Giving and being kind is a learned behavior, something you CHOOSE to learn, like tying your shoes! This means that the MORE you do it, the easier it gets and greater are the chances of others picking up this behavior and doing good too. Gosh, we humans are cool! No other creature in this earth has the ability and power to CHOOSE to do good.
To help you get started, here are 20 small acts that can make someone's day:
Put the shopping cart back in place. Yeah, you know you’ve been cheating by leaving next to someone’s car.
If you see something out of place that can potentially hurt someone, be the first to put it in place or out of harm’s way.
Bake a cake for a co-worker’s birthday, just because.
Make soup for a friend recovering from surgery or an illness
Smile – one of my favorites!
Hold the door for people behind you.
Take family member’s kids out for the day – to the movies, museum, for a hike. The parents could probably use a break and the kids will love it.
Drive your grandparents, elderly parents and their friends to church, doctor’s appointments or the movies. They (and their aging bodies) will value the gesture.
Volunteer for a charity. Pick a cause that’s near and dear to your heart and donate your time to them.
If you’re in line at the grocery store with a full cart, let the person behind you who only has 5-10 items go in front of you.
Offer to take care of a neighbor’s pet when they go away on a small vacation. They’ll be comfortable knowing their pet is in good hands.
Make dinner for friends that spent the day moving or have a newborn baby or going through a tough time.
Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 4 people.
Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. By doing so, you can help people meet basic human needs.
Take a CPR class. You never know when you might be in a position to put those life-saving skills into practice.
Bring your old magazines to a hospital waiting room to make patients’ waits a little less nerve racking.
Feed parking meters that you notice are about to expire.
Next time you do your grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of cat or dog food to donate to a local animal shelter.
Treat someone to a mani or pedi.
If you have the space, host a movie night for 10 of your closet friends. Charge $5 admission, provide the popcorn, candy and drinks, and donate the money to a charity you all decide on such as The Orphaned Earring – not so subtle hint