Wednesday, February 17, 2016

spreading kindness far and wide

Today, as you probably already know, is Random Acts of Kindness Day (which personally I would like to see every day). The daytime talk shows will no doubt do some features on this, but what about each of us? Let's really brighten the world today! Here are a few ideas:

Shower the pediatric ward of a hospital with coloring books and boxes of crayons (you can buy them very cheaply at most toy stores). Volunteer to read to kids in the library. Donate time at a senior center. Give a pair of tickets to a concert or baseball game to a stranger. Make a point of finding the name of a supermarket or drugstore employee and then praise him/her through that company’s corporate office. Send a gift anonymously to a friend. Drop off combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste at a homeless shelter. Pay for the person behind you in the movie line. Send random thinking of you cards (or even a late Valentine). Volunteer to fix up an elderly person’s home. Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line.  Say nice things randomly to facebook and twitter friends. Buy some bottles of water and randomly hand them out to strangers on the street. Write “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! Have a great day!” on slips of paper and place them on parked cars.

If you have money, the sky's the limit. Hand out dollar bills (or fives or tens or even twenties) to strangers on the street. If you are in a position to make a proclamation (like the mayor or governor or the CEO of a company), proclaim today John Doe Day (or whatever person) and really make their day! Oh I said the sky was the limit, how about going to and naming a star after someone?
That's just a starting point. Can you share some other kind acts in the comments section below? Let's spread that kindness far and wide!

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