“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”
–Abraham Joshua Heschel
Sunday January 21st is National Hug Day. I hope you celebrated by sharing lots of hugs yesterday! If not you still have time. In fact, everyday is a good day to show affection to the important people in your life. You never know, one small gesture could bring sunlight to what was otherwise a cloudy day for another person.
January 27th is National Compliment Day. Show appreciation by telling someone just how special they are this coming Saturday. We all need to hear a compliment. Regular doses help build the self-esteem of children and brighten the day of adults. Aside from just being a nice and kind thing to do, paying compliments is healthy for the giver and the reciever. Scientific research shows being kind has measurable physical and mental health benefits. Allen Luks documented the findings of one such study he conducted in his 1991 book The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits.
Read about how acts of kindness were put into action across the country