Dec 31 Care Mission
21 Days of Kindness
Many of us are nice, but is kindness a habit for you? We'll help you form and keep a kindness resolution so you can make a difference every day in the New Year.
The Facts: Do you really need a resolution to be kind? You may be thinking, “I’m already nice and polite! It’s just the way I was raised.” Kindness is something many of us do, but are we kind all the time? Do we still show compassion and care when we’re in a hurry? When we’re under stress? When we’re late?
Practicing intentional kindness for three weeks – or 21 days – can help you make it a habit. While you can be kind to anyone, seniors sometimes have invisible challenges and could use an extra helping hand. Our “21 days of Kindness Care Mission” may help you form a habit of care or discover new ways to help seniors through intentional actions in the New year.
21 Days of Kindness
Carry out an act of care and kindness every day for 21 days. After that, see if you view the world differently and reflect on the impact you’ve made. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.
Hold a door open for someone – even if they are several paces behind you.
Offer to take a grocery cart back for someone who might look overwhelmed.
Say hi to a senior.
Take freshly baked cookies to a neighbor.
Write a letter to an older relative.
Be patient. If someone is slow paying the store, take a deep breath, smile, and remember they may be struggling to maintain their independence.
Help someone reach an item at the store that is too high or low for them.
If a senior neighbor or relative isn’t comfortable driving in the dark or winter weather, offer to drive them to run errands.
Listen to someone who might need a friend.
Let a senior go in front of you in line at the store – even if you are in a hurry.
Give someone a sincere compliment.
Call a senior loved one to check in on them.
Scrape a frosty car windshield for an older neighbor.
Invite someone who lives alone over for dinner.
Help someone with a chore that’s hard for them.
Smile at someone who looks like they need a pick-me-up.
Look around a senior’s house for safety concerns.
Shovel a driveway or sidewalk for a senior neighbor.
Bring over a new cozy blanket or bouquet of fresh flowers.
Play a board game or cards with an older adult.
Visit an older relative or neighbor.
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