“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo Buscaglia’s words perfectly sum up the concept behind ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. It is possible for the smallest act to make the biggest impact. Random Acts of Kindness Day was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and it is now celebrated in various countries worldwide.
February 17th, 2019 is the designated date this year with many individuals and organizations electing to extend the concept. Alex Irish & Associates launched their month long ‘Kindness Tour’ in February, 2017. Over the course of 28 days they were privileged to touch many people’s lives through a variety of kind gestures. Positive feedback inspired the decision to make their “Kindness Tour’ an annual event!
The idea behind this day is to make the world a better place, one kind act at a time. Research has shown that the very act of doing something nice for another person is good for the endorphins and mood-enhancing!
Here are some ideas of things to do this February 17th! Pay it backward by buying a coffee for the person behind you in line at your favourite Starbucks or Tim Hortons. Smile and say hello to the next person you pass walking down the street. Email a former teacher who made a difference in your life. Compliment a colleague. Donate old towels or blankets to your local animal shelter. Surprise a neighbor with home baked goods. Write a positive comment on a friend’s social media. Find opportunities to give compliments, they are ‘free’ and could make someone’s day! Leave a friendly server the biggest tip you can afford. There are so many creative ways one can spread a little kindness!
Alex Irish & Associates are a team of experienced, successful realtors who recognize that the best way to support a community is to be part of it! They believe in supporting charitable causes and worthy organizations throughout Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga and the GTA where they list and sell homes.
Details about the third edition of their ‘Kindness Tour’ is posted on this website and social media throughout the month. It is their hope that through these posts they will inspire others to perform their own Random Acts of Kindness!