The picture chosen for this day has me a little confused. Don’t get me wrong, it is an adorable picture, but I feel it better suits a day about sibling love rather than kindness. I think of kindness as doing something extra for a person or family, whether they know it or not. It’s not a favor, it’s an added touch.

The National Day of Calendar suggests, if you are kind to someone and another person sees you do it, they will be more apt to be kind also because you set a good example. I agree with that premise. It seems when I see someone being nice it makes me want to follow suit. The benefit is two-fold, I feel better about myself and I improve another person’s day.

One of my favorite things to do is let other cars into busy traffic. I’m guessing the people behind me might not like waiting, but the driver I am kind to usually give me a little wave or at least a smile that says thank you. I also enjoy smiling at people I pass when going for a walk. Sometimes they look at me as if they are trying to figure out if they know me, but usually they smile back. It’s a really simple thing to do, and free.

There are so many ways to be kind and generally it takes little effort. The calendar talked about picking up the neighbor’s garbage that got dumped, helping a stranded motorist, or being patient with someone you know is having a bad day. It is now snow season in western New York state. You could clean off your co-worker’s car the next time it needs it. I used to do that for my boss when I was still working. You should have seen her smile when she didn’t have to do it for herself.

If you think about your average day, it’s the little niceties that make it better. May I encourage you to take notice of others and see what little thing you can do to be kind.