Random Acts of Kindness for Everyday
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By Denise Wolfe
We're not saying we believe in karma, but there is something to be said for putting good vibes out into the world and how that comes back to you in positive ways. To help you bank some karma points, here are 12 random acts of kindness for every day.
Mail Bonding2 of 13
Has someone else's mail been mistakenly delivered to your office (right building, wrong floor)? Take it personally to the right suite—you never know who you might meet!
On a Roll3 of 13
Return your grocery cart after you've loaded up your trunk. You can even grab an empty cart from the parking lot to use when you first enter the market. Not only is it one (or two) less carts for a worker to have to gather, other shoppers won't have to contend with a rogue cart in their parking spot.
Take the High Road4 of 13
Instead of ignoring the frustrated driver trying to get into your lane, slow down and let them in. Hopefully they'll acknowledge you with a grateful wave. But even if they don't, take solace in knowing that you're having a better day than they are.
Laud & Clear5 of 13
Pay someone a compliment—even better if you don't know them all that well. Maybe your local barista makes the perfect extra-dry, double-shot, almond-milk latte every time. Let them know.
Close Call6 of 13
If someone leaves a long but important message on your voicemail for so-and-so, but there's no such person at your number, call or text the original caller and alert them to their mistake. Otherwise, the right person will never know that their account is now overdrawn, that escrow needs another signature, or that there's a special package to be delivered.
Hang in There7 of 13
Pick up some clothes that have dropped to the floor at a department store. Yes, there are sales assistants who are paid to do that sort of thing, but wouldn't you rather they be at the register, ready to help you when you need them?
Taking Names8 of 13
Concentrate on remembering the name of a person to whom you are introduced, and use their name in conversation. It's social lubrication, and an easy way to make that someone feel special.
Channel Pollyanna9 of 13
Consciously refrain from sarcasm or anger for an entire day. Note your animosity, but choose not to act on it. Remain calm and friendly. Observe the difference in how people react.
Trash Talk10 of 13
Wipe down the counter after you're done using the office kitchen. Yes, everyone should be cleaning up after themselves, but if you don't do it, eventually someone else will have to—and chances are it wasn't their mess either.
Hit Send11 of 13
Send a "Just thinking about you" text message to a friend you haven't talked to in way too long. You know how delightful an unexpected greeting can be—pass it on.
The Write Stuff12 of 13
Pen a hand-written thank you note. It's amazing how people react to receiving mail that isn't a bill or an advertisement!
Say Cheese!13 of 13
Smile. What could be easier than that?