These days, it seems that every day is a designated “something” day, and some days might have multiple designations. Of course, we all know the main holidays, but the lesser-known days are pretty cool too. February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February 13th is Galentine’s Day…which is a day for us to celebrate our girlfriends. Now I don’t mean romantic girlfriend, but rather like BFFs or Besties. You know a girl has to have her best friends, and the 13th of February is the day to say, “Hey, you’re my BFF, and I want you to know how important you are to me. Other national days that happen to fall on February 13th are, National Cheddar Day, Kiss Day, National Football Hangover Day, and National Tortellini Day…just to name a few.

There are also National Weeks and Months as we all know. This week happen to be Nation Random Acts of Kindness Week, and I think that is a wonderful idea. After all, this world could use a little (or maybe a lot) more kindness. Random Acts of Kindness Week encourages people out there and show just how easy it is to give to others. This holiday is all about making kindness a standard for others to follow to make the world around us a nicer place to live.

One way to celebrate National Kindness Week is to show appreciation for those around us, seeing others with a need, and teaching our kids to practice kindness. It is celebrated on the second week of February, and it inspires people all over the world to make the lives of other people just a little bit better. Of course, people should be kind to each other all the time, and while many national days and weeks are for silly things, but this one is something that we should try to celebrate all year long, if you ask me. I think it’s even more fun to practice random acts of kindness anonymously.

The holiday week officially started through the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) organization. It was designed to let people give back to others through random acts, whether that be taking a trip to Africa to feed the poor, show support for cancer patients, or helping someone on the road fix their flat tires. RAK, a non-profit organization, is located in Denver, Colorado, and consists of a small team that works hard to inspire others. The RAK program offers resources for those wishing to participate during the week, including school programs, calendars, videos, and training materials. While that is great, people don’t have to be involved in a formal program to participate. All you need is a compassionate heart, a willingness to give, and a watchful eye, so you know when and who needs your own special brand of a random act of kindness.

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