I want to mention from the very beginning that the name of this holiday (Be An Angel Day) is to be understood metaphorically. According to Christian beliefs, humans and angels are two different species and humans cannot become angels (unless God wills it, which is an entirely different topic of discussion).
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see what Be An Angel Day is about and why it is relevant. Started by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993 and popularized on social media over the past years, Be An Angel Dayis observed every year on August 22nd. Its aim is to encourage good deeds and kindness to others. I think we can never have too many holidays for promoting kindness. By supporting those in need and inspiring others to kindness, we display a behavior characteristic to angels, here on earth.
Be An Angel Day is very similar to the Random Acts Of Kindness Day. People are encouraged to show kindness and do something nice for their fellow humans and have a positive impact in another person’s life for a day.
There are numerous things you can do to observe / celebrate this day. Helping others with their chores, complimenting family members and/or friends, trying to be more polite, patient and compassionate, forgiving those you hold a grudge against, praying for the wellbeing of others, smiling at people and thanking them for their service (the postman, the cashier at the store, the doorman, the police or security officer etc.), helping the homeless, volunteering to work at a soup kitchen or donating to a charity organization… and the list goes on.
If you need more ideas, check out this list of random acts of kindness:
Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that has been founded in 2013 with the purpose of stopping child slavery and trafficking. Their operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.
In order to spread visibility about their righteous mission, I invite you to check out their website, and see how you can get involved by donating, volunteering, or just by posting about it on social media.
Always go out of your way to carry out random acts of kindness everyday, if it is within your power, for you never know which of these acts of kindness might make a person’s day and which might save someone’s life.
When asked what is generally celebrated in February, a large majority of people will say “Valentine’s Day”, also known as the holiday of romantic love. However, while most of us are familiar with the traditions that surround Valentine’s Day (the “Will you be my Valentine?” cards, the chocolates, the flowers etc.), less people are aware that this month hosts another very important week, which recently got its own day: The Random Acts Of Kindness Day.
While, according to The Kindness Blog, the origins of the Random Acts of Kindness Week remain shrouded in mystery, the week has been celebrated over the past few years somewhere around the middle of February. Apparently, this year, the Random Acts of Kindness week starts on the 11th of February, culminating with the Random Acts Of Kindness Day, which you should mark in your calendar on February the 17th.
But why do we need a day or even a week to celebrate kindness? Shouldn’t we strive be kind everyday? While the people from RandomActsOfKindness.org agree with this idea, the Random Acts Of Kindness Day and the Random Acts of Kindness Week serve the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of being kind to each other in order to create a better world, a friendlier society and a happier environment.
We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the health benefits that being kind to each other have been scientifically proven to have. According to several studies, we are biologically wired to be kind, and kindness has been shown to release the feel-good hormones, ease anxiety, reduce stress, protect the heart and increase longevity.
If you’re just as excited about celebrating the Random Acts of Kindness Week as the rest of us are, but can’t think of any kind things you could do, here is a list of ideas that might turn you into a ‘kindness hero’ in the eyes of everyone around you. Check it out and you’ll realize that there are opportunities to do at least a random act of kindness every day.