How can you spread a little more love, compassion and kindness into the world?
Everywhere I look people seem to be in a constant state of movement and urgency. Rushing from one destination to the next, trapped in their own bubble of importance, compulsion and need.
Whenever I turn on the news or scroll through my media feeds, I am faced with a barrage of atrocities, tragedies and human hardships. Each day bringing fresh problems which feel bigger, sadder and more dire than the last set of problems. The inequalities and injustices seem insurmountable which makes it all the more easier to sit back and do nothing. Or ignore everything.
It can be overwhelming, heartbreaking and unfair and often leaves me feeling powerless and questioning our collective moral fibre.
And then amongst the chaos something good happens.
Someone smiles, opens the door, invites me in. Someone says thank you, gives me a compliment, a hand up, a hug, a high five. And I'm reminded that lightness and darkness are inseperable in the natural world.
I am reminded that the smallest of actions start as humble ripples across the water, spreading and growing and picking up pace until an unstoppable swell turns the tide. And just like that, my belief in the goodness of humanity is restored.
The thing is you don't have to move mountains or make waves to make a positive impact on others. Just like you don't have to have all the answers to know the right answer someone needs to hear right now.
Every day you get to choose how you want people to feel when they interact with you.
Every day you get to choose how you add or subtract from someone's experience.
Every day you have the capacity to choose how much love, compassion and kindness you spread into the world.
Every day you get the choice to let fear, anger, hate or love guide you. Don't ever underestimate your power to transform lives.
Challenge yourself to do something helpful or wildly good for an individual, a group or entire community today.
51 random acts of kindness
- Go to your local Red Cross and donate blood knowing you have the means to save three lives.
- Invite a friend who lives alone over for dinner and make them feel like extended family.
- Ask your friends/colleagues to give away their shoes to groups who can distribute to those without.
- Pick up a few non-perishables the next time you're buying groceries and donate them to Foodbank.
- Find ways to connect people who need help/experience/knowledge with those willing to share it.
- Share your own experience/skills/knowledge without expecting anything in return.
- Surprise 10 people you know with a handwritten note letting them know how much you care.
- Write a supportive letter to a stranger. Because the world needs more love letters.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost even though you're in a hurry to keep moving.
- When you buy something new, give something old away to someone who needs it more than you.
- Help a mum trying to manage her child's outburst, without judgement.
- Smile and acknowledge those who serve and wait on you in stores, cafes and restaurants.
- Make care packages e.g. loved ones away from home, the homeless, service men and women.
- Offer to pick up groceries for a sick friend, elderly neighbour or someone going through a tough time.
- Make a loan to a rural entrepreneur and do your bit to try and help alleviate poverty.
- Thank a mentor or old teacher who made a difference in your life.
- Become a mentor to someone younger than you.
- Compliment someone in front of others.
- Collect lightly used toys from friends with growing kids and donate them to a children’s hospital.
- Bring your assistant or boss a cup of their favourite coffee.
- Send flowers to a friend out of the blue and let them know you're thinking of them.
- Say thank you to a cleaner. Better yet, get to know them.
- Talk to the shy or new person who’s sitting by themselves at lunch.
- Offer change when the person in front of you comes up short at the register.
- Say please and thank you more and mean it.
- Put sticky notes with positive sayings on mirrors in public bathrooms and shared spaces.
- Give someone a book you think they would benefit from.
- If you have a friend who is on the move, offer to help them pack and/or unpack.
- Offer your seat to someone who needs it on a crowded bus or train.
- Leave your magazine behind for someone else to enjoy.
- Let the person behind with a couple of items at the checkout go ahead of you.
- Call your grandparents and tell them you love them.
- Donate old blankets, towels and sheets to animal shelters.
- Start a community garden in your neighbourhood.
- Offer to babysit for the afternoon so the parent/s can take a break.
- Bring a box of baked goods to share at your next team meeting.
- Give away your books, novels and magazines to schools, hospitals and libraries.
- Become a volunteer dog walker.
- Adopt a rescue animal. (But only if you are fully committed.)
- Write your significant other a list of things you love about them and leave it somewhere they'll find it.
- Make a couple of lunches and give one away.
- Give the person opposite you your undivided attention and listen with the intent to understand.
- Say yes to someone.
- Pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you.
- Give away your old eyeglasses to organisations who distribute them to people in need.
- Teach an elderly person how to use a computer and the internet.
- Help deliver food to those who are unable to leave their home.
- Tell someone you are proud of them and the person they are becoming.
- Ask loved ones to donate to your favourite charity on your next birthday instead of giving gifts.
- On your birthday, commit to carrying out a number (your age) of big and small acts of kindness.
- Smile at a stranger. Never ever underestimate the power of a simple heartfelt smile.
What's ONE kindness you and and will commit to this week?
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