Deposit money in a vending machine and walk away. If you work in a setting with food and beverage vending machines, a wonderful, inexpensive way to give someone’s day a lift as well as your own is to deposit money in a machine and leave it for the next person. Whoever approaches the machine will see there’s money “waiting” for someone to make a product selection. They’ll get a free bag of chips or beverage of their choice.
Help someone carry or load groceries into their car. Step in to help a person tote items from a store to his vehicle. In the event the store has rolling carts for customers to use, offer to help an elderly person move the groceries from the cart into the car.
Open doors for others. Although there are still some who open doors routinely for others, it seems this simple random act of kindness has widely gone by the wayside. It does raise one’s spirit when someone takes the time and effort to open a door.
Invite a person who lives alone for an impromptu dinner. Maybe you’ve just prepared your family’s favorite winter stew. Will having one more person at the table be okay? Send your spouse over to invite the person living next door for dinner. You’ll most likely enjoy some interesting conversation and get to know your neighbor better.
Pitch in to assist your neighbor who’s washing their car. With a little bit of elbow grease, you and your neighbor will be thrilled with the results of your random act of kindness.
Give something away that you don’t use anymore. You know that television game system you don’t play? There could be a child right in your neighborhood that would love to have it. Keep your eyes and ears open for what people around you say they want. You might own something you don’t even use that would bring great happiness to others. If you prefer, donate items to a charity.
Utilize your skills by teaching someone how to do something. Maybe it’s that fancy textured wall painting technique you learned how to do last year. Perhaps you’re a whiz using your new smartphone and your friend just bought one and is totally perplexed.
There are probably people all around you who would love for you to demonstrate your skills.
When you engage in caring behaviors toward others, you and the receiver experience a special kind of jubilation. Help heal yourself and the world by practicing random acts of kindness.
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