Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Be kind!

I'm in a great mood this week. It's kind of a weird feeling seeing all of the crap that's going in in our world today. So I thought I would post 10 things you can do to make someone happy if only for a few moments.

1. While in a toll booth, pay the toll for the car behind you. Watch the face of the toll taker as you do, and look in your rear-view for the reaction of the driver behind you.

2. In line at the grocery store, if the person in front you is counting change and has to put something back because they don't have enough, buy it for them; especially if they have a child.

3. Put a quarter in just one parking meter that is about to expire.

4. If you have a specified skill (hairdresser, make-up, sewing, crochet etc) offer your service to battered women/children shelters or other charities.

5. If you are close to a family who is having a hard time, offer to watch the kids so the parents can have a break. You can also offer to run errands for them.

6. When it is your turn at the cashier, for the love of God, hang up your cell phone, or wait until your conversation is over before going to the cashier. It shows respect for a fellow human being knowing that you valued them long enough to suspend your phone call.

7. Sit down next to someone if they look like they are having a bad day. Talk to them. Sometimes, that is all it takes to cheer someone up and you might even provide the solution to someones problems

8. Visit a nursing home resident. They won't care that you don't know them, they will just be happy to have someone with whom to talk. Better yet, ask one of the nurses which patient(s) rarely have visitors. THAT will make their day!

9. Go to the dollar store and by things for 1 care package and a thank you card. Find an organization that sends these to our military serving over-seas.

10. If you live where there is a lot of snow.. shovel your neighbors driveway.

Most of these Random Acts of Kindness cost little or no money. They only require an ounce of compassion and a little bit of your time. I have done a lot of these myself, or someone has done them for me. Either way, it is a win-win for everyone.


Babbington said...

Aw, those are some really nice acts... and a nice post, too.

Well done you :-)

Poetry Sue said...

I find that doing a random act of kindness when you are felling a little blue will perk you right up too...

dizzblnd said...

thanks bab! I am glad you enjoyed it.

It does cheer you right up when your down! I can attest to that first hand. BTW something is waiting for you on my other blog. ;)

Just a Blogger said...

It's good to know that there are still some good human beings in this world. I think all it would take for the world to change would be for everyone to slow down and think about others for 2 minutes!

dizzblnd said...

You are right blogger.. it's just that simple. Too bad not everyone understands the concept of kindness

kateykates said...

Great suggestions! All you gotta do is look around and there is an opportunity for kindness.

dizzblnd said...

Very true Katey... you are already being kind to yourself, which is a start

Slyde said...

those are great! i'm a big fan of "paying it forward" type acts...

acute_disaster said...

Those are so nice!

I'll keep those in mind.

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