Saturday, September 18, 2010

Spread Kindness Freely

 Isn't it amazing how often we can touch someone's life, and enrich our own, by a very simple act? Kindness, pass it on...what a wonderful way in which to pattern our lives!
Betty, Community Organizer, WA

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a beautiful website that I came across today.  Found here:

One of the projects sheets I found very helpful was Ideas for Individual Kindness Activities.  They actually seem so simple but make such a difference in the lives everyone.  How many items do you think you can complete in the next 30 days?  I would love to know how you did - don't forget to post a comment on how your acts of kindness were received!

  • Help a neighbor weed or plant a garden.
  • Select some people in your life who you feel need a special lift and send them a gift: flowers, tickets to a special event, or a gift certificate.
  • Write a note to the supervisor of someone who has been particularly helpful, letting him or her know how the employee helped you.
  • Stop for a person waiting to cross the street.
  • Leave enough money in the vending machine for the next person to get a free treat.
  • Call or write to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, just to say you’re thinking about them.
  • Purchase a copy of a book about kindness, read it, put your initials, city, and state on the inside, and pass it on.
  • Call loved ones just to say “I love you” or to tell them what you appreciate about them.
  • Create or donate floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home, police station, hospital, or the homebound.
  • Smile and say “hello” to someone you don’t know.
  • When you are waiting for service at the deli counter, trade “ticket numbers” with someone in a hurry.
  • Put a flower on a neighbor’s porch.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
  • Offer to baby-sit for free to give a single parent an evening off.
  • Call someone who has no family nearby and invite him or her to your home for a visit.
  • Call someone who doesn’t drive, and invite him or her out to lunch or a movie.
  • Surprise someone in your house with breakfast in bed.
  • Compliment a stranger about something they are wearing.
  • Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  • Volunteer to help at a school or library.
  • Adopt a stray animal.
  • Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
  • Include a note or joke in your child’s or spouse’s lunchbox.
  • Shovel your neighbor’s driveway or mow the lawn.
  • Write something nice about your waitperson on the back of the bill.
  • Give your place in line at the grocery store to another person, such as someone in a hurry or a parent with restless little children.
  • Smile and say thank you to the bus driver or toll collector.
  • Hold the door of the elevator, subway, or bus for someone rushing to catch it.
  • After loading your groceries into the car, return your shopping cart.
  • Donate blood.
  • Let someone merge into traffic during rush hour.
  • If you play a musical instrument, visit a senior center or hospital and give a brief recital.
  • Ask your children to go through their toys and donate some of them to children who are less fortunate.
  • Make an anonymous donation to a charity that is actively helping your community.
  • When visiting a hospital, spend a few minutes with someone who has no visitors.
  • Tape coins to a pay telephone with a note saying that anyone who needs it can use it.
  • After reading a book you enjoyed, send a note of appreciation to the author.
  • Ask your children to wash an elderly neighbor’s car, mow the lawn, or rake leaves without charge.
  • Next time you finish your punch card for a free cup of coffee, give it away or ask the cashier to give it to someone who might need it.
  • Host a party for the kids in your neighborhood. Make snacks and watch a movie, giving the adults in the neighborhood a night off.
  • Drive safely and courteously.
  • Carry inexpensive, pocket-sized rain ponchos in your car and hand them out to pedestrians who are getting drenched in a downpour.
  • Donate soda tabs or cans to a local organization that can turn them in to raise funds.
  • Save box tops for education and donate to a local school, even if you don’t have children
  • Save coupons and send them to the commissary for military families to use overseas. They can use coupons expired up to six months.
  • Send a card to a lonely person
Keep me posted on how your kindness acts go!  Can you think of any to add to this list?