I love random acts of kindness. The little things that people do for someone else to brighten their day and make things easier.
There was a recent story in the media of a woman in Canberra who received a parking ticket on her car while at a hospital with her sick child. A stranger saw the ticket on the car, paid for the fine, and then left the car owner a note.
(photo via Facebook)
“Hi there, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it, I’m sure whatever you are going through at hospital is tough enough, so I have paid for you. Hope things get better”
I’ll admit this story made me feel all warm and fuzzy. What a wonderful thing to do for someone!
There are so many small things we can do for someone to brighten their day or make things easier. Here are five things to get you started.
- Send a card or note to a friend. For no particular reason other than to say hi.
We often send cards for birthdays, when a baby is born and at Christmas. But what about sending a card to just say “hi” or “I’m thinking of you”. One of my girlfriends and I send each other cards regularly, to literally just say “hi you, hope life is good, miss you xx” It is such a lovely thing to check the letterbox and see a hand addressed envelope!
- Pass on your ticket to someone else when you leave the car park.
If I have 20 minutes or so left on my parking ticket, I’ll often wind down my window as I leave the car park and ask another driver if they would like the ticket. They may only be ducking in to the shop to grab milk and only need a few minutes. It doesn’t cost me anything extra to give them the ticket, so why not?
- Let someone else in front of you at the supermarket checkout.
If you’re queuing at the checkout with a trolley full of groceries, and the person behind you only has a few items, let them jump ahead of you. Someone let me queue jump the other day when I had my cranky toddler with me and I was just buying milk and bananas – I managed to get out of there with my sanity intact and get the toddler home in time for his nap. Yay!
- Compliment someone.
One of your friends is wearing a great jacket – tell them! Your sister has a new haircut that looks fantastic – tell her! Your colleague did an awesome job on a project – tell them! Just make it genuine, and not creepy 🙂
- Make a meal or bake something for a friend.
If you’re making a big batch of lasagne or curry, pop some in a container for a friend to keep in their freezer. That way when they’ve had a shocker of a day, have to work late or are sick, they have something delicious and quick to have for dinner. If you’re a keen baker, how about making some biscuits or a slice?
Sometimes these little things can make a big difference in someone’s day.
Has anyone ever let you queue jump at the supermarket?
Has someone paid for your parking ticket?
I’d love to hear of any random acts of kindness you have experienced!
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