I think it's a sad day when people are so busy twittering and facebooking that they can't take the time to hold the door open for someone, or just look up from their phones and just smile.
I'm a big fan of random acts of kindness. A huge fan! I think one of my favorite feelings in the world is when I do something that I know (or sometimes I don't know) will bring a smile to someone's face or make their day easier. It makes my heart feel like it's bursting with smiley faces..seriously.
Not only does being kind to others help that person feel good, but it makes the doer feel good and the recipient is more likely to "pay it forward."
For those of you who simply aren't the kind (heh) of person to do some random kind act for someone just because it will make their day, think about the benefits to you (if you have to):
Performing random acts of kindness...:
- causes the doer to feel happier
- can help increase the health of the doer (lowers blood pressure, alleviates pain, etc)
- relaxes the doer
- increases feelings of connectedness
- give someone a genuine compliment (according to a study done by Drs. Luks and Paynes, you should give at least 2 genuine compliments a day)
- say thank you and mean it
- hold the door open for someone
- help someone when they spill something
- give up your seat to an elderly person on the bus
- leave a note for your mail carrier (I love doing this :-)
- if you know a friend/coworker etc has a favorite ____, (muffin,cookie, drink) leave one on their desk or hand them one (I <3 doing this one too). It's a simple way to show that you listen to them and care.
- send someone a handwritten thank you note
- give money or time to the less fortunate
- if you see trash, pick it up and throw it away