ARK Act of Random Kindness Day
February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day! In a world with so much negativity, it can sometimes feel really overwhelming. We believe it’s so important to remember that the world and the people in it are capable of great love and positivity. So, we’re here to help make you, and the world feels a little bit brighter, no matter the scale that we’re also going to take part in! Double the love!
1. Give a gift
Have you ever found the PERFECT gift for someone? And you can’t wait for them to open it? We’re firm believers that giving a gift is sometimes the greatest gift you can receive. Whether it be the most hilarious card with a heartfelt poem, a totally on-point piece of jewellery (a brooch maybe?) or a surprise dinner at their fave restaurant. Gifts don’t have to break the bank, but they should always be from the heart. So, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to give a perfect gift, here’s your time. There’s never a bad time to give! We love giving gifts that make people smile and today will be no different as we spoil a few lucky Erstwildians!
2. Reach out with a message
Have you ever received a message from an old friend, telling you they were thinking of you? Maybe with a joke, you had completely forgotten, and it just made your day? Well, you too can give someone the warm fuzzies! As life gets busy sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and don’t stay in contact with people you’d like to. It’s never too late to spread the love and let someone know you’re thinking of them, or even just checking in to see that the people in your life are doing okay. We’re going to be reaching out too, with messages of love and gratitude.
3. Make a donation
No matter how much we want to give, we can’t always get our boots on the ground and help out in person, luckily the world is filled with worthy and lovely charities that are dedicated to making the world a better place for all of the Earth's creatures, and the earth itself! Maybe you have a charity that’s close to your heart that you know needs help. Maybe you have some canned food, or clothes you just don’t wear anymore that could go to those in need. Maybe you even have some free time to donate blood. There are so many amazing ways to make donations. Here at Erstwilder we love to donate, and today is no different as we'll be making a donation to Share the Dignity.
4. Create an activity to bring your workplace, family or friendship group closer.
There’s no better time than now to bring yourself closer to the people around you. Empowering your community is a great way to spread joy and kindness. Got a workplace that LOVES food? Maybe organise a potluck lunch, or bake sale (you could donate the proceedings, see point 3!) Do you have friends that love to game? Maybe host a board game day, or stream games together online if getting out of the house is tricky for you. If you want to go over the top, maybe host a Care Day at work. Everybody gets a name and that’s their care buddy, who they get to spoil for a whole day! There are so many ways to bring the people around you closer! Erstwilder HQ is going to be filled with love today too!
5. Be good to yourself
"Beauty begins the Moment you decide to be yourself" - Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
The term ‘Treat Yo Self’ is used a lot these days (we love Parks and Rec too!) But sometimes it's easy for people to forget that they are worthy of love and kindness too, especially from themselves. Sometimes we don’t speak to ourselves as kindly as we should, maybe we do things that we know will affect us negatively later, like drinking a milkshake if you’re lactose intolerant. Self-care doesn’t have to take the form of lavishing yourself with gifts, and chocolates, sometimes it’s just about treating yourself with the respect you deserve. We’ve collected a few self-care tips from around the office that we do to be kinder to ourselves. Drink Water! Staying well-hydrated is important for our bodies to feel their best, especially on hot days. Take a break from social media! It’s easy to see people on social media living their best lives, but you can’t compare yourself to them, everyone’s journey is different, nobody’s life is without downsides. Don’t forget to do what you love! Drawing, writing, hiking, baking, the list goes on just remember to take the time to surround yourself with things that make you feel accomplished, and full of life.
The beauty of Random Acts of Kindness is that they don’t need to be contained to just one day, you can do any number on our list any day! Together we can fill our worlds with positivity, one act of kindness at a time!