How great is it that our random acts of kindness and good deeds can make someone else’s entire day? Here are 10 random acts of kindness and good deeds that can help you carry out kindness daily and become an everyday hero.
1. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
2. Put 50–100 paper hearts or smiley faces in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your lover or a good friend. Give her the box and tell her to pull out a heart or smiley face anytime she gets lonely or wants a pick me up.
3. “Want me to pick something up for you?” If you know someone is overwhelmed – perhaps by a new baby, family health issues, or something else – give them a call when you’re going out to the store. Ask if they’d like you to pick something up. We’ve been the beneficiaries of this random act of kindness, and it’s great.
4. Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse’s or kid’s lunch.
5. When it’s summer and hot, give out cold Gatorades to your mail carrier and garbage men. When it’s freezing outside offer hot chocolate to crossing guards, police officers and others.
6. After a wedding or party donate all of the flowers to a nursing home. If you want to see the impact of these random acts of kindness, personally deliver a flower to each resident. You could also bring the flowers to a hospital and ask the receptionist to distribute them to patients who could use them.
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7. Say “thank you” to someone who made a difference. Send a card to people who dedicate their lives to helping us – soldiers, police officers, firefighters and teachers to name a few.
8. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
9. Be kind to yourself. Every day write down 3 to 5 things for which you’re grateful. I do this every night with a simple email to myself. Research has shown that this increases happiness by 25%.
10. Send cards to lonely seniors. 13-year-old Jacob Cramer started Love for the Elderly, which distributes letters to American seniors via senior centers and nonprofit organizations. This page explains how you can send a postal letter. Letters have come in from all over including Cleveland, Asia and Scotland.
This article was originally written by Brad Aronson and appears here with permission. Check out his full list of 102 Random Acts of Kindness.
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