Easy ways to sprinkle kindness every day

Ideas for everyday kindness

It’s World Kindness Day today, 13th November, a day where you can pledge to carry out random acts of kindness and spread some good in the world. I love this idea, and I’ve been thinking of little acts that could be carried out regularly to sprinkle some kindness.

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain

Coffee Shop

  1. Leave a positive review

Was the waitress who served you your coffee today extra cheerful? Did the shop assistant go out of their way to help find your size? Let them know, or better still, let their boss know! So many shops give out feedback cards these days asking you to go online and leave a review, and I’ve never done it. I’m going to make a point to do so next time I receive good service. If it’s a business with a trip advisor page, then leaving a positive review on there is also really helpful to them.

Lipstick

2. Give to your local shoebox appeal this Christmas

Have you got a make up drawer filled with lotions and potions, or lovely bits of makeup that you’ve never used? I’ve just discovered the project shoebox appeal. This is a local community project to help the women who arrive at shelters at Christmas time. Many may arrive bruised and battered with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Project shoebox collects unwanted, unused, or very lightly used, toiletries boxed up into shoeboxes to give to these women to help them in their fresh start, and to remind them that people care. You can visit project shoebox’s Facebook Page for more details, and look at their map for details of your local drop off point. My local point closes for donations on the 6th December this year, but I’m sure I’ll be able to get a nice box together quickly.

Vegetarian

3. Go meat free

If you’re a meat eater, why not consider having a meat free day once a week? Rob is a meat eater and always says he is pleasantly surprised when I cook him a vegan dish by how delicious and filling it is! You could have a little look at my recipe section for a little inspiration for starters.. although it is mainly full of cakes, rather than vegetables. Even more reason to try a kinder diet right?

Cat

4. Donate old towels and sheets to your local animal shelter

Do you have any old towels and sheets lurking in the bottom of drawers that you just never use any more? I know I do. Animal shelters always need donations of these as bedding for the animals they care for, so I’m going to take mine along to my local shelter very soon.

Bridge

5. Pay the toll for the person behind you

I love this idea. I keep seeing suggestions such as ‘buy a coffee for the person behind you in the queue’ but I’m not sure about that one.. what if they thought I was a bit strange? Or trying too hard to make friends with them? Not that I think it’s a bad idea at all, it’s a wonderful one if you have the confidence. But what about paying the toll? I quite regularly cross a toll bridge, and it would be simple to just pay a little extra for the person behind me, so I’m going to give it a try.

Text message

6. Send a text message

This is a very simple one. Do you have a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while? Days turn into weeks, then into months.. and you think ‘I must get in touch with them soon..’ Do it now, just a text message to say hello and let you know you’re thinking of them.

Supermarket

7. Donate to your local food bank

Almost every time I go to the supermarket, I see the food bank collection point on my way out, and I think to myself ‘next time I must remember to buy something extra to donate’ and that next time doesn’t happen, because I always forget. Make a point to donate something to your food bank once in a while if you can afford an extra pound or so on top of your shopping, I’m going to do this today too.

Kindness

Do you have any ideas for simple ways to spread kindness? Are you going to carry out any from my list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.

11 COMMENTS

  1. thismummylark | 13th Nov 15

    It would be a much more pleasant world if people practiced this daily. Little acts of kindness go along way :)
    i’ve donated to foodbanks through my local tescos.
    Even smiling at people as you pass them can be nice it’s a good feeling connecting with people andol makes me feel better when having a bad dad.

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      I agree with the smiling at people, I love it when we go for a walk in the park and passers by smile and say hello.

  2. Alison | 16th Nov 15

    Kindness. Doesn’t seem to be much of it around these days does there. Personally, I think there is no shortage of it, its just that the bad stuff gets all the press. Kindness goes quietly about its business, making people a little bit happier, a little less sad or lonely or depressed. And it doesn’t ask for thanks or a brass band. I love your suggestions Becky. The Shoebox Appeal sounds similar to Give & Make Up, a charity run by Caroline Hirons, which does the same thing. You can simply get in touch with a local women’s shelter and ask where you can drop off donations. Don’t forget things like menstrual supplies are often needed, along with diapers and wipes for babies. After I had a hysterectomy last month, I gave a bag full of pads and tampons to the local women’s shelter rather than throwing them out. Such a nice post Becky, especially with Christmas coming.

    Ali x

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Thank you Ali, I shall look up Give & Make Up too, I have so many things in drawers that it would be much better to give to someone else to enjoy. I will search out my local shelter too, I have things like maternity pads and nappies that are too small that I can’t throw out. I’m glad you like the post :-)

  3. Nick | 16th Nov 15

    Everyday, I write a list of all the people that I’m grateful for that day. It really helps me go to bed with a smile and it means the next time I see them I’m full of gratitude which helps gloss over all the other nonsense that floods my modern mind!

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Aw that’s lovely. There’s a lot of negative nonsense in the modern mind, I think glossing over it with positivity can only be a good thing!

  4. You Baby Me Mummy | 18th Nov 15

    Oh I love this! Such wonderful ideas, and they would make such a difference to someones day. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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    • thesparklenest | 18th Nov 15

      Thank you :-)

  5. Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear) | 15th Jan 16

    Aw what a lovely post and there’s so many great ideas here! I always do the shoebox appeal, I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl so it’s a tradition really. I’ve also just turned vegan :) The recipes are actually really tasty and not how I imagined, I’ve been very pleasantly impressed. Thank you for the inspiration X X
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    • thesparklenest | 15th Jan 16

      Thank you Lucy, I love that the shoebox appeal is a tradition for you, what a lovely thing to do with children! Glad you’re enjoying eating vegan, I read your Yo Sushi review and I’ve been craving sushi ever since! I agree with you about vegan food, I used to think it would be really restrictive but you can adapt most of your old favourites to be vegan. xx

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