“No act of kindness however small is ever wasted”
It’s Christmas in 3 days! Can you believe it’s almost here already? I sure can’t!
The month of December has gone by so quickly, and quite honestly I wasn’t all that excited about it until a few days ago.
Unlike other years, this year I’ve felt quite down in the dumps about the festive season. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about those who don’t have roofs over their heads, who have no idea whether or not they’ll enjoy a Christmas meal this year, and those who quite frankly don’t experience Christmas in the joyful and exciting way that many of us do. To top it off, I was banking on doing some voluntary work last week (as my way of giving back), but the sign up list on the only day I could attend was full. I was gutted!
Of course, I’m sure you know I’m not writing this post to wallow in my sorrows and end it there. Instead I’m here to share on the pretty epic solution that has allowed for this Stella to get her (Christmas) groove back!
A 3 day ‘Pay It Forward with Kindness’ challenge!
Over the next 3 days (22nd December – 24th December) I’ll be hitting the streets and doing some random acts of kindness. In my workplace, on my commute in to work, whilst I’m doing my Christmas shopping, I plan on doing something kind for someone, without the intention of receiving anything in return. I strongly believe that we rise by lifting others, and that smalls acts of kindness can soften even the hardest of hearts.
Want to join me in paying it forward? Here’s how!
- Take a look at the list of random acts of kindness I’ve put together for some inspiration (acts I will do are highlighted).
- Then decide on how many of these acts you would like to do over the next 3 days, even if you only manage to do ONE, that’s amazing!
- Next, print out as many pages of my free ‘Pay It Forward With Kindness’ cards as you need.
- Finally, be sure to give a card to each person you bless with an act of kindness, this way they too can do something kind for someone!
12 Random Acts Of (Christmas) Kindness
- Pay for someone’s food shopping behind you in line.
- Pay for someone’s cup of coffee
- Take flowers to your local hospital and ask that they be given to a patient.
- Buy a meal for a homeless person
- Leave a nice waiter or waitress a generous tip.
- Leave your favorite book in a public place with a note that’s it’s free for the taking
- Write positive messages on a bunch of sticky notes and place them in a public place.
- Donate some colouring books and pens to the children’s ward at a hospital
- Buy a homeless person a pair of gloves and/or a scarf to help keep them warm
- Take treats into the office and share with your colleagues
- Put some money in an envelope on a vending machine and treat someone to a snack
- Pay for the meal of the person/ people behind you at a fast food restaurant or behind you in the drive thru.