Its National Others Week 2015 this week and here is a list of possible things you could do to promote community through acts of kindness.
I am really interested to hear your National Others Week stories so please post your stories in the comments.
- Show some chivalry, open a door for a woman.
- Send a thank you note to a soldier.
- Leave change in the vending machine.
- Leave extra time in the parking metre.
- Take a dozen Krispy Kremes to the local Ambulance Station.
- Take cup cakes into your child’s class.
- Bring your assistant coffee.
- When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
- Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
- Put your shopping cart back in its place.
- Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
- Throw away your trash—and someone else’s—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
- Tip generously…even though its not expected in Australia.
- Pay for someone’s fuel at the petrol station.
- Tape a nice saying or thought to the bus window.
- Donate books to your local library.
- Donate blood.
- Put up anonymous encouraging post it notes for strangers to find.
- Tell your boss some of the good things about working for him.
- Do the task no one in the office wants to do.
- Don’t leave others waiting for you. Respect their time.
- Bring a welcome gift to a new co-worker.
- Give up your seat for someone
- Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
- Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself.
- At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.
- Invite the kids in your neighbourhood to a pizza party.
- Mow someone else’s lawn.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour, especially in extreme weather.
- Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbours.
- Buy the stuff your neighbours kids are selling….such as a lemonade stand.
- Say Thank You more.
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Say “I love you” to someone you love.
- Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.
- Simply say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong.
- Call your Parents and tell them you love them.
- Don’t be annoying – Make a conscious effort to avoid doing the things you know annoy your spouse (or roommates)
- Write a thank you note to your parents.
- Send one of your siblings an anonymous gift.
- Call your inlaws and tell them they created an amazing person.
- Smile at everyone you see.
- Send flowers to a friend.
- Shout someone a Coffee.
- Write a hand written encouragement note to someone.
- Listen to older people tell the stories of their past.
- Cook someone who is ill a meal.
- Let another go first.
- Plant a tree.
- Pick up litter.
- Give an unexpected gift.
- Donate to a charity that is working in an area that you are passionate about.
- Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
- Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
- Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
- Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
- Offer to baby-sit for a single mum.
- Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
- Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again
- Listen with all your senses.
- Encourage someone who seems despondent.
- Volunteer to take care of a friend’s dog while he is vacationing.
- Help a friend pack for a move.
- Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to his/her response.
- Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
- Before a friend moves away, give her your favourite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
- Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.
- Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.
- Befriend a lonely person.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Hold your tongue.
- Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images.
- Reach out to a person who has made a significant difference in your life….tell them what they have meant to you and why. Bonus points if you put this in a hand written letter.
- Try to find goodness in a person you don’t like.
- Be Patient.
- Bake a cake for a person whose birthday it is.
- Be the eternal optimist in your circle of friends.
- Recognize the good in others.
- Leave nice comments on Blogs, Twitter and Facebook.
- Give chocolate generously.
- Compliment people in front of others.
- Do something nice for some one – but do it anonymously.
- Be someone’s cheerleader
- Stand up for the underdog.
- Avoid gossip.
- Be understanding.
- Write a thank you note to your child’s teacher.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to for a while.
- Appreciate your pastor or some group leader.
- Buy dessert for someone eating alone.
- Buy an extra umbrella to give away on a rainy day.
- Invite someone you don’t know all that well, over for dinner and watch a new friendship grow.
- Forgive a person you used to hate back in the day.
- Be super enthusiastic when people give you good news.
- Give a glowing recommendation.
- Have you discovered something that has changed your life? – Share what you know and inspire others to change their lives too.
- Make someone laugh.
- Make time.
Keep being awesome.
Ps Peter Pilt
National Director Global Care.
Categories: Creative ideas, Global Care, Motivational
All great ideas. Especially love “don’t be annoying”! I’ll give this one a go…. 🙂
Which Ones Will You Do?
None of the above (some [to me] are just good manners anyway and should always be done) but I did something else 🙂
I do some of these on a daily basis as we all should.
Yes we should