You are a part of someone else’s story?
Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness. Simply by making eye contact, giving someone your undivided attention, or sending a random text message, you can turn someone’s otherwise crappy day around. Kindness is powerful, and as we all learned in kindergarten, it’s also contagious.
Here are some ideas for random acts of kindness:
Pay it forward
Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
Don’t write the angry internet comment you’re thinking of writing.
When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in
Put your phone away.
Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant.
Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. (Surprisingly few people master this… it’s very hard for me.)
Compliment someone to their boss.
Smile at someone on the street, just because
Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.