Elders in my life have claimed that the state of our world is at its best. We are richer, smarter, healthier, kinder, and more peaceful than we have been in any other century. They have also stated that the same negative issues we have today were also happening, just as frequently in the past, but we just hear about them more often now because of our advanced technology and the human attraction to negativity.
Although the technology of today is incredibly helpful in so many ways, it would also be beneficial for humankind to be more exposed to all of the good going on in the world. To be honest, it's getting a little hard to scroll through Facebook without seeing a troubling headline about an abused puppy, a bank robbery, or a jail sentence. It might be true that "sin sells," but kindness inspires.
As the official Random Acts of Kindness website states,
KINDNESS IS TEACHABLE
“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” DR. RITCHIE DAVIDSON , UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
So, with this week being Random Acts of Kindness week, along with National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Saturday February 17th, all of our June's Hallmark locations have teamed up celebrate this holiday accordingly. This week is about encouraging acts of kindness, in hopes to inspire, and make the world a better place; with this thought in mind, our stores decided to donate over 500 of our Itty Bitty's to our local Arkansas Children's Hospital.
In doing this we hoped to accomplish three things:
1. Celebration: Saturday February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness day. You all know that here at Hallmark we like to do things big. No matter the holiday, big or small, we celebrate them all! This was our way of celebrating the day of giving back and being kind.
2. Happiness Brought: As you know, the patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital range from birth to around 18 years, with an array of different illnesses, and visits that could last thirty minutes to over a year. We are hoping these Itty Bittys will shed a little bit of happiness, or at least a smile to the patients who they are given to.
3. Triggering: Like I discussed at the beginning of this blog, I feel that there aren't enough happy stories circulating. Perhaps those who saw us donating, or anyone reading this blog will be inspired to take part in doing random acts of kindness, or at least give them a little more faith in humanity and the state of our great world.
Overall, not only do we want to make the day of the children receiving the donations, we also want to motivate others to be kind to one another as well. Whether it's a compliment, donation, or a day of service, the smallest of gestures can go the longest way in both the giver and receiver and quite possibly inspire the groundwork for future greatness.
Happy RAK Day! Hope You Celebrate in the Kindest of Ways!
June's Hallmark & Merle Norman
Website Coordinator & E Commerce
To find out more about Random Acts of Kindness Day check out our page HERE where you can find examples of random acts of kindness, stories of kindness from 2017, facts about the movement, and more.