Every now and then, when you drive through a toll booth, pay the toll for the person behind you as well. It’s an easy way to show kindness toward others.
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Some friends of ours are moving into an apartment, and had a lot of gardening fencing they no longer needed. We’re in the process of expanding our garden, and were happy to get free garden fencing, and they were happy to get rid of it. This is just one example of “freecycling.” We’ll use what we can, and then offer the rest of the fencing to friends and neighbors.
If you have stuff you no longer need, even cardboard boxes, ask around to see if anyone else could use your items instead of throwing them away. There are also several online sites where you can post free items, including Craigslist and Freecycle. The chance to receive free items can be especially useful for those that are experiencing a financial hardship.
A business I work for part-time has had problems with a competitor purposely posting negative reviews and untrue comments about our business on sites like Yelp and Google Places in an attempt to steer more business her way. We know this because she admitted it to someone, not knowing the person she told is a friend of our business. It’s not a very kind thing for her to do, but I’m sure we aren’t the only business to fall victim to fake reviews. That’s why I always take customer reviews with a grain of salt, but I still find them valuable when I’m researching a new product or service. If there is a business or a product that you really love, consider writing a sincere, positive review. It’s easy to do, and might help ensure the business’s success.
Have you ever been compelled to write a positive business or product review? Negative?
Ryan Garcia, a 30-year-old Chicago man, pledged to make an act of kindness every day in 2012. Since 2012 is a leap year, that adds up to 366 acts of kindness in all. He says he was inspired to do something meaningful after the birth of his first child. So far he’s given out free hugs, taped money to parking meters, given care packages to homeless people, written a letter to a soldier killed in action, and more. Check out this YouTube video of a TV interview he did recently.
Follow Ryan’s progress on his blog, 366 Random Acts of Kindness.
What do you think? Post a comment if Ryan’s resolution inspires you to perform more random acts of kindness in 2012.
The Random Acts of Kindness foundation works to inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. The RAK website is filled with great ideas on how to spread kindness, even in the workplace. Ideas include donating a portion of your revenue for a day to a group in need, organizing a blood drive, or collecting items for a local food bank. Full list of kindness activity ideas for the workplace
If you know someone who’s having a tough time and could use a break, offer to take him or her to lunch. Ask, “How are you doing?” and let your friend talk about whatever is bothering him or her. You may be able to offer a solution to the problem, but simply listening may be all your friend needs.
Do you know someone who could use a free lunch and a kind ear?
An anonymous good deed can inspire others, and cause a ripple effect of kindness. A good deed can be as simple as buying coffee for a coworker or leaving an interesting book on the bus or train for someone else to discover. Something I like, to help make the long Wisconsin winters a little more bearable for another, is to choose a random car in the parking lot after work or at the store, and clear the ice and snow off the windshield. It’s easy to do, and might really make someone’s day.