Need an instant pick-me-up? Here’s one that works every time. Ready for this?
Do something nice for someone.
That’s it. By making someone else smile, you will find yourself smiling along with them. Guaranteed.
So here’s what you do: Be spontaneous. No need to make elaborate plans, just watch for your chance and dive in.
Need some ideas?
- Call a single mother and offer to babysit one evening so she can have some “me time.” What she does with that time is her business, even if it’s not what you would choose. She may choose to cuddle up to the fire and read a book in the peace and quiet she so rarely gets a chance to enjoy…or she might decide to spend a night out on the town. Not your call. You’re there to give her the opportunity to do something SHE wants to do…without having to worry about her children. No matter how much she loves those kids, every mother needs time for herself, and single moms rarely have that luxury.
- Drop off a casserole to a friend who hasn’t been feeling well. If you’re really into the whole fancy chef thing, why not include a salad and a dessert? It’ll keep her from having to fix dinner for herself and/or her family. As an alternative, take the meal to someone who lives alone and has a lonely life. She’ll really appreciate it if you stay and enjoy the feast with her!
- Tuck a dollar or two into the hand of the next homeless person you see. So what if they don’t use the money for food? That’s between them and God. With all the dollar menus out there nowadays, a couple bucks provides enough money for a meal and a beverage, and you’ll feel better knowing you gave someone the opportunity to not be hungry.
Don’t have money to spare? Give a smile. Most people pretend homeless people are not there, choosing not to see them, making them invisible. Give the gift of a direct look, a nod, a smile, a pleasant greeting. It might be the greatest act of kindness you could ever commit.
- Buy coffee for the person in line behind you. Just because. Or pay for the meal of a lone diner…they don’t even have to know it was you.
- Send a “day brightener” greeting card. Tell someone how nice they are, or just wish them a beautiful day. Again, no need to sign your name unless you want to. But if you send the card anonymously, make sure your greeting doesn’t frighten the recipient. It should be obvious the greeting comes from a friend. It’ll be fun for them to try and figure out which friend.
You get the idea.
Opportunities for random acts of kindness abound. Watch for them, and be the hand extended.
“Today, I will commit one random act of senseless KINDNESS…will you?— Chuck Wall, Ph.D.