This year, Random Act of Kindness Week ends on February 18.  So there’s still time to make a difference.

Kindness makes the world go round and it’s the one characteristic that I always hope my children will display.  Especially when no one is watching.

The best thing about kindness is that it costs little or nothing, takes a tiny amount of time, and can literally turn a frown upside down.  And the energy in a kind act boomerangs back to the person who was kind.  Making them feel happier, healthier and more positive because they were able to make someone smile.

We all know about offering to pay the tab for the person behind us in a drive-through, but what about shovelling the snow in an elderly neighbour’s driveway? Giving a note of appreciation to a teacher, friend, parent, sibling or spouse? Delivering a meal or some muffins to someone who is sick or undergoing medical treatment?  Commenting positively on a colleague’s work presentation?  Sitting with a person having lunch on their own at school? Telling someone you care about how much they really mean to you?

As American President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fibre of a free people.  A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”

And as singer-songwriter Annie Lennox once said, “Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.”

Although Random Act of Kindness Week ends shortly, you can always make it your mission to be kind.  It will help countless people including you.