The holidays are always a very busy time for everyone. It is also a very stressful time for some individuals. This stress comes from many sources including going to multiple holiday parties, making sure you have your entire gift list purchased, dealing with crowded stores and parking lot, and wrapping up the end of the year.
However, sometimes we let the stress get to us. I have found that serving other and doing good deeds for others. Some of these deeds/actions are simple random acts of kindness. You will find that as you do a few of these it will help you with the stress and make your feel much better about yourself while making the holidays just a little brighter for someone else.
I would love to challenge you to look at the list below and complete at least 5 to 10 of these “random acts of kindness” or one of your own making over the next 19 days until Christmas.
Here are 30 simple random acts of kindness that are low cost and/or simple to do to help others.
- Write a letter to a soldier who is serving our country.
- Leave encouragement notes/card on cars.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
- Donate used clothing and items to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Pay for someone’s breakfast or lunch in the drive through line.
- Babysit for a couple for free to give them a date night or to shop.
- Send random inspirational text messages to friends.
- Call a friend or relative you have not spoken with in months.
- Bring in a dozen doughnuts for your co-workers.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Prepare a meal for a family that may need it.
- Offer to give a friend a ride.
- Offer to take a picture for a couple.
- Spend time with individuals at a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Purchase coloring books for kids at your local hospital.
- Pay for someone’s library fines.
- Leave your change in the vending machine in your breakroom.
- Write a short encouraging poem.
- Give up your seat on the bus or commuter train.
- Help a senior citizen or other disabled person getting in a door or shopping.
- Service as a mentor to a child.
- Leave your waiter/waitress a generous tip.
- Offer to take someone’s grocery cart to the cart bin.
- Offer compliments to friends and/or random strangers.
- Shovel snow off your neighbors’ sidewalk or driveway.
- Insert coins in random parking meters that are about to expire.
- Offer to read to children at the local library.
- Take time to listen to someone who is struggling or stressed.
- Feed the birds outside your house or at the park.
- Bake a cake or cookies for an elderly neighbor.
This is only a sampling of “random acts” you could use. You may have another idea or individual in mind with a different need. It does not matter the act small or large, you will find that the more you give the more you will feel the spirit of the holidays.
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