Random Acts of Kindness
This is an idea that came to me the other day. I was inspired by a friend who was doing some volunteering. When someone asked her what prompted her to do it, she said, “Well, I figured I could be mad and shout at my TV. Or I could do something.”
I’m feeling very frustrated about the anger and divisiveness that we’re seeing, particularly from those who are supposed to be representing us. They surely don’t represent me and my views!
But, I can be mad and upset. Or try to change it. And if you’re like me, you might feel hopeless at times because you’re only one person. I’m only one person. But collectively, we’re a lot of people. And together, if we do these days for 20 days, the end result could be a half-million random acts of kindness. Or more!
I won’t go into too much detail as to why I chose these acts. For the most part, not terribly time-consuming. Or expensive. And, I have provided a couple of other Random Acts of Kindness Lists at the end. If you’re just not feeling it with my suggestions, pick one from there. I also will be adding 4 RAOKs every 4 days, rather than publishing a new post every day. This gives us a chance to work ahead or catch up. Or rearrange them to fit your schedule.
You might also want to consider keeping a gratitude journal or diary while you do this. The visual reminder will be helpful for us and our kids.
20 Days of Random Acts of Kindness
- Call someone. As a society, we have to rebuild personal connections. Think of someone whom you used to talk with on the phone frequently, and just don’t anymore. Call them and chat.
- Find donations. Whether it is clothes from yours or your kids’ closets, or books you don’t read anymore. Gather up a pile to be donated and take it.
- Go through your Halloween candy. Keep some, donate the rest. Soldiers’ Angels and Operation Gratitude are two organizations that will send it overseas to troops. Around here, the Acme will take it.
- Skip one day of driving your car, which is kind to the environment. Try to make this one a regular habit.
- Take your child or dog out for a nice walk. No gadgets, just walking and talking.
Since we are doing this in November, days 5-8 will include Election Day for most of us.
- Offer rides to the polls to those who need them. You can post it on community bulletin boards on Facebook, or your church or school.
- Volunteer at the polls for a few hours.
- Take some bottled water, a bag of hard candy or some other treat to those who are working the polls.
- Do a “pay it forward” if you go to Starbucks or some other place like that.
- Clean out your linen closets and donate your old sheets and towels to an animal shelter.
- Write a long overdue Thank You note. You can even start it with, “I am embarrassed at how late this is, but I still wanted to thank you…..”
I haven’t forgotten!
I’m having a lot of fun with this. I find it really refreshing to be doing something positive each day. Last week I worked the book fair at my son’s school, and several kids were a few cents short. But, I let it go and covered it for them.
- Make a plan to donate items to a food pantry this week or next.
- Next time you’re asked at a register if you want to give $1 to ‘worthy cause,’ go ahead and do it if it’s a cause you like to support.
- Since November is the month of gratitude, thank someone in your life who is important to you. And don’t forget to thank a vet!
- If it’s chilly where you are this week, pack a cup of hot cocoa in a disposable cup and give it to the bus driver who picks up your child.
- Send a text or private Facebook message to someone. Make it “just for so” as my Nan would say. Just something simple to brighten their day.
- If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, make sure that they are taken care of in case snow or ice hits. If they don’t, see if other neighbors will join in on a rotating schedule.
- Offer to watch a friend’s kids while she attends parent-teacher conferences so that she can fully participate.
- Acts of kindness that are free: A telephone call, spending time with someone, writing down what you’re grateful for, paying someone a compliment, thanking someone.
- Invite someone to Thanksgiving. Pick someone who may not have anywhere to go.
- If you have friends who have Thanksgiving plans, ask them if they want to come for dessert.
- Participate in Giving Tuesday. If you cannot afford to donate money this year, do them a favor and promote the cause on your social media.
- When you are with your family for Thanksgiving, pick a project for the holidays. (adopt a family, angel tree, etc.)
- Don’t forget to encourage your kids to do this too!
More Random Acts of Kindness
If my ideas above aren’t working for you, choose one from here: