Today is Wednesday, February 17, 2021. In the United States, this day is known as Random Acts of Kindness day.
An inspirational quote by Bob Kerrey, “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with kindness. Showing kindness and compassion for yourself and others can be an expression of love.
Performing Random acts of kindness has many benefits including decreasing blood pressure and stress. Try some of these random acts of kindness and see how your body responds.
- Offer up your seat on public transportation.
- Carry someone’s groceries for them.
- Smile at 5 people you do not know today.
- Thank someone.
- Hold the door open.
- Hold the elevator for someone.
- Send a postcard to someone who lives alone.
- Make a donation to a charitable cause.
- Send a letter of appreciation to a teacher, a mentor, a coworker, or a friend.
Photo by Ravi Pinisetti
Use this Mindfulness Activity to calm your Body and Mind:
- Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
- Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
- Focus your attention on your right great toe. Tap it up and down.
- Shift your focus to your right elbow and notice where your elbow is.
- Glide your focus to the center of your chest and breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need.
- Continue to breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need, for as long as you like.
- Smile when you are ready to move forward.
Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:
“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate myself and others because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP