“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
We often get so caught up in our everyday lives that we think we are too busy to stop and help others around us who are in need, or we think that the world’s problems are too big for us to help solve.
So for the month of December, I would like to set a challenge for everyone reading this- each day, choose ONE random act of kindness to perform.
I have created a list below of 20 random acts of kindness, and need another 11 to make up 31 acts, enough for each day in December. This is where you can contribute to this challenge- comment after this post, a suggestion for a random act of kindness. I will then select the best 11 suggestions to add to my list.
Once the list is finalised, I will create and provide a PDF of all the acts, which you can then print off, cut up, fold and place in a jar or container. Each morning in December, take one random act out of the jar and make it your mission to perform this act sometime during the day.
The idea is to help us pause each day in December, which is traditionally a busy month in the year for many people.
Creating a less busy and more meaningful life means taking the time to help other people, and to play a role in making our planet a better place to live in. When you spread kindness to other people, you are sharing more positive energy around you, which leads to others sharing positive energy around themselves. Kindness is infectious- it makes you feel good about yourself, and makes others feel good about themselves too. It starts a domino effect!
Here is the list I have created so far:
Open the door for someone
Pay for someone else’s coffee
Smile at a stranger
Let someone queue in front of you
Write a lovely anonymous note and put it in a neighbour’s mailbox
Pay for someone’s parking ticket
Give your neighbour’s dog a toy
Write an inspirational quote on a piece of paper and leave it on someone’s car windscreen
Say hi to someone you often see but never speak to
Get your children to write and post a letter to their grandparents
Donate a book to your library
Pay a compliment to a work colleague
Write a thank you note the next time someone does something nice to you
Call someone you have not spoken to in a long time
Write a note to your spouse listing all the things you love about them
When packing your child’s lunchbox, leave a little note for them
Offer to look after someone else’s child for a few hours
Next time you’re at the supermarket, ask the person serving you how their day is
Share your umbrella when it’s raining
Send a Christmas card to someone you don’t see very often
Ok now it’s your turn. Write one random act of kindness you would like to see on our list- whether it’s an act of kindness to others, yourself, your workplace, your school, the planet, your neighbourhood…
Share below and let’s see what wonderful list we can come up with for our December Challenge!