I turned 28 two days ago. I have been dreading it for quite some time. Even now, it kind of sucks. HOWEVER, a girl at work told me that 28 adds up to 10 and rhymes with great, so that means it’s going to be my best year ever. So I’m going with her mindset instead. I also decided that for my 28th birthday and the 2010 decade ending, I would do 28 random acts of kindness. This world is a shitty place so I thought why not finish the year out strong by doing something nice for someone else. Maybe spread a little joy to people who really need it. And help us all finish the year (and help me start this chapter in my life) out on the right foot!
I will be 100% honest with you. Coming up with 28 random acts of kindness was not the easiest task for me. I came up with 9 on my own. Kind of ashamed to admit it, but here I am, admitting it. And then searched the internet for the remaining 19. All in all, I think it’s a pretty great list. I also think you should participate in this with me! Make your own list. Grab things from my list. Or do my whole list with me. It doesn’t matter. But what matters is that you go out and do something kind for someone without expecting something in return! Some of these cost a few bucks, some are completely free. It doesn’t take a lot to be kind. In fact, it can be totally free to just smile at someone. Just be kind my friends.
28 Random Acts of Kindness
- Donate old clothes
- Give a homeless person some food
- Donate something to your local animal shelter
- Smile at strangers
- Give compliments instead of complaining
- Leave $1 on the vending machine
- Bring in treats for your office
- Raise money for a cause close to you
- Pay for the person in the drive-thru behind you
- Leave a treat for your mail person
- Put a lotto ticket on the gas pump
- Leave a positive review on FB for a local business
- Donate blood
- Give an extra-generous tip
- Let someone cut in front of you in line
- Leave a nice present for your neighbors or roommate
- Donate to a local food bank
- Make homemade dog treats for your friend’s dogs
- Don’t honk at people for a day (this one is more for me than anyone else, ha!)
- Be only positive for an entire day (another one for me. it’s important to be kind to yourself, too!)
- Call an out-of-state friend
- Take flowers to a nursing home for a resident
- Pray for someone you struggle to get along with
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Pick up litter you see while you’re out walking
- Send a friend an e-gift card for Starbucks
- Freely offer your skills to help someone out
- This one is a secret. I’m not sure if I’m going to do it or not. We shall see!
Alright, fam. Go out there. Do good in the world. Do good for yourself. Just.Do.Good.