Random Acts of Kindness

Today I’m hoping to inspire you to go out and “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”.

The term random act of kindness is generally attributed to Anne Herbert who wrote, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a restaurant place mat.

help, open heart, forgiveThe term Random Acts of Kindness refers to selfless acts, big or small, that are committed unexpectedly, without being prompted and with no apparent ulterior motive.

Examples of things I’ve done are paying for the car in line behind me at the fast food drive-thru, helping a person cross the street, or trying soothe a crying baby with a frustrated mother at the doctor’s office.

People generally use the term to refer to acts performed for strangers, but random acts of kindness can also be done for friends and family.

There is some scientific evidence that working to help others can be a way to cope with your own issues in a positive way.

It was observed that people found that their own problems seemed less severe random acts of kindness, jedwardscoaching, coach, lifewhen they helped others, and the positive reaction people get when they do kind things can help improve their overall mood.

There are millions of ways you can show kindness to someone unexpectedly. Here are a few simple suggestions:

Send an actual, handwritten letter with a stamp and all, to someone you care about.

Thank someone who provides a service to you, like the barista at the coffee shop, the bagger at the grocery store or your mail carrier.

Offer to help when you see someone burdened by a heavy load, struggling to open a heavy door, or trying to cross the street.

parenting, jedwardscoachingThis is one that takes very little effort. Pay someone a compliment. You don’t even have to stop walking past them while you do it!

Assist a neighbor with yard work, or share some food out of your garden with friends or strangers.

There are a ton of websites dedicated to suggesting potential random acts.

Some sites reveal the effects their random acts of kindness have on others, and emphasize how kindness improves their own lives as well as the lives of those around them.

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