Tags: Featured Story, Parenting
If you have ever experienced a random act of kindness, you know what joy a simple act can produce. This month, encourage your family to spread that kindness to the people who cross your paths during the holiday season and beyond.
Simple Enough for a Child
• Collect stray carts outside the grocery store and put them back in the corrals.
• Send a note of appreciation to a coach, teacher or neighbor.
• Do a chore without being asked.
• If you see something out of place at the store, put it back where it goes.
• Start the day on the right foot. Smile and say good morning to everyone you see.
• Bring in a neighbor's garbage cans or mail on a cold day.
• When you received prize tickets from arcade games, give them to someone else so they can get a bigger prize.
• Hand out a refreshing bottle of water to the mail carrier.
Share the Wealth
• Buy hot cocoa for the Salvation Army bell ringers.
• Hand out $5 gift cards at the gas station, donut shop or fast food restaurant.
• Tape coins to the machines at the Laundromat or hand out boxes of detergent.
• Place singles on items at the dollar store – the toy aisle might be the best place.
• Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive up window, subway station or toll booth.
• Purchase a buy one get one item and share it with a friend.
• Leave a generous tip for a small bill. We have all worked for tips at one time in our lives.
• Buy lunch for the service man working at your house. Pizza goes a long way when there is more than one.
• If you have an extra ticket, give it to someone who is waiting in line.
Do Something Together as a Family
• Order a gift card for Red box and hand out codes to visitors along with a bag of popcorn.
• Tape coins to the gum ball machines
• Play board games with residents at the nursing home. Bring a plate of cookies with you.
• Collect old towels and blankets for the animal shelter
• Help someone load groceries into their car and take their cart back to the corral.
• Make twice as much dinner as your family needs and give it to a neighbor – just because.
• Attach coupons to items in the grocery store
Help Your Fellow Man
• Leave a used book at the dentist office, coffee shop or auto repair waiting room
• Give of yourself. Sign up to be an organ, bone marrow or blood donor.
• Offer your seat to someone who needs it more on the bus, train or waiting area.
• Say "Bless you" when a stranger sneezes.
• If you find a stray dog with a collar, call him over so you can reunite him with his owner.
• If a store or restaurant employee has been kind or helpful, be sure to tell their boss.
• If you follow a blog, leave a comment and let them know why you enjoy their blog.
• Leave a package of baby wipes in a public bathroom changing area.
• Clean off a dirty park bench or swing if a bird has been there.
Make Someone's Day
• Let someone ahead of you in line at the store.
• Compliment someone on their hair, clothes, nail polish, or new car.
• Ask a friend about their day and let them vent.
• Give up a great parking spot to the person behind you.
• Send a silly ecard to a friend and let them know you are thinking of them.
• Give another parent a break. Offer to babysit while they catch up on sleep or shopping.
• Write a hand written letter to an older family member. Show them that they are worth the time.
• Share a word of encouragement with a parent who has her hands full.
• If you have to run out to the store on a cold or rainy day, be sure to ask your neighbor if they need something.
• Pull a shy partygoer into the conversation by asking her about herself.