Random Acts of Kindness
A while back, as I was doing some research on the internet, I found the picture below. After I read this particular sign I started thinking: I wonder what our society would be like if we each did one Random Act of Kindness every day.
I love doing things for others unexpectedly. For my 53rd birthday, I stood in the parking lot of our local Walmart and handed out cards with $5.30 to people as they were getting in their cars. At first, they didn’t want to talk to me thinking I was trying to sell them something, but when I explained it was my birthday, and I was giving out gifts, they were shocked. I’ll never forget that day. The smiles, the tears, the joy I saw on people’s faces and I was only giving them $5.30! I had so much fun I wanted to get more cards and money then do it again the next day.
You don’t have to give out money. Sometimes being a listening ear to a friend or stranger could be a wonderful gift. Or making something for the local women’s shelter. Or giving someone a meal that is homeless on the streets. Maybe do something for someone that they can’t do for themselves because they are ill. There are so many little gestures we can do each day to show kindness. And the coolest thing is that when you give it tends to have a ripple effect.
The ripple effect is set in motion when you give from the heart to someone. The person or people you give to in turn usually find someone they can help and so on. Can you imagine if we just started showing each other kindness? Or we would share a smile with everyone we meet – even the people that look like they are mad as a hornet? You never know -maybe your smile might be the catalyst that changes that person’s day.
Whenever you can, try to do some Random Acts of Kindness. I promise that you’ll get as much as you give.