Sometimes it's easy to forget "kindness" when you're jostling for position in a long line, trudging through snow or slipping across ice, or when you're scrounging for quarters to pay for that last Christmas present you almost forgot to buy. The season famous for holiday lights, hot chocolate, and family gathered around the table can also be very stressful.
So this year—again—I'm making a list...of ways I can spread KINDNESS this season. Little things *I* can do to make it easier on someone else—my family, my friends, even strangers. The world needs kindness. And we can all do our part.
Here are a few ideas I had:
- Bake cookies (with Grandma) and drop a batch off at the local senior's home—or maybe the police station, fire station, or hospital. Retailers aren't the only ones working extra hard over the holiday season.
- Shovel the neighbour's walk—or for someone else on my street.
- Buy hot chocolate for the person behind me in the coffee shop line.
- Take my sister ice skating. (If you saw how she skates, you'd know how kind of me this is!)
- Help my neighbour put up his Christmas lights. Obviously I won't be climbing on the roof or any ladders, but I can arrange the light-up snowmen and deer on the lawn!
- Smile! It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised what a genuine smile can do during this stressful time of year.
- Volunteer to wrap presents for local seniors or maybe the children's wing at the hospital.
- Leave a Christmas card for the mailman in the mail box.
- Pick up trash at a park and throw it in the garbage.
- Donate some of extra toys, books, or clothes.
That's not a bad list. Have things to add? Great—we can all brainstorm together and come up with the BEST list. Share your Random Acts of Holiday Kindness in the comments so we can keep the ideas coming.
Gotta Jet! I’m going to start on this list this weekend. See you next Friday!
~ Chase Superman Duffy