No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
In my first semester of college, I was shy. I had trouble speaking up in class and when I did, my voice shook. For the final project in one of my classes, we had to do a presentation in front of an audience. I will never forget when a classmate told me he was impressed by my speech, especially since he had noticed how difficult it was for me to talk in class. I still think about this conversation. It was brief, but his kind words had a profound impact on me.
Kindness can come in many forms. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone or giving a compliment to a classmate. No matter how small, doing something kind for a friend, a family member, or a stranger can make a huge difference in their day, even if you’re unaware of the impact. I’m sure my classmate never thought his compliment would be remembered years later, but it’s one of the most vivid memories from my freshman year.
Here are some ideas for acts of kindness you could do for others:
Treat someone to a snack or bring food to share with others
Write a thank you card to someone who has had made a difference in your life
Loan a good book to someone
Call your parents
Write a positive review online for your favorite restaurant
Have your friends over and cook a meal for them
Text someone a joke
Pay the toll for the person driving behind you
Keep a gratitude list, as it’s also important to be kind to yourself
ADU is holding its Random Acts of Kindness Week from Monday, February 12th through Friday, February 16th.
I implore you to take part in RAK Week on campus and challenge you to extend your acts of kindness off-campus and throughout the community. If you would like to share a story about an act of kindness, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be featured in a future blog post.