Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A single act of kindness...

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
                              ~Amelia Earhart

 Sometimes it is hard to really explain our feelings and emotions. Sometime I feel so mad that honestly I want to beat the crap outta something or someone. Now where this rage comes from I have no idea. There are other times that I am bouncing off the walls because I am so happy. Now sometimes we can explain what causes these emotions- a spouse, work, an event or something else.

Now what really makes my day is when some one does that something nice for you that you would never expect. From texting to make sure your all right, dropping you an email, stopping in to say hello or stopping you in passing.

I tired to be a friendly and caring person- take others feelings into consideration when I do things.  Its who I am. I hate conflict and arguing. I try to let my friends know that my door is never shut and locked now matter what or when.  I believe just what the quote above states- "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." That one thing you do for someone else leads into them passing something else on and then just like a snowball it gets bigger and bigger the more you roll it.

While surfing the net I came across this great list of 29 Ways to Carry Out Random Acts of Kindness Every Day:
  1. Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
  2. Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
  3. Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  4. Put some coins in someone's parking meter.
  5. Buy a coffee for the man on the high street selling The Big Issue magazine.
  6. Cut your neighbor hedge.
  7. Walk your friend’s dog.
  8. Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
  9. Send someone a small gift anonymously.
  10. Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
  11. Let someone jump the queue at the bank.
  12. Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
  13. Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
  14. Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
  15. Hold the door open for someone rushing to get in.
  16. Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  17. Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.
  18. Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  19. Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
  20. Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
  21. Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
  22. Give another driver your parking spot.
  23. Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
  24. Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
  25. Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
  26. Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus. (Books just wanna be FREE! See what I mean at:
  27. Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  28. Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
  29. Smile a lot.

1 comment:

  1. Jessica, what a great idea. I also feel good when someone does something nice just because. I like the list and may just have to do some of them today. Thank you for the idea & motivation!


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