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Random Acts of Kindness Week

Why kindness week?

A recent Psychology Today article states it perfectly: “Being kind can have positive impacts on our health and well-being. Kindness is a habit of giving — of wanting to lift burdens from others…it humanizes us and lifts us. And, it’s good for us!”

Performing acts of kindness impacts our a physical health, mostly through neurochemistry, triggering the release of “good” chemicals (like dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin) and decreasing the amount of cortisol, the chemical associated with stress and weight gain.

Studies have also shown organizations that practice kindness, appreciation, and gratitude are more likely to have more engaged employees, who are more likely to extend that kindness and appreciation towards each other and those they serve.

In other words…why not kindness week?

Self—care is kindness, too

We can’t always keep doing/giving/being more for others if we’re not doing something to replenish ourselves. To show our appreciation for all of you, and to encourage us all to be kinder to ourselves, please participate in the following Kindness Week activities:

  • Tuesday, Feb.19 at noon — Walk “A” Mountain
  • Thursday, Feb. 21 at noon — Learn about stress management and the things we can do to help ourselves better manage the stress in our very busy lives at this BYOL—and—Learn
  • Friday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Sign up for a free 10-minute chair massage!

Ideas for acts of kindness

What is an act of kindness, anyway? It’s a simple action that leaves someone in a better situation than they were before.

It can be anything — here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Smile at a stranger as you walk by
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Pay an expired parking meter
  • Buy someone a cup of coffee
  • Write a sticky note with a positive message on it and leave it in a public place — the mirror in the bathroom, a desk in a classroom
  • Write someone a quick email or text message to tell them you appreciate them
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers and hand out separate flowers to people you meet

And here’s the kicker — thinking about or counting acts of kindness you’ve performed actually makes you feel happier. So the more, the merrier!

Can’t get enough? Want more ideas? Visit the Random Acts of Kindness website or Kindness.org. You can download a poster of 50 ideas, or a calendar of kindness for each day of the year.


Let’s show the world how W. P. Carey does kindness. Whether you’re the recipient or the “doer” of a kindness act, share it with the world by snapping a photo or tweeting with the hashtag #WPCKindnesschallenge.

Keep an eye out for a Good Card — they will be floating around W. P. Carey:

It’s a fun way to pay it forward…and track the card with an app. Let’s see how far around the world our kindness can spread!