It is be something as simple as holding the door for someone. Smiling at a stranger who might be having a bad day. When was the last time you did a random act of kindness? I recently learned that there is an actual holiday celebrating world kindness. World Kindness Day November 13. Here is a list of free or cheap ways you can share some kindness with others today.
- Send someone a card in the mail. Even if it's not their birthday. It's always nice to know that someone was thinking of you, or better yet, let them know you have been praying for them.
- Pay for someones order who is behind you in a drive through line. Pay it forward.
- Bake your neighbor cookies, or a pie. Everyone loves a sweet treat!
- If you see a homeless person, buy them a meal. Or better yet you could put together zip-lock bags of water, non-perishable foods, and personal hygiene items (gender specific) to pass out when you see a homeless person. You might also write a card with encouragement to put inside. Bible verses, etc. Everyone needs hope. Dollar tree sells bibles and new testaments for $1.00.
- Donate any unwanted gently used items to a homeless shelter.
- If you coupon and get items for free you could get a few extras to donate.
- Also if you coupon and something that you normally don't use is going to be free or almost free, you could get it and donate it as well.
- Leave a note of encouragement on someones car in a parking lot. (bible verse, or inspirational quote) You never know what someone may be going through, and we can all use some encouragement every now and then.
- Help someone carry a load. A mother with her hands full, or an elderly person who deserves a break.
- Offer your seat to someone else.
- Offer someone a hug.
- Compliment someone. So many times we go through the day and no one says anything about how we look, or how well of a job we did. Mom's you know what I'm talking about. Have you ever gone out of your way to look nice and it seemed if no one noticed? It stings a little bit right? Give someone a compliment. It might just change their day.
- Visit someone who might be lonely in a nursing home. My mom works in a nursing home. We used to go there often when my grandma was there before she passed away. You would not believe the amount of people who are forgotten. Their family puts them in a nursing home because they can't take care of them, then life gets busy and they barely come to visit. Some of them don't have any family left. Some nursing homes will let you volunteer in the activity rooms and visit residents.
- Volunteer. There are many opportunities. Just like a nursing home, you can volunteer to help a neighbor or friend in need. You can volunteer in an animal shelter, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen. Some churches have volunteer programs. If you can't find a program, create one! My church does missions in Haiti. Our women's sewing class got together to make draw string back packs for the children in an orphanage we help support. Food pantries are also looking for volunteers. Another church we went to a while back had a food pantry we volunteered at. I will never forget the feeling of packing each grocery bag for someone in need. The feeling of delivering each bag was amazing.
There are so many more ways you can be kind to others. These are just a few ways. What are some ways you can think of, or even ways you have been kind and helped others? I can't wait to hear your stories.
My challenge to you is do one random act of kindness. Watch how others react. Pay attention to how it makes you feel.