13 Nov

Happy Monday! Did you know that November 13th is National Kindness Day? It's a day dedicated to spreading kindness and making a positive impact on others. Mondays used to be dreaded, filled with uncertainties and a feeling that the day would never end. However, my perspective has changed, and now Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week. I see it as a fresh start, a new year of possibilities and great beginnings.

To make my Mondays even more special, I treat myself at the end of the day, just like I would on a Friday. It could be something small like enjoying a delicious treat or indulging in a relaxing activity. Before my work week begins, I take the time to create a list of goals and innovative initiatives that can benefit the organization or bring joy to my unique strategic role. It's important to prioritize self-care and treat yourself first, just like the flight attendant's pre-flight briefing advises us to put on our own oxygen mask before helping others. By taking care of ourselves, we are better equipped to give back to those in need.

On National Kindness Day, there are numerous ways to spread kindness and make a difference. One idea is to start a pleasant conversation with someone you wouldn't usually interact with. It could be a coworker from a different department or a stranger you encounter during your day. Sharing a smile with at least three people you see who are not familiar to you can also brighten someone's day and create a positive ripple effect.
Leaving an inspirational note for someone in a serving capacity is another thoughtful gesture. It could be a kind message for your barista, a thank-you note for your mail carrier, or a compliment for the janitor in your building. 

Being inclusive is also an important aspect of kindness. Make an effort to include others, whether it's inviting someone new to join your lunch group or reaching out to someone who may be feeling left out. Acknowledging someone for their skill or talent is a wonderful way to spread kindness. Please take a moment to appreciate and recognize someone's abilities, whether it's a coworker's creativity or a friend's musical talent. Lastly, consider donating to a scholarship fund in someone else's name. Let that person know about your donation and the reason behind it. It's a meaningful gesture that can have a lasting impact on someone's life.

If you're looking for more ideas on how to extend kindness in unique situations on National Kindness Day and throughout the year, I recommend reaching out to Julie@thecozycabinet.com