March is known for basketball playoffs and St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s plenty of other events that can inspire you to do something nice for a friend. Spring’s arrival, the Oscars, and a host of quirky holidays will give you plenty of ideas for random acts of kindness. Here are five.
Spring Has Sprung
Warmer temps usually mean spring cleaning and a general desire to get out and do something fun outside. Let these be a guide for a nice gesture that your friend will appreciate.
If your pal is itching to do some spring cleaning and organizing, offer to help. You can each do some cleaning for the other and make it go twice as quickly. Or, offer to take some clothes to the thrift shop for your friend as they get their closets ready for the warmer weather.
Another kind idea is just inviting friends to enjoy the weather with a picnic or hike. It might still be chilly (depending on which part of the country you’re in) and if that’s the case bring a mug of cocoa or soup along to keep you warm.
Enjoy Some Chocolaty Caramel Goodness
March 19th is National Chocolate Caramel Day, which is as good an excuse as any to take a friend out for a sweet treat. This could be a fun tradition to start, either as a yearly event or just as a way to honor silly, quirky events throughout the year.
Get Your Charts Read
The International Astrology Day is March 20th which seems like the perfect event for getting your charts read. Several physics and astrologers do personal readings and some offer group rates. If you have a friend who is interested in this type of thing, offer to take them or better yet, hold a party for your entire group.
A less expensive idea is to look up your friend’s horoscope and post it on their Facebook wall. This helps them know that you’re thinking of them.
Offer to Run an Errand for a Neighbor
Also on the 20th is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day,” a phrase made popular from Mister Rogers. Mister Rogers used this term as a suggestion to make friends with the people we meet in our neighborhood and also keeping people close that we cherish.
Use this holiday as a suggestion to do something nice for a neighborhood. Making friends with the people who live near you is a great idea for many reasons. You can help each other, watch out for one another, and most of all, enjoy each other’s company. Rather than just waving and saying hello as you enter your house, make an effort to talk to your neighbors.
Pay attention to times your neighbor seems to need a helping hand, and then offer to assist.
Practice the Art of Gentle Honesty
The 30th of the month is “Honesty Day,” which should give you the inspiration to be more gently honest with friends. Kindness isn’t always about buying something or giving gifts, sometimes it’s about being the one source that your friend can count on to be supportive. If you’re not naturally an honest person, make an effort to tell the truth that your friend needs to hear but in a kind way.
Allow these ideas to give you some inspiration to pay attention to your friends and give them the extra bit of care that shows them you’re on their side. It’s often the smallest but most thoughtful of acts that leave the biggest impact.