February 17 has been designated Random Acts of Kindness Day.
(I’m not sure who gets to make all these “Day Designations.”)
But surely Random Acts of Kindness is a good one. Looking to be kind on one day can lead to more days–and maybe a way of life. Intentionality can create change. So here are 30 ideas to get you started.
- Take a meal to a sick friend.
- Talk to a homeless person. Ask his name and how his journey brought him to this place. And give some money or food or a gift card.
- Ask a person about her story—and listen to her tell it.
- Write a note—handwritten—telling someone how much you appreciate him. Be specific.
- Do some grocery shopping for an elderly friend.
- Say “God bless you” to store clerks.
- Hold a surprise party for a special birthday, or a big celebration, or just to do it.
- Shop at a thrift store—to bless yourself and those the charity serves.
Share your garden flowers or produce with neighbors.
- Read to a blind person.
- Volunteer at an after-school program.
- Mow the lawn for someone who is sick.
- Make a pot of soup—for your family and to share with a neighbor.
- Volunteer to drive an elderly or disabled person to an appointment.
- Genuinely compliment someone who might not hear too many compliments.
- Smile at a stranger.
- Pray for a friend in a hard place.
- Sit with a person who has suffered a great loss.
- Sing to a feverish child.
- Stoop down to talk with a child at her level.
Call that person you have been meaning to call.
- Offer to do laundry for a mom with young children.
- Offer to keep a sick child so Mom can go to work.
- Invite someone to go to church with you.
- Give a hug to a discouraged friend.
- Do online research for someone who can’t do it herself.
- Teach your grandfather how to use Facebook or Instagram.
- Offer to reach the back of the shelf for a shorter person at the grocery store.
- Host a neighborhood potluck.
- Walk your neighborhood and pray for those who live in each home.
So here’s to a kinder day…and a kinder world.
What about you? What might you do?
c2019 Judy Douglass