Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

I went to the Rachel's Challenge presentation at school today (third time I had seen/heard the story).  It never ceases to amaze and inspire me.  Like Rachel Scott, I do believe that kindness goes a long way and that kind acts can produce a chain reaction.  Not just random acts of kindness, which are good, but TARGETED acts of kindness which are even better.   (Rachel was the first student who was shot at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.)  Through the way she lived her life, her diaries, her essays, she embodied the Golden Rule and so much more!

What are some EASY ways to show kindness toward others?

1.  In traffic, allow someone to pull in front of you.
2.  Hold the elevator for someone.
3.  Smile and say hello to a stranger.
4.  Open the door for someone.
5.  Pick up something someone has dropped.
6.  Give a sincere, meaninful compliment.
7.  Keep bottled water in your car and give one to the guy on the street corner.
8.  Pay the toll for the car following you at the toll booth.
9.  Say, "I'm sorry," and mean it.
10. Send a random text or Facebook message just to say hi to someone.
11. Say, "Thank you," and mean it.
12. Write a note and put it in your child's/spouse's lunch.
13. Offer to load the groceries into the car if you see someone struggling.

Easy, right?  It really is easy to let someone know that they matter.
Kindness is a chain reaction.  Pay it forward!  And THANK YOU for stopping by today!
I'm linking up with Thursday 13 today.


  1. These are excellent suggestions. it's surprising how far a smile will go.

  2. You'd think Number Four would be easy to do, yet so many times people in my building will look right at someone carrying heavy grocery bags or boxes, then pointedly let the door slam behind them, rather than wait those few extra seconds and give someone a helping hand.

    Even more insulting is when they then stand only a few feet from the door and watch you try to juggle a heavy load and keys without offering to help.

    Soem days, Civility is definitely dead.

  3. This is a very sweet post, and very important, too! Sometimes I think a lot of people (me, included) just get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we don't notice those around us in need. Thank you for the reminder.

    I always make sure I have a couple dimes and nickels in my coat pocket. I work in the city and often make eye contact with people shivering in the cold, asking for help. 15¢ means a lot less to me than it does to them, and I think it reinforces both of humanity if, once the visual connection is made, I can help out and say, "Good luck."

  4. Great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. I like the smile and greet people you pass.

  5. Great list. You are so right.

    Have a great day!

  6. I love that you posted this! Why is it that people don't do some of these things more often, they really are so simple yet make such an inpact.


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