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Valentine’s Day as a Day to Celebrate Kindness

February 6, 2010

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Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind.”
Henry James

Valentine’s Day is a day to show kindness to others.  Wouldn’t it be grand if the world’s politician’s and business leaders took being kind to heart, every day of the year, not just on February 14.  Imagine a world where there was no war, crime, hunger or pollution.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker Washington

Where meanness was wiped out and replaced with kindness and respect to others. So lets all take one step towards that.  If everyone makes an effort to show at least one act of kindness every day, it will create a ripple effect.  So why not start today?

Model Kindness for Children
If you have children, get them in on the act.  Remember children learn more by your acts than your words alone.  So let them see you being kind to others.  There are so many ways that don’t cost a thing but a moment of your time.  A smile, a warm greeting, shoveling the walk for a neighbor or letting someone know your thinking about them. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Showing kindness has a ripple effect. Princess Diana said:

“Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation or reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.”’

Making their own Valentine’s Day Cards

Children love handling out and receiving Valentine’s Day cards.  One way for your children to show an expression of kindness is to take the time to make their own Valentine’s Day cards.  Family Fun as lots of great ideas to making simple, fun cards that your child will take pride in giving out. http://familyfun.go.com/valentines-day/valentines-day-cards/ Let your child pick out the card(s) they would like to make and by doing a few each day, they’ll have them all done before the big day.

Purchasing Valentine’s Day Cards that Help Other Kids

Or check out these Valentine’s Day cards draw by kids for kids.  Purchasing cards through Save the Children helps children around the world, another act of kindness.. http://www.savethechildren.org/get-involved/valentines-day-2010/.

Don’t forget sending a special Valentine’s Day card to grandparents and other relatives to cherish. It can be as simple as a heart with your child’s school picture in the middle. It will be appreciated beyond words, trust me.

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” James Barrie

So send some kindness out this Valentine’s Day, you never know what will grow.  Let me know what you think – and send me pictures of your kids creations, I’d love to see them.

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