By Karen Rae, Founder of Balanced Life by Karen Rae® and Creator of The Signature Balanced Life Planner®
How often do you get so caught up in achieving your goals and living life that you forget that there’s so much more going on that needs love and attention? You’re not alone.
Too often, we forget how simple it is to spread joy and positive vibes. Sometimes all it takes is a spontaneous act – a random act of kindness. The beauty of random acts of kindness is that they can be infectious. Do something nice for someone today, and they might pass it along too, creating a chain reaction of positivity!
Here are different ways to show kindness to your family, friends and even strangers:
Handwrite a letter to someone you love.
Put a basket of bottled water and snacks outside for the people who deliver packages to your home.
Reconnect with a former teacher who made a difference in your life. Tell them how much you appreciate them.
Open the door for a stranger.
Cook your family’s favorite breakfast.
Write “you are beautiful” and other empowering words using whiteboard markers on the bathroom mirrors in your home.
Offer a genuine compliment to someone you work with.
Put your phone away when someone is talking to you.
Recall a time when a friend mentioned something they wanted to try, like the newest flavor at your favorite cupcake shop or a recently released lip balm. Buy it for them.
Offer a wave and a “hello” to strangers you encounter today.
Leave a generous tip for your server.
Offer to take photos of tourists trying to take pictures of themselves.
Donate pet food and toys to an animal shelter.
Put cash in small Ziploc bags and hide the bags all over your neighborhood. Add a note to let the person know how blessed they are and how you hope they treat themselves to something special.
Support a friend’s business by sharing their website on your social media.
Order your next meal from a small business.
Leave positive comments on your favorite bloggers’ and vloggers’ accounts.
Send an appreciation text or message to someone who helps you at work.
Offer to babysit, pet sit, or apartment sit for free.
Print out coloring book pages and deliver them, with crayons, to the hospital for sick kids to enjoy.
Make a special trip to the supermarket and only fill your cart with your family’s or roommates’ favorites – even if it means going home with bags full of junk food and other guilty pleasures.
Leave a positive review for a business. Mention a deserving employee by name.
Do someone else’s chore for the day.
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. However, you don’t have to wait for a particular day to be purposeful with spreading positivity. Remember, acts of kindness don’t have to be random. Planning out an act of kindness doesn’t make it any less authentic or meaningful: There’s more than enough room for kindness and opportunities to pay our blessings forward every day of the year.
Karen Rae is a lifestyle expert, personal development coach, and Mompreneur based out of St. Petersburg, FL. She’s been featured in Authority Magazine, The Hollywood Times, ABC Live Action News, and is a regular guest contributor on BLOOM, Tampa Bay’s only daily 1-hour TV show focusing on health & lifestyle.
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