The 12 Days of Kindness

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ― Mother Teresa

In May of 1963, my wife and I were both born, Melinda on the 13th and me on the 24th. In 2013, as a way to honor our 50th birthdays, I crafted this kindness activity. For 12 days, beginning on Melinda’s birthday and continuing through mine, I sent out a message that contained a kindness theme suggestion.

The idea was for people interested in honoring Melinda’s and my milestone birthdays to contemplate and then act on each theme each day. Now, the archived activity is presented to interested people to utilize as they see fit. Feel free to scan through the days to see what I suggested, or progress through day by day in the way the activity was first presented.

If you do choose to complete some of the suggested kindness activities, I encourage your actions to be small ones. In other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew. It’s much more important to do something small than nothing at all. Besides, a bunch of small acts of kindness are much better than one so-called big one.

Oh, another goal of the 12 Days of Kindness was to get 1000 Likes on Kind Living’s Facebook page and 1000 subscribers for the Kind Living eNewsletter. Track how things went at the bottom of each day’s post.

Thanks for participating in whatever way makes sense to you!


Day 1 – May 13 | Day 2 – May 14 | Day 3 – May 15 | Day 4 – May 16 | Day 5 – May 17 | Day 6 – May 18
Day 7 – May 19 | Day 8 – May 20 | Day 9 – May 21 | Day 10 – May 22 | Day 11 – May 23 | Day 12 – May 24