There are holidays celebrating everything from cultural heritage to the end of world conflicts and everything in between, but on August 22nd, people will be celebrating simple kindness. On “Be an Angel Day,” we are to recognize those who have been an angel to others and given of themselves. We should also find ways to be an angel ourselves. In today’s world, small kindnesses can make a huge difference, so we’re inviting everyone to find a way to be an angel for a few moments or a few days. We’re hoping the ripple effect will carry these small acts of kindness around the world and back again!
Volunteering at your local animal shelter, rest home or soup kitchen are all ways to be an angel on Ben an Angel Day. It helps others and can give regular volunteers a break. You may also discover that you want to continue long after the 22nd, which will make you even more of an angel.
Recognize an Angel in Your Life
Is there someone in your life who gave you a chance when others didn’t? A special teacher, mentor or friend who stood by you when things were going wrong? Be an Angel Day is a great day to thank them for being the angel you needed. Send them a short note or greeting card telling them how much you appreciate what they did for you. Let them know how their act of kindness helped you and how you’re doing now. The people who are angels to others always cherish knowing that what they did had an impact. A gift of candy, flowers or a donation to their favorite charity would be a nice way to thank them.
Small Ways to Be an Angel
You can be an angel in lots of big ways – donating to a charity, volunteering your time at a local shelter or nursing home, etc. – but there are plenty of small ways to be an angel as well. Even if the 22nd is a busy day for you, there are many opportunities to be an angel that don’t require a long-term commitment.
- Pick up the lunch tab for a stranger when you go to lunch or give your waitress an extra-special tip. If you take a toll road to work, pay for a few of the cars behind you. You’ll find lots of ideas for random acts of kindness on this website: RandomActsofKindness.org.
- Send a few text messages to people you love that tell them how much you care and that you’re thinking about them. If they’re having a bad day, a simple note from you may be what turns the day around.
- Thank your local policeman, mailman, minister or any others who provide you protection or service. Their jobs can be thankless, but they are everyday angels to many.
- Say something kind to a stranger. Compliment someone’s outfit or hairstyle. Praise a parent whose child is well-behaved. You can find many opportunities to brighten someone’s day with just a few words if you pay attention to those around you.
- Make it a point to say nothing negative all day. You may be surprised by how often an unkind comment or gossip pops up in conversations. Focus on replacing these comments with positivity and praise. You’ll be amazed how good it makes you – and others – feel.
Be an Angel of Forgiveness
There is nothing more difficult than forgiving someone who has wronged you. When someone has hurt you, it’s natural to want to return the pain, but this only perpetuates the problem. If you’ve been nursing a grudge or still feel the disappointment of someone who let you down, Be an Angel Day is the time to try to see it in a new perspective. Remind yourself that grudges don’t change anything. Try to put yourself in their position and remind yourself that you don’t know all the circumstances, then vow to let the pain go. Forgiving someone will give them peace of mind and frees you up for more positive emotions. Letting go and moving on will alleviate the guilt the other person feels and the bitterness you may be harboring.
Regardless of how you decide the celebrate Be an Angel Day, Halloween Empire thanks every one of our customers for being angels in the lives of others!