We shouldn’t need a day set aside to practice acts of kindness – random or intentional. Arthur Caliandro, retired pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, said, “Be kinder than you think it necessary to be. The other person needs it far more than you know.” I have seen his words spelled out in my own life. I have been the recipient of untold acts of kindness great and small. I am surrounded by friends and family.

Not everyone is so fortunate. At least during this one day let us try to be a little more thoughtful, a little kinder that we might otherwise be. Perhaps none of us set out in the morning to be unkind or thoughtless. It just happens. With a little thought we can change a bad situation into a good one. It doesn’t take much. Start by smiling at everyone you meet. Speak to her or him in an upbeat manner. I think you can take it from there.

At the end of the day take stock of your day. I’ll bet that you will feel happier more at peace.