Consider this your friendly reminder of the most simple and basic of human principles: be kind. In a world often filled with uncertainty and cruelty, it’s easy to forget that showing kindness is a strength, not a weakness. In this guide we’re sharing some of our favorite resources on how to spread kindness like — you guessed it — confetti! (And don’t worry, we’ll spread plenty of confetti, too. 😉)
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What Kindness Means
The dictionary defines kindness as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
This means treating others with the highest level of respect, grace, and compassion.
Kindness means being intentional.
Kindness means acting with no expectation of return or reciprocity.
Kindness means simply being nice.
(Psst…Here in Confetti Land we also believe practicing kindness is an integral part of cultivating your own personal joy, which you can read more about in our Designing Happiness Series!)
Days of Kindness
While every single day should be a day to practice & spread good vibes, in case you want to keep a few extra special kindness days handy, mark your calendars for:
World Kindness Week
Generally the first-second week in November, leading up to World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day
Random Act of Kindness Week
Generally the second(ish) week in February
Random Act of Kindness Day
The Officially Unofficial Confetti Day
On (or around) March 30th; Founded by our Head of Happiness here at The Confetti Bar, Alexis of Confetti Reign!
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How To Spread Acts of Kindness
Whether anonymous, random, intentional, or obvious, sharing acts of kindness is the quintessential way to put kind into practice. There are millions of acts you can carry out, but here are just a few ideas to get started:
- Leave a sweet note for someone you love to find
- Sing the praises of a local business by reviewing their business online
- Bake cookies for neighbors or coworkers
- Forgive someone for a mistake they made
- Pick up litter and trash at your local park/beach
- Compliment a stranger
- Say “Thank You” (and mean it!)
- Say “I’m Sorry” (and mean it!)
- Hold open a door for someone
- Pay for the person behind you at a coffee shop
- Leave encouraging notes in library books
- Tell someone how much they mean to you
- Take yourself on a date
- Mail a care package to a friend in need (confetti gift wrap is a must!)
- Decorate rocks with encouraging messages and leave them in a public nature spot
- Smile at someone
- Practice gratitude
- Hide Random Acts of Confetti around town
- Write a letter, to someone else or yourself (Bonus if the envelope is confetti dipped! 😉 )
Create a Kindness Kit
To make carrying out acts of kindness easy to accomplish on the reg, we suggest creating your very own kindness kit! These are items you can keep on hand (in your car, office, purse, closet, etc.) to share whenever the mood strikes. (Which is hopefully quite often! <3)
Some items to include in your kit:
- Random Acts of Confetti (and/or Emergency Confetti)
- A Good Vibes Gift Bag
- Take What You Need & Make A Wish signs — free printables here!
- Fortunes to nestle in cards, gifts, or books – free printable here!
- Colorful, happy notecards (an entire “happy mail station” is highly encouraged!)
- Compliment cards / quotes / notes of encouragement
- Sweet treats / candies (fully wrapped, of course)
- Small denomination gift cards (just $5 or $10 can make someone’s day!)
Additional Organizations and Resources
The following organizations / links contain some more fantastic info on all things related to being kind — I highly encourage you to check each of them out!
An organization on a mission to to educate and inspire people to choose kindness. Their research hub, Kindlab, explores the causes and consequences of kindness, and they use their findings to build the tools that empower anyone, anywhere to choose kindness more often.
They have a lot of great resources to help you get started here. Don’t miss their Science of Kindness Presentation if you want to learn more about the scientific approach to why kindness is so important! This Kindness Scavenger Hunt is also a great way to practice observing acts of kindness in addition to performing them yourself.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a small nonprofit that invests their resources into making kindness the norm. They offer cirriculums and resources to help others spread kindness at home, in school, and in the workplace. Their basic framework is simple: Inspire -> Empower -> Act -> Reflect -> Share.
Don’t miss their printable Kindness Calendars / posters /coloring pages, or their comprehensive list of kindness ideas!
A site dedicated to Kindness Challenges + Free Printables to help you spread kindness. Their blog has a lot of great info & ideas!
Life Vest Inside is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, empowering and educating people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness. As they say, “In the stormy seas of life, KINDNESS, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat. Our ‘life vest’ is ‘inside’ each and every one of us – we simply need to recognize our potential and realize that we MATTER, therefore our choices MATTER. So… choose kindness!”
Be sure to check out their Kindness Cards if you need some prompts to share more acts of kindness.
A project in which rocks are painted/decorated and placed in public spaces. Their mission is to perpetuate the idea that one message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, or life. Since this idea began, there are now many groups and projects that utilize the concept of kindness rocks — there may even be a local group in your area to check out if you want to get involved.
I’ve also written a bit more on the topic of kindness in a previous volume of The Confetti Letters, a monthly letter subscription of inspiration, celebration, and hope.
Looking for some additional words (and science!) to inspire your kindness journey? Check these book recs out:
- I Am book series*
- Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind*
- Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do*
- Be Kind: A Year of Kindness, One Week at a Time*
- The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life*
- The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life*
- Humankind: A Hopeful History*
Remember: Kindness Will Always Win
At the end of the day, celebrating kindness — in all forms — is a necessary in order for us to thrive not only as individuals, but as those part of a larger community. We highly encourage you to think about how you can impact the broader spreading of kindness in any small ways you can. What are some ways you can spread kindness today (and every single day)?