Kindness continues with us!
Congratulations for meeting our goal of 300 acts of kindness. If 10 people did 1 kind deed each day, then after 30 days, 300 acts of kindness would change the world. We filled Facebook and the internet with kindness. So, kindness continues with us.
I want to share how my family was affected by kindness over the last month. First, my husband had the opportunity to assist an elderly woman by putting air in her tires at a gas station. She was so relieved to find someone who helped her. I watched two people keep on driving past her but we stopped to help. Next, my daughter showed intentional kindness to others. (She didn’t even know about the challenge.)
My youngest daughter gave birth to her first child a few days ago. You would think that she would only be focused on herself and her baby. Much to my surprise, she had presents for all of the grandparents since we were there on Grandparent’s Day. I was humbled and amazed. Not only did she think about us, but she also had candy bars for the nurses. When the nurses made those late night visits, their faces lit up with joy to think that someone bestowed kindness upon them. Even a candy bar can bring cheer to someones day.
You can keep this list and add to it daily. The purpose of the list was to assist us in being purposeful about kindness.
30 Days of Kindness …Ideas
Call a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
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
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
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
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
Remember, kindness continues with us!
Encourage. Inspire. Empower.