Random Acts of Kindness

IMG_1498My current housemate and dear friend Deb bought a flyer home from church entitled Random Acts of Christmas Kindness that listed many ways to spread the love. My church also encourages us to constantly give out to others – to commit to thinking outwards as we all go through our day. And what better time than Christmas to start or continue a wonderful daily habit such as this. So here is a selection of the suggestions on the flyer (plus I added a few!)

1. While you are out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is
2. Compliment someone to their boss
3. Smile at people in the street, just because
4. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you
5. Talk to the shy person sitting by themselves at a party
6. Give someone a hug
7. Stop to talk to a homeless person
8. Listen intently
9. Babysit for a single parent
10. Hold the elevator
11. Write your partner a list of the things you love about them
12. Do No. 11 for your children
13. Do No. 11 for your siblings
14. Do No. 11 for your parents
15. Say thank you to a janitor
16. Help your elderly neighbour take out the trash or mow the lawn
17. Give up your seat on the bus or train for a pregnant woman or anyone older than you
18. Make two lunches and give one away
19. Encourage someone today
20. Call your mother
21. When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone – you deserve kindness too!

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