Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

Some times it is the little things in life that can make some one's day.  These random acts of kindness, just a small kind gesture, can make it a long way.  

One of the differences I have noticed about transferring to a new college is that not all students everywhere perform these small acts. I don't know if this is the difference between a small private college and a public university or what, but there is clearly a difference between the two institutions.  For example, yesterday in my 60 person lecture I sneezed.  Take a guess at how many people said bless  Just one person out of all the people in the room.  I find that a little disheartening.  Why don't people have manners?

Anyways, enough of the complaints. I try to be kind to every one on campus and who I encounter in life by performing random acts of kindness such as; holding the door open, saying please and thank you, saying bless you when somebody sneezes, leaving money in the parking meter for the next person to use, saying have a good day after a cashier rings you up, and simply by just being friendly.  None of these things are difficult to do if you are consciously make sure to do them. In fact, a lot of these things just come natural to people.

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and underrated agent of human change"
-Bob Kerrey

Kindness Ideas:

Donate used books to the library
Hold the door open for someone
Provide the elderly with the gift of music at a retirement home
Help children learn
Help someone for free
Let someone go in line in front of you
Pay the tab for the person behind you in line
Return your shopping cart
Pick up trash
Be a designated driver
Be kind to somebody you do not like
Randomly send flowers to somebody you love
Donate a $1 to a local cause
Say thank you to people 
Offer someone a piece of gum
Complain less
Post a positive comment on a picture or blog
Hand write a thank you note
Share your umbrella

The list is endless, but these are a few things that you can do with lithe effort.  If you visit there are tons of ideas how you can perform random acts of kindness, how to teach this to your children/students, and so many more fun things dealing with kindness.

I challenge you to perform at least one random act of kindness today!


1 comment:

  1. hey nice post meh, You are one of the best writers I've seen of recent. I love your style of blogging here. this post reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog: Self-Improvement vs Being A Kind Person .
    keep up the good work friend. I will be back to read more of your posts.