It's Random Acts of Kindness Week!

February 14, 2013 | Posted By: Ann McKenna | Categorized in: FatWallet

Happy Valentine's Day! Aside from the yummy chocolates, and beautiful flowers that you might receive today, it's important to remember what love is. It is also important to realize how we show love, not just to those we know, but also to strangers and those in need.

All week, we have been celebrating the Random Acts of Kindness Week! Created by The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, this seven-day opportunity is dedicated to spreading compassion and going above and beyond to make others feel special. Often times, we can get caught up in our busy lives and forget what really matters. Holding the door for someone, shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk, or even flashing a smile to a stranger can really make someone's day.

So, how will you pass on this pay-it-forward vibe? recommends these daily suggestions:

  • Monday, Feb 11 Smile at 10 strangers
  • Tuesday, Feb 12 Buy something for the person in the line behind you
  • Wednesday, Feb 13 Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while
  • Thursday, Feb 14 Bring a treat to a neighbor or your co-workers
  • Friday, Feb 15 Donate your time or money to a local charity
  • Saturday, Feb 16 Cook a healthy meal
  • Sunday, Feb 17 Let someone go in front of you in line

Even though this is great start, think about what is more suitable for you and your life. This past week, I mailed my cousin a Valentine's Day card, because I knew she's been dealing with a tiring pregnancy and needed a good laugh. In addition, I took some time this morning to grab coffee with an old friend. Even though my coffee date wasn't a random act, it still felt good to reconnect. Do you have to feel good to have it be a good deed or act? That answer always reminds me of the Friends episode where Joey and Phoebe argue about whether any selfless good deeds exist, so Phoebe tries repeatedly to find one. She even goes as far to have a bee sting her, so the bee can look tough in front of his bee friends. Whatever works right?

Share with us some ways that you can ride the kindness wave. Leave a comment, or tweet us your random act of kindness!

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