Hey y’all! Since I missed Friday I thought I would throw in a random Tuesday post to make y’all smile! This is going to be a random rambling post about things in the world and how to change someone’s day with a simple act. For the last 5 years I have been a member of an amazing community known as Chive Nation, specifically I am a Chivette. Now many of you may not have heard of theChive but their big thing that I love about them is their charity work through Chive Charities. You should definitely check them out. They champion small unknown causes that don’t normally get much attention.
Anyway, into the nitty gritty of today’s post, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS! I FULLY believe that these make the world go round. Please don’t think that they ever have to be anything big. Small things that make the person you’re helping feel inspired to help another individual.
So, what are some of the things I have done?
During the holidays I buy about $100 worth of $5 gift cards from Starbucks and leave them on random cars. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the crazy we don’t take time to breathe and decompress. That small gift card allows someone else to take a break. There are times I will pay the balance of someone’s grocery bill. This is usually at the end when you can see that they are missing a few dollars and need the help. I have given my breakfast to the homeless man sitting on the street corner. I will never give them money but I will gladly hand over food “from mouth” because I know I have more and can afford to give that up.
So what can you do?
There is actually a website dedicated to giving you ideas. It can be accessed here (click the word). But there are even simpler things you can do. Simply holding the door for someone. As a society we have gotten away from doing the small, simple things and usually don’t go out of our way to do anything for complete strangers but those are the ones who truly matter. We can always be nice to our friends but it is how we treat people we don’t know that really defines us. So, ideas. . .
1. Introduce yourself to your neighbors
2. Compliment a stranger
3. Donate your talents
4. Send paper thank you notes – this is amazing, I do this for EVERY gift I receive. Even for people that just help me in a time of need.
5. Pay for the coffee, the toll, or the bus fare for the person behind you
6. Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you
7. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring her a coffee tomorrow morning.
8. Hold the door open for someone
9. Let people merge-in during traffic
10. Help people move
11. Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard. Thanks are especially important to the postal worker, the government employee, the DMW clerk, the bus driver, the grocery store cashiers (especially when you bring up all that produce and they have to look-up every single code) and baggers. I make sure to always use their name when thanking them if it is visible, it makes them more than just a “servant” to you. Remember they are people too.
12. Let your partner watch their show – And don’t roll your eyes or huff and puff about it
13. Send your friend a letter
14. Give freely – Go through your things and give freely to those in need. We constantly donate to an organization called Vietnam Veterans. The great part about them is that they come to you to pick up!
15. Have a shirt that your friend always compliments you on? Why not give it to her? – I constantly give clothes away
16. Send a care package to a solider – when my friend was in Afghanistan, I sent him stuff constantly and added extra for him to share with others because there are some people there fighting for our freedom without someone to send them packages.
17. Know someone who just had a baby or other major life event? – Bring a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for them. Or send them a random care package. The simplest things will have a big impact.
18. Already sweeping leaves or shoveling the snow off your sidewalk? – Do your neighbors sidewalk too. I live in Florida, so this doesn’t happen here but it’s an idea.
19. Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it – that is the major key about RAK, they are not a bragging mechanism. You do it because you want to.
20. Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
21. Give chocolate generously and often – I have a candy dish and it’s always open. =o)
22. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
23. Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, light-rail or subway
24. Fill up the gas tank and/or wash the car for your partner and then leave candy on the dashboard for them to find in the morning before work.
25. Tip generously – even if I have crappy service I always tip at least 20%. You never know what that person is going through.
26. Say “Hi” to strangers – I do this constantly and people in Miami think you are crazy. Lol
27. Smile at people – again, in Miami, I am considered a serial killer for this. Lol.
28. If the work-day is running late and you know your co-worker has somewhere they have to be offer to stay late so they don’t have to worry about figuring it out – I always offer to work on certain holidays and birthdays so that others can have the day off.
29. Pick up the tab – Go up to the waiter and pay when no one is watching (of course only if you’re in the financial situation to do so)
30. Leave extra time in the parking meter
31. Donate your vacation or sick days to a person at work who is struggling with cancer or another horrible illness
32. Participate – The people who organize events always worry that no one will take part. That ugly sweater contest or bake-off needs you!
33. Sign up for a charity run – I sign up for small runs all the time that are not backed by big corporations because I know the money will actually go where it is supposed to
34. Go Fund Me – when I have a little extra money in my account, I will go to Go Fund Me and find a small cause that needs some help and randomly donate.
Of course there is hundreds of ideas for your own random act of kindness, you just have to choose what you want to do to make an impact on the world.
What do random acts of kindness actually do?
These little acts spark humility and humanity in others. They show people that there is absolutely good in this world and that there are good people in this world too. Even if you don’t get to witness a random act of kindness from yours, simply completing yours should make you feel 1,000 times better. I know that I personally perform them not for others to show me gratitude but to simply give back for all that I have.
As Ghandi says, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Have a wonderful day y’all.
– ♥ Lindsey