Helping Others With Random Acts of Kindness
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”
Are you happy and satisfied with how your your life is right now?
Did you know there are others who are not quite as satisfied as you? In this world of self-gratification, many people are facing situations that would try the best of us. Have you ever thought about what you could do to brighten up someone else’s day? A small act of random kindness can easily put a smile on the face of a stranger in more ways than you might think.
What kind of acts can make another person feel special?
This where you can get creative. It’s not about what you do but the act itself and what is behind it. In Galatians 5:22-23, we read, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Can you find a way to be gentle with someone?
How about showing love and offering peace to someone who is suffering with a lack of both?
The loving act of kindness and love brings forth a renewed spirit in the receiver and a warm and gentle heart in the giver. It is in the spirit of giving that we also receive so much in return. You should never underestimate the impact you will have with a single act of kindness.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ” — Leo Buscaglia
This is what random acts of kindness are all about. Helping to turn a life around… even if it is for just a moment. It’s all about restoring humanity’s faith in one another.
Committing Random Acts Of Kindness
“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”
How can you inspire kindness in others? It all comes down to what’s in your heart. If you are willing to love your neighbor like yourself, then going out of your way to show kindness is the next logical step.
Here are some great ways to to show random acts of kindness without hesitation:
1- Find opportunities to compliment others. It doesn’t take any time and is the best way to make someone feel special. Why just think it when you can say it for real!
2- Take the time to send cards to sick children in the hospital. Just imagine the pain they are going through. Wouldn’t you want someone to write to you if you were in that situation?
3- Send a care package to a soldier overseas. It could mean the world to a lonely soldier who hasn’t seen their family in months or even years. They are here to protect you, show them you appreciate their sacrifices.
4- Donate flowers to a nursing home. Show some of the elder women and men how much you appreciate all they have done in their lives. Don’t forget to personalize it to show you really mean it.
5- Join the bone marrow registry. Cancer patients need your bone marrow and just a few minutes of your time can save a life. All it takes is a swab from your mouth and if you are a match you can save a life.
6- Donate your unwanted things with to your local Goodwill Store. There is always someone in need and you can make someone very happy with your gift.
7-Want to grant a wish of a foster child? One Simple Wish is a repository of requests made by foster children in which case workers submit for the children themselves. These funds are used to help purchase simple things that these kids don’t normally have the money to buy.
8- Print extra store coupons and give them out to families that can use them. Most families are having trouble in this economy and a few dollars here and there really helps!
9- Help people move out of their house or help your new neighbors move in. Everybody can always use a helping hand.
10-Fill a kindness jar with spare change for a family in need.
These are just ten random acts of kindness and have a far reaching effect on those who are the benefactors. I’m sure you could think of a hundred more but the idea is to make it a challenge for yourself to help others less fortunate than yourself.
The Benefits Of A Random Act Of Kindness
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end”
When you help others out without being asked you bring a little bit of happiness to a world struggling to show love and care. People around you will view you in a different light and hopefully join you in showing love and kindness to others..
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a nice gesture, such as someone holding the door for you? Notice how it makes you feel as though you want to return the favour to someone else, almost immediately. It’s true, one act of kindness is often the starting point for more actions.
According to ” Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. “People who engage in kind acts become happier over time, When you are kind to others, you feel good as a person — more moral, optimistic, and positive,” This research found that performing positive acts for others at least once a week led to the most happiness.
David R. Hamilton PhD, writes in his May 30, 2011 article entitled, “The 5 Side Effects of Kindness” that “Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional warmth produces the hormone, oxytocin, in the brain and throughout the body. Of recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system.
Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and therefore oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin and therefore kindness can be said to be cardioprotective.”
Giving has a great effect not only on the physical side but the mental aspect also. Don’t underestimate the power that giving has. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, we learn: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
What type of act of loving kindness can you give? How can you open your heart to someone who really needs it at this time?
My challenge to you is to be the one who makes the effort to help others. Be the the one who doesn’t care what others think and takes it upon themselves to make a difference in the world.
How do you go about committing random acts of kindness?
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