I know this week has been full of Holidays: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, but do you know that it is also Random Acts of Kindness Week? From February 15-21 a little kindness can go a long way toward making someone's day and celebrating the week is a good way to remind ourselves that we can make a difference in someone’s life. Here are some ideas, and even if you haven't any extra cash, a smile and a greeting are always free.
1) Allow someone to cut-in-line. If you struggle with patience, you can work on it during Random Acts of Kindness Day. Here's how. While you're waiting in line on that day, let someone cut in front of you. It can be at the grocery store or at the gas pump or on the freeway (a hard one for us Los Angelenos). This act will work dually to improve your character and help someone else.
2) Buy someone coffee. You love your coffee and get it every day. While you're waiting in line, buy someone else's. You can do it secretly or openly. It'll give you a chance to wake someone up in a nice way.
3) Shovel a neighbor's driveway. The news is buzzing with stories about snowstorms hitting hard across America. If you happen to live in one of those areas, use it as an opportunity to be kind to a neighbor. While you're shoveling out your driveway, take the time to do it for a neighbor. You can even go a block or two over to someone in real need. It'll be welcome help.
4) Bring some healthy treats to share with everyone at work. Well, they don’t have to be totally healthy, but how about homemade? My roommate Shanna baked banana bread for the entire house (we have a growing loving community/family of 5 & tomorrow we will become 6) last week and we were all so happy to wake to the sweet smell that warmed from her sweet heart.
5) Couch Surfing. Now, let me start by saying I grew up on a commune and am no stranger to strangers, but it took the sweet-hearted Shanna (from #4) to remind me to not act like a paranoid dork and welcome travelers in need. CouchSurfing is a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. Tomorrow we have a Texan on our couch. (www.couchsurfing.org)
6) Put a coin or two in someone's parking meter. Not getting any parking tickets is on my list of New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s difficult to always be vigilant. Sometimes I return to my car, knowing the meter has expired, but I got lucky and didn’t get a ticket. You can be that awesome person that makes someone’s day and never meet them in person. How cool!
7) Send a card or letter to a friend or relative for no other reason than to bring them joy. Remind them of something wonderful they did for you years ago or simply tell them whenever you think of them, the sunshine’s brighter.
8) Pay a stranger a compliment. Most of us look to our family and friends for support. As a result, when a stranger says something nice to us, it's a big event. On Random Acts of Kindness Day, make this your mission. Say something kind to at least 3 random people. It'll make their day.
9) Buy a homeless person a blanket. Winter is a difficult time for many homeless people because they're forced to face the brutal cold. You can help them by buying one blanket. Go for the thermal ones that'll keep a person warm even outside.
10) Smile and wave at ten strangers. Many times, just the smile of a stranger can lift a person's day. You can be that stranger on Random Acts of Kindness Day. Smile and wave at ten random people. It'll give them a lift.
11) Offer to babysit for someone for free, so they can have a night out. Your girlfriend needs a night out with her beau, so make it easy. ‘Nuff said.
Please add to my list and give me your generous, creative suggestions.
Posted on Tue, February 16, 2010
by Ms. Dolphina filed under