10 Random Acts of Kindness Anyone Can Do Even During a Pandemic
Improve someone’s day as well as your own.
Historically speaking, random acts of kindness are typically focused on what we can do to help strangers. But with social restrictions due to the pandemic, interacting with strangers is not only more unlikely than ever before, but it’s typically not recommended either.
So for Random Acts of Kindness Day this year (February 17th), I propose we show our appreciation for those closest to us. You know, the people we still see, speak with, or interact with in some way on a regular basis.
Your partner or spouse, kids, parents, coworkers, and Zoom-mates could all use a little appreciation, some small kindness given to them.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. — Dr. Leo Buscaglia
So here are 10 ways to improve the day of someone you care about while warming your own heart.
- Quality time. Play a game, do a puzzle, watch a movie or tv show, take a walk together. Sharing our most precious commodity is the nicest thing you can ever do. Often, it makes the biggest impact as well.
- Leave a note. A thank you, way to go, have a great day, or even a cute little doodle are all perfect options. Grab a pen and a piece of paper or post-it to write a sincere message for a family member, coworker, or mail carrier. Or use a dry erase marker to leave a note on the bathroom mirror for your partner to find in the morning.
- Goodies and treats. Most people love food, especially if it’s a favorite of theirs. And for those of us who’ve sworn off sweets, consider making a special dinner or snack instead. And if cooking and baking aren’t in your repertoire, order in!
- Buy an extra coffee. If you see your coworkers in person, bringing them their favorite cup of java is a great way to brighten their day. It shows them you’ve noticed they thrive with a cup of joe in the morning just like you and that you know them well enough to get exactly what they enjoy most.
- Send a positive message. Text a friend or mail out a card to an out-of-town loved one. It’s not just kids who enjoy getting mail and surprises.
- Compliments. Everyone likes to be noticed positively. It doesn’t matter if it’s their sense of style, something they said, or something they did. Just be sincere. Real appreciation can make a powerful impact.
- Do their errands or chores. Whether it’s your partner or your kids, they’ll love you for taking on their dreaded to-do’s.
- Give them one reason you love them. Life gets busy and we don’t always tell those we hold dear why we love them. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. so tell them today why they’re so important to you.
- Mail a message. Email and snail-mail are both good options to send someone who lives a bit farther away a message. Thinking-of-you sentiments are always a nice way to let family and friends know you care. A card or e-card, or small package of fun stuff can be great ways to send someone some love.
- Text them a joke. Everyone loves a good laugh and it’s good for us too! There are a million sites out there that will offer up funny riddles, memes, photos, and jokes you can share with whoever’s in your contact list.
I couldn’t leave this list at ten once this next one came to mind. It’s probably the easiest and maybe one of the most important ways to show kindness to others.
Bonus #11. Listen. It’s easy to get unsolicited advice from anyone and everyone these days which is why many of us keep our problems to ourselves and let them fester inside us instead. We all need a nonjudgmental ear at times. So be the friend, coworker, family member, loved one who simply listens.
2020 was a tough year for all of us. Although some pandemic restrictions are relaxing, we’re still not back to pre-COVID ‘normal’ and I feel like it will be a while yet before that’s the case, if ever.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from last year is how important family and friends are to me. And that life can be uncertain, chaotic, tough, and sometimes brutal for every single one of us.
Why not show your loved ones how much you’ve appreciated having them near during such a struggle-filled year? Or better yet, consider celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day every single day throughout 2021.
Whatever you do, make sure you tell those important to you how much you appreciate them. And pass along some kindness today and every day.
Is there an act of kindness that you like to do for others? Or is there something kind someone did for you that you hold dear to your heart? I’d love to hear about it.
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