Kindness and gratitude go hand in hand. We are half way with our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge.
How is it going?
I have a funny story. Every time I dedicate a month to kindness and gratitude, I have some kind of medical challenge. Last time, we focused on kindness and gratitude, I broke my wrist and it was very bad. I needed help for weeks. This time, I had oral surgery.
The medical staff at the surgery center were perfect examples of kindness and gratitude and so was my husband as he tried to find nutritious liquids for me to consume.
My heart is overwhelmed with the kindness and gratitude that I have received, once again.
Kindness and Gratitude starts with us! The more I am grateful, the more my eyes are opened to opportunities for kindness.
Here are Days 15 – 30:
- 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
- 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 want to share one of my entries with you. I wrote, “Duke smiled when I walked in today. He knows who I am.” I am speaking of one of my grandsons who knows my voice and my face. That made my day. What a blessing. I smile every time I look back and read that entry.
If you still want to get started, 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. Remember that kindness and gratitude go hand in hand.