National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

I believe we can all agree random acts of kindness are always a good thing, but society could really use a few right about now. Let’s get to it!

The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. It was based on the phrase “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty”. Herbert’s book Random Acts of Kindness was published in February 1993 speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the USA. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

However, launched in 2004, New Zealand was the first country in the world to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day!

New Zealand’s RAK Day started after co-founder Josh de Jong was stuck in Auckland traffic one typical afternoon and watched some irate drivers ahead of him getting into a bit of a road rage altercation. He began to think… ‘what would it be like if on one day everyone in New Zealand was kind to a stranger?’ Thus the national day was born and quickly spread around the world.

A simple online search of ‘random acts of kindness’ yields a return of thousands of related items, not the least of which is dozens of groups and organizations created to spread kindness.

The cynic in me could say how sad it is we need groups to motivate us to be kind to each other. But, my optimistic side applauds them for leading by example.

I hope the day is celebrated with millions of acts of random kindness, but I also hope we don’t wait for February 17th or some random group to recruit to us. It doesn’t take much to show kindness. Hate takes effort and forethought, and energy to sustain it. Kindness is natural when you treat others the way you wish to be treated.

A few ideas for random acts of kindness could include:

  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry
  • Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.)
  • Help someone change a flat tire
  • Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find
  • Compliment a work colleague on their work
  • Send an encouraging text to someone
  • Take muffins to work
  • Let a car into the traffic ahead of you
  • Wash someone else’s car
  • Take a gift to new neighbors and introduce yourself
  • Pay the bus fare for the passenger behind you

Showing kindness to someone else makes them AND you feel good – so enjoy your day…and feel good!

No Random Act

January 4th- National Trivia Day!

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Welcome to a celebration of National Trivia Day, held every January 4th!

First bit of trivia – the origins of National Trivia Day are unknown! It’s true! At least, according to NationalDayCalendar.com. Oh well, it’s trivia – let’s just go with it!

  • In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazine’s “Ten Best-Dressed College Girls.” (Whaaaaat?)
  • As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.” (*BLINK!*)
  • “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
  • Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.
  • The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.
  • Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states. We’ll wait.)
  • At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise, it will digest itself. (Can we all say, “Ewwwwww!”)
  • 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan are the only Disney cartoons where both parents are present and don’t die throughout the movie.
  • To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs – it will let you go instantly. (*BLINK!*)
  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  • The word “samba” means “to rub navels together.”
  • Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II Killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than airplane crashes.
  • Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land.  Although they are rapid, they are not agile.  So, if being chased by one, run in a zigzag line to lose him or her. (Who is getting this close to crocodiles and alligators???)
  • Seattle’s Fremont Bridge rises up and down more than any drawbridge in the world.
  • Right-handed people live, on average; nine years longer than left-handed people.
  • Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
  • In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
  • A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.
  • A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if a strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods.
  • Nearly 80% of all animals on earth have six legs.

 

Personally, I’m wondering if crocodile and alligator attacks are really a common thing???

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