Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!
While I believe that everyday should be a day where people are kind to one another, today is the sanctioned holiday for spreading kindness.
Acts of kindness can come in all forms, from holding a door open for a stranger to paying for a cup of coffee for the person behind you. Naturally, there is no obligation to participate, but one single act of kindness can sometimes start a chain of good deeds that inspire the hearts of many.
How does creativity play in any part of this?
If you are someone who typically does not perform random acts of kindness, then by participating you are adding a new element of randomness to your day. The reaction of the person you interact with may inspire a new scene in one of your novels. Or maybe it’s not you who gets the inspiration but it’s the person who received the act of kindness that gets a burst of creativity from the interaction.
There are groups all around the globe who do random acts of kindness for not only for the goodness of the deed but for art as well. One of these established groups is Improv Everywhere. While they have become famous for their annual No Pants Subway Ride or “stopping time” in Grand Central Station, they have also done smaller random acts to cheer on small league children baseball teams or spontaneous wedding receptions. If you have some free time, I’d review their website and check out their videos plus read the ‘behind the scenes’ of their “missions”, they are a treat to read!
I have participated in several of Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiments and continue to keep an eye out for ways I can participate in the spontaneous performances that will spice up the otherwise repetitive and dull days many. These missions spark conversation, give people new points of view and add an element of whimsy in their day.
What I’m saying is that you don’t have to be rich, you simply have to be kind.
Don’t fret if you cannot pay for the lunch of a stranger, or if you can’t lend someone some change. Instead just focus on what you can do. Dedicate your time or talents to help someone in need or simply find a way to make them smile. Especially if you are artistically inclined. You’d be surprised the amount of joy that a child feels when they get a drawing of their favorite cartoon character. Or maybe just write a simple note to a loved one to tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.
By spreading the message of love and joy, it’ll slowly but gradually create a domino effect that will spread. Stories will be told and memories will be shared.
On today’s Random Act of Kindness Day let’s create some joy and maybe even gain some creative ideas at the same time.