December Kindness Shines Bright with “12 Days of Kindness”

As we approach 2020, let’s share the true meaning of the holidays by displaying kindness, generosity, and good cheer. As part of the Riverside County Office of Education’s Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness initiative, the traditional holiday carol has been rewritten as the “12 Days of Kindness.”

The 12 Days of Kindness can start anytime during December, but completing the 12 kindness acts on consecutive days is highly encouraged. All acts are simple to perform, little to no costs, and take minimal time to complete. By performing all kindness acts over a 12-day period, the goal is kindness will become a habit.

“As the year winds down, and as the holiday season rolls in, create a kind moment for someone, anyone, even yourself, through a purposeful act of kindness,” comment Dr. Judy D. White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. “Purposeful acts are a decision, a habit, a practice. Something you must decide to do beforehand. It’s a decision. And decisions made day after day turn into habits. And habits influence the way our lives turn out.”

For those energetic elves who complete all 12 acts of kindness, please log them on the RCOE kindness counter. If you’re also a musical elf, please feel free to sing the “12 Days of Kindness” and tag @RCOE on Twitter or use #KindnessRivCo! Let’s make kindness a habit and spread good cheer this holiday season!

The Riverside County Office of Education started the Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness campaign to increase awareness while promoting and inspiring a positive school culture and healthy communities throughout Riverside County. RCOE will advocate and measure one million deliberate acts of kindness by students, staff, and the community at large.

12 Days of Kindness Lyrics

On the first day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
A hug that is absolutely free

On the second day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the third day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the fourth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the fifth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the sixth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the seventh day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the eighth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Eight cheers for a good job
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the ninth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Nine pieces of trash picked up
Eight cheers for a good job
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the tenth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Ten visits to friends
Nine pieces of trash picked up
Eight cheers for a good job
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the eleventh day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Eleven donations to those in need
Ten visits to friends
Nine pieces of trash picked up
Eight cheers for a good job
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

On the twelfth day of Kindness
I vow to give from me
Twelve kind acts to make a difference
Eleven donations to those in need
Ten visits to friends
Nine pieces of trash picked up
Eight cheers for a good job
Seven thank yous to neighbors
Six praises to others
Five good deeds
Four compliments to strangers
Three good job kudos
Two high fives
And a hug that is absolutely free

Don’t forget to log your kindness acts