Sunday, April 7, 2013

Acts of Kindness

I remember that movie Pay It Forward. It had Haley Joel Osment playing the role of a young boy, Trevor, who decided to take a school assignment very seriously. The assignment was to think of something that could change the world and how to make it happen. Trevor came up with an idea that when someone does a person a favor, it is not to be paid back but paid forward -- good deeds are not to be paid back by a return favor but will be paid back by doing a good deed for each of three new people. 

Can you imagine how such an idea could change the world if each and every person would simply follow that concept? Being kind doesn't mean that we have to do something major or that we need to spend a lot of money. 

Even the simplest things can make a difference in someone else's life. If you feel like you are up to the challenge, here are some simple acts of kindness that could really make someone's day brighter.

  1. Give someone a portion of that nice recipe that you had prepared for lunch. 
  2. Smile while driving. It will make that other driver smile too. Smiles are contagious.
  3. Buy an extra coffee and give it to a colleague at work. Or better yet buy that guy standing after you in line at the coffee shop. 
  4. Stick a post-it on the restroom mirror with the words "you are a wonderful person."
  5. Hold the door open for someone behind you be it a lady or a gentleman.
  6. Give up your seat to a senior person or a pregnant woman in the bus or train (or on a park bench).
  7. Give a piece of fruit or a cookie to the delivery person.
  8. Kindness is not meant to be offered only to people. Feed a stray cat or dog with even a few pieces of bread or some pet food. Or you can simply leave a bowl of water for animals to drink.
  9. Help an elderly person cross the street.
  10. Help someone carry their bags to their car at the supermarket.
There are a lot more ways you can show kindness to others that could really make their day. The only investment required is your willingness to try and do it. 

Smiling costs absolutely nothing but it is priceless to others.

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Posted by: Bames Pabla
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  1. My favourite random act of kindness to do is sticking a plastic bag containing exactly the right amount of money to a drink machine with a note that reads "Have one on me".

  2. It gets hot here in Texas, as you may know. Each summer, I enjoy leaving a 6 pack of Shiner Bock (a fancy Texan beer) out with my garbage and a note thanking the garbage crew for their thankless job.

    My hubby and I were recently the recipients of a free lunch thanks to a couple who paid for our meal unbeknownst to us!

    On a grander scale, when I was a barista, a very kind couple (they were regulars) paid for me to have my wisdom teeth extracted. This was a big deal, too. My teeth were so complicated that I had been turned down by several oral surgeons who said it was too complicated for them.

    I was in pain. I had no dental insurance and I was scared!!!

    Anyway, this sweet couple noticed me wincing one day when I served them, and after learning why I was in pain they insisted on helping me out. I will be forever grateful to them!

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

    visiting from the #AtoZchallenge
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    1. That was wonderful. I am glad that you have gotten the treatment you need. By the way, I loved your blog and plan to visit it again and again. :)

  3. p.s. Hey - I just noticed that it's already Sunday wherever you are! Where is that, pray tell?


  4. Very sweet :) I remember that film. It came out when I was about 13 or so, I fell so deeply in love with Haley Joel Osment!

    I always try to offer people help, some think it's weird and others look completely shocked that someone bothered to talk/offer/help them :D

  5. Paying it forward is such a wonderful idea. I am pleased to say that I already automatically do a few of the items on your list. I will strive for an extra one tomorrow.

    Thanks for stopping by my AtoZ.

  6. I have always loved the concept of this movie. And it actually surprises me how many people DON'T do random acts as part of their daily lives. I was raised to help others, open doors, to say please and thank-you and to smile when talking to another person, so it boggles my mind when I realize that there are so many other people out there that don't. Great post! And Happy SITS Day!

  7. Always nice to be kind! Happy SITS Day :)

  8. Acts of Kindness should be a way of life. Take care of your own and the bubble created around you may start another and another and another. Thanks for the blog. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  9. You are speaking my language! Simple acts of kindness go a long way. I've written about this so many time. I've even compiled a list of simple ways to pay it forward every day. Feel free to add to it!

    Happy SITS Day!

  10. I love this idea! Another thing that I try to do as frequently as possible is to compliment a woman I see in the supermarket or at Target about her hair, her shoes, her outfit, anything I can say something positive about. Everyone loves to feel like they're rockin' it.

  11. You are very right Bames, kindness would make a huge difference in the world.
    Congratulations on being featured on SITS, do enjoy your day!

  12. This is fantastic! I especially love the idea of sticking an encouraging note to the bathroom mirror!! Happy SITS Day,

  13. I love paying it forward! Occasionally I like to pay for the person behind me when I go through a Drive Thru. Little things like that can make a person's entire day! I hope more people develop the habit.

  14. I love doing random acts of kindness and paying things forward. You are right that this world would be a completely different place if we all did!

  15. I had the person buy my coffee in the drive thru once and I paid for the person behind me. The barista said that the chain had been going for 20 cars now. That was awesome! I've always wondered how long it continued.

  16. My mother and I absolutely loved the idea of this movie as well! It's amazing how simple it is to be kind, yet how we insist on making life more complicated and miserable than it has be for ourselves! Thx for the great post! xoxo

  17. Wonderful post. I was born and raised in the South and random acts of kindness go hand in hand with our idea of Southern Hospitality. When I lived up North, it just wasn't the same. I'd speak to people just because and they would look at me like I was crazy. Thank God, I'm back in the South again. A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

  18. Great post! We all can use a reminder of being kind. With the craziness of life, it is too easy to go about our daily lives without smiling or showing people that we care. I try to keep this in mind on a daily basis, especially modeling random acts of kindness for my son, so he can grow up to be a responsible and kind person. Happy SITS Day!

    -Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy

  19. I love this! We need more kindess in this world - for other people, animals and to ourselves. Great post! Stopping by from SITS!

  20. What a great idea - love the idea of sticking a post-it on a bathroom mirror for someone!!! What a nice surprise that would be for someone!!!

  21. It's funny how the littlest things to you can make the biggest difference in someone else's life. Thanks for the reminder!