Tuesday, October 19, 2010

tuesday ten ~ random acts of kindness

my uncle mat passed away earlier this year, and one of the things i will always remember him for was his kindness towards everyone. he had a big heart, and was generous enough to open it up to not only friends and family, but also to strangers.

i definitely believe that you get back what you put out into the world, and when i do my own "random acts of kindness", it's never done to be thanked or recognized, i do it so that for at least at that moment i know that i have helped to make someone's day a little better.

this week i invite you all to try ten of my favorite "random acts of kindness".

1 ~ leave a note. write on a post it a message of hope or advice. leave it on the mirror in a public bathroom or put it on someone's car. maybe your words are exactly what the next person needs to hear.

2 ~ reach for it. whether it's an older person, someone in a wheelchair or with a cane, offer to help them get the items they can't reach. occasionally they need you for awhile, but your help will make their trip so much easier.

3 ~ pay for it. not everyone can afford to help out a stranger, but if you can it's as easy as paying for the person behind you. you can do at a drive thru window or when getting coffee. this small gesture goes a long way.

4 ~ smile. pretty easy right? i know this is something small town folk do anyway, but in LA... it just doesn't happen. so pass a smile to a stranger! :)

5 ~ let them go first. next time you're in line to check out, let the person behind you go ahead of you. everyone is always looking for the fastest way through so they can get out quickly, and this is a great way to make a stranger happy.

6 ~ open/hold the door. you would think a lot of people do this for others, but it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. next time your heading inside, check behind you, and hold the door. *this gesture absolutely applies to elevators as well. if you see someone coming, hold it open. if chuck bass can do it... so can you :)*

7 ~ send flowers. get a bouquet of flowers and either deliver or bring them to the hospital. give the instructions that they should go to a patient who doesn't get many visitors and is alone. a few flowers could really brighten someone's day.

8 ~ mail it. send a thank you card to a serviceman overseas. there are lots of websites dedicated to helping you send packages or letters to those stationed out of the country. you can also reach out to your local military offices for information on how to reach out to a solider.

9 ~ bake. whether it's some cookies, brownies, or cupcakes bring the treats to the hospital, a homeless shelter, or even the police station. the treats can be used to say thank you or just to bring a smile to a stranger's face.

10 ~ volunteer. give an hour to a nursing home, visit dogs at an animal shelter, or work an after school program for kids. whatever it is, an hour of your time could make a real difference for the people or animals you visit with.

feel free to pass this post along, the more kindness being spread ~ the better! :)

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Chrissy said...

I love the idea of 10 random acts of kindness!
I try to do a little of all of those whenever I can! I think that just makes our World a better place...and - if nobody ever makes the first step...I just figured that it makes me feel better doing something good!

AJ and CJ said...

beautiful post, jenna!

The Parrish Family said...

All wonderful ideas! Thanks for the great post!!

Monique said...

These are such great ideas. I will certainly attempt at least 3-5 of these. Thanks for this great post.