One time a couple of years ago, a stranger in front of me at the Starbucks drive-thru paid for my coffee. Not only did it make my day, but it moved something in me. What a simple, kind act that cost the stranger no time and only a few bucks, but filled my heart with joy.
I have taken that lesson with me, and when the mood strikes, I’ll pay for the coffee for the person behind me. My hope is that they’ll be inspired to pay it forward too, and that each of us can find our own way to spread love and joy into the world.
Keep a bottle of water and a granola bar in your car for the next homeless person you see? (I know some people don’t like giving money)
Let someone cut in front of you at the grocery check out?
Compliment someone you don’t know who’s wearing a cool piece of jewelry or has a nice haircut?
Wait longer than you normally would to hold the door for someone behind you?
Leave an anonymous note on a co-worker’s desk, letting them know something you admire about them?
Give an extra generous tip to someone who went above and beyond in the service industry?
Move that stray shopping cart into the cart corral?
Take coffee or a muffin to your child’s teacher or babysitter? (I just thought of this one- I need to do this for L’s babysitter!)
… and those are very basic ideas. For more inspiration, visit The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Cool stuff!
Do you have an idea or do you have experience with giving or receiving random acts of kindness? I would LOVE if you would comment with an idea/inspiration! If I get enough ideas, I’ll make another post about it (fellow bloggers, this means I would link to your blog, hint-hint).