Sunday, September 7, 2014

Intentional Acts of Kindness

Not everyone is a candidate for living kidney donation but that doesn't mean you don't have the opportunity on a DAILY basis to help make someone's life easier or better. What follows is a list of fun activities that will bring a smile to the face of a stranger and yours too! I prefer to call them intentional rather than random acts of kindness. Random suggests maybe sometimes doing a good deed if you feel like it. An intentional act requires mindfulness and coming from a place of compassion and lovingkindness.

If you have other ideas feel free to add them in the comments or share you experience with intentional acts of kindness.

Text or tweet a compliment
Bring healthy treats to work to share
Put your phone away when a friend is talking
Add quarters to an expired meter
Send anonymous flowers
Make two lunches and give one away.
Leave change in a vending machine or washer at the laundromat
Donate blankets to the shelter
Reverse a negative conversation with something positive
Pick up litter on your walk
Donate school supplies to a teacher
Send dessert to another table
Tip over-generously
Adopt a friend at the nursing home
Leave a note that reads “you look amazing!” on a bathroom mirror
Smile at strangers and see how many you can get to smile back
Give a massage gift certificate to a stressed friend or coworker
Thank a teacher who had a positive impact on you
Bring a welcome gift or have lunch with a new neighbor/coworker
Leave a flower on a stranger’s windshield
Better yet—bomb the whole parking lot with flowers!
Leave random compliment notes
Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through
Sign up with Donate Life as an organ donor

Listen. Really listen...