10 Ways You Can Practice “A Random Act Of Kindness”

During turbulent times – and we are surely in the middle of some very disturbing times, no matter what your viewpoint is when it comes to the political – kindness, and the spreading of it is even more needed, than ever before. It is our point of power, our way to shine, one person at a time, sending a little bit of healing light into the world when it feels like the darkness has taken over.

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This is why I am a big fan of random acts of kindness, a practice consisting of small tasks that we do for another, to brighten their day. Don’t let the word “random” confuse you here. Random does not necessarily mean spontaneous, but it does mean, that the person receiving it, does not expect anything. You can plan your kindness acts ahead – some of us, might have to, for financial or time-restrictive reasons, but that should not keep us from practicing them. I have compiled a list of ten ways you can practice a random kindness act. Maybe this list will inspire you to act upon them, or even come up with your own list.

10 Ways You Can Practice A Random Act Of Kindness

 

1. Pay for the person behind you in line
2. Hand out gift cards to delivery drivers, maintenance crews or other people that are in service jobs.
3. Take the time to really engage your server, or cashier by using their name, and asking them about their day
4. Leave a container of cookies or other treats at your neighbors with a note
5. Smile and make eye contact with everyone you interact – for some people that is the only smile they will see that day
6. Bring a box of extra pens to the office for everyone to use – or give it to the person who always seems to loose a pen
7. You can also give a pretty pen to a clerk when you are a bank or a doctor’s office. Bright pens, those with flowers, or colorful
looking pens work the best for that, as they just brighten people’s day.
8. Have a couple of extra dog treats with you when you walk your dog and ask the owner if their dog can have a treat.
9. Write a handwritten thank you card for your regular mail person to tell her how much you appreciate her service
10. Leave quarters at the laundry room.

These acts don’t have to be fancy or cost you money, or a lot of time. Small acts, practiced with care, and compassion are often even more effective than those who are larger, and you might never know how much of an impact this little action of yours will have to the recipient.

How do you practice a random act of kindness? Do you think that it is less of a random act, if you pre-plan it, or does it not really
matter, because the result matters more?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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6 thoughts on “10 Ways You Can Practice “A Random Act Of Kindness”

  1. There’s certainly nothing wrong with putting a little thought into the question “what is giving?” There’s nothing wrong with ANY kind of giving, for that matter. I will say, however, that I find anonymous giving is perhaps the best, especially when getting started in this as a practice. That way, you KNOW you aren’t doing it for a “thank you” or a great story to tell.
    Here’s my thinking. When you give anonymously, you are making ONE simple, pure statement. That statement is “there are givers in the world.” Too many people are lost in cynicism, complaining about “human nature” as though everyone is out to get them. This way, they have ONE simple fact to deal with. That fact is that “somebody gave something to me unconditionally. I guess my theory about Human Nature is a bit too rigid.” I sincerely believe that we can create a World That Works For Everyone. This is how the revolution begins — by giving, forgiving, and learning to receive graciously. If there is nowhere to point the finger, then some rethinking must occur. It may take more than once, but it’s a gradual wave, a true transformation.
    Sometimes, I’ll give a $20 to a rich person, anonymously. They obviously don’t need it, right? But that very thought process is a condition, which invalidates the “unconditional” part of the equation. If you choose not to give to a panhandler because “Oh, they will probably just spend it on booze,” Then you are practicing Judgment with a Capital “J.”

    It’s none of your business what other people think or do, even if they think it’s about you. Your job is to choose YOUR actions, moment by moment. That is how we change the world.

    1. I agree with you, that suspension the judging of others is important. In a way that is an act of kindness in itself, to accept one another as we are in the moment we interact, rather than trying to change someone to fit one’s own reality.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Blessings!

    1. Indeed, and it is surely not a weakness, but actually a quiet strength, that we all should cultivate. Blessings!

  2. These are really great tips, especially things like extra pens or gift cards for delivery drivers. We could all use a little more kindness if our lives.

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