I was recently reflecting on how I could share kindness - random or otherwise - with those around me. I started compiling a list of free ways to share kindness with others, things that I could try to implement daily. It was my intention to add a little sunshine to someone's day. More importantly, I wanted to think of ways to spread kindness that I could do quietly or anonymously.
It all started when the car in front of me pulled out of the very first, non-handicap parking spot at the grocery store during peak shopping hours. I was immediately elated, and who wouldn't be? And I could have pulled into the spot and lugged my two little helpers inside with me to do our weekly shopping trip. It would have been much easier, but instead, I decided to leave the spot for the car pulling up behind me. I intentionally went to the next available spot, about 75 yards away. My kids didn't know the difference and I'm not even sure that the recipient of the awesome parking spot knew I was intentional in my action - but I knew. I knew that I was doing something kind for a complete stranger for absolutely no reason. And I'm telling you this not to be braggadocious but to demonstrate how simple it is to spread kindness and say that it doesn't need to be acknowledged by the recipient.
Here's a list of 17 ways you can spread kindness and it won't cost you a dime:
- Leave the awesome parking spot for someone else
- Clean up after yourself
- Allow someone with fewer items in their cart to go ahead of you at checkout
- Open the door for someone
- Compliment a stranger
- Return the cart (or buggy) for someone when you're shopping
- Make and send a homemade card to someone and let them know you are thinking of them
- Allow more than one car to merge in front of you in traffic
- Give free hugs
- Call a someone you haven't spoken to in awhile
- Thank a soldier for their service
- Donate blood
- Pick up litter
- Share your umbrella
How do you spread kindness? How can you implement more kindness in your daily life?