I am issuing a Kindness Challenge out to each and every one of you that reads this post and/or receives the above card!!
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You don’t need a reason to help people.
So, the holiday season has come to an end. Everybody is back to the old, stale routines…Go to work/school, homework, get dinner made, grocery shop, run errands etc. It’s often times a busy, boring predictable schedule with none of the relaxation, happiness & giving and friendly attitudes that are often felt during the holiday rush.
Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that around November and December so many people are willing to donate food, money, clothes, toys and even time to help others. Everybody seems to be so much nicer to each other in the spirit of the holidays. Smiling at strangers in the mall, holding doors open, helping somebody carry shopping bags etc. The part that saddens me each year is the time after the holidays. Many people just go back to their own little world, smiles and conversations between strangers are few and far between. There doesn’t need to be a specific time of year, season or holiday to spread kindness. Imagine how great it would be if we all were kind to each other every day!
Kindness is Contagious
I really feel this to be true! People that are shown kindness and that are helped are much more likely to turn around & be kind to or help another person and then it just keeps going on like a domino effect. If we all could do one random act of kindness daily, we may just set the world in the right direction. It starts with each and every one of us!
Kindness doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time.
This is so true. Kindness can be as simple as helping a neighbor carry their groceries inside or telling somebody that they have a beautiful smile. Giving a compliment like that to somebody may be nothing to the person giving the compliment, but it could mean the world to the person receiving the compliment.
Suggestions for acts of kindness
Anybody can do a web search to get hundreds of ideas for spreading kindness. I’m going to list below several ideas that I have done or will do soon, some cost money, some cost time & others cost nothing. Please accept my challenge to start a Positively Jo Kindness Movement! Print out the Random Act of Kindness cards here. Choose one of the ideas below or do your own thing, hand out the card so the recipient of your kindness can pay it forward. Then come back here to leave a comment about what you did or what was done for you!
Ok, here are a few suggestions:
- Compliment freely. If you think something nice about someone, say it!
- Send at least 1 email or text a day to a friend or family member that you don’t see very often, just to let them know that you are thinking of them
- Check in on elderly neighbors, especially after bad weather.
- Carry $5.00 gift cards around, so you can hand them out to people that do something great!
- Leave a bag of groceries & a gift card on the doorstep of a family you know is struggling financially.
- Hold the door open for a stranger.
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee or meal.
- Deliver donuts or bagels to local police and fire stations.
- Buy a meal for a homeless/hungry person.
- Pack some backpacks with miscellaneous hygiene items, a bottle of water and a warm blanket, then hand them out to homeless people.
- Tape a package of microwave popcorn on a Redbox.
- Put $4.00 – $5.00 in quarters in a plastic bag & tape it to a washing machine in a laundromat.
- Give somebody a gift for no reason at all
- Post positive signs up around work, home or community boards. Ex:
- Babysit for a young couple that may not be able to afford a sitter.
- Put a surprise note in your children’s or spouse’s lunch, telling them that you love them.
- Pay the toll for the car behind you.
- Smile at people you pass in the store.
- Attach a bag over somebody’s car window, if they left it open & it started to rain.
- Give spare coats to homeless people.
- Lend an ear to somebody that needs to talk.
- Lend a shoulder to somebody that needs to cry.
- Welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood with flowers or baked goods
- Hold the elevator for somebody
- Use your network connections to introduce people that can help each other
- Invite somebody that is alone over to dinner
- Make everybody feel important….cleaning staff, security guard, front desk person, parking attendant… get to know their names and say hello.
- Go to the park on a hot day & give out cold bottles of Gatorade or water.
- Bring hot chocolate to crossing guards on really cold days
- Encourage somebody to follow their dreams and help in any way you can
- Tell a manager if you receive great service
- Order multiple rain ponchos from Amazon and give them away to people on rainy days (# affiliate link):<Emergency Rain Poncho with Hood – 5 Color Assortments One Size Fits All – Commuter Friendly Rain Poncho Survival Kit Accessory for Travel Trailblazing Picnics Camping School Sporting Corporate Events“>
- Visit elderly people in nursing homes and ask them to tell you some of their favorite memories
- Volunteer at local soup kitchens, shelters or other organizations.
- Donate money to charities. Click here for a list of the charities we donate to.
My family & I will be doing some of these things this weekend and I really hope that all of you will rise to the challenge as well! Let’s get this kindness movement flowing freely and let’s keep it going.
Be the change you want to see in the world. It starts and continues with each & every one of us!!
I am looking forward to reading your comments.
Remember to put them on this post!