When the world becomes dark, you must shine and become the light. I make my own light and you can too. One of the greatest ways to spread kindness is through random acts. They aren’t expected, which removes all pretense. You receive true, unfiltered gratitude. In turn, the recipient may also decide to bestow a good deed to another – this stuff is contagious! You can act in anonymous ways too, both are impactful.
Random acts of kindness are extremely powerful. You will be surprised how uplifting another human being can elevate you as well. It isn’t about pride (so leave that at home), it is about the human connection and stepping outside of your personal needs to focus on someone else’s. The Dalai Lama would be proud!
Here are some great ideas to get you inspired:
Start small, perhaps buy coffee for a stranger. An option would be during your morning coffee run, this is a great chance to pay for the person behind you in line or at the drive thru.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? No one. That’s who. I typically buy the mini assorted boxed chocolates and hand them out to strangers. Those who may look like they’ve had a rough day and need a pick-me-up. You could also do this for people you know who may be under-recognized in society.
You can donate to a random cause or organization. I recently donated to an animal shelter in Los Angeles, California which helps to rescue dogs from foreign countries where they are severely mistreated. This cause rests deeply within my heart and I wanted to out of the blue make a contribution to help support the mission.
Another option is to contribute in a cool way. My personal favorite is to purchase gift cards from a grocery store and give them to a local shelter. The shelter will distribute to families in dire need and even a small amount can make a big difference.
It doesn’t have to be a stranger either! Just doing something kind for someone you know can be great too. The act of kindness is never wasted.
I want to note: randoms acts of kindness don’t need to cost money – you can get creative without spending one cent. Visit a nursing home and play cards with a resident, help a mother get groceries to her car, thoughtful gestures are all it takes. In addition, you could volunteer your time in a host of ways, please read my post about volunteering for inspiration.
Tomorrow is my random acts of kindness day, I will let you all know how it goes!