Small acts of kindness are suitable at any given point in time, but perhaps their effect is more pronounced when delivered in the midst of the holiday season. Christmas signifies a multitude of joyous emotions, thus it makes sense that small acts of kindness tend to occur more predominately during this time of year.
Small acts of kindness don’t necessarily have to meet specific criteria. They can take on a lot of different appearances, and depending on the environment in which they’re executed, some can be more apparent than others. Regardless of their recognition, though, small acts of kindness are something all of us can appreciate, now and at anytime.
Considering the time of year we find ourselves in, I thought it might be advantageous to propose some small acts of kindness ideas in hopes of spreading some holiday cheer. Feel free to inform me of any I may be missing.
- Pay for the person’s order behind you the next time you’re using a drive through
- Leave a pleasant note for someone in a public place, for example in a shopping cart, to brighten someone’s day
- Offer to help someone carry their groceries to the car
- Allow someone to jump ahead of you in line somewhere
- Consider contributing towards an event or fundraiser in your own community
- Offer someone a ride if you know you’re headed to the same place
- Pay for a tables dinner the next time you’re in a restaurant
- Let someone into your lane if you’re stuck in traffic
- Look into spending time with folks in retirement homes in your area
- Volunteer at a local service
- Make some cookies for your neighbors
These are just a few examples of small acts of kindness that a lot of us would be able to do, and I’m sure you can think of some more if you put your mind to it.