In the days running up to Christmas most of us try to find more kindness in our hearts and feel inclined towards expressing more grace and goodness. It is a time spend with family, close friends and loved ones. A time of joy, merriness, feeling connected to the people in our lives more so than at any other time of the year.
A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION
Could this be due to the fact that Christmas is surrounded by so many beautiful soul soothing rituals and humbling traditions? Or is it maybe because the last month of the year is so often a time of contemplation? A time of reflecting on another year gone by. A year where all of us should wonder :”Did we do well by others? Did we act great enough things to balance our karma? And could we have done more and better things?”
A TIME FOR OTHERS AND A TIME FOR CHANGE
We might never really know, but we can try to do something nice and random for others. By performing random acts of kindness you not only bring joy to someone else’s life but it will fill you up with good feelings as well. Either way it’s a win win situation and quite obviously it shouldn’t be limited to the weeks surrounding Christmas.
Need a little inspiration to help you on your way? Read on…
THE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS LIST
Write a letter to someone who has made a real difference in your life and thank them. Expressing gratitude by opening your heart and sharing your emotions is a very powerful gift that is always received in awe.
Read a book that touched your heart? Drop by a friend and tell them you were thinking he/she might like the book. It’s a small gesture that shows you thought about that person in a totally unexpected way.
Send flowers to someone anonymously.
Go to a retirement center and visit with anyone who looks lonely and in need of some contact.
Let someone else have your seat on a crowded bus or train.
Drop off a home made dinner to someone who just had a baby, has been ill, or you just think might need a break from dinner making.
Let you better half sleep late and make a special breakfast
Offer to watch someone’s children so they can take a break and have some together time.
Tell any parent you know or even someone that you don’t know, that they are doing a great job.
Offer your time to help someone in whatever way you can
Remember important dates, like days that loved ones of friends passed away and be sure to send a handwritten note on the anniversaries to express your sympathy.
Visit your parents or friends unexpectedly and take them out to dinner.
Volunteer your talent or time to a good cause. This can be anything from spending time with the elderly to helping out in school or in social services.
Give a complete stranger in the street a compliment.
Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line.
Express your love to your loved ones by actually telling them you love them for a specific reason.
Buy someone a gift for no apparent reason. A fragrant candle is always appreciated and lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers. WWW.RITUALS.COM
GIVE YOUR INPUT
We could build a list that lasts forever, but we would love to hear your random acts of kindness. Please leave a comment below, and watch the video. It might inspire you to step it up!
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