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ORGANIZING ACTS OF KINDNESS: Little Actions That Make a Big Difference

By February 15, 2016 10 Comments

How convenient that “Random Acts of Kindness Week” includes Valentine’s Day! Kindness is the demonstration of love. There are thousands of ways to show kindness and love not only this week, but every day! Mark Twain once said,

deaf and blind

Gary Chapman’s excellent book, The Love Languages, further explains that we each “speak” love in different ways by using words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time, or physical touch.

You can choose every day to show kindness; it can become your signature style!

What are some organizing acts of kindness that would bless your family?

  1. Make a family member’s bed while they are in the shower.
  2. Empty a trash can without being asked.
  3. Hang up all the coats that are scattered about the house.
  4. Return all shoes to the rooms of their owners.
  5. Set the table and light a candle for a family dinner together.
  6. Leave a note of encouragement on a family member’s pillow.
  7. Have refreshing beverages ready when your loved ones come home from school or work.
  8. Bake or buy a favorite dessert for no special reason or holiday.
  9. Take time to greet each other with a smile, a hug, and a kiss!
  10. Take time to truly listen without digital distractions.

What are some organizing acts of kindness that would bless your friends?

  1. Invite a friend over just for tea and conversation!
  2. Send a thank you note to a long-time friend.
  3. Call someone who is confined at home.
  4. Take a picture with a friend and then print and frame it for her.
  5. Schedule specific times to pray for specific friends.
  6. Prepare and deliver a pot of soup for a busy young mom.
  7. Anonymously mail a gift card to someone who needs encouragement.
  8. Offer to help a friend sort through her clothes closet.
  9. Go with a friend to help fold clothes at the Laundromat.
  10. Take time to truly listen without digital distractions.

What are some organizing acts of kindness that would bless strangers?

  1. Shovel snow or rake leaves for someone you do not know.
  2. Attach a thank you note and treats to your trash can for the trash pick-up workers.
  3. Deliver a  thank you note and treats to the fire station or police station.
  4. Leave a thank you note and treat beside your mailbox for the postal worker.
  5. Leave a quarter in the shopping cart at Aldi for the next customer.
  6. Tape quarters to a washing machine or dryer at the Laundromat.
  7. Leave a fresh box of crayons and coloring book at the Laundromat.
  8. Tape coupons to items at the grocery store.
  9. Place a dollar bill in a children’s book at the library.
  10. Create Kindness Bags with personal supplies and keep in your car ready to share. 

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In order for any of these things to happen, you must first organize your day so that you have time to think of others and time to think ahead to possible ways to bless others. It is hard to do that when every day is consumed with dealing with clutter from the past.

Decide that today will be different. Look for the little ways that make a big difference.

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

{Click here for more ideas like the one pictured above, and to connect with others across the country who are committing to doing Random Acts of Kindness this week!}

 

What’s your love language? How do you show love in intentional, simple ways? 

 

Olive Wagar

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  • Shirley says:

    all great things to do thanks for the reminders. Aunt Shug

    • Olive says:

      I love that they are all so simple! I had fun putting a new coloring book and a new box of crayons in a ziplock bag with a simple note “enjoy this random act of kindness.” Then I left it at the laundromat! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Aunt Shug!!

  • Nancy Ginn says:

    I like your kindness suggestions! Thanks.

    • Olive says:

      Thanks for your comment, Nancy! There are just so many ways to surprise people with kindness. I want to get in the “kindess habit” and do little things every week instead of only doing extra things for others around holidays.

  • Mev says:

    What a fantastic and inspiring list of ideas, Olive. Thank you for sharing. Speaking of Aldi, one time I was at the checkout with about ten dollars worth of groceries, when I realized I didn’t have enough cash and we don’t use a debit card. I had no way to pay and the lady behind me said she wanted to pay for them. I was shocked and at first resisted, but then realized the thing to do was gratefully accept her kindness. Sometimes it takes a little effort on our parts to let someone else be kind to us, but it truly is the kind thing to do. Your post makes me want to go out and do something for somebody!

    • Olive says:

      Thanks for sharing that personal story, Mev! It takes effort to give and to receive kindness. There are 3 laundromats in my town and I want to show kindness there. Yesterday I left a bottle of detergent and a box of dryer sheets on the counter with a “enjoy this random act of kindness” note.
      Before I even left the building, a lady was using the dryer sheets!

  • Charlene Notgrass says:

    I can imagine you doing all those things, Olive. What very sweet ideas!

    • Olive says:

      Thank you, Charlene! I want to take advantage of little pockets of time to do these kind acts. I like that these ideas are not elaborate or expensive. Even one dollar taped to a vending machine can make someone smile!!

  • Shirley says:

    I liked alot of the blogs but this was my favorite. So many good things in here. Thanks for sharing.

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