In the bitter cold month of February, it seems like second nature to relax indoors with the heat blasting. It might have been months since you last participated in any sort of charity event or volunteer program. If you think that your sedentary day-to-day routine is beginning to feel somewhat self-serving, participate in some random acts of kindness, in honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Day that fell on February 17th. Here are some ideas of small acts of kindness you can take to make the world a better place.
Very few material gestures display genuine care and compassion quite like a stunning arrangement of flowers. No matter who will receive this gift, they will think fondly of the pops of color and fresh scents that will fill their living space. Choose from our selection of flowers for some trendy and timeless bouquets that any recipient is bound to love!
Buy Coffee for the Person Behind You
You might have heard of people making efforts to “pay it forward,” performing good deeds unconditionally or in the hopes that this act brings them good karma. When you go through the drive-thru to order your daily cup of joe, tell the barista to include the order of the car behind you. As a semi-anonymous act, it is something you will do out of the goodness of your own heart. Who knows, maybe the person behind you in line has had a rough morning. A free coffee could be enough to brighten their day. Or perhaps they will keep the chain of kindness going by purchasing coffee for the next person, and so on, creating a ripple effect of selflessness.
Donate to a Good Cause
One of the most large-scale acts of kindness you can perform is sending a generous donation to a charity you are passionate about. This might be a national foundation or a local cause, such as a nearby animal shelter or homeless shelter. Whether you decide to donate $10 or $1,000, every bit counts.
Send a Letter to Someone Who Least Expects It
If you know of someone who is going through a tough time, a small act of support can mean the world. Perhaps you know of a widower who has just experienced his/her first Valentine’s Day without his/her loved one. Or maybe this person is your elderly neighbor who doesn’t get many visitors. Write them a short note or letter that makes them feel less lonely, more supported and overall cheerier.
Compliment a Coworker on their Hard Word
Whether you work in a corporate environment, academic setting, retail space or elsewhere, you might know of an unsung hero that doesn’t always get the credit they deserve on a regular basis. Make their day by reflecting on a strong idea they have put forward recently or comment on their improvement in a certain area. Not only might it influence them to keep up the good work, but it can also potentially transform their day from monotonous to inspiring.
Surprise the Office with Donuts
Nothing cheers up co-workers dealing with the Monday morning blues like a big box of treats. Show up to work with a few dozen donuts of assorted flavors from the donut shop down the street from your office. Not only will your coworkers appreciate the gesture in the moment, but they will effectively make you the talk of the town for the remainder of the day. If you’d like to scale down costs a bit, you can bring in a bulk supply of donut holes for a morning snack.
Leave a Great Tip
Anyone who has ever worked in the service industry understands the impact a good (or bad) tip can have on the rest of your day. The next time you receive exceptional service at a restaurant, bar, coffee shop or salon, leave behind an excellent tip to make the server’s day and reward them for a hard day’s work. Even if you normally tip 20 percent or above on your bills, add in an extra few percent points to show your appreciation.