November #GetKind: Anonymous Acts

We know that sometimes, our supporters are inspired to make the world a bit more kind – but aren’t sure about the next steps. What’s the best way to help? What should I be doing?  The #GetKind program is here to help! Each month, we will have a new theme to inspire your kindness quotient. Please use the hashtag #GetKind so we can share these great ideas, all year long.


#GetKindIn today’s busy society, people often take the easy way out — the simple alternative, the choice that they would make the same way, at the same time, in the same fashion as any other day. They mill about their lives like worker bees, so transfixed by their routine that they don’t notice all the opportunities around them to incite major change.

Here at Random Acts, we’re out to shake things up: acting on our founder’s belief that small, arbitrary acts of kindness put together can change the world, we’ve decided to make November’s #GetKind theme one that we can all share in.

In the spirit of the season, this month’s theme, “Anonymous Acts”, encourages us to give to the people in our communities — specifically people with whom we have yet to form friendships or those we see on a regular basis but with whom we hardly ever speak — through random acts of generosity.

In search of some inspiration? Check out some of the ideas our regional representatives have suggested to get you started:

  • Lend a hand to the staffers at the next sporting event, political rally, or convention/conference you attend by picking up any litter you see lying around. Many of the workers at these sorts of events are volunteers or are paid very little. You can be sure they’ll be grateful for the help!
  • Bring a hot cocoa or a refreshing icy beverage (depending on where you live in the world) to your local school crossing guard. Standing out in the morning heat or blustery snow can dampen spirits, so lend them a smile and a treat-to-go and brighten their morning.
  • 2013 Feb Christi Thomas 4Leave a note with a kind or uplifting compliment somewhere where you know a co-worker or fellow student will be sure to find it. The tiny bit of kindness may not seem like much to you, but it can sincerely change someone’s entire week and encourage them to pay it forward.
  • Leave gift cards at the register of your local coffee shop so that the baristas can swipe them for future customers’ orders. Don’t drink coffee? Try putting some of your change or extra cash toward the order of the people next to you at lunch and lighten their bill just a little bit.
  • Take a basket of baked goods or a plateful of fresh fruits and veggies into work and leave them in the break room for all to enjoy.
  • If you’re a student or a teacher, try stashing little candies on each desk before the class period begins. Lectures on bioluminescent algae and the Pythagorean Theorem have never been sweeter.
  • 2013 November Meghan Strehlow 3Speaking of gift cards… take a small variety to your local library and hand them out or leave them displayed on shelves with a note of kindness. Libraries tend to be a central hub for nearly everyone in the city and there’s bound to be someone passing through who could really use the help.
  • Offer a bottle of water to the delivery folks and mail carriers who pass through your workplace or neighborhood each week. Says Regional Representative Suzie, “My husband is a UPS driver and he always tells me that one of the nicest things that people have done for him in the past was to offer a cold bottle of water when it was hot and humid out. These guys work super hard in harsh environments and they really do appreciate the gesture!”
  • Donate time or resources to your local community (e.g., libraries, youth centers, universities, theaters, parks and trails) and 2013 Feb Elizabeth Cotner 4give back to the people who help keep your city beautiful in a myriad of ways.
  • Keep a “comfort pack” in your purse or car and hand it off to someone less fortunate
    when the opportunity arises.
  • Sneak a fun surprise or genuine note onto the desk of a frustrated colleague or into the locker of someone who has been a particularly amazing example of generosity (and then nominate them for our Caught in the Act award here).

 

If you look around and can’t find someone who needs your help, you may want to stop and look again — people everywhere need a little bit of kindness sprinkled into their everyday lives. This month, let’s strive to be that spark of happiness that can create a positive ripple effect in the world. Let’s get out there and #GetKind.


 

Have an idea for an act in your community but need assistance with materials or funding? Stop by and fill out one of our Act Proposal forms. We’re here to help you #GetKind!