Let’s make a difference in November.
November reminds me of turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, family, football rivalry games and Thanksgiving. But most of all November makes me think of gratitude and kindness. I am grateful for the blessings that I have been given and kindness of others.
It’s the first day of November and our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge starts today. I have posted at least two suggestions daily. I want to encourage you to write down any additional acts of kindness in the comments section below. You may even add one to the comments that is different from the suggestions. That’s what this is about…seeing a need and being able to make a difference.
Kindness starts with us!
- Call a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Be encouraging
- Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
- Don’t complain
- Leave a kind note for a family member or friend
- Collect can goods for a food bank
- Donate blood (if able)
- Make it a point to smile at every one you see or pass by
- Send flowers to a teacher (current or former) who has dedicated his/her life to teaching
- Donate old books or magazines to a hospital or nursing home
- Use this day to catch up. After all, it’s not about quantity. It’s about quality.
- Praise someone at work for doing a good job
- Check in on someone you know is alone
- Make amends with someone you have wronged
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
- Hug a family member
- Give your pocket change to someone who needs it
- Pick up any trash/liter you see
- Put a grocery cart back where it belongs
- Give a generous to a server
- Go out of your comfort zone to make a new friend
- Introduce yourself to a neighbor
- Be thankful…
- Write a letter to a friend
- Say ‘thank you’ a lot
- Let people merge in traffic
- Be someone’s cheerleader
- Smile easily and laugh
- Recognize the good in others
- Take a meal to a family you know
- Run an errand for somebody
- Say something nice to everyone you see
- Offer someone behind you in the grocery check-out line to go in front of you.
- Give encouragement to someone who is working hard
- Make a personalized playlist for a family member
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Always keep your word
- Offer to pet sit for someone for free
- Shop for someone who is ill
- Put extra change in a meter that is about to run out
- Send a card or flowers to someone going through tough times
- Give up your seat for someone else
- Spend a day saying only nice things to others
- Be an active listener
- Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox
- Visit a sick friend
- Forgive mistakes
- Tip generously
- Leave a thank you note
- Cheer up a friend
- Ask someone how they are …and really listen
- Leave change in the vending machine
- Donate your talent
- Don’t nag
- Be kind to yourself
- Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it
- Send a care package to a soldier
- Bake a cake for a birthday person
- Give chocolate generously and often
Now, lets take this to another level.
Take 5 minutes to reflect on something that you are thankful/grateful for and write it down in a Gratitude Journal. (beginning or end of day)
- Make time for yourself.
- Take time for yourself.
- Keep it easy. (start with 1 thing) You don’t have to write a long list. Just start.
I’m going to start with just one thing. I’m also going to write in my journal before I go to bed at night.
If you miss a day, so what. Just write the next day. It’s okay. There are no rules because it is your gratitude journal.
Here are a few ideas:
- Just start.
- Grab some paper and staple it together.
- Use a spiral notebook or a journal.
The benefit comes in writing down our thoughts is not about what the journal looks like so don’t let that hold you back. You could even write it on notebook paper. The beauty is in the reflection. I know that participating in the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge will give all of us an opportunity to make a difference and will be reflected in our Gratitude Journal.
Take that 5 minutes a day and let’s see where we are in 15 days. I’ll be back for a mid-November check-in
Let’s go make a difference in November.
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