Have You Helped the World Lately With An Act of Random Kindness?
"People say what we're all seeking is a meaning for life... I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive."--Joseph Campbell
"A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe,a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,his thoughts and feelings,as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature."--Albert Einstein
Want to feel happy now? Commit a random act of kindness to someone you know or someone you have never met before. Research has proven that these acts of kindness actually reduce stress. Read more research, sign up for a free newsletter, get ideas for your random acts and more at Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.org. Be sure to check out the kindness links to similar sites.
An act of kindness that feels small to you, like smiling and saying hello to a stranger, can be a very important moment in the life of a person who is depressed, lonely or feeling like giving up.
Other acts of kindness suggestions:
Pay Someone's Toll
We've all been there: waiting in a long line of cars at a toll booth, sometimes for up to an hour or more, simply waiting to pay our toll so we can get on to our destination. Traffic on a summer weekend or during the holidays can be awful. Why not make someone's experience a little more pleasant and pay their toll for them?
Give Carepacks to the Homeless
There are so many everyday accessories and toiletries we take for granted - toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant.
Pay the Tab for the Person Behind You
Have you ever experienced kindness from someone you don’t know? Knowing that someone else noticed you can make your day a thousand times better, especially if you’re feeling down. Celebrate those around you by doing random acts of kindness for strangers, just for the sake of making someone else happy. Pay the tab for someone behind you in line at the grocery store, gas station or the drive-through. It doesn't have to be costly, just friendly.
Offer to pay the tab for the person in line behind you at the grocery store or gas station. You could also pay for the drink of someone behind you at a coffee shop. If you notice someone who looks like they’re having a bad day, all the more reason to cheer them up with a random act of kindness!
When you notice that someone in line in front of you at a store is short on money when it comes time for them to pay, offer to chip in a few bucks or whatever it takes to help them afford their purchases.
"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."--Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); French philosopher, physician
"Beremedy.org is an organization connecting people who need help with those who want to give it via social media. We feel that most people would help if they simply knew the needs in their local community. Through applications like Twitter and Facebook, beremedy alerts people when someone in their community needs help. Members then respond to the message or pass on the message to those they feel can.
You can be the remedy! To learn more, visit their website: "
#10 Give It Away, Give It Away Now! from list of "10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy,"
by Jen Angel
"Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it. Researcher Stephen Post says helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from exercise or quitting smoking. Listening to a friend, passing on your skills, celebrating others’ successes, and forgiveness also contribute to happiness, he says. Researcher Elizabeth Dunn found that those who spend money on others reported much greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves."
Be sure to check out the World Kindness Movement.org
There you will learn that this November 13 is World Kindness Day. Many member countries are organizing
Kindness activities to celebrate this day. Find out more about World Kindness Day and what events are taking place around the world.