Particularly around Christmastime, you start to hear about people performing kindnesses for others, or you read the posts online about the wild tip someone gave a waitress, and I'm always inspired by those stories and how some people have the presence of mind to be so creatively generous. With the spirit of that in mind, one of my goals this year is to commit to practicing more random acts of kindness. Like I said in my post on Monday, I feel like I'm a pretty mindful person, and I try to do nice things to do for others, but it's generally people I know. I think part of being truly kind is helping out those you don't know as well. I've started to create a list of possible acts- ideally I would love to do at least one thing a month- but I need some help fleshing out ideas.
One thing I would love to do is be a Layaway Santa- someone who pays off someone's Christmas gifts on layaway who might not otherwise make their payment. Other ideas I've seen around are leaving a free rental code and popcorn on the Redbox and leaving quarters on vending machines or gumball machines. Both of these sound super fun and easy to do. Then there's paying for the coffee of someone behind you in line at the drive-through, or buying a $5 gift card for coffee and handing it to the person behind you. Both of those sound awkward and introvert-terrifying. That might be good for me.
However, I would also like to do things that don't necessarily require money, and those are harder to think of. Writing letters (real, with-a-stamp letters) to people will probably be on the list. Leaving encouraging, uplifting notes on random cars sounds kind of fun, but is it also kind of creeper-ish? There's lots of ideas to bake cookies/muffins/brownies for the mailman/doctor's office/librarian, but in this day and age doesn't giving random food to people seem weird? Like, there may be restrictions on what people can or can't accept? Maybe it's just me.
So, if you don't mind, I would love to hear suggestions in the comments today. What can I add to my list that would be a universal kindness (one thing I read was help someone change a tire, which is a pretty unique situation) that could be done anywhere, that either requires money or not. I am open to any and all ideas.
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