Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
– Leo Buscaglia

Research has shown that the very act of doing something for someone else gives us a chemical high, a higher one, in fact, than if something had been done for us. There was a wise man who once shared a concept “Do not think of those who are in need, such as panhandlers, as seeking charity. They are, instead, providing a service. A service that allows you to get your fix of feel good while simultaneously paying someone for providing it.” It may be a bit more open-minded than some people are ready for, but it certainly helps bring things into light!

  • Bring Breakfast to Work
  • Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the drive through
  • Take a friend out to lunch
  • Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  • Visit a nursing home & play games
  • Help someone carry their bags
  • Take a treat to the fire station
  • Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  • Go through your things and make a donation
  • Smile at 5 complete strangers today
  • Bake for someone and deliver it
  • Tape popcorn to the redbox machine
  • Donate cute pillowcases to the children’s hospital
  • Donate pet supplies to a shelter, and pet some puppies
  • Hang a treat bag on a neighbors door
  • Pick up trash at the park
  • Leave a card in the mailbox for the postman
  • Write a letter to a family/friend and send it off
  • Leave any coupons you don’t need on top of the products at the store.
  • Give 5 people a compliment today
  • Leave dollar bills at the dollar tree in the toy section
  • Make a homemade bird feeder out of a pine-cone, peanut-butter & seeds
  • Call your grandparents. Call them!
  • Leave quarters at the laundromat
  • Donate coloring books to the hospital
  • Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  • Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.
  • While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  • Donate wipes & diapers to a local woman’s shelter
  • Send a thank you note to the police station
  • Let someone go in front of you at the cashier.
  • Call your mom.
  • Tell a mother that they are “an awesome mom” (or father)
  • Scatter wild flower seeds in a field
  • Send pizza to someone who just had a baby, had surgery, or you just think might need a break from dinner making.
  • Leave kindness stones at the park.
  • Babysit for a single mom for free.
  • Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  • When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember toleave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop

Any other ways that you have been blessed or blessed someone with a random act of kindness?


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