One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. The secret /random acts of kindness have the same effect on the one who is receiving and giving it makes their day.
Some random/secret acts of kindness in found in the December 2000 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine were:
- Pay the toll or coffee order for the driver behind you
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather
- Put a coin in an expired meter.
- 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.
I set out to commit secret acts of kindness today. I succeed in their completion and they will remain secret. It’s not about what I did that matters. What matters is that I (hope) it made someone’s day.
The acts themselves brought me so much joy seeing the person/people’s reaction to a small kindness. It filled my heart with gratitude for the ability to show love and support to others. You see, you never know what a small act can do for someone else. The potential of being able to show humanity to someone whose trouble have become insurmountable is huge. We all are walking our own journey with our individual battles to face. Whether that be losing a child, parent, spouse, job, health, financial security, self esteem or any other battle. We long for kindness and grace. That one person to smile and say, “you can have my seat”.
I am walking around with a huge backpack full of pain. There are days it just about kills me to lug it around but it is invisible to the general public. Small acts of kindness (giving or receiving) can lighten my emotional load. The hole in my heart will always be there but I can show love, compassion and kindness to others to make their backpacks a little lighter. My grandfather always said that many hands make work light. It is true that the more people working together emotionally, the lighter the load for the individual.