So many people seem to need a reason to do something, or a specific reason to call someone. Not me. One of the things I know about myself is that I like to be around people (although I also cherish my quiet time alone!). I enjoy being around friends, so it is not one bit unusual for me to gather a group of friends together for dinner, to host a fun night in playing games, or to see a movie. I also send emails to friends just to check-in or to chat – for no specific reason – just “because.”

So “Just Because Day” is a favorite theme for me. Helping a friend with a project, just because … baking zucchini bread and sharing it – just because….sending a note to say hello – just because.

I find I especially contact friends more frequently, who are going through a long-term illness, or are grieving, just because I know it makes a difference. Sometimes I will send an email to a total stranger who has a team on, just because their story tugs at my heart for some reason, or I am in awe of the amazing things friends on the team are doing. I’ve even made a few new friends this way – some have reached out to me, and some I’ve reached out to.

Regardless of the efforts that you take to make someone else feel special, there is definitely more kindness to be had in this world.

Make someone smile today – a stranger, a life partner, a co-worker, a caregiver – by doing something “just because.” Guaranteed YOU will feel great, too!