10 Simple Acts of Care and Kindness | SACK of Corona, CA

Have you ever had a day where one person’s simple act of care and kindness made your entire day? It could have been a simple smile in passing to a kind person holding the door open for you. There are several simple acts of care and kindness that could make someone’s entire day turn around, even after having a terrible start.

In this day and age bullying is occurring more often than not in schools, making a simple act of kindness that much more important now. No matter what shape or form bullying comes in, it can make people feel hurt, depressed and alone. It’s up to us as individuals to help show others kindness and positivity prevails in any situation. Here are 10 simple acts of care and kindness that could possibly turn someone’s frown upside down:

  1. If people around are gossiping about another, chime in with something nice to say about them.
  2. Smile at someone, just because. Smiles are contagious!
  3. Try to make sure everyone in a group conversation feels included.
  4. Write a little positive note to a friend.
  5. Talk and make the new kid at school feel welcome.
  6. If someone is being bullied, stand up for them.
  7. Give your seat up to someone on the bus.
  8. Make two lunches and give away one.
  9. Talk to the shy person who’s sitting by themselves at lunch.
  10. Be kind to everyone, even if they are bullying you. “Kill them with kindness.”

Everyone one deserves with be treated kindly, so don’t wait another second to turn someone’s day around with a simple act of kindness. Think about what simple acts of kindness would make you smile and share those ideas with others. Let’s us all come together and contribute all sorts of simple acts of care and kindness.

For more information call us at 866-459-7225 or visit our website at www.simpleacts.org.

Making Friends in the New School Year | SACK of Corona, Ca

Two young male friends at a playground smiling

Going back to school can spark many emotions. Excitement for a new school year, wondering what the new school year will bring, seeing old friends and finding your way around a new class, schedule, or school. Along with that comes making new friends, a lot of us find it hard to make new friends and it can be a challenge to know ‘what to do’ to meet a new person. Below we’ve pulled 15 Tips on how to make new friends from http://www.thefriendshipblog.com. Read them below!

1) Smile

Smiles make you seem friendly and approachable. They make others feel special.

2) Make eye contact

When you look people in the eye, they feel like you’re interested in them and what they are saying. People like being respected.

3) Say hello

Greet classmates you haven’t talked to before—even if you’re shy, even if the person seems intimidating, and especially if they’re in different groups than you. Hello is the first step toward making a new friend.

4) Reach out

Make a goal to talk to at least one new person a week. Some of the best friends arise from unexpected places and people.

5) Forget stereotypes

People (including you) are more than the group with whom they hang; they are more than the labels others give them. Don’t stereotype schoolmates by the groups they belong to and don’t limit yourself to your current group (if you are part of one).

6) Be involved

Volunteer at school in or the community. Join clubs or sports that interest you. Extracurricular activities are opportunities to meet others who like the same things you do.

7) Be better

You don’t have to be the same as you were last year. If you were shy, you can push yourself to be more talkative. If you were unfriendly, you can be nicer. The older you become, the more life experience you have, the better your social skills become. Use your maturity for your benefit.

8) Ask for advice

If you’re having trouble making friends or keeping friends, turn to people you respect. Seek out a parent, older sibling, teacher or school counselor to talk about your difficulties. They can give you helpful suggestions to solve your difficulties.

9) Be a good friend

Treat others the way you want them to treat you. Even if someone treats you poorly, try not to use that as a reason to return the negativity.

10) Be a good friend to yourself

Don’t talk more harshly to yourself than you would a friend. Nobody is perfect, even if they look that way on the outside. When you’re unkind to yourself, it shows in how you present yourself to the world. You deserve the kindness you give others.

11) Be trustworthy

Keep your friends’ secrets and confidences, no matter how tempting telling others might be. Gossiping may seem harmless at the time, but it causes hurt feelings and fights, and ends many friendships.

12) Be truthful

Lying might feel less scary, easier, or even better but more often than not, the truth eventually comes out and makes the situation much worse than if you initially told the truth.

13) Speak up

If you hear others talking negatively about a person or group, tell them you feel uncomfortable. If you see someone bring bullied or called names, stand up for the victim. Tell a teacher or someone in authority if the bullying doesn’t stop or if it’s a pattern. Keep telling until someone listens to you.

14) Apologize

If you hurt someone or mistakenly do something you shouldn’t have, a sincere “I’m sorry,” without excuses, is the first step to moving forward.

15) Relax

Nobody does friendship perfectly or knows exactly what to do when it comes to making and keeping friends. Do the best you can. Every new day is an opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.

Remember, always be yourself & enjoy the new school year!

For more information call us at 866-459-7225 or visit our website athttp://simpleacts.org

Acts of Kindness to put to Use | SACK of Corona, Ca

What makes you feel good in your day? Maybe you’re having a bad day or have a lot on your mind. What could give you an instant lift in your frame of mind? Being kind, of course!

Acts of kindness makes us feel good, valuable and alive! When was the last time you went out of your way to be kind to someone. Didn’t it make your day too?

Many people extend kindness as part of their good nature, but what if we made a more conscious effort to be even kinder by practicing kindness regularly? We will be spreading good feelings and making a difference that has a lasting, ripple effect and undoubtedly changing the world.

Practicing random kindness while expecting nothing in return except the good feelings that these acts provide is life-giving.

Below are some ways to be kind:

-Hide notes of encouragement in your spouse’s or child’s lunch box or in a coat pocket, shoes or other place where he or she will receive this nice little surprise.

-Lend an elderly person a hand, if you see them struggle to reach something in the grocery store or while doing another activity.

-Buy a dozen donuts or bagels for a sports team at a local school, a firehouse or police station.

-Take a child or group of children that you know on a special trip somewhere such as a zoo, the circus, a museum, or the local playground.

-Praise someone at work for a job well done when the occasion arises. Best to do this in front of other coworkers or his or her boss.

-Help a family in financial need by cooking them a meal, bringing them groceries, giving them clothing, or even money. Do it in a way that makes them feel good about your gift.

-Shop for someone who is homebound or ill, especially in bad weather.

-The next time you have exceptional service at a restaurant make sure to tell the waitperson’s manager what a fine job they did, either in person or in writing.

-Give a presentation to a classroom of students on your occupation or an area of interest that you are passionate about.

-Say “thank you” and “please” as generously and often as possible.

-Stick up for a person who has been treated wrongly.

-Always keep your word. This is one of the kindest things you can do, especially when it comes to arriving on time to parties, appointments, and to meet friends or family. Being your word, acting in line with what you say, is a true expression of respect towards others.

Finally, a truly kind person will be authentic with their words and actions, realizing the negative or positive impact they can have in every encounter. Some are simple and some might take you out of your comfort zone. At the end of your life, what a better way to be remembered than that of a “kind” person?

For more information visit our website at: http://simpleacts.org/

Reasons to Be Kind | SACK of Corona, Ca

 


We certainly live in an unkind world that seemingly focuses on the negative. Just turn on the nightly news, look at your Facebook feed, it’s everywhere. We wonder if there are so many terrible, depressing stories or because media and social media choose to focus on them. Maybe it’s both. Either way, we want to encourage you to focus on the good. Perspective is a choice. You can always choose to focus on the good that is around you.

Choose to be kind in an unkind world. There are many things, people, and circumstances that will try to bring you down. Tear you down. Shake you, break you. Don’t let them! Anyone who is trying to bring you down, is beneath you already. What you stand for, believe in and work hard at, you should be proud of. Do not let anyone take them from you.

Anyone trying to deter you from your path, from your journey, don’t allow them to veer you off course. Remain steadfast, keep your goals at your forefront. Lead with your own inner strength and kindness. You know your path that you’re on to reach your destination. Even if it’s the road less traveled, take it! You are the only one who can make your dreams a reality.

How about some reasons to be kind?

1.     Kind people are happier

Kindness makes people happier. This was shown in a study that asked volunteers to commit to five acts of kindness on one day of the week for 10 weeks. After the 10 weeks, they were around 25 percent happier than a control group. But you don’t necessarily need to change someone’s life to be kind. Small acts are meaningful for the person who receives them. Paying someone a compliment is good.  So is holding a door for someone or helping a neighbor to carry their shopping bags. The small things that bring a smile can be very powerful.

2.    Kind people are healthier and often live longer

For decades, research has suggested that people with positive emotions may live longer and healthier lives.  For example, there are several studies which suggest that positive acts of kindness and the emotion they produce – such as happiness and contentment – may help to lower blood pressure, reduce stress or improve sleep. There are also studies that demonstrate the physical effects of kindness on the heart. When we bond with people, which we naturally do when we show kindness, a hormone is released that dilates our blood vessels and counteracts the free radicals implicated in heart disease.

3.    Kindness is contagious

The most obvious benefit of kindness is that you make others feel good. And in making others feel good, you inspire them to want to do something kind for you or for someone else.  When you commit a kind act, those around you will take note and your kindness can have a ripple effect. Start that ripple now by being kind to those around you.

4.   Kindness doesn’t cost a cent

Kindness is something we can all engage in, anytime and anywhere. Kindness is a choice. It doesn’t need to cost money.  You may not fully realize it, but every single moment of your life, you have the choice to choose to act with kindness.

5.   Kindness makes a difference

The purpose of kindness is to make a difference in someone else’s day.  And kindness can indeed make a big difference.  In caring and nurturing school environments, for example, children and youth are more likely to excel.  By the same token, several studies show that kind and caring work environments have a positive impact on the productivity of employees(Source: kindottawa.ca).

At the end of the day, be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Realize when someone is unkind to you, that’s about them. Not you. Choose to be kind in an unkind world.

For more information visit our website at: http://simpleacts.org/