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Be sure to be kind

Be sure to be kind

You might have missed it, but last Saturday, February 17, was National Random Acts of Kindness Day.

There are all kinds of ways to be kind, and you can find dozens of ideas for simple but significant acts at the National Random Acts of Kindness website. You’ll also learn that there is a science of kindness. Did you know that being kind can make you feel better physically and mentally by lowering your blood pressure, relieving stress, and increasing your energy?

At MacKenzie-Childs, we think that kindness is something to be practiced every day. In fact, you’ll find that sentiment and several other inspirational ideas reflected in our company manifesto.

With that in mind, we’d like to suggest five MacKenzie-Childs acts of kindness to make the world a better place each and every day.

  • Stage a celebration. It doesn’t need to be an official occasion. Set a fabulous table, put the kettle on, and host an impromptu tea party for a small group of friends. Or how about an indoor picnic in the middle of winter?
  • The write stuff. Remember the written word and put pen to paper. It can be a simple greeting, sharing a fond memory of something that happened on a particular day, or leaving a sweet surprise note tucked in someone’s lunch bag or backpack.
  • Have a sense of humor. Don’t take yourself or the world too seriously. You could wear something whimsical (a patterned pair of socks with a bit of chartreuse, perhaps?) that just might make someone else laugh out loud, and that, of course, will bring a smile to your face, too.
  • Share a favorite recipe. Better yet, bake something sweet and drop it off to the unsung heroes who work every day to serve others at the hospital, fire station or food pantry.
  • Brighten someone’s day with flowers. We’re not talking about a big floral arrangement. A small bunch of flowers in a pretty pot or a simple bouquet tied with a brightly colored ribbon just might make someone’s day. We all like to feel that we’re appreciated, don’t we?

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