Blog Post #87
Did you know that when you practice kindness is beneficial not only to you and the recipient, but to everyone around you as well. Random Acts of Kindness website lists in their Kindness Fact #2: the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people.
That’s one good reason to be kind, but sometimes it can be a bit tricky to perform “random acts of kindness” — sometimes we don’t see the opportunities to reach out that are presented to us. Sometimes we need to make our own opportunities —these five easy ways might help us to show more kindness every day.
Say Something Nice
When you are out and about, try to observe the people around you, see who may need an encouraging word or friendly grin. Pay someone a compliment: comment to a parent how charming and cheerful their child is; Tell your barista she has a lovely smile; or remark to your waitperson at lunch how much you appreciate their service. You might be surprised at the response you get.
Say it With a Post-it-note
Write words of encouragement and affirmations on a pad of post-it notes,carry them with you in your bag or pocket. Stick them in public places that you find yourself in. A bright neon coloured square with “You’re worth it” scrawled across it and stuck on the mirror in a restaurant bathroom will definitely make someone feel wonderful.
Send the receptionist at your office flowers, anonymously; make two lunches, give one away; pay for the coffee/drink for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. Drop your change in a donation jar. Treat a friend to a movie — just because.
Lend a Helping Hand
Hold the elevator or a door for someone. Help someone carry their groceries. Give up your seat on the bus or in a waiting room. Wash someone’s car. Offer to walk your neighbour’s dog.
Smile at everyone you meet. Say hello to passersby. Send a friend a “thinking of you” card. Hug someone (as Charlotte Diamond always says: “4 hugs a day, that’s the minimum”). Compliment a co-worker for the work they do. Tell your friends and family how much you appreciate them and why.
Before you know it practicing random acts of kindness will become a habit and you won’t have any trouble finding creative ways to spread joy and love wherever you go.
Check out these examples of awesome people, like you, performing simple acts of kindness.
This news clip tells the story of a woman in Richmond, Virginia who gave the coat off her back to a young woman in need.
Teachers at St. Matthews School in Cambridge England decided to try something different to combat bullying.Instead of focusing on anti-bullying techniques, the entire school spent a week learning and talking about kindness and practicing acts of kindness. Find out how they did it and what they discovered.
I love how this young woman decided to spend her 20th birthday. I’m thinking we should all give this a try!
This last video isn’t exactly a random act of kindness, but it illustrates how people working together to come to someone’s aid can perform an amazing feat. Now that’s what I call “People Power”!
Continuing on with the minimalism game on day six: I am donating six various bowls and baskets. Hmm… I may be “stuck” in the kitchen for the entire month — do you think I will end up with empty cupboards?
30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Day 3 – Two decorative bowls + one glass jar (donated)
Day 4 – Four serving plates (donated)
Day 5 – One plastic cake carrier/w lid + one plastic dip & veggie dish/w lid + one footed glass bowl + one small serving bowl + one light fixture (donated)
Day 6 – One large glass salad bowl + one green, rectangular fruit bowl + two baskets + one soup tureen + one angelfood cake pan
Total: Twenty-one items