February is known for being the month of love. While typically that might mean roses, teddy bears and candy, we’re taking a different approach. Our communities could use a little love so Redbubble created a love and kindness challenge for the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t give back. Each day, we’ve listed a random act of kindness that will help you spread love. Some challenges also have printables to help you make each task more meaningful.
How you complete the challenge is up to you. You can choose to follow the calendar in order or skip around, checking off each heart as you complete an act of kindness. Not thrilled about one of our suggestions? Make up your own!
Ready to get started? Reference the love and kindness calendar and then keep reading to learn more about each task.
Day 1: Send a letter of encouragement
Send a letter of encouragement to someone who could use a smile. Print out these mandala coloring pages to put in the letter.
Day 2: Bake a treat for your neighbor
What’s your specialty? Bake your favorite treat and package it up with a printable treat tag.
Day 3: Leave a positive review at a local spot
Many small businesses are struggling. Lift them up with a positive review.
Day 4: Give someone a compliment
Whether it’s on Zoom or from six feet away, brighten someone’s day by complimenting them.
Day 5: Create a pick-me-up kit
Do you know someone who’s in a rut? Create a pick me up kit with printable notes and leave it on their doorstep.
Day 6: Bring flowers to an essential worker
There are so many heroes who are working overtime to keep us safe. Brighten their day with some flowers.
Day 7: Send someone a candid photo
Go through your photos to find photos you have with the special people in your life. Send them the photo and a nice note.
Day 8: Leave a note in a loved one’s lunch
Show your appreciation for your family members by including a surprise printable note in their lunch.
Day 9: Pay for someone behind you in line
When you’re out getting lunch or coffee, pay for the person behind you. If you don’t have the financial means, you can offer your time by letting them cut you in the check-out line.
Day 10: Start a gratitude journal
When you start recognizing the positives, you become more positive. Start a gratitude journal to document all the things you’re grateful for.
Day 11: Clean up your community
Make your neighborhood a cleaner and prettier place to live. Pick up trash for an hour or plant flowers in a community garden.
Day 12: Give yourself a break
Spreading love and kindness includes practicing self-care. If you’re not at your best, you can’t be there for the people you love. Take a break and practice self-care in a moment you’d normally fill with other to-dos.
Day 13: Give a friend your favorite book
Raise your hand if you have a bookshelf of books you probably won’t read again. Rather than letting them gather dust, give them to a friend with a personalized printable bookmark.
Day 14: Leave a love note in a stranger’s mailbox
Some are saddened by Valentine’s Day and could be feeling especially alone. Be sure to spread the love by leaving love notes in stranger’s mailboxes.
Elsie is a content marketing specialist who enjoys writing about a variety of topics, from lifestyle to technology to wellness. When she’s not putting pen to virtual paper, she’s planning her next trip abroad or hiking local trails.