Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Maybe someone let you go ahead in the grocery store line because you only had one item. The driver in the car ahead of you at the toll booth paid your toll. A friend you haven’t talked to in a while called for no reason at all. If you’ve been on the receiving end of such an act of kindness, you know how wonderful it feels.
We live in a world of division and turmoil, and kindness is more important than ever. And it’s something we can all do, every single day. Kindness is not something we either have or don’t have. Being kind is a conscious decision to think about others.
Small random acts of kindness can brighten anyone’s day – and the nice thing is, they make both the giver and the recipient feel good. Here are some suggestions:
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Give up your seat on the subway.
- Smile at someone, just because.
- Leave a larger than normal tip.
- Look a homeless person in the eye when you offer them food or money.
- Send a greeting card to a friend for no reason at all.
Do cats perform random acts of kindness? I think they do. Some cats seem to instinctively know when we need an extra purr or cuddle at the end of a long day.