People will never forget how you made them feel. That, to me, is what doing a random act of kindness is all about.
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Happy National Random Acts Of Kindness Day, y’all. Maya Angelou’s quote is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. I try and practice its meaning on a daily basis, but thought today it made a lot of sense to share with all of you. People will never forget how you made them feel. That, to me, is what doing a random act of kindness is all about.
I’ve compiled 3 quick things that you can practice today, with hopes that they inspire you to work random acts of kindness into your daily life a bit more.
Leave A Book.
Books have healing powers, I swear. One of my favorite things to do when I read a really wonderful book is to pass it on to a stranger. Dig through your bookshelf this morning and snag a book that had a special impact on your life. Scribble a sweet note in the front and leave it on the bus seat, on the subway, or even a bench in the park. It may mean the world to the next person that finds the treasure and gets to read it.
Help The Elderly.
Put your shyness aside for a bit and go for it. My next door neighbor is 84 years old and has a golden retriever that she adores. I absolutely love taking her dog for a walk for her and she feels so much happiness that he is out getting some good exercise.
Let someone cut you today. Whether its a mom with three kids, or someone your age. Try letting someone skip the line – at a restaurant, grocery store, or coffee shop. It may inspire them to give it a try one day, and could help them out if they are struggling with time or a busy family!
What random acts of kindness have you preformed? Have any great ones to share with us? Let us know in the comments!