Make Kindness the Norm, Not the Exception

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posted February 11, 2021 in Blogs

Here at Greater Iowa Credit Union, we have once again declared February ‘Kindness Month’. Our goal is simple. Along with inspiration from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, we want to make kindness the norm. We’re here to challenge you to join us and help spread kindness!

We’re not perfect, we’ve all had our moments where our breaking point is reached and we just need a venting session with a friend. It’s human nature to dwell on negative things that happen to you, as it tends to bond people together when sharing stories of frustration. However, within those moments of frustration, imagine receiving a random act of kindness. Maybe someone compliments your hair-style or strikes up a conversation during your morning trip to the office coffee maker. These small nuggets of kindness can change your attitude on a dime and even change the trajectory of your entire day.

How many of you can jump to a moment in time when you were genuinely changed by a random act of kindness? Whether you were involved in the situation or not. Think about how you felt in that instant. Did you look for something kind to do or say in an effort to ‘pay it forward’? That’s the power of choosing kindness. Every act of kindness has the power to create a ripple with no end.

A hug (if safe to do so), a compliment, a smile…there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. It’s guaranteed to have a positive impact on the giver and the receiver. So, when an opportunity arises when you can choose to be kind, why not take it? As part of our Kindness Month, we challenge you to complete one random act of kindness per day. Don’t have time? Don’t have spare money? No worries. Being a kind human being is absolutely free!

100% Free Random Acts of Kindness

  • Smile and wave at drivers you pass on your morning commute
  • Send a friend a song that reminds you of them
  • Let a car go in front of you
  • Ask an old friend to go on a Zoom call date
  • Call your grandparents and ask them to tell you a fun story from their childhood

  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Write someone a thank you or thinking of you note
  • Return shopping carts to the return area
  • Text someone good morning or goodnight
  • Leave a kind note for your office custodian
  • Give genuine compliments

  • Shovel your neighbors' sidewalk

Never underestimate the impact you have on those around you. What may seem like a no-brainer or split second decision on your part, may have a lasting effect on others and can start the ripple effect. Let’s start being intentional and make kindness the norm, not the exception.

What’s holding you back from spreading kindness?

Kindness Testimonials

I took my kids to Fazoli’s for dinner one day and we ordered our food as usual. When it was time to pay I realized I was missing my wallet. I felt like I was going to throw up. Not knowing what to do, I tried calling someone to come and rescue me but no one did. Thankfully, there was another customer there with his family that heard what was going on and offered to pay for our meal. I was so embarrassed but relived that someone was kind enough to pay for us. 
– Theresa, GICU Member Service Representative

I wrote everyone who works in the company a thank you note to let them know each and every one of them are appreciated. 
– Anonymous

I just opened an account for a member who was having a rough day and I did everything I could to make her feel relaxed and cheer her up. When I stepped away to get her debit card and deposit her money for her, I came back to a sweet note she left for me. I’m so thankful I was able to help her leave in a better mood than what she came in with. Her better day definitely helps my mood too. Be kind, everyone!
– Hope, GICU Financial Service Representative