“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?