February 14th is seen as a day for couples to watch romantic movies and eat chocolates. This day is dreaded by many every year, but it can be so much more than that. Throw kindness around like confetti to your friends, parents, pets, teachers and even strangers. You don’t have to have a significant other to have a good Valentine’s Day. Here are seven ways you can easily spread love.
1. Give someone a compliment:
Everyone loves getting compliments. Whether it is about the way you look or the way you think. It makes you feel good the rest of the day when you receive one, but also when you give one or several. Give it a try and tell someone you like their hair, outfit, shoes or how you thought what they said in class was really smart and see how they react.
2. Help someone:
We’ve all had days we need a little extra help with life. Offer your help to someone carrying something, let someone borrow your favorite pencil, help that person struggling with a math problem, hold the door open for someone. Speaking of doors, if it’s left open, close it so the cold air stays outside and you will make everyone in the Career Center (including Donna) happy.
3. Make a new friend:
Making friends is hard, especially at RPA. Start up a conversation with someone you may have seen around school but never said anything to. See someone wearing a shirt with your favorite band? Let them know you like their music taste. Do you have a mutual interest with someone? You never know what might happen, talking to someone new can lead to a long friendship.
4. Volunteer at an animal shelter:
Ok, this is probably the most time consuming thing on this list, but worth it. If you like animals and wish you could adopt every single little puppy on the planet, but can’t, this is perfect for you. Brightside Animal Shelter is full of dogs, cats, rodents, maybe even cool reptiles looking for their forever home. Their employees do a great job keeping up with all the hard work there is to do, but they would appreciate some help. Donate an hour or two of your day to help out cleaning, walking dogs or socializing cats at an animal shelter. Volunteering somewhere looks great on job/college applications and is a fun way to spread kindness. Find out more here: http://brightsideanimals.org/join-us/volunteer/
If you don’t want to become an official volunteer you can just go play with cats. Most of them love the attention.
5.Express your gratitude for a teacher:
It takes little effort to thank a teacher for what they do. Especially here at RPA, teachers work their butts off 24/7 to make sure we are successful and happy. Write a staff member that has helped you a note, email or just tell them you are thankful for them. Get them their favorite treat or vegetable. You could also just finish your work before the last week of school, they would appreciate that. Thank someone doing a thankless job, for example Jorge and Carmen, who constantly pick up our mess and provide us with a clean school, or the RSD lunch people. It feels good to know you are appreciated. Share that feeling.
6. Do a random act of kindness:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop
There is an infinite number of acts of kindness. Pay for the next person’s coffee. Donate socks to a charity. Give someone your parking spot. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway/sidewalk. Write a letter. Leave a nice note somewhere. Get a friend their favorite candy. Make a playlist with your favorite songs for someone. Make your family dinner. Even if dinner means pb&j sandwiches, it’s the thought that counts.
7. Spend the day with friends:
High school happens quickly. Enjoy your time here with great people. Have breakfast with your closest friends and plan a day of funtivities together. Tell your best friend that you love them. These moments are more precious than you think. Before you know it, we’ll all be graduated living busy lives and looking back on good times.
Spreading love leaves you feeling fulfilled, and the best part: all the leftover chocolate is on sale February 15th. Treat yo self!