Posts Tagged ‘Random acts of kindness’

Sew what now?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I stopped posting my Random Act of Kindness Week activities. =/

  • Day 1 — Send a note of appreciation to someone I care about (done)
  • Day 2 — Smile at ten strangers (done)
  • Day 3 — Hold the door open for ten strangers (done)
  • Day 4 — Give the gift of music (done)
  • Day 5 — Donate books to the library (done)
  • Day 6 — Offer up free babysitting hours to friend (done — offering… the hours are still yet to be redeemed)
  • Day 7 — Make something for someone for no particular reason but I can… (done– pillow case — see below)

I sewed this all myself! How cute is that?

I am a nice person in general. I try to do random acts of kindness all year long. =) So, there you have it. Week accomplished. And what did you do for random acts of kindness?

Extreme Kindness Challenge

Monday, February 14th, 2011

This week is Random of Acts of Kindness week (February 14th – 21st). And so, I decided to participate in the Extreme Kindness Challenge,

For seven days during RAK Week we invite you to take the Extreme Kindness Challenges.

We will suggest a new Act of Kindness each day. Choose a time when it works for you to do the Act of Kindness, but be sure to do it at least once each day for seven days. If you don’t want to do our idea but instead decide to do a challenge of your own, that counts too!

Our mission is to inspire you to act and share. We know that act of Kindness is our Ticket to a Kinder World!

So, for the next seven days I will check in with the site and see the suggestions and try to follow them. Day 1 was to send a note of appreciation to someone you love. I sent three! =) Fun stuff. Thanks Melissa (from OperationNice) for suggesting this site! =) And I am taking you up on your offer to do the challenge!

Random Stranger Mail #1 AND #2 (Nice Journey)

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I don’t think I blogged about the first note I sent to a random stranger. I sent it on the first day of my nice adventure! Someone suggested I mail it to someone in Illinois and so I did. I did a little search on whitepages dot com and used one of my favorite words as the last name and voila! The first stranger was chosen.

This time I chose a particular name (first and last) from random things I love and left the state open… and I came up with a lady with the loveliest name ever.  I mailed it yesterday! How fun is this? I found some postcards but I am already down to three. Postcards are perfect because you don’t have to fill them up like cards but rather just simple messages. =) I think I should design some postcards and have them printed up. This might help conserve money. =)

It is fun to be nice!

(Inspired by OperationNice)

Be Thoughtful (part 4)

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

And yet another wonderful response to the Be Thoughtful list… here is part 4 (from the Madhattress)…

  1. Read a book to a friend (little or your age)
  2. buy flowers for someone
  3. note good behaviors
  4. leave notes of encouragement in random places
  5. be there to listen
  6. vocalize friends strengths
  7. hug a friend even if you don’t like hugs
  8. go to the movies in the middle of a random day with a friend
  9. paint someone a picture
  10. register to vote with someone
  11. sing out loud
  12. play games
  13. get active in something you care about
  14. eat healthier with a friend/family member
  15. be there to listen to venting
  16. let emotions happen (your own or others)
  17. dance around together
  18. clean up our planet with a friend
  19. smile at a stranger (not all strangers thought)
  20. plant a garden
  21. take an unplanned driving trip
  22. write someone a card (for no special reason)
  23. give change to those who ask
  24. be active in the progression of your friends lives
  25. laugh. laugh. laugh.

Wonderful! Thanks again!

You can read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here.

Be Thoughtful (part 3)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

And another response to the Be Thoughtful list request… this one is from my young nephew…

1. Open the door for people
2. Help people with groceries
3. Help a kid get through a bad day
4. Stick up for a kid in trouble
5. Help a kid get his ball out of a tree
6. If people have their hands full carry something for them
7. If someone loses something help them find it
8. Pick up trash
9. Recycle
10. If a kid is lost help him get home
11. Get something that is high up in a tree
12. Help a kid if he is hurt
13. Call 911 if a kid is seriously hurt
14. Bring the recycle down to the car
15. Make a kid’s day better
16. Make more activities for kids to do
17. Let every kid play with you
18. Help the disabled
19. Let people in line behind you go before if they are in a hurry
20. If you’re in line and someone has more stuff, let them go because its nice
21. Lift a kid up to reach something
22. Help a kid even if he says he is fine
23. Talk with a kid that has had a bad thing happen to him
24. Help solve a fight
25. Give a kid a dollar just because it would brighten his day

Part 1 can be read here.

Part 2 can be read here.

Part 4 can be read here.

Be Thoughtful (part 2)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

This is a response to my original post of 100 random acts of kindness…encouraging everyone to be thoughtful. Read the original post here

This is Persnickety’s list… yes, there may be overlapping ideas but that is ok … please, send us more!

Pack someone lunch, or a snack, to take with them.
Slip a note in someone’s lunch telling them 5 reasons you like them.
Tell someone you appreciate them, just because they are who they are.
When someone asks for spare change, give it to them.
Give more than your spare change when you are able.
Bake cookies for someone.
Bring homemade treats to work.
Buy a $5 gift card to give the person in line behind you, or more if you can.
Buy coffee for the person in line behind you.
Bring home fresh flowers, and some for a neighbor or friend.
Leave sticky notes around for your loved ones, tell them you love them, appreciate them, and enjoy their company.
Take groceries to someone’s house to make them dinner.
DO the dishes after having dinner at a friends house.
Take a care basket to a sick friend, soup, herbal tea, cough drops and Kleenex.
Leave change in the candy/vending machine at the store, for the next child that comes along.
Write a letter to someone you know and mail it to them.
Give away coupons you are not using to people in the store.
Bring a child balloons, just for fun.
Donate your magazines and books to a retirement home or nursing facility.
Bring someone something you know they like, just because you thought of them today – a favorite drink, dessert, flowers.
Hug your family when you come in the door.
Let people do nice things for you too, and just say “thank you”.
Do someone else’s chores for them.
Wake up a little early, and make breakfast for your family, even if you have to pack it for them to eat on the go.
Smile at people, acknowledge them.
Pay someone’s bus fare.
When you have a positive customer service experience, be sure to tell their boss. If you are in a hurry, take their name and call later.
In the parking lot, offer to take someone’s cart back for them.
Offer to help someone load or unload their groceries.
Say hello to your neighbor.
Read to someone, a child, a friend.
When you think of an old friend, call them to say hello.
Send someone a “thinking of you” card.
Send thank you notes.
Volunteer – even an hour or two a month.
Ask someone you know to go for a walk.
Play a game with your family.
Bring home sparkling cider to celebrate your family.
Mail coupons to someone for something you know they buy, or somewhere you know they shop.
Ask a friend or coworker to lunch.
Make time to help people when they ask.
Ask someone about their day, strike up a conversation, and listen.
Remember the last nice thing someone did for you – now do that for someone else.
Offer to do someone’s grocery shopping for them.
Offer to run an errand for someone, to give them some freed up time.
Mail postcards when you go on vacation.
Mail postcards from your hometown to people far away.
Give someone a neck and shoulder massage.
Take popsicles to your childs class on a hot day.
Tip really well, and write “THANK YOU” on the receipt.

Read part 1 here (the original post). Read part 3 here (the 2nd response). Read part 4 here (the 3rd response).

Be Thoughtful

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I am officially trying to spread thoughtfulness, if it only it were as catchy as bad moods or the flu… let’s see what we can do to make that happen, shall we? Here is a list of 100 random things we can do to be thoughtful:

  1. Give someone flowers, anyone, strangers or someone you care about… near or far… pick them up at the grocery store, the florist, your garden or FTD them to a long-distance friend
  2. Write an unexpected letter for no other reason than to say hello and ask someone how they are doing
  3. Ask questions and listen, really listen, to the answers
  4. Participate in StoryCorps even if it unofficially done at your own home with a $7 microphone on your computer or tape player. (Ask a friend or family member to join you!)
  5. Offer to do the dishes when everyone is tired
  6. Pick up trash in your neighbor’s yard or in your apartment courtyard
  7. Help someone with their groceries
  8. Clean up after yourself
  9. Fold the laundry
  10. Ask if anyone else would like anything while you are up or out
  11. Order or bring enough lunch for two and share
  12. Make a lunch and bring it to leave in the fridge at work with “THIS LUNCH WAS MADE FOR ANYONE WHO IS HUNGRY — ENJOY” (add a nice quote or note inside!)
  13. When making a sandwich for someone, cut it into fun shapes, even if they are 92 years old, they will love it
  14. Offer to run errands for a sick or elderly family member or just someone who is super busy
  15. Paint a picture for a friend
  16. (more…)