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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.