Welcome to Day 5 of ‘My 12 Days of Christmas’
Today I am talking about giving a little bit back, it’s about seeking out the opportunity to perform a selfless ‘Act of Kindness’, after all ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’. Whilst I myself was mindful of ‘Acts of Kindness’, it was after attending a ‘life Skills’ class with blogger ‘Cliodhna Fullen‘ that it really resonated with me, so I thought it is very fitting for this time of year in particular to talk a bit more about it.
For many people this time of year can be particularly difficult as it can be a trigger for many people to focus on what is missing in their life, the stress of the expectations and pressure Christmas brings, can all be causes to make people feel unhappy. So this is your opportunity, and in essence, the perfect time to reach out to such people as well as your family, friends and more and take action in the form of a selfless ‘acts of kindness’.
A little gesture, something small
Too often we can all get caught up in our own little bubble and consumed in our own life we forget to think about how others are feeling, what they are going through and the struggles they have. A little ‘Act of Kindness’ is sometimes all it takes to make a difference, it can be something small, a simple gesture, and this can really make a positive difference to someone, brighten their day, bring a smile to their face and who knows they too may pass on the kindness. When we ‘give’ we feel rewarded and it’s about doing things not because someone told you to or you feel obliged to do it, but doing it because you genuinely want to, that’s where the real ‘feel good’ factor comes in.
When did you last Spread the Kindness?
So I ask you now, when was the last time you carried out a random act of kindness?? Yesterday, last week, last month, last year? And equally when was the last time you were on the receiving end of one?
One story I would like to share with you is a recent one that happened when I was away in Sydney two weeks ago. I was out walking down the street and needed some directions to the train station , so I popped into a little coffee shop. When I asked the guy for some help, he offered me all the directions and spent time so I could make notes in my phone, then he suggested I download a ‘Transport’ app on my phone, that was great for train schedules, letting me know what stop to get on an off etc,. H helped me to download it and then input my journey to show how it worked, which was so helpful, as this is exactly what I needed. Then just as I was about to leave he said ‘hold on you need some water, its hot out there?’ and then went on to offer me a bottle of water, when I offered to pay he would not accept anything. I have told so many people about this act of kindness as it really meant so much to me at that given time, he went out of his way to help me and offered me more advise than I originally asked for, as well as giving me something for free.
Time to Act and Make someone ‘Jolly’
So with all of this in mind I have listed below my 50 simple ‘Acts of Kindness’ ideas that you can carry out for someone, to include your loved ones, friends and neighbours to those going through tough times, for local charities or strangers.
Think how different the world would be if we each carried out a small act of kindness, so start from today and make someone’s day a jolly one.
My 50 Simple Acts of Kindness to choose from – or why not try to do as many as you can between now and Christmas – View below or Download here: Random Acts of Kindness
I would really love to hear any acts of kindness that you have done for someone or indeed someone has done for you, leave your comments below…
Check back tomorrow for Day 6.