Back in August we blogged about the quote by Aung San Suu Kyi that reads, “When you feel helpless, help someone.” As humans, the simple act of helping others makes us feel good about ourselves, and when you are going through a divorce you can use those moments that will lift your spirit. As we head into the 2015 holiday season you’ll likely hear the words “random acts of kindness” quite a bit. Random acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the elevator for someone or giving up your seat on the bus, or something a bit more intentional like buying a coffee for the person line in behind you or putting money in someone’s expired parking meter. Here are a dozen of our favorite random acts of kindness ideas:
- Have your kids select from their toys to give to charity before Christmas. No kids? Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
- Call or write to a teacher/mentor/boss who changed your life. Thank them. It will mean more to them that you can imagine.
- Bring a box of doughnuts or a fruit basket to share at the office or take one to a fire station/post office/library/school office.
- Think about your hobbies and talents (photography, sewing, carpentry, résumé guru, etc.) – what can you do or make to help someone in need?
- Prepare a meal or bake a batch of cookies for a friend who is going through a difficult time.
- Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms. The power of positivity!
- Talk to someone at work whom you have not talked to before. It might make their day!
- Shovel snow or rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. What might leave you with a sore back for a day or a couple of blisters, could be very debilitating for them to do!
- Leave any coupons you are not going to use on top of the products at the store.
- Send a greeting card to a friend or family member “just because.”
- If you can afford to, leave a server a large tip.
- Check out Pinterest – there are a ton of print-ables for random acts of kindness that you can leave for people such as a bag of popcorn at the RedBox kiosk, or a bag of instant hot chocolate with a note to leave on someone’s windshield to, “help them stay warm on a cold day.”
Remember that what goes around comes around, and that kindness breeds kindness. So even if you are feeling down and wishing these things would happen to you, start with others and watch for the positive results YOU feel!