Always Be Kind

Angela Tucker, Alexia Leal

This year, February 17 marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day. According to website, the holiday originated in New Zealand. There, the holiday was celebrated Sept. 1. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a part of the Denver-based Charter for Compassion, which works to help schools and business bring more kindness the world, picked up the holiday and turned it into an international week of celebration, starting on Feb. 17. 

Each and every year, Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day where everyone has the opportunity to do something nice for a complete stranger, a family member, or a coworker. This can be something simple as paying for the person behind you as you wait in line at the drive-thru, or doing something as simple as holding the door open for someone with their hands full.

One small action or compliment can lift a person’s day. Empathy and kindness is second nature as we learn from a young age to spread compassion. It strengthens relationships between friends and family, and believe it or not, can make a person much healthier. 

And while it’s pretty obvious how one random act of kindness can brighten someone else’s day, there are lots of benefits in it for you, as well. Have you ever noticed the feeling that rushes through your body when you help those around you? That is because the act of kindness spreads a feel-good hormone. It boosts your serotonin,  which is a chemical nerve cell production that is responsible for feelings of satisfaction and well being. Similar to exercise, being kind to others releases endorphins. 

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, The Blaize will have a table in the commons during all lunch hours Feb. 11 and Feb. 13. We will have a jar with a bunch of random acts of kindness that you can perform on Feb. 17 (or earlier! Maybe try a random act of kindness every day until Feb. 17!). You can also buy some candy! All money will go to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The NAACP’s LDF seeks to help individuals and the legal system overcome racial inequalities and live in a society that promises equality for all Americans. Go here to see all the ways NAACP’s LDF has helped individuals, the legal system, and human rights issues. 

It’s also important to remember that on this Random Acts of Kindness Day, kindness even reaches to yourself. Treat yourself to a spa day, even if it’s just a face mask. Step away from a stressful task and take an hour to yourself to a favorite hobby and listen to your favorite artist.