Patriots Day is here, which brings about a historic, time-honored tradition in Massachusetts – the Boston Marathon. This year’s marathon will be bittersweet, however, as it also marks the five-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings which occurred back on April 15, 2013. Though the events of that day were tragic, something fundamentally good came from them – One Boston Day.
One Boston Day, which has been celebrated on each Marathon Monday since 2015, celebrates the resilience, generosity, and strength that was demonstrated by the city of Boston and by those around the world in response to this tragedy by taking a day to perform random acts of kindness and even giving back to others. Sounds simple enough, right? That’s because it is that simple! Take today to perform a random act of kindness to a stranger you see while you go through your day. You can make your act as big or as small as you feel comfortable with, just know that no matter what you choose to do, you’ll make a difference in someone’s life. If you’re not sure what you can do, we have some suggestions to help guide you:
1. Hold the Door for Someone
While you’re out getting your morning coffee, picking up your groceries, or wherever you may be today, make sure you hold the door for the next person. This simple act, which tends to get forgotten nowadays, is an easy way to show kindness to your fellow man and let them know that you’re thinking of them.
We said these would be easy, and we weren’t kidding! Just smiling at a stranger you see as you walk by can lift their spirits. You never know what someone else may be going through – they could be experiencing the loss of a loved one, feeling depressed and neglected, or simply having a bad day. A simple gesture like a warm smile from a stranger could make all the difference and mark a total shift in the tone of their day!
3. Pay For Something Small For Someone Else
Grabbing your morning coffee? Why not tell the cashier that you’d like to leave extra money to pay for the next person’s coffee who’s behind you in line? See a police officer, firefighter, or other community member grabbing a quick lunch? Pay for their meal by asking the waitstaff if you can cover their check. These simple acts in which you don’t take credit for can mean so much to those that receive your generosity.
4. Donate Something
This can be as simple as going through your closet and bringing clothes you no longer wear to a local homeless shelter, or as grand as donating blood. Organizations like The Salvation Army and American Red Cross would be happy to receive any donation you’d be willing to make along those lines (and both are so, so important). No matter what you choose to give, your donation will go a long way toward helping others in need.
Please consider performing one kind act today in honor of One Boston Day. We’d love to hear about what you did, or about what someone did for you today to spread some kindness.