Hey there. Remember when I did that Kindness Challenge last year? A new reader to H.A.G.? Well, it started out as a list of 22 scripted “kind” things to try to do for others, and it ended up as 15 really authentic acts of kindness that made the kids feel awesome and created a great family day for all of us to store in our memory-banks!
Well, that was over a year ago. I am due. All of us are due. Yes, we volunteer at the schools and on the fields, and try to do little things here and there to make others feel loved, but a good one-day-kindness binge, we haven’t done in too long! So it is on, my friends, and I invite you to join me! I am making my kindness day an event. Why? Because it is wicked fun! Kindness is contagious. Kindness is good. Let’s try to exercise our Kindness-Muscles!
Here are some ideas from last year to get your kindness on:
- Bring apples and fruit to the local firehouse
2. Donate blood
3. Buy coffee for person behind you in line
4. Help someone with their groceries/yard clean-up
5. Leave inspirational message on 22 cars in a parking lot, “You are wonderful!” or “Have a beautiful day!”
6. Donate clothes
7. Visit an animal shelter (with treats!)
8. Leave quarters on parking meters/laundry machines
9. Volunteer at soup kitchen or food bank
10. Bring a fruit basket to police station
11. Visit a nursing home and bring flowers to the staff and residents
12. Leave thank you notes on cars at local VA
13. Call a friend who needs someone to listen
14. Call parents/grandparents to say thank you and I love you
15. Bake cookies for the neighbors and leave them randomly
16. Give a homeless person a hot meal or give a food-gift card
17. Deliver canned goods to a food bank
18. Send a hand-written thank you note to someone who has helped you in the past
19. Send a card to a friend just because
20. Buy lottery ticket for a stranger
21. Invite a new person to join the fun
22. Buy a drink for a stranger. Or just compliment them. It still feels good!
23. Make soup for a friend
24. Make dinner for a neighbor (something they can freeze)
25. Bring goodies in to your work
26. Call or visit with your parents for a nice long, uninterrupted chat
27. Call your siblings or send them a fun, loving note
28. Tell your spouse all the reasons why you married them (or at least one!)
29. Have the neighbor kids over for a “just because” party
30. Send a gift card into your kids’ teachers as a “thanks” for all they do, along with homemade cards made by your children
Now the original number was 22, but since that time I think we need to just aim higher and see where it takes us! I put up 30 good ideas here- one for each day in the month of June. I am going to print it up and put it where we all can see it, and try to do as many as we can in one weekend, maybe say right in the middle: June 11th-12th. The rest of it, we can try to do for the rest of the month of June. What do you think? Can you do it too? Maybe some of it?
I set up an event page on Facebook, if you want to sign up and share some of your great kindness ideas or things that you plan on doing. Hop over and see if you want to try it. You’ve got to exercise that Kindness-Muscle to keep it strong!
This is guest post was written by Barrie at www.HardlyAGoddess.com, where she writes about her life as a mom of 2 girls and twin boys who keep her busy and crazy in the best ways possible! By day, she is a Librarian, loves chatting about her favorite books, her latest run, products she is loving, and great food she’s enjoying! See more of her @hardlyagoddess on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
THANKS to Barrie for taking over today. I am hopeful to start bringing you a guest post once a week or at least every once in a while…you all get bored of me I’m sure!!!