I have been thinking a lot lately about how small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on a person’s life. The thing I like most about doing for others is, how my positive behavior makes me feel better.
The other day the following status on my Facebook page.
I pretty much made up this status in an effort to get people to become more aware of the litter that is everywhere, gutters, lawns, sidewalks, oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, ad infinitum. In my heart (big ego), I was hoping that this fake day might catch on and people would go about June 14th every year picking up and disposing of waste properly. I tweeted out the idea to a few people, and lo and behold, I received tweets back from people telling me they spent the day cleaning up litter.
If you would like to help me try and get a virtual group going on Facebook that reminds people to pick up trash every week, leave me a message on this blog? If you want to see an amazing video about where a lot of our litter goes, click here.
Anyway, what I really wanted to do was show people how a small act of kindness could lead to not only helping save animals and the planet, but could also help raise one’s self-esteem.
The following is a list of small estimable acts that almost anyone can do to brighten your day or someone else’s. Try one a day. You don’t have to tell anyone either, but I learned recently that if you tell people about some of your estimable acts, without bragging, it might influence them to do some also.
1. Say “Hello” to a co-worker, or ask them their name if you don’t know it. How many of us work in a corporate office building where we walk around like drones seeing the same people everyday we don’t really know, using two word sentences like, “Happy Friday.” Where the question, “How are you?” is often answered with, “I’m so busy,” instead of “I am doing well,” and “How’s are you?” You get the point. You never know when you will make a new friend or create a networking opportunity.
2. Go through your phone lists and send nice texts to 10 people each day. Just letting people know you are thinking about them or saying “hi,” will almost definitely brighten someone’s day. Do it before you get out of bed, and then watch the return texts while you are getting ready. It makes your day better.
3. Pay it forward. This is an oldie, but goodie. Buy the person behind you in line at the coffee shop their drink, and then tell them to pay it forward.
4. Pick up litter on your dog walks or evening walks. You only have to pick up one extra piece.
5. Pick up dog poop that is not yours, if you have room in your poop bag.
6. Help an elderly person to the car with their groceries.
7. Pay someone a compliment. Start with the wife, partner and then work your way out. Don’t start with the office cutie, if you can’t tell the person at home how much you love and appreciate them before you leave.
8. Ask a co-worker if you can help them out.
9. Buy a friend lunch.
10. Bake cookies or a simple meal and take it to friend. My mom does this all the time.
11. Take the cart to the “cart return.” This keeps the cart from going Palin and hitting cars and being out in the middle of a parking space. You make everyone’s day brighter by taking the cart back, and you get a little exercise.
12. When you don’t want something at the grocery store, put it back you where you got it. Just don’t leave a pack of meat in the diaper aisle. For real. I don’t even have to explain myself here.
13. Put change in random parking meters.
14. Make an extra lunch in the morning and drop it off to the homeless person you see everyday on the way to the office.
15. Give hugs.
16. Don’t litter in the first place. Who does this? Really? You should be ashamed.
17. Send people real birthday cards in the mail. Funny now, I think people enjoy getting mail from real humans more than ever. Taking a little time to send cards, is huge.
18. Let the person with one item go ahead of you in the check out line. You only have to let one.
19. Wipe the toilet seat in public bathrooms.
20. Share your snacks with friends.
Bonus: Buy your elderly neighbor flowers. Believe me, they will never forget.
Try to keep a few of these acts in your back pocket and watch the magic of love and happiness unfold in front of you.
Have an amazing day!