. 


Even as this national holiday has passed, take time to reflect and to serve in order to better your community.