Saturday, July 14, 2012

Practical Acts of Encouragement and Kindness

In the current economy Random Acts of Encouragement and Kindness need to also be practical and also utilize the resources we have at hand.
1.  Save empty boxes at home to give to a person who is moving.

2.  Gather old magazines from work and home to take to an elderly person or shut in.

3.  Gather all the Christmas gifts you have never used and drop them off with a large, young family in need.

4.  Go to to send an email to help a political prisoner be released.

5.  Take supplies to work that will benefit others as well as yourself.  Plastic forks, spoons, snacks, hand sanitizers, etc.  It's little bitty things that can help the day go better and so will improve the morale of the entire workplace.

6.  Sell clothing or other items that are not being used through a consignment shop.  Donate all proceeds to a charity or youth organization.

Make a list of your own ideas, or leave a comment!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

ONWARD: Six Random Acts of Kindness or Encouragementt

Random Acts of Kindness and Encourgement are things we all can do as we go about our daily lives. Surprise someone today!

1.  Buy someone flowers while they are still alive.  An inexpensive arrangement from the local market is fine (great even)!

2.  Visit people before they die.  So many times people wait until a funeral happens instead of visiting someone while their heart is still beating.

3.  Make thank you posts on facebook or online to people who have helped you out, or do it by writing a letter to a printed newspaper.

4.  Don't forget the age old custom of taking a hostess gift to a dinner or family evening. If candy or traditional hostess gifts are really not needed then practical items like paper towels or tinfoil may be appreciated.

5.  Is there someone who is always doing nice things for you but you have never really done something nice for them?  Then now it is your turn to think of them.  Even something simple as buying them an ice cream cone would be a great gesture.

6.  Leave a big tip even when the wait person has done a horrible job!  We never know what goes on behind the scene that may hinder their performance.  If they truely did a bad job all on their own they will be wondering why you gave them grace!

There is no certain path you have to follow when practicing Random Acts of Kindness and Encouragement.  It can be played by ear.  What are your thoughts?