30 Days of Kindness

30 DAYS of Kindness

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of our 30 DAYS of Kindness Challenge. When I started the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge, I had no idea that we would be visiting Kelsey and Josh for Thanksgiving. Much to my surprise, Doug and I traveled to spend Thanksgiving with Kelsey, our youngest daughter, and her husband, Josh.  Josh serves in the United States Navy.

Not only was it wonderful to see both of them but they treated us to the best Thanksgiving dinner.  Josh cooked everything and it was delicious. I am pretty sure that is the first time one of my children cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for me. I am usually in the kitchen for five hours at a minimum. Can I tell you a secret? I have never basted a turkey so I was quite impressed.  One thing I have learned is to accept kindness, and say ‘thank you’.

Thank You For Your Service

I want to thank Kelsey and Josh for a memorable Thanksgiving and for serving our country.  They both make sacrifices so that Josh can serve in the Navy.  I am proud of the man he has become.

I’m posting a lot of pictures today but I just want to share part of our 30 DAYS of Kindness Challenge.

Truly Blessed!
Truly Blessed!
Perfect Turkey
Perfect Turkey
Josh...basting the turkey
Josh…basting the turkey
Josh and Doug
Josh and Doug

Kindness starts with us!

DAY 1...

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

DAY 10

Pick up any trash/liter you see

Put a grocery cart back where it belongs

DAY 11

Give a generous to a server

Go out of your comfort zone to make a new friend

DAY 12

Introduce yourself to a neighbor

Be thankful…

DAY 13

Write a letter to a friend

Say ‘thank you’ a lot

DAY 14

Let people merge in traffic

Be someone’s cheerleader

DAY 15

Smile easily and laugh

Recognize the good in others

DAY 16

Take a meal to a family you know

Run an errand for somebody

DAY 17

Say something nice to everyone you see

Offer someone behind you in the grocery check-out line to go in front of you.

DAY 18

Give encouragement to someone who is working hard

Make a personalized playlist for a family member

DAY 19

Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while

Always keep your word

DAY 20

Offer to pet sit for someone for free

Shop for someone who is ill

DAY 21

Put extra change in a meter that is about to run out

Send a card or flowers to someone going through tough times

DAY 22

Give up your seat for someone else

Spend a day saying only nice things to others

DAY 23

Be an active listener

Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox

DAY 24

Visit a sick friend

Forgive mistakes

DAY 25

Tip generously

Leave a thank you note

 DAY 26

Cheer up a friend

Ask someone how they are …and really listen

 DAY 27

Leave change in the vending machine

Donate your talent

DAY 28

Don’t nag

Be kind to yourself

DAY 29

Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it

Send a care package to a soldier

DAY 30

Bake a cake for a birthday person

Give chocolate generously and often

Let’s take our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge into December with us as we continue to write down things and people for which we are grateful.

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