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Prevention Presents: Celebrating Kindness

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 ashley-rodebaugh
Celebrate Kindness
Ashley Rodebaugh, M.A.
Prevention Education Specialist

Take a moment, and think to yourself, when was the last time I did something unselfishly kind for someone else? Be honest with yourself.  Most of us get so inundated with our day to day schedules that we don’t stop to actually help out our fellow man. Something so small such as smiling and saying hello to a stranger or holding that door a few extra seconds for the person behind you can really make another’s day so much brighter.  And maybe, that person will pay it forward to someone else later in the day or in the weeks to come.  A simple random act of kindness can go a long way to spread cheer and happiness in this town, this state, this country, and this world. Because, as Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” 

Asking a forlorn stranger how they are doing and if they need any help may not only change their bad day to a good one, but may also lead them to open up and help them seek professional help. Sometimes those who are depressed or contemplating suicide just need the kindness of a stranger to help them realize that life is good and the world is a beautiful place, and perhaps they would like to stick around a little longer.

So, I challenge all of you to go out and do something randomly kind, maybe something extravagantly awesome, for someone else. Besides, modeling kind behavior around children teaches them to value kindness and being kind towards others! Here is a list of just a few kind ideas that are sure to brighten anyone’s day:

  • Buy the coffee of the person behind you in line at your local coffee shop. 
  • Bake cookies for everyone at work. 
  • Smile at a stranger and give them a genuine complement.  
  • Post inspirational sticky notes around town, your office, your neighborhood!
  • Send a message to someone to tell them you miss them, and how much you love them!
  • Write a note to your significant other, your child, or someone else telling them all the things you love about them! 

Visit www.RandomActsOfKindness.org for more ideas! Give kindness, this week and every week, because as the Dalai Lama says “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

 

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  donna-bacon

Understanding Prevention
Donna Bacon, M.Ed., LSC
Prevention Education Specialist

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