Thursday, 16 February 2017

Random Act of Kindness Day

Have you heard of the term "Random Act of Kindness" and wondered really what its all about?

A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase "practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty" was written by Anne Herbert on a place mat in Sausalito, California in 1982.

Basically its all about doing something nice - to make people feel happier without any come back on who did it - or why.

So I've researched some ideas, some for free, some that aren't on things that we can all do to spread a little kindness.

Things that cost nothing

  • Wash a neighbor’s car
  • Visit a pet shelter and spend some time loving on the animals (you may need training for this. Call ahead.)
  • If you have a friend/neighbor with small children, offer to take them to the park for an hour to give your neighbor/friend a breather!
  • Clean up trash on the side of a local road or park.
  • Walk your friend’s dog.
  • Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
  • Let someone jump the queue at the bank.
  • Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  • Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  • Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
  • Spend a day at a homeless shelter
  • Make a family member breakfast in bed
  • Write a kind or encouraging message on a napkin
  • Instead of posting negativity online, spread some encouragement
  • Sit with someone who is eating alone.
  • Let someone go in front of you at the till.
  • Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  • Write a nice comment on your friend’s blog.
  • Leave coupons on items at the grocery store for others to use.
  • Start couponing so that you can donate items at no cost to you.

Things that cost a little

  • Write thoughtful cards with inspirational or uplifting quotes and place them on random cars in a local parking lot.
  • Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  • Buy a coffee for the man on the high street selling The Big Issue magazine.
  • Pay for the drinks on the next table at a cafĂ©.
  • Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
  • Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
  • Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
  • Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  • By flowers to hand out on the street
  • Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you
  • Write letters to soldiers
  • Bring in donuts for your coworkers
  • Give someone a gift card that you don’t intend to use
  • Pay for someone’s morning coffee
  • Send coloring books to sick kids in the hospital
  • Donate your hair after a haircut
  • Buy your waiter/waitress dessert
  • Plan a holiday for your parents.
  • Make an anonymous donation to your friend’s favorite charity in their name.

Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness.

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