OPINION: Being kind is the best lifestyle

The best thing about a random act of kindness is you don’t have to go anywhere particular or spend any money to do it.

The best thing about a random act of kindness is you don’t have to go anywhere particular or spend any money to do it.

For example, a high school student who tries to make people feel good about themselves by giving them a sincere compliment.

Because you never know if those few kind words might just brighten someone’s day or change a life for the better.

None of us do it enough. We could all do it more often; an act of kindness is always a powerful opportunity to not only change someone’s life for the better, but to change our own at the same time.

This Friday, Nov. 6, is the second annual Random Act of Kindness Day, where you are being asked to join in by committing a small act — or something larger — and make this community a better place to live. Last year was rated as a huge success by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, who are sponsoring the event, and they are hoping the message will spread even farther this year.

Some of the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Helping a neighbour with their groceries or a dead battery, opening the door for someone, or offering a kind word of encouragement can make the difference between a bad day and a good day.

And if you want to do a little more, you might contribute a few dollars or a few hours to your favourite charity, donate food or clothes to the organizations around town that are trying to keep the needy warm and fed through the winter.

Random acts of kindness don’t need to be limited to a specific day once a year. Being kind to each other isn’t difficult and doesn’t take much extra time or money. All you need do is look around yourself and you will find ways to lend a helping hand or a kind word every day.