Spread Kindess during National Acts of Kindness Week

in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford, VA

By Siena Schaller - Junior Reporter for Macaroni Kid Fredericksburg February 17, 2022

National Acts of Kindness Week is on February 13-19th and National Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th! Take this as an opportunity to start spreading kindness! 

Whether you’re helping a friend out or giving a stranger a compliment, it could completely make their day. Not only can acts of kindness benefit those on the receiving end, but it also benefits you! A recent study found that those who performed acts of kindness were more likely to have higher well-being. Any act of kindness, even small ones, can make someone’s day and can take virtually no time at all. Why not only make someone else's day better but also yours?

If you aren’t sure how or where to start celebrating this week, here are a few acts of kindness that you can do every day:

  • Complement a stranger.
  • Let someone in front of you in line.
  • Offer help to someone who may need it.
  • Donate clothes/items you don’t need anymore. Visit our Donation Guide to find local businesses that accept donations.
  • Leave money in a vending machine.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Call a family member/friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Donate to a charity.
  • Sign up to be an organ donor.
  • Volunteer within your community. Visit our Volunteer Guide for local businesses looking for Volunteers.
  • Sign up for a charity walk or run.
  • Donate food to a local food bank.
  • Most importantly- be kind to yourself! When spreading kindness, it can be easy to forget to be kind to ourselves, which is arguably the most important on this list. Give yourself a day off if you need it, spend a day doing self care, and just make sure to take care of yourself.

Even after National Kindness Week is over, that doesn’t mean you should stop doing these. Try to make it a habit everyday. Make it a goal to compliment at least one person a day, or two, or maybe even three. Not only will other people benefit from this, but you will as well!