“We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” - Seneca
A lot of times, we tend to get caught up in the season and forget the more important things. We have busy schedules, to-do lists, and appointments that keep us on our toes. Before you know it, the holidays are over and it's a new year! However, that doesn't mean that we can't still make time to do good in the world. In fact, it's the perfect time to reassess and determine how we can be a little kinder.
You may have heard of "Random Acts of Kindness." If you haven't, it's simply being a positive example to others by showing kindness to them, without expecting anything in return. This year, why not start a new tradition? This year, pledge to be the good and be kind. This year, while running around baking cookies and trimming your tree, reach out to your fellow man and offer the gift of a grateful heart.
Here are some ideas to get you going; now, get out there!
- Attend a local blood drive
- Put a note of kindness in your mail box for your postman/woman to find
- "Adopt" a family in need
- Donate your winter wedding flowers to a local nursing home
- Offer a stranger your seat on the bus, or your spot in a line
- Call a long lost friend or family member
- Pay for the purchase of the person behind you at a store
- Bless your waiter/waitress with a large tip, just because
- Strike up a conversation with a strainer and genuinely listen to what they have to say
- Donate food or supplies to a local pet shelter
- Offer to rake your neighbors' leaves
- Babysit (for free) for someone who needs a few hours to themselves
- Volunteer to read to kids at your local library
- Send a care package or card to a soldier
- Help someone bag their groceries, or put their cart away for them
- Reach out to the person who has made an impact on your life