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This Week…Celebrating Kindness

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This Week…Celebrating Kindness

 

Today, February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day.   Many say that we should celebrate this every single day and they’re absolutely right. 

 

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was established in 1995 with the goal of making kindness the norm! 

What gift can you give that costs you nothing…makes you and the recipient feel good…and no matter how many thoughtful acts you give away, you will always have more to share.

 

KINDNESS

 

In our current environment, it is easy to become frustrated with every news story you hear or read. Many of us no longer listen to the news but you can’t avoid the stories. 

 

What can we do? This sounds very much like Pollyanna however, I feel each of us has it in us to make small changes in others through our own behavior. (I’m a behaviorist). 

What can we do?

~Reflect on a kind act we received and how much it meant to us

~Share a story of a kind and thoughtful act with others in person or on social media

~Make it a daily habit to think about what you can do for someone to make their life better or at the very least, brighten their day. 

 

 

BTW- Kindness can be… 

…A text or call to say “job well done.”

… Sitting with someone in the hospital or offering to watch a busy parent’s child. 

…Saying “Good morning” to a stranger or buying the next person in line a cup of coffee.

…Checking in on a friend or neighbor who lives alone. 

…Here at ActiveRain, it can be as easy as calling a new member to welcome them to the community

 

Please share an act of kindness you’ve witnessed or a thoughtful act you shared with someone.

 

This is the story of Conner Wright who during Covid started Conner’s Kindness Project as a way of giving back to the children in his community who were ill or in isolation.  His single act is a testament to how one person’s thoughtfulness can change the lives of many. 

 

 

Too often we 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








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Comments(23)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Kindness has seemed to have lost its way in America. May it return sone day. Here in the Rain. I have gotten  a "try again later" message this morning. Maybe I should follow Nina Hollander, Broker and do just that. Enjoy your day.

Feb 17, 2024 05:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin don't even think about it!!! I will haunt and nag you and I'b pretty good at that!!!!!

Feb 17, 2024 01:33 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
You, my friend, are an Ambassador of Kindness!  We all should strive to do the same.

I have been shown tremendous kindness since arriving in Yuma. The Women Who Golf ladies have taken me in like the orphan I am and included me in their various events.

Feb 17, 2024 06:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Awww, That's sweet Carol Williams Kindness attracts kindness. I'll bet the Women Who Golf recognize a kindred spirit. 

Feb 17, 2024 01:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Carol Williams is right! You are an Ambassador of kindness and we should all try and do the same. It's always amazing how a smile can make a difference in your day! When you give you get so much more in return. Simple niceties can become second nature if you let them! One of the gals in my office left me a sweet Valentine day card with a sweet note and a little box of chocolates on my desk . Made my day!

Feb 17, 2024 06:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX that was incredibly sweet of her!  I've found it's easier to be kind...less stress!  LOL   I'm sure that that gesture by the lady in your office was her way of saying "thank you" for all of the kinds things you do. BTW-saw Justin's mom and sis. Were your ears burning???

Feb 17, 2024 01:44 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Like many of us here need a day to do what we do so naturally?

Feb 17, 2024 07:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 That's the good thing about this site. Members don't think twice about being kind...it's who they are. 

Feb 17, 2024 01:45 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and kindness is needed more in our world I would believe.  To many people need to be kinder.

 

Feb 17, 2024 07:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm there is so much discord and hatred in the world. It's like a virus that is spreading. 

Feb 17, 2024 01:52 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

You always have such positive posts!  Thank you for reminding us of the important things in life.

Feb 17, 2024 07:37 AM
Kathy Streib

So good to see Ray Henson And thank you for your kind words.  There are many things out of our control but one thing we can control is how we act. 

Feb 17, 2024 01:53 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I think kindness should be the norm. I am not quite sure why it isn't??

Feb 17, 2024 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty so many reasons why....people see more mean acts when they watch the news...they see mean or wrong behavior being rewarded...they are lacking role models.   I could go on!!!

Feb 17, 2024 01:54 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I find that the most effective and valued acts of kindness are the ones not planned and done on the spur of the moment.

Feb 17, 2024 08:10 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree George Souto Larry offered a ride to a fellow walker recently. It had started to pour and he knew that he didn't park in the main lot. We'd seen him several times but this time we got to formally meet him and exchange names. 

Feb 17, 2024 01:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I did not know about this special day.

Let's continue to spread love and kindness.

Feb 17, 2024 08:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I could not agree more!  Each one of us can do that!

Feb 17, 2024 01:58 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Kathy in a way I'm not surprised to see Kindness in your post today! You are one of the kindness ladies I know and I'm very appreciative of you❤️ Last evening as we were enjoying the fire and candlelight after dinner we were talking about kindness and how grateful we were for all the kind people in our lives. Not sure why we got on this subject but it was most delightful and here it is again today.   Ahhhhhh Kindness!

Feb 17, 2024 10:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten thank you and that is so sweet. But you realize that kindness seeks out other kind people. That's why you and Gary have so many kind people around you. 

Feb 17, 2024 02:03 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib In today's world, when I watch the news, I wonder what is going on. A young man killed his X girlfriend and then tried to kill himself. A young man killed his father and videotaped it on YouTube. Why are people so judgmental and angry at everyone else? 

Be kind to each other; someone may care for a sick parent or spouse at home. Posting here may be their delight.  

Feb 17, 2024 11:14 AM
Kathy Streib

It's frustrating, isn't it Hannah Williams And you are absolutely right. We don't know what someone is going through at this time. Offering kindness may be just what they need. 

Feb 17, 2024 02:04 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great stories of inspiration. It takes nothing to smile, or say Good Morning, I am surprised at how many people don't. Whenever you smile you always get a smile back, however timid it may be.

Feb 17, 2024 12:15 PM
Kathy Streib

Well said Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Wherever we walk, I've found one or two people who stare at the ground and never smile. I make it a point to say good morning to them. I don't want to be intrusive however, I usually get a return smile or good morning. Sometimes it takes days and sometimes it can take weeks or month. 

Feb 17, 2024 02:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Kathy Streib,

Oh no! I hope it was good things from Justin's mom and sister!!!

Feb 17, 2024 04:10 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Gestures, even small acts can make the biggest impact, Kathy. I remember walking down the street and seeing a young man crying. I approached him and asked if he was ok. He had just broken up with his girlfriend and was struggling. I said everything will be ok, then asked if he wanted a hug, he did and thanked me for reaching out to him.

Feb 17, 2024 05:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  I had no idea today was random acts of kindness day, I have been pretty grumpy all day:)Endre

Feb 17, 2024 09:36 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am a people watcher and I love it most when I see kindness in action and it often makes me want to try and reward the giver of the kindness that I witnessed, haha.

Feb 18, 2024 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I missed kindness day! I now have 364 days to be mean before I have to be kind again. HAHAHA, obviously I'm kidding. haha.

Feb 18, 2024 06:42 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

A simple smile with a stranger falls under this category and is absolutely amazing to watch another persons expression when receiving an unexpected smile and hello from a stranger.  M

Feb 18, 2024 04:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The elementary school around the corner from my home has a sign.  It reads, "In a world where you can be anything, be kind!"

Feb 20, 2024 03:52 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I am not sure this will get me brownie points... I have an 85 year old friend.  As we left each other from breakfast this morning in Winter Park, he called me frantically to say he had a flat tire.  I turned around and changed the tire for him.

Feb 21, 2024 10:41 AM