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By: Elizabeth Bemis on February 25th, 2013

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Senior Living 26 Acts of Kindness

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senior livingWith so many tragedies happening in the world, it is important to take a step back and remember the good things people do. The tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to the creation of the “26 Acts of Kindness”. These acts were created to honor the twenty-six lives that were lost and to spread the importance of being kind to others.  The acts began with giving sweet notes of encouragement to strangers, giving cookies to first responders, and donating to “Toys for Tots”. The “26 Acts of Kindness” can be as simple as saying thank you, or purchasing someone’s coffee for them in the morning. By passing on kindness, the world is reminded of the good in people and not just the tragedy in our world.

People of all ages participate in these acts, ranging from small children to the elderly. Our senior living homes are always looking to give back to the community and be kind to others. Here are a few simple suggestions of random acts of kindness that we have come up with that YOU can do:

  • Donate food to a local food bank
  • Pay for the order of the person in line behind you
  • Read to a child
  • Say thank to emergency medical personnel
  • Donate clothing to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other worthy organization
  • Enter the room smiling
  • Help a neighbor with yard work
  • Write a letter to a family member

To see what other people have done to spread acts of kindness visit NBC News Acts of Kindness Page.

At United Methodist Homes we promote our own acts of kindness everyday throughout our communities. Acts of kindness can make someone’s day and create a feeling of happiness. February happens to be National Heart Awareness Month and to underscore the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and being aware of heart disease prevention we have created a free ebook, “Caring For and From the Heart”.  In it, you will learn about maintaining a healthy heart through caring for the body, mind and spirit. You will also find a full “26 Acts of Kindness” list. To learn more about heart disease and prevention as well as the “26 Acts of Kindness” and how doing good for others helps keep your heart healthy, please download our ebook by clicking the photograph below. We hope it is helpful to you and your loved ones and that you keep the 26 Acts of Kindness going throughout your community.

caring for the heart

About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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