Random Acts of Kindness Day was Sunday, February 17 and Valentine’s Day just occurred a few days prior. What have you done recently to make someone else’s life better, happier, or just to brighten a stranger’s day? Money has nothing to do with this challenge. Just smiling at those you meet and saying hello to those that smile back can make a person’s day. All it cost you was a facial expression. For those of you wanting to do more, donate all those excess clothes or some old but still useful furniture, or pay for the person’s order behind you at the coffee shop, fast food restaurant or the dry cleaners. See a struggling Mom or Dad in a store with a child who is fussy. Of course, everyone else seems so “annoyed” that a child might act like a child and be grouchy. How about being the one to sympathize, empathize, or even try to entertain the child a bit with a smile. How about a handwritten note or handmade card for someone you care about who needs a pick-me-up?
Look up from that phone, or even better, purposely don’t make calls or texts while you are running around on errands, and spend time noticing who might need cheering up. Random acts of kindness should be every day, not just on a special day of the year or around Christmas and New Years’ time. Take time for someone else today, it will make your day too!
Karen Silins is a multi-certified, award winning resume writer, career, business and personal branding coach working with individuals and small businesses. After graduating with degrees in education and vocal performance, she made her own career transition into the Human Resources realm. Karen left Human Resources to become an entrepreneur and help jobseekers, executives and fellow entrepreneurs achieve their goals. She keeps current regarding trends in the resume writing, coaching, HR, small business and marketing industries by working daily with individual clients on resume development and career coaching, executive/career management coaching, consulting for small businesses in business plan development, marketing, blogging, hiring and overall HR processes, and providing 20-50+ seminars and workshops annually to a variety of organizations in the greater Kansas City area. She can be reached via her website at www.careerandresume.com.