STGP February 2019

JOSEPH F. EMMERTH A LOOK AT FAMILY LAW SULLIVAN, TAYLOR, GUMINA & PALMER, P.C.

FEB 2019

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ACTS OF RANDOM KINDNESS

Be Kind to Others for No Reason

Feb. 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. The idea behind the holiday led me to think about the importance of being kind to the people in your life, whether you know each other well or are strangers passing by on the street. A small act of kindness can go a long way. National Random Acts of Kindness Day began as a small event in New Zealand on Sept. 1, which marks the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Josh de Jong, co-founder of RAK Day, had the idea while sitting in busy Auckland traffic and observing some of the angry drivers around him. He thought what a difference it would make if, instead of being so cold and angry, people were to act kindly toward each other. Since then the holiday has steadily become more and more popular, with many groups, schools, and individuals taking

It’s not uncommon for people to start feeling restless this month. Winter is slowly grinding onward, and people’s nerves can be on edge. The weather continues to be gloomy — and still as cold as ever — even if we do get a few rays of sunshine sometimes. People get tired of being cooped up in their homes and want to get out of the house to stretch their legs and breathe fresh air. Sometimes it seems like everyone is sick of looking at and talking to each other, just wanting respite from these long winter nights. I think that because this time of year can feel so lousy, it’s difficult to do something nice for each other. It can be easy to stay negative, but doing even the smallest act of kindness for your spouse, children, or even your ex can make a huge difference. If you’re divorced, acts of kindness might be unexpected or even seem downright impossible, but they can happen if you choose to make them happen. Sending flowers or a thank-you note to acknowledge

time to celebrate, create their own events, and pass on the message of kindness to others.

something they did for you, helping them find a new job, or even sending a cake over with the kids on your ex-spouse’s birthday are small but significant acts. The best part about celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Day is that it doesn’t have to be just one day. This is an opportunity to practice kindness every day. You might never know the difference you can make by holding open a door, helping someone down the stairs, or bringing in the groceries.

IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE TO START FEELING RESTLESS THIS MONTH. WINTER IS SLOWLY GRINDING ONWARD, AND PEOPLE’S NERVES CAN BE ON EDGE.”

I will leave you with a quote from Princess Diana, who was known for being the people’s princess: “Carry out random acts of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” –Joseph Emmerth

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