Random Acts of Kindness

by Leisa on July 3, 2008

Today I was the lucky recipient of a Random Act of Kindness, and it absolutely made my day!

My friend, colleague and brilliant Natural Fertility Specialist, Trudy, surprised me today with a gift for absolutely no reason at all, except to make me feel good.

It was a huge mug (for herbal tea of course!) and on the outside it says “You are the reason the Sun came up today” – The Universe.  And inside the mug it says “You are adored”  Isn’t that just fantastic – I love it!

Never underestimate the impact that Random Acts of Kindness can have on those you love and even on strangers whom you do something kind for.  To know that someone has thought of you and wanted to do something special, is an amazing feeling and I am SO grateful for having friends and family around me that don’t hesitate to express these simple but incredibly generous gifts of spirit.

A funny coincidence was that I opened my e-mail box when I got home today, and through came Dr. Mercola’s newsletter and one of the topics was Random Acts of Kindness!   I have reprinted it here below:

You cannot just rely on others to make the world a better place — everyone has to help. Or, like Gandhi once said:

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Kindness is actually contagious, and you might want to consider carrying out random acts of kindness on a daily basis.

You could:
Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
Cut your neighbor’s hedge.
Walk your friend’s dog.
Give a compliment about your waiter/waitress to his/her manager.
Send someone a small gift anonymously.
Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
Let someone jump the line at the bank.
Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in.
Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
Give another driver your parking spot.
Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
Tell all your family members how much you appreciate them.
Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train/bus.
Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
Smile a lot.
Once you get started, you may find it a habit hard to break!

For even more inspiration, and support from other people who are passionate about passing on kindness to others, check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation at www.ActsOfKindness.org



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