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Small Acts of Kindness Make a Big Impact This Valentine’s Day

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Every February 14th, we celebrate Valentine's Day! Valentine’s Day is the day of love, and warm smiles, big hugs, and sweet kisses are its most recognizable signs of affection. However, there are other ways to show love, kindness, and care, too. Read on for 10 Valentine's Day acts of kindness ideas to do to celebrate the cherished holiday and more. 

1.    Wave to a stranger.

Wave to a stranger and say “hi” or smile. We’ve all been impacted by the seclusion from people and places, so waving to someone you don’t know can make them feel more connected and secure.  

2.    Leave a nice note.

Whether it’s a compliment on their lawn or simple words of affirmation, writing a thoughtful note to a neighbor will not only foster a more positive relationship but may also encourage them to keep up the good work.

3.    Drop off flowers.

Instead of baking delicious treats or buying a box of chocolates, consider gifting a beautiful bouquet of flowers to nearby family and friends. Drop your blooms off in the mailbox or leave them on the doorstep. The stunning colors and heavenly aroma will be a nice reminder that someone is thinking of them. You can hop online and search "local florist near me," or swing by a farmer's market or grocery store and DIY your own arrangement. 

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4.    Write a positive review online.

It’s well known that people are more inclined to leave reviews of poor or less-than-desirable experiences. Small businesses are especially vulnerable right now, so help one out by writing something positive on their social media account or leaving a five-star Google Review. If you received special attention from a stellar employee, mention them by name! 

5.    Call and take the time to listen.

woman in yellow shirt talking on the phone

Sometimes, we find ourselves avoiding phone calls and relying on text messages to communicate. The next time someone pops into your head or your text message inbox, pick up the phone and call them instead! Talking to someone over the phone and getting carried away in conversation will help them feel more fulfilled—and you, too. In fact, new research suggests a phone call is more likely to produce feelings of connectedness than a text. 

6.    Learn to say “hello” in different languages.

It’s “hola” in Spanish, “ciao” in Italian, and “bonjour” in French. Just saying “hello” in someone’s native language will help them feel more included and appreciated. 

7.    Give away gift cards you won’t use.

The holiday season is behind us, but the gift cards we were given remain. If there are a few that you know you won’t use, consider giving them to someone who can benefit from the extra savings.

8.    Say a sincere “thank you” to service providers.

A mail carrier, grocery store clerk, or drive-thru attendant are people that you may encounter regularly. Next time you see them, tell them how much you appreciate their hard work with a sincere “thank you.”

9.    Give yourself a break.

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When spreading kindness to others, don’t forget to include yourself. Take the time to reflect on your own happiness and put some much-needed “you time” on the calendar. Some tried-and-true self-care ideas include:

  • Writing down three things you're grateful for
  • Treating yourself to a latte
  • Doing a face mask 
  • Watching a new episode of your favorite TV show 
  • Going for a walk outside 

10. Do something good for the Earth.

Water a neighbor’s garden, ride your bike to run an errand, or pick up garbage from the neighborhood park. With everything that Mother Nature provides for us, it’s always nice to give back.  

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More Valentine's Day Activities 

With this complete Valentine's Day acts of kindness list, your holiday is sure to be one for the books! From doing something good for the Earth to writing a positive review online, these small random acts of kindness can make a big difference for the people around you.

Want to spread even more love in the month of February? Celebrate Galentine's Day! Held on February 13th, Galentine's Day is a holiday that celebrates the power and strength of female friendships. Learn more in our article, "Galentine's Day: What It Is & How to Celebrate It."