Random Acts of Kindness Week 2012



This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, when we’re all reminded to do something kind for one another. In a way it’s oxymoronic, to perform a “random” act during a non-random time period. Yet, it’s a powerful idea: millions of people around the world performing acts of kindness during a set period, serving to multiply the effect.  Just as we have a day to honor all parents, or veterans, why not a time to remind ourselves of the importance of extending kindness?

Each day this week we’ll have ideas for acts of kindness for you to consider trying.  You can find more ideas at the Random Acts of Kindness website, or helpothers.org site. And we’d love to hear your own ideas, or hear about what happens when you perform an act of kindness! Tell us in Comments.

Below are today’s (easy) ideas:

  • Smile at a minimum of five people
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Pick up trash on your street
  • Let the person behind you in line go ahead of you
  • Call a friend you haven’t seen in awhile just to say “hi”

For more ideas, see the Be Kind: Kindness Ideas Page.

Also see  Day 1 entry for Random Acts of Kindness Week 2013

                 Be Kind! Random Acts of Kindness Week Kicks Off (2014)

Five Ways To Be A Good Neighbor In February


February is the month most famously known for a day of love. Why not spread the love throughout all 29 (Leap Year!) days? Here are five ways to be a good neighbor this month. If you think of more ways, tell us in the comments.

1. Get to Know Muslim Neighbors: Silicon Valley Reads recently kicked off its new campaign, “Muslim and American — Two Perspectives.” Every year Silicon Valley Reads chooses books for all of Silicon Valley to read together. This year organizers chose The Muslim Next Door; The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali, and The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson.  A whole host of events are happening in February, all the way to the end of the campaign in April, including lectures, film showings, art exhibits, and small group discussions. Author Ali-Karamali will speak at two special events, 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Saratoga Library, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at the India Community Center in Milpitas. She’ll also be speaking at other events around the valley through April. In all there are more than 100 events happening in conjunction with the reading program. For more information see the Silicon Valley Reads website. [Read more…]