31 Days of Giving: Day 22 – The Gift of Kindness


I am at day 22 of my “31 Days of Giving” project and something I am noticing about myself in this journey is that I am kinder to the stranger at the check-out counter, in the drive-through or taking my ticket from a metered parking lot. I find myself taking the time to notice the person behind the service and look them in the eye, give them a smile or a proper “hello, how is your day” and not be in a rush just to get through a line.

Think about all the times you interact with strangers in your day.  The teller at the bank, getting your morning coffee or the hostess at the place you went for dinner. Do you remember what any of the people looked like? Their name? Next time, stop for a moment and really “see” the person and take notice if your interaction is different.

Here are a few “kindness” ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

  • Put Change In A Parking Meter – If you notice a car’s parking meter is about to expire, put some change in.
  • Thank Your Police Or Fire Department – Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?
  • Return A Shopping Cart – Instead of leaving your shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot when you’re at the grocery store, make someone’s job easier by returning it to where it belongs.
  • Pick Up Trash – Beautify your surroundings! Be kind to the environment and those around you by picking up trash when you see it lying around. It doesn’t matter who left it there, just pick it up!
  • Ask Someone About Their Culture – Do you know someone who is from a different culture than you? Perhaps they were born in a different country, speak a different language, or celebrate different holidays than you. Ask them to tell you about their cultural values and traditions.

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

—Scott Adams