If you follow me on facebook, you probably read about the 25 Random Acts of Kindness I do each November. It’s my way to inspire others and show that we should always “be kind to others”. (Quoted from Ellen. Because you all know how I love Ellen.)
November is my birthday month. It’s also the month of my anniversary and Thanksgiving. It’s special to me. And busy. Many people use November to share how they are thankful. While I am ever so greatful for my family, my friends, my house, etc. it means just as much to me to share a little kindness and pay it forward. Some acts of kindness are small, some are bigger. Regardless of size, they each have the potential to lift someone’s spirit or turn their day completely around. Many of these acts of kindness will cost under $5, if not free. (In reality, I wish I had hundreds of dollars to randomly hand out to the Mom at the grocery store or to the person behind me in line at the doctor’s office. I just don’t have that kind of money, though.) (My favorite from last year cost about $20, and can be seen here.)
I’ve been posting my daily random acts on facebook, but after a few requests, I’m going to compile them here, too.
Day 1: Help Others.
I completed some work for another parent in my daughter’s class. It took an hour and cost very little. It’s good to help where I can, when I can. I emailed our teacher to let her know I did the work, but wanted to pass along the “credit”. The teacher sent me an uplifting note: “Sometimes I get caught up in the little difficulties of life and what you are doing with your random acts of kindness really touched and inspired me. …. Bless you and know you encouraged me!!”
Day 2: Balloon Twister.
I approached frequent customers at a table in Fresco’s tonight. I asked if they would like a balloon animal. Mom said no, as she had no cash. I said I was happy to make her children a balloon regardless. (I am always happy to make them, as a smile is worth just as much as a tip. And I make this family balloons almost every week.) Mom insisted that she would feel bad, and apologized for not having money for a tip this week. I explained that it was my birthday, and for the month of November, I aim for kindness, and would be honored if she allowed me to make her children something – and use this as today’s random act. The Mom said she was beyond touched, and added that I was an inspiration – that “we hear about Random Acts of Kindness, but it’s hard to find people who do that”. The older child said “my kindness was awesome” and made a balloon to give to someone else. ♥
Day 3: The Movie Theater.
Tonight, while at the movie theater, a friend and I handed out (2) large bags of popcorn to two different customers. We received a blessing and very genuine “thank you” from each of the movie-goers. *The popcorn cost us nothing, as I had two extra coupons to get them for free. ♥ It’s the little things that can turn someone’s day around.
Day 4: Appreciation Gift.
Today I donated a little extra to the collection that was being sought after for our Coach’s end of season gift. I don’t want to say too much, because while I am happy to help others, I don’t need the recognition. We never know what the next person is going through.
Day 5: Dinner.
I bought a friend dinner tonight. ♥
Day 6: Grocery Shopping.
Tonight, while shopping at HEB, I picked up a box of brownies for my favorite cashier. This particular cashier makes customers feel like their business is appreciated and not taken for granted. I love a cashier who engages in conversation and smiles while ringing up your groceries! (….And he gives high fives when you give him brownies!) Enjoy!
Day 7: CVS Shopping.
I am a frequent CVS shopper. I am literally there every week, and well known by my favorite cashiers. One, in particular, offered me a $5 Extra Care Buck to apply to my purchase. It was totally unexpected, yet well appreciated. Instead of accepting the $5 off of my purchase, I asked the cashier to give it to the next customer.
Day 8: RedBox.
I received a code for a free RedBox DVD rental on my birthday. Instead of using the code, I wrote it down on a sticky note, and left it on the RedBox kiosk.
Day 9: Pass on the Savings.
We often eat at TGI Fridays. I always get TGI Friday’s coupons emailed to me, and they are very familiar on the internet. Today, I printed a few extra coupons and passed them out to diners in the restaurant. My children love when we do this, and it builds their confidence of speaking to others.
Day 10: Food Donations.
Remember when I bought all this food for less than $20? Today was a great day to donate some of that food (from this trip and the one after that). Although this is not really a “random” act of kindness, it taught my children that we should help others when we can.
Day 11: Leave an Extra Tip.
I had a few “extra” dollars on me today. Before I left the restaurant, I tipped more than I normally would. In fact, I tipped on my credit card and left cash. I hope the server had as big of a smile as I did.
Day 12: Sweetness.
Today, I bought a candy bar for the person in line behind me at CVS. Enjoy your M&M’s!
Day 13: Have a seat.
We went to a restaurant to eat dinner tonight. While we waited for a table, we sat in the waiting area. I am always quick to give up my seat for an expecting mother or an elderly person, but today, I stood up just because. It filled my heart when a young family sat down to wait together.
Day 14: Coffee is on me.
I took an extra $0.75 to buy coffee for a lady filling her coffee mug today. When I told the cashier I wanted to pay for two, she questioned me. I told her I was sharing kindness, and was paying for the lady filling her mug. The cashier said it brightened her day to know I was going to brighten someone’s day.
Day 15: Coupon Shopping!
While shopping, I left random coupons on products that were popular this holiday season.
Day 16: Pocket Change.
Today we visited a bowling/arcade facility. I left a few quarters on one of the machines, with a note that said “Enjoy”. This is proof that kindness comes around when you least expect it: Before we left, another child handed my child about 100 tickets to redeem for prizes.
Day 17: Grocery Bags.
It was nice to help an elderly lady load the grocery bags into her car.
Day 18: Dinner.
I took a friend out for dinner and drinks tonight. *I think I enjoyed this one as much as she did, though!
Day 19. Money.
Today I left my extra change in the coin dispenser at Albertsons. (I need to do this more often!)
Day 20. Sweet Treat!
It’s fun to hand items to strangers. Today, I handed a few random customers candy bars, which I received from a recent UnReal party.
Day 21. Line Up.
We gave up our place in a long line today. That was fun! Pick someone at the end, and offer to switch places!
Day 22. Cards for Soldiers.
My daughter and I made cards to mail to the soldiers today. We recycled cards from last year, and bought new ones, too. A little card goes a long way.
Day 23. Give Up Your Cart.
Many acts of kindness require no money. Just a place in your heart. Today, while shopping at Kroger, I noticed a lady who had her hands full. I only had one item in my cart at the time, so I took out my bread and rolled my cart to her.
Day 24. Donations.
I nearly emptied my stockpile today, making a large donation to those who could use it more than I.
Day 25. Pass It On.
Today, we sent an extra snack to school for our teachers. We also purchased gifts for the Angel Tree.
There are so many things we can do that will help others in one way or another. Whether your acts are large or small, someone somewhere is bound to smile from something you did.