The Kindness Jar
You know we’re all about kindness here, so Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17) is my favorite kind of day! In fact, we’re gonna celebrate kindness for the whole, entire year.
Making others feel good is what kindness is all about. And have you noticed it also makes you feel pretty wonderful?
As parents, we have the power to teach kids that kindness isn’t just another chore, like doing the dishes or making the bed. Kindness can be at the very heart of the way our families live in the world. So, let’s all praise our kids for doing nice things and helping other people feel good! They’ll grow up knowing that kindness is cool.
We found some great suggestions for a few simple acts of kindness on the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Why not try one—on your own, or with your kiddos? Then maybe you’ll want to try another!
Just a friendly warning: Random acts of kindness can become a daily habit. I mean, who can resist all that joy?
How to make your Kindness Jar
Find an empty jar and decorate it in whatever way makes you happy. We also made you an easy tag (here) to tie around the top with pretty twine or ribbon, so it will work on any jar.
Starting on February 17th, every time you see or create an act of kindness, write it down on our fill in the blank notes and stuff it in the jar. Collect more planned or spontaneous acts of kindness as the year continues.
Finally, on the last day of the year (or when your jar gets full), empty the jar and read all those beautiful reminders of the kind acts you noticed, experienced, or maybe even created yourself over the past year.
Keep the jar going throughout the year, and help make the world more kind!
Who doesn’t love a love note?
To make this project extra-special, consider using one of our slightly irregular, but still really cute, “Not As Perfect As We’d Like” cards—available as a set of 5 cards and 5 tags. But any piece of paper will do the trick!
Grab your favorite pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and sit down to write a good, old-fashioned letter to someone who has changed your life and made it better. Tell them how they made a difference. Say thanks. And then pop it in the mail to them!
Bonus for YOU
Need a kindness lift? (Don’t we all?) Then it’s time to write a letter to yourself.
Be extra-kind: Make a point of describing all the really great things that make you the strong, brave, and loving person you have become. If you’re not perfect, then join the club! We’re all trying hard, and that deserves to be celebrated too.
When you’re finished, fold up the letter and seal it up in an envelope. Tuck it away somewhere special and let it hide there. If a day comes when you need a sweet message of encouragement, you’ll know just where to find it.
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week! Let that kindness shine!
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