Thursday, July 03, 2008

Carrying Out Kindness

Although the topic does not have anything to do with NF2 to you, it does to me. Living life with NF2 has really brought me to the true meaning of empathy, provided me with a deeper sense of appreciation, and encouraged me to do my part in making the world a better place.

You should never feel small or insignificant because the simpliest of things can go a long way and can be contagious. I found this article today from Mercola Health (the link is in the post title) which is a perfect example of ideas you can do to contribute to global good and in return, give you an uplift for making someone's day.

Carry Out Random Acts of Kindness Every Day

You cannot just rely on others to make the world a better place -- everyone has to help. Or, like Gandhi once said:
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Kindness is actually contagious, and you might want to consider carrying out random acts of kindness on a daily basis.

It is truly a win/win/win situation. The person you are being kind to benefits through your help. You feel good for having helped someone. And the world is a better place through your kindness.
You could:

Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.
Cut your neighbor’s hedge.
Walk your friend’s dog.
Give a compliment about your waiter/waitress to his/her manager.
Send someone a small gift anonymously.
Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
Let someone jump the line at the bank.
Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in.
Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
Give another driver your parking spot.
Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train/bus.
Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
Smile a lot.

Once you get started, you may find it a habit hard to break!
For even more inspiration, and support from other people who are passionate about passing on kindness to others, check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation at

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I couldn't agree more with you on this post!!

I receive random cards & packages from my best friend periodically. As does she. It's also fun to pop in at random neighbors & bring them some fresh baked cookies or jams. It's the little things in life that make it sooo worth living!!

I really enjoyed this post. It reminds me to continue being & become a better person because one day that simple thing you did may just make someones day & that's what it's all about =)