Acts of kindness are heartwarming and uplifting for both those involved and who hear of the acts.
Human nature is inherently social, and the connections we make with others make our lives meaningful. By giving, we not only do something for others, but our mood also benefits.
Just reading about these acts of kindness reminds us of how much positivity is in the world when we look around!
Two Ohio teens took it upon themselves to help blind seniors cross roads safely. They’d seen seniors attempt to cross busy roads and decided to step in out of safety concerns. Neither sought credit for their kind acts, but a bystander posted a photo to Facebook that put the story in the spotlight.
In Pennsylvania, a couple of Girl Scouts gave away free cookies to a lady who didn’t have enough cash. The girls wanted to be able to give the shopper cookies, who’d already purchased 2 boxes. While the shopper had intended to buy three boxes initially, she realized she didn’t have enough cash. Tracking the shopper down in the store, later on, the girl scouts gave a sweet gift.
Three friends living in Indiana have created their own annual tradition. Once a year, they get together and commit random acts of kindness for others. Buying people groceries and handing out lottery tickets are just a couple of ways they’ve given to total strangers. This year, they raised money to donate in honor of a friend, engaging others in their process. Most impressively, these women demonstrate how we can all choose to be kind to others.
A high school soccer team decided to give back to the community for Random Acts of Kindness Week. They lent their hands to a local food pantry to prepare and deliver food to those who need it most.
These neighbors extend acts of kindness regularly. From dog sitting for a neighbor while in the hospital to helping with yard work, they lend a hand where they can.
Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services came together to give gifts to community members. They distributed confections and flowers randomly while also paying visits to community organizations and volunteers in gratitude for their service.
In Minnesota, Schell’s Brewery celebrated its 160th anniversary with an unconventional idea. They’ve committed to 160 random acts of kindness to commemorate their 160th year of brewing. They are spreading positivity with acts both little and big. Acts committed have already included donating $5,000 to a local food pantry and giving away free beers.
Students in Hawaii get involved with community service by providing acts of kindness in unique ways. The project was developed by the Student Service Center and was designed to have a lasting impact. Students are encouraged to not just commit an act and move on, but to incorporate this approach as a new behavior into their everyday lives. Messages of gratitude were written, and students reflected on positive experiences, which created a gratuitous atmosphere for everyone on campus.
What brightens the day more than unexpected flowers? Only a week ago, a local Massachuttes florist posted a sign in their window offering free roses. The act was out of pure kindness, meant to uplift people and spread positivity with no strings attached!
For years a South Carolina man has been preparing a luncheon for city workers out of kindness, showcasing his appreciation for the vital services they provide.
In February 2020, he was honored by the local paper in his community. He received the same kindness he has been giving all of these years.
In Texas, a woman stopped by a diner but not for a bite to eat. Instead, she tipped each waitress on staff $20 and then simply left the restaurant altogether. A local paper reported how grateful the waitresses were, especially because of the quiet shift they were working that day.
Random acts of kindness are more than uplifting, they are contagious! Pass along positivity in any way you can. What is of a little burden to you, maybe a huge positive impact on someone’s life! Research shows that giving to others can actually make you happier and more satisfied with your own life, so what’s to lose?