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LH 79: How Random Kindness Can Reduce Holiday Stress

How simple acts of kindness can change someone’s life

This week’s podcast comes at the beginning of December and for many of us, that means the hustle and bustle of the holiday time is upon us.


  • Our to-do lists double in size.
  • We find ourselves shopping at the mall – Eeek!
  • We are cramming in time to send cards, clean the house, prep for parties, etc.

And it can become SO easy to lose ourselves to the stress and forget what the holidays are supposed to be about.

So this week’s podcast is completely different from any I have done before.

This week, I share my story and how a few years ago a simple birthday practice blossomed into a month long practice for my family.

We call it “The 25 days of Kindness” or sometimes we call it the Kindness Advent Calendar.

In the podcast (or the transcript below), I explain how my battle with cancer a few years ago inspired the idea of doing my December birthday differently from the moment of being cancer-free onward.

And how this birthday practice transitioned into a month-long practice for my entire family that has transformed us and many others.

I really want to encourage you to give this Kindness Project a try this month.

For us, it is the antidote to the hustle.

It puts things in perspective and makes my kids slow down and understand the importance of giving rather than receiving.

Here’s the thing…

When we do one random act of kindness, we never know the impact it can have.

I realized this first hand when I was on the receiving end of a random act on a day when I needed it most. To this day, I feel tremendous gratitude toward that stranger who I was never able to thank. (It’s all explained in the podcast episode)

It was such a simple thing that he did and he probably didn’t give it thought. But it meant the world to me and I think of him (and thank him in my heart) daily for it.

You will learn:

  • The story of why I started doing this in lieu of birthday gifts
  • How a simple birthday practice blossomed into a month long project
  • The transformation that happened with my kids
  • The note we leave & the power of carrying it forward
  • Why you don’t need money do random acts
  • Examples of simple acts of kindness that can have a big impact

Free PDF of Printable Kindness Cards:

Random Acts of Free Kindness Cards -

To help you create your own 25 days kindness practice, I’ve created a free PDF that you can download below. It includes 30 kindness prompts (so you can pick the ones that feel right to you) and a sheet of explanation cards you can use with your random acts.

  • Just download the free PDF.
  • Print it.
  • Cut out the cards.

Use the cards as you would an Advent Calendar by picking one card each day as you count down to your holiday.

Or if you have kids, you can place one card inside 25 different envelopes. Your kids can open one envelope each day and act on that day’s card.

Each prompt is simple and easy. Most do not require you to spend any money, but I included a few giving cards as well.


Click below to download and print out the free PDF to get started:

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At our house, we post the finished cards on our refrigerator to keep track of the days we have completed. Then, at the end of the month you can reflect back on your month long commitment to kindness.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

My Story – My Change  – blog post

Random Acts of Garden Kindness – old blog post

The Birthday Project – what sparked the idea several years ago



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #79

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.