Random Acts of Kindness Day was February 17th, which I didn't know when I picked this topic for Wellness Wednesday. I picked it because I was feeling down the other day and thought doing something nice for somebody else would pick me up. It's a mood lifter, don't you think? Win-win.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
"Acts of Kindness" suggestion lists are plentiful. Here are a few from Random Acts of Kindness.org:
* Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
* Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
* Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
* Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
* Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
* Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
* Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
* Leave quarters at the laundromat.
* Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
* Smile at five strangers.
26 Acts of Kindness (one for every student who was killed at Newtown)
From an old post of mine:
* Downloadable Random Acts of Kindness bookmarks
* Random Acts of Kindness.org also has School Activity Ideas
* Help Others.org has a long list of idea links.
* Gives Me Hope has a random acts of kindness page.
* Pay It Forward Experience will have a SKYPE call with your school or group.
* Free compliments
* The Web is a Random Act of Kindness, a TED talk video.