Check out what school favours one family gave out for the Prophet’s birthday! Kindness Jars!
The creative mum got some spice jars from IKEA (size is 5h x 5.4w), and printed out some acts of kindness (downloadable here) and put them in the jar.
She printed out instructions and added them to the jar (downloadable here), and added some sweets and balloons.
And finally, she topped off the jar with a Lindt emoji chocolate!
This year we found some really cool heart balloons (FYI Londoners – only £1 at Tesco for a pack!) and we are planning on handing these out to people that we come across today, or simply those that pass by our front door!
Would love to hear more ideas so please send them in 🙂
Last year we took these post it notes with us and gave them to teachers (some we just wrote Happy Valentine’s Day, and where we knew them, we wrote a note on the other side as to why we appreciated them), and then when we went out we gave them to everyone we could – the children’s swimming instructors, the guy at the till at the shop, friends we ran into, and lastly the kids stuck them on random car windows as a pleasant surprise for when they got back!
All in all an amazing feel-good day, with lots of smiles and Awwws 🙂
We have previously covered good deeds and the benefits, as well as random acts of kindness. So this year, why not use Valentine’s day as a fun excuse to go out and spread love in the neighbourhood?!
A few ideas coming up 🙂
One year we drew a heart wishing everyone a Happy V day and with a message to spread the love with chalk on the pavement outside our house, and watched from behind the window as people walked by, stopped and smiled 🙂
“If you disclose (acts of) charity, it is well, but if you hide them and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: It will remove from you some of your evil deed…” (2:271)
As mentioned earlier in the post on the Good Deed Jar, it is better if we hide it when we do good to others – and it even takes away some of our sad points, as well as all the other benefits of doing good.
Anonymous acts of kindness are a great way of doing this – leaving a post-it with a message of wishing them a good day on someone’s parked car window, paying towards the next person’s order when queuing for a coffee or simply smiling at anyone you pass on the road are all examples of how we can do good to people we don’t know and who don’t know us!
There is a great anecdote about Gandhi: While boarding a moving train one day, one of Gandhi’s shoes slipped off and fell upon the track. As he was unable to retrieve it, Gandhi – to the astonishment of his fellow travelers – calmly removed his other shoe and threw it down the track to where the first had landed. “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track,” Gandhi explained, “will now have a pair he can use.”
Some time ago, my kids and I found these smile balls in a pound shop (think they came in a pack of 6) and we bought a few. We then bought some chocolate and had a lot of fun leaving a chocolate and a smile ball with shopkeepers to give to the next customer, handing them out to random strangers and generally just enjoying thinking up ideas of what to do with them!
There are a lot of inspiring websites out there filled with the different anonymous acts of kindness that people have done. I will hopefully share these on the next post Inshallah 🙂
Idea Number 7:
Inspired by the videos below (must watch!), do a random act of kindness on Eid day! Tie a balloon on someone’s door, pay for the next person’s coffee, leave a smiley picture for the next customer at the shops… And why not anonymously leave an Eid card for your recipient as well, to let them know your act was inspired by Eid?!