Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? One of my favorite things is when I’ve been in a drive thru ordering my hot morning coffee to start the day off right and I get up to the window to find out that the car in front of me paid for my drink. If you haven’t experienced this, I am sorry, because everyone deserves that wonderful feeling of being valued, loved, and appreciated!

When this happened to me, I smiled for the rest of the day. Some people thought I was making more of a cup of coffee than it was worth, but I was so moved by the motion of someone being kind enough to do that for a complete stranger. My first thought was, “Now it’s my turn.” The idea of passing along the joy was just as exciting to me as it was receiving my free coffee. So, the next morning I went back to the drive thru and paid for the person behind me. 

When it comes to kindness, being the giver can be even more fulfilling than being the receiver. The value of being the receiver isn’t about having a good reputation, but fulfilling and creating a space that someone gets positive feelings from. 

In case you did not know, this week is Random Act of Kindness Week. Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”

Here at Komae, we want to encourage everyone to participate. You never know what is going on in the life of someone that is sitting next to you at a meeting or across the way in a restaurant. How can you go the extra mile to brighten someone’s day? 

To start, be kind to all the parents around you! You all work so hard and that hard work is reflected in your children! Even on the days when you are stressed out and tired, your influence and kindness can benefit everyone around you. We all deserve a little bit of kindness from one parent to the next. 

Join our kindness challenge on our social pages by tagging @mykomae and using the hashtags #KindnesswithKomae or #randomactsofkindness 

How have you been kind or received kindness lately?

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