Random acts of kindness are surrounding us every day. But are we focusing on the little moments that provide these opportunities?
Here are a few ideas on how to brighten someone’s day without breaking the bank. Kindness is not about materialistic gifts or expensive presents. True kindness is doing a nice deed for someone without expecting anything in return. People shouldn’t be bought, they should be shown care and love.
Here are a few ideas for you:
Support lemonade stands
This idea comes from the soft spot in my heart that remembers all those summer days I spent selling lemonade as a kid. A child’s entrepreneurial spirit should be rewarded. A quarter is all it takes to make a smile.
Make sure you let the kids know how delicious it is!
Leave positive notes
Grab a stack of sticky notes and spend five minutes writing positive statements on them. Then place the sticky notes anywhere that needs a little kindness like an office, a bus stop, a gas pump, a parked car, a hallway, or hidden around your home!
Here are a few phrases to get you started:
- You know who’s awesome? Read that first word again.
- Throw kindness around like confetti.
- Hey, you’re great.
- One kind word can change someone’s entire day.
- Be the reason someone smiles today.
- Psst…you’re awesome.
Compliment a well-behaved child
Parenting can be a bit ummm…overwhelming at times. Especially when you’re grocery shopping. When you’re in public, and you notice a child doing something good, it means the world to a parent to hear that, and it also makes the child happy and proud of themselves. Whether you’re at a restaurant or the grocery store, make a parent proud, and a child feels good with a simple compliment.
Reply To A Post You Enjoy
We all get in the habit of breezing past content on social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place.
Even if it’s just a simple “thank you” or tidbit of good feedback, the person behind the post will appreciate your time and effort. Take an extra moment to show you are grateful for the inspiration, information and/or humor they provide in your life. If you get value out of something, let it be known! Simple as that.