I’m with Jillian this week. I’m in a blue funk, so I thought I’d talk about something that generally always cheers me up. Random Acts of Kindness. I equally love seeing these, being on the receiving end of these, and being the one who DOES random act of kindness.
Today, at the grocery store, I walked out laughing at something my husband said. A nice (and might I say good-looking) young man was standing there and he smiled and said “I see you’re having a good day.” It wasn’t much, just that he noticed. But it widened my smile. That’s a very small act, but it brightened my day. And it made me feel much kinder to the person who cut me off in traffic on the way home.
I love it when I see strangers open doors for someone else, or pick something up someone dropped. Or who simply smile at me as I walk past (something I try to do often).
I’ve also seen more random acts of kindness cropping up on the internet. People tweeting about other’s accomplishments, offers of assistance. Then, there are the really big acts of kindness, although they generally aren’t so random. For instance, Brenda Novak, a NY Times best-selling author, holds an online auction every year to raise money for diabetes research. It just concluded for this year and raised $306,000 this year alone! The number of people who contribute either goods or services to the auction is staggering.
These are the things I try to remember when life doesn’t feel as chipper as usual. How about you? What random acts of kindness did you see this week?