Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Act 155.
I’ve learned that you can do amazing things in only 60 seconds.
You can enlighten, inspire, or motivate someone. You can cheer them up or ease a burden. You can give them something they might need, and it just might be that single thing – a bit of information, an idea, help with something that before was overwhelming – that allows them to fulfill a dream and maybe turn their life around.
A minute is actually a substantial amount of time. (Sprint for just 60 seconds the next time you’re out for a run or bike ride, and you’ll see what I mean.) Set a timer, take a full minute and…………..
…find the phone numbers of three friends you haven’t spoken with in six months. And call them, rather than sending an email.
…go visit a relative that lives close by, but you never have the time to stop in.
…make a doctor’s appointment, if you haven’t had an annual checkup in more than a year.
It only takes 60 seconds to be kind – to others, to yourself, to everyone!
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Doing selfless good deeds, or just being kind, is contagious — and the behavior of a few can influence many, a new study suggests.
Participants played a “public-goods” game in which one person gives money to others. Players didn’t know each other before the game and never played it more than once with the same person. Yet researchers found that generosity in the first round was tripled by others, who were directly or indirectly influenced to give more.
When people benefit from kindness, they “pay it forward,” which creates greater cooperation that influences others in a social network, say researchers Nicholas Christakis, a physician and sociologist at Harvard University, and James Fowler, a social scientist at the University of California-San Diego. Findings were published in March in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Christakis and Fowler also have found happiness, loneliness and obesity to be contagious. In their earlier work, they used records of individuals in Framingham, Mass. But the new study is the first laboratory evidence to support a domino effect in contagion, they say.
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Tuesday, December 15, Day 2, Act 128:
After a long day at work, no one wants to go and fight the grocery store crowd for a couple of hours. But this was my time to shine. My wife has been working long hours during this holiday season and I wanted to take a little something off of her plate. I created a store list, gathered up some coupons that she had saved, and took off to the store this evening.
It was crowded and it was not that fun, but it was something little that I could do to help out during my wife’s frantic holiday work schedule.
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Acts of Kindness
As Thanksgiving nears and family gatherings are planned, making the guest list for the big turkey dinner; think about those who have few or no families. Open your homes and your hearts and invite just one acquaintance who would otherwise be celebrating alone. By doing this one act of kindness, you may make this Thanksgiving a special memory for another and bring joy to your own family.
Especially during this time of year many charities need donations of food, volunteers, coats, warm clothing and toys more than ever. Go through your closets and select your older garments to give to those in need. While you are out purchasing holiday presents for your loved ones, buy a few extra for those children who would otherwise have none.
Another simple act of kindness to consider is to go through your home’s food pantries and fill up a shopping bag with some of those extra groceries – non-perishables – you acquired during the year. Just about any city fire station will collect your food supplies. You might also consider becoming a volunteer and delivering food to the needy or serving the homeless at shelters.
At the very least, do a random act of kindness this holiday season. Hold the door for someone, yield for pedestrians, think twice before blowing your horn or buy a hot cup of coffee for an outdoor worker. Random acts of kindness will make you feel better about yourself, your life, and the lives of others.
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Yesterday marked act 90 and over 90 days that I’ve been sharing the acts of kindness that I have performed each day. The receivers have been friends, family, my wife, and even complete strangers. But enough about me, now I want to hear from you. I would like for you to write and comment on this blog about examples of the kind acts you would like to receive. What random act of kindness would blow your mind and leave you speechless? Or tell us about your own acts of kindness.
What kind acts have you performed in the past that made a difference to someone and left an impression on you as well? I know there are many kind people out there, let’s hear your stories….
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Thursday, March 19, 2009.
During lunch today, I had to run to the store to pick up (the usual) some milk and yogurt. Being in the middle of the day, it wasn’t very crowded or anything. The line was moving well and people seemed to be genuinely nicer. The person behind me in line only had one item with them. I thought about letting them in front of me to go first in line, but then I did even better…
Because this person only had one item, and I only had a few items too, I (after a little convincing) put their item with mine and bought it for them. Luckily it was only a 1/2 gallon of milk and not some huge BBQ grill or something!