Random Acts of Kindness

As this pandemic drags on, people’s tempers seem to be getting shorter and goodwill is in short supply.

Seems like a perfect time for Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs through Feb. 20. So, what have you done for someone lately?

It really doesn’t take a lot to brighten someone’s day. And it will probably make you feel even better than it does them.

Here are some ideas:
  • Buy somebody’s coffee or lunch. You’re in your car in line at a fast-food restaurant. Go ahead and pay the bill for the guy behind you.
  • Hold the door for a stranger.
  • Check on your neighbor. It’s cold outside, make sure your elderly neighbors and the ones with babies and small children are all right and have everything they need. Offer to make a run to the store for them.
  • Give an honest compliment to your waiter, your spouse, your child, your mom, your co-worker, or your classmate.
  • Let someone go in front of you in the line at the store or merge on the road.
  • Put a coin in an expired parking meter.
  • Buy a sandwich for a homeless person.
  • Buy cards and small gifts (bottles of lotion, perfume, socks, card games) and drop them off at a nursing home.
  • Send supplies (tissues, crayons, glue sticks) to your child’s teacher.
  • Put a nice note in your spouse or child’s lunch box (don’t do this if your kid is in seventh grade or older – they will die of embarrassment!).
  • Say thank you to someone you appreciate
  • Leave a note and gift card for your mail carrier or garbage collector.
  • Listen without interrupting your spouse, co-worker, or child.
  • Write nice online reviews for your favorite local businesses.
  • Call an old friend and catch up.
  • Volunteer at your church, a shelter, food pantry, or local charity.
  • Call your parents just to say hi.
  • Paint a rock and write an inspirational word on it. Put it where someone can find it.
  • Hold the elevator for someone.
  • Take a photo for a tourist. See someone struggling to take a photo? Offer to take one so mom or dad can be in it, too.
  • Smile at a stranger.
By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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