While you should be kind to each other year round, the second full week of February is Random Acts of Kindness Week. It's a week to spread a little more joy to those around you. It may also be a time to try and spread some cheer, while working wellness into the routine.
Wellness includes so many facets other than just the physical. There are eight dimensions of wellness, including: intellectual, social, emotional, physical, environmental, occupational, financial and spiritual. Take a close look at these areas. How can you make someone's day a little brighter? Here are some ways to achieve each area of wellness:
- Intellectual: Stimulate your "receiver's" intellectual side by offering them a puzzle or game. Keep it anonymous. That will make them really think.
- Emotional: Check on a friend or family member that is going through a rough time. Lend a listening ear. You have two.
- Physical: Set up a time to meet a friend(s) and do an "active" get-together. Go for a cool, brisk walk or meet on the tennis court or meet your friends at the local indoor pool.
- Social: Be a good friend. Better yet, walk up to someone sitting alone at a restaurant and offer them a compliment. Visit shut-ins or those who no longer have family. Sign up to be a mentor.
- Environmental: Shovel the sidewalk or salt a neighbor's sidewalk and/or driveway without them knowing it was you.
- Spiritual: Offer a sentimental or spiritual quote on a little note to a stranger or just leave it for someone random to find.
- Financial: You've probably heard of a customer paying for the coffee or meal of someone behind them in a drive-thru. Let's make this a little healthier. Randomly pay for someone's monthly gym membership or their protein shake.
- Occupational: If it applies to you, give one of your employee's a little surprise bonus. Otherwise, offer to work for someone, or easier yet, compliment your co-workers on a job well done. Leave a random note of praise on someone's desk.
Remember, a little goodness goes a long way.