Today has been just one of those days… whatever I’ve started I’ve not been able to finish the task. I had a deadline for an article, and had to force myself to continue working on it. So regarding my project of kindness, I didn’t think that I had done anything today. …
Maybe this is a manifestation of the result of almost two weeks of doing kind actions towards others; I realized that I’ve done my acts of kindness today as well, without planning them…
I have been working all day, but I did make a phone call to my Dad and told him so funny stories, when I understood that he wasn’t really in a good mode, or feeling to well. I think he just felt lonely, and after a half an hour laughing conversation he felt better.
When a salesman from a company called me today, I didn’t snap, but was polite, and listen to the things he had to say. When I politely declined his offer, he continued his sales tactic and he was surprised when I paid him a compliment of his way of working, instead of hanging up. The conversation ended with us laughing, he didn’t get a sale from me, but a nice moment of kindness. I also texted a friend of mine who is sick, and got an answer filled with kindness.
The way I see this project is that my little act of kindness are making a difference not only for the people in the receiving end, but for me as well.
A couple of days ago I read this list from Oprah, containing 35 little acts of kindness, and I want to include them in today’s post, as an inspiration and reminder.
You can see the list on http://www.oprah.com
1. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
4. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
6. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
7. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
8. Put a coin in an expired meter.
9. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
10. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
11. Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
12. Bring your assistant coffee.
13. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
14. Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.
15. When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
16. Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself.
17. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
18. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
19. Put your shopping cart back in its place.
20. Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
21. Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
22. Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
23. Listen with all your senses.
24. Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
25. Simply say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong.
26. Throw away your trash—and someone else’s—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
27. Encourage someone who seems despondent.
28. Volunteer to take care of a friend’s dog while he is vacationing.
29. Help a friend pack for a move.
30. Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to her response.
31. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
32. Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
33. Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.
34. At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.
35. Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.