February 21, 2013

Go Ahead…..Make My Day (or someone’s) Better!!!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:30 am by JBEvents

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 Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”  

In today’s society, it’s easy to become self-absorbed and not even notice that the person sitting next to you needs some encouragement.  Many people put on a “happy face” even though inside they may be going through a difficult time.  If each of us would strive to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness every day – we could begin to make our corner of the world a better and happier place.

Need some ideas?  Here’s a good list to start from, {edited from an article published in Good Housekeeping magazine June, 2012}. I encourage you to give it a try and see how the “roots” of your good deed will spread to others. 

  • Leave a bouquet at the hospital — the nurses will know who needs it the most.
  • If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first.
  • Take coloring books and boxes of new crayons to a Children’s hospital.
  • Hold the door open for the next person.
  • Drop off combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste at a shelter or a soup kitchen.
  • Curb road rage: Let other cars merge onto the highway.
  • Take fresh-baked muffins or cookies to your neighbors with a note saying you are glad to have them as your neighbor!
  • Put sticky notes with positive messages (e.g., “You look gorgeous!”) on a restroom mirror.
  • Help out a mom and a baby by donating diapers (find a directory of diaper banks at diaperbanknetwork.org).
  • Send a thank-you note to the brave officers at your local police station.
  • Arrange to pay anonymously for a military member’s meal when you see him or her dining alone.
  • Send a $20 gas card anonymously to someone who could use a “pick me up”.  
  • Donate your old professional clothes to an organization, like Dress for Success (dressforsuccess.org), that helps women jump-start their careers — and up their confidence.
  • Carry someone’s groceries.
  • Bake bread or cookies and deliver the food to a nearby fire station or group home.
  • Donate old cell phones to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ncadv.org), which will use the proceeds for programs that protect families from abuse.
  • Sing an employee’s praises to a manager or on a comment card — a little recognition goes a long way.
  • Share happy memories. Stick an old photo in the mail to a friend and write a note about the day it was taken on the back.
  • Send a yummy dessert over to another table at a restaurant.
  • Leave a copy of a book you love, with a note for the next reader, on the train or the bus or the office break-room.
  • Load extra change into the vending machine to buy the next person a Coke.
  • Send somebody an e-card, just because, or a funny YouTube video to brighten someone’s day.  The funnier, the better.
  • Resolve to refrain from negative self-talk (you deserve your kindness, too!).
  • On trash day, wheel your neighbors can out to the curb.
  • Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
  • Pause and give people the benefit of the doubt. E-mail, especially, can cause unintentional feather-ruffling.
  • Bring goodies to your next meeting for no special reason. {Bonus points if it’s homemade}
  • Strike up a conversation with someone who’s standing alone at a social gathering or networking event.
  • Leave extra umbrellas in the lobby of public buildings with notes that say “Use this to stay dry!”
  • Pay for the person’s order in the Drive-through line behind you.
  • Pay the toll for the car behind you.

 I hope this inspires you to do something nice for no reason at all….it will make you feel all warm and cozy inside and it will make the day of someone else immensely better!! 

Janice Blackmon Events ~ A Full-Service Event Planning Company dedicated to making every event flawless!!!

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