North County Water & Sports Therapy Center - February 2023


(858) 675-1133 |

15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128


As Morgan Freeman once said, “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” I find this incredibly accurate — something as simple as smiling at a stranger or buying coffee for the next person in line can change someone’s entire day. I’ve witnessed it before: A person with a shopping cart full of groceries offers to let the person behind them with two items go before them, and that person’s face lights up. I saw a younger person offer to help an older man across the street, and he was visibly grateful. When thinking of small acts of kindness and positivity, I always recall the one day I came into the office, and someone had left behind a banana with a smiley face drawn on it on my desk. The happy thoughts behind the banana set the tone for my entire day. In fact, I later stole the idea and paid it forward, leaving the whole staff bananas with smiley faces on their individual desks. On Feb. 17, we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, dedicated to making kindness the norm and promoting the mentality of paying it forward to others. To date, one of the most incredible acts of paying it forward took place in St. Petersburg, Florida, when 378 customers decided to pay for the coffee for the person in line behind them at the drive-thru. However, a random act of kindness that brightens someone’s day doesn’t have to cost anything. Instead, just a simple smile, holding the door for someone who has their hands full, or offering a compliment to a stranger can take just any old average day for someone and turn it upside down. These small acts remind us we are all human, and being rude, intolerant, or mean to each other COST A THING SPREADING GOOD FORTUNE AND PAYING IT FORWARD

doesn’t accomplish much of anything — instead, spread kindness! In fact, your random act of kindness can go a long way. Doing something nice for someone may lead another person to return the favor to someone else. It’s also important to note that being kind and spreading warmth and cheer benefits another person and helps you feel great about yourself. Studies show that performing random acts of kindness helps us to feel connected to others, less stressed, and more valued. Being kind breeds happiness — when we do good deeds for others, serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine are released in our bodies. This month (and every month, really), I encourage you to take a moment to make someone’s day better with a smile, a kind gesture, or by offering your time. Today, life is tough, and our days are busy and stressful. You never know how just a small act of kindness will impact someone’s life or encourage them to do something great for someone else. Spread kindness!

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