In the words of the beloved Mr. Rogers, “There are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”
Kindness not only connects people, but the act of being kind offers important benefits for our physical and mental health. At Watermark Retirement Communities, our mission is to help people thrive, so it should come as no surprise that random acts of kindness are everyday occurrences at our communities nationwide.
In Denver, Colorado, Harvard Square hosts a variety of craft classes where participants create treasures and cards with personal notes of encouragement to share with their local women’s and homeless shelters. In many Watermark communities, residents and guests take part in chocolate- and candy-making Watermark University classes, sharing the sweetness with local charities. At The Watermark at Southpark Meadows in Austin, Texas, residents and associates are gifting and planting spinach seeds to help beautify their community and the surrounding neighborhood with healthy plants for everyone to enjoy.
You can find a Random Acts of Kindness jar at East Village Place in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Whenever residents or associates want to participate, they choose a piece of paper from the jar with ideas that include helping with a small chore, complimenting a co-worker and learning something new about a resident.
“The jar is a great way to get everyone in our community involved. After the act is complete, the kind associate or resident shares how the experience made them feel with our Random Acts of Kindness board. It’s very easy to do and positively impacts everyone involved,” explained Executive Director Pam Skiba.
They’re also collecting breakfast-themed donations to support their local food pantry, giving residents, associates and guests with another creative way to lend a helping hand.
Are you ready to spread some kindness, joy and friendship? It’s easy, and you can do it from anywhere you are, anytime of the year, with these easy ideas to get started:
- Leave positive feedback about a local business on Google, Facebook, Yelp and other review websites.
- Host a teddy bear drive and donate the plush toys to a local hospital, police or fire station.
- Start or join a crocheting or knitting group and create booties, blankets or hats for babies in need.
- Welcome your new neighbor by stopping by to introduce yourself. Consider taking a plant or homemade treats to celebrate their arrival.
- Be kind to others who help you enjoy a carefree lifestyle. For example, be patient and grateful to your dining team members, as asking about their day and sharing a sincere thank you can go a long way to brighten their day.
Mr. Rogers provides another important reminder: “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors … ”
By being kind, we not only make someone’s day better, but it also feels good to help others and not expect anything in return. If you’re looking for some ideas, contact a Watermark community near you for opportunities to spread kindness and joy.
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