How to Spread Kindness
February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day. Did you celebrate? Did you miss it? That's okay. I didn't realize it was until I stepped through the door at Crema for a coffee.
I glanced down at Twitter on my iPhone as I waited in line, when I saw a tweet mentioning the special day. Suddenly, I found myself facing the barista who was eagerly ready to take my order. I asked for a Cuban coffee and my idea for some random kindness struck me. I quickly turned to the person behind me and asked what he was drinking. I explained that it was Random Acts of Kindness Day. He was flabbergasted as I paid for his drink too.
The happy stranger thanked me and noted that he would have to pay it forward. I nodded in agreement as we parted. I hope he did something nice that day too.
This got me thinking about how we can all do better in how we help one another. Why not celebrate Random Acts of Kindness every day? I try to be thankful each day, even when it's not Thanksgiving. I express love to my family every day, even when it's not Valentine's Day. I dress up as a zombie each day, even when it's not Halloween (ok, that part isn't true, but you should see me before coffee).
We can all do better
My point is we can all do better by striving to help our friends, colleagues, clients, and strangers. It can be as simple as holding a door open for someone, or buying a stranger a coffee.
On my daily goals worksheet, I have a space to introduce two people in your network each weekday. These introductions can lead to great things. You can also provide in-person introductions at the events you attend. Always be looking for ways to help others.
I have a couple of friends who just published a book. I scheduled a tweet each day to my followers to promote it for them. I use a fantastic service called justcoz.org to automatically allow tweets to be sent from my profile for causes I believe in. A friend lost her job, so I have been using my social media profiles to ask around to see who might be hiring, so I can provide an introduction. It is these little things that can be of great help to others.
I know there are plenty of other ways I can help too. You can probably think of some random acts of kindness that you can do too. Check out how John Sweeney dropped flowers and kindness messages on every car in a parking lot.
Sweeney has his own list of ideas at kindness.gg.
Here are a few:
- Treat your work colleagues to some cakes or doughnuts.
- Give someone a book you think they’d like.
- Give someone a hug.
- Do a Pay It Forward coffee.
- Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
- Plant a tree.
- Make two lunches and give one away.
- Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
Don't wait a whole year for the next Random Acts of Kindness Day. Do something nice today. If you like this idea, please share this post. Thanks!
This article originally appeared in The Tennessean Newspaper.