Kindness– let’s fill up the cup this week!

Guest Post by Tami Seeger:

The challenges facing our communities and our world are often enormous and complicated. Often, we come with our own set of challenges. According to Psychology Today, approximately 15 million Americans struggle with some form of depression every year.  It can be difficult to know where to start.

Luckily, there are small ways we can start on a path of personal and global healing.  The time for kindness is now. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Yes, ALL Week! Every day is an opportunity to spread happiness, and it doesn’t take much. Studies show that acts of kindness and service to others improves our own physical and mental health, and is rumored to increase lifespan!

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Need more inspiration?

When learning about the abysmal and embarrassing lunches kids with overdrawn lunch accounts were given, Kindness Superhero Ashley C. Ford, from New York called a local school and offered to pay all overdrawn accounts. She tweeted about it to her follows, asking for others to do the same. She created a ripple effect that lead to over $140,000 being donated to schools across the country to pay off student lunch debt. Acts of kindness, in any scale can have a profound effect.

But what can I do, you ask?

We’ve put together a list of 100 things you can do. Pick one each day, and let us all be inspired by posting photos or comments on twitter, facebook or Instagram with the hastags:  #HOBYisKIND #RAKWeek2017  Better yet, tag us!  Go ahead, inspire us all!

You can also follow our kindness trail on this week as we’ll be sharing our own in hopes of starting that famous HOBY ripple effect!

Go be someone’s hero!

List of 100 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Put change in a vending machine.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  4. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  5. Leave a letter in a library book.
  6. Leave happy notes around town.
  7. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  8. Pick up litter.
  9. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  10. Compliment a friend.
  11. Wash someone’s car.
  12. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  13. Plant something.
  14. Bake dessert for a neighbor.
  15. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  16. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  17. Send a card to a service member.
  18. Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
  19. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  20. Donate outgrown clothes.
  21. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line at a coffee shop.
  22. Weed or shovel for a neighbor.
  23. Donate food to the food pantry.
  24. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  25. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  26. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  27. Take treats to the fire station.
  28. Bring cookies to the custodian.
  29. Make dinner for your parents.
  30. Donate new pajamas for foster kids.
  31. Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.
  32. Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
  33. Write a poem for a friend.
  34. Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts: HOBY is fundraising now!
  35. Help someone unload groceries at the store.
  36. Make a candy gram for the police department.
  37. Organize books in a little free library.
  38. Adopt an animal online. Or, donate towards another’s adoption fee.
  39. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  40. Make a thank you card for your librarian.
  41. Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.
  42. Compliment a stranger
  43. Pay for the toll or the bus fare for the person behind you
  44. Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you
  45. Bring donuts to your office, school or home
  46. Call your parents and tell them you love them
  47. Volunteer at a department of corrections or juvenile hall
  48. Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images
  49. Help someone whose car has broken down
  50. Connect people to each other
  51. Walk the cart back to the front of the store
  52. Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life and tell them
  53. Give chocolate generously and often
  54. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
  55. Share – Even if you don’t really want to
  56. Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, light-rail or subway
  57. Tip generously
  58. Help lost people – See tourists wandering around lost? Help them out. Be their new local friend.
  59. Help that stressed parent by offering to babysit
  60. Thank your co-workers for doing a good job, for getting extra supplies, for thinking ahead, for being easy to work with
  61. Go to your friend’s kid’s event
  62. Buy the stuff the neighbor kid is selling (yes, the new s’mores cookie is good)
  63. Pick up the tab – Go up to the waiter and pay when no one is watching (of course only if you’re in the financial situation to do so)
  64. Give the painter, electrician, or handyman a glass of water
  65. Hang out with the person who just moved to town
  66. Drop quarters on the sidewalk for people to find
  67. Pack extra snacks and offer them to your co-workers or friends
  68. Leave good books (or other nice stuff) for your fellow apartment dwellers to take from your shared common spaces
  69. Send a surprise book to someone from an online retailer
  70. Give a glowing recommendation on linked in, yelp, or amazon
  71. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  72. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  73. When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
  74. Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant.
  75. Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
  76. Compliment someone to their boss.
  77. Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford.
  78. Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
  79. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need.
  80. Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them.
  81. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
  82. Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.
  83. Let them have the parking space.
  84. Relay an overheard compliment.
  85. Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
  86. Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.
  87. Donate or recycle your old laptop and electronics.
  88. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home.
  89. Adopt a rescue pet.
  90. Hold the elevator.
  91. IM or email that person you’re afraid to talk to because you don’t want to “bother them.” They’re probably thinking the same thing about others!
  92. Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
  93. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
  94. Put together a small herb garden for someone.
  95. Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  96. Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.
  97. Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
  98. Bring a security guard a hot cup of coffee.
  99. Plant a tree.
  100. Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
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