Friday, May 23, 2014

7 Ways to Brighten Someone's Day

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Today's post was inspired by this week's quote "The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention" and the concept of *Random Acts of KindnessBeing kind to one another is so important that they even set aside a week in February specifically for engaging in random acts of kindness, which is commendable. While this puts kindness in the spotlight, it is something we should practice every day.

It is said that charity begins at home, and charity, in this instance, means showing love and kindness. Here are a few budget-friendly ways to show charity to your friends and family.
  1. Call or e-mail a friend. It's always nice to answer the phone or check your inbox and reconnect with a friend, perhaps someone with whom you have lost touch lately.

  2. Treat a friend to lunch. We will often treat people for birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions, but why wait? Surprises are the best special occasions.

  3. Send a card. With today's technology it's easy to overlook the simple things.  Send a fun card to someone to let them you you're thinking of them. It is a small act that can have big benefits. Choose a happy, uplifting card and write a short note. This is sure to bring a smile to the recipient's face.

  4. Make a gift basket. Small, thoughtful gifts don't have to break your budget. You can find small baskets, candles and holders, soaps, silk flowers, ribbon and other small items for a few dollars.  For a work-at-home friend a gift for the home office can fill the bill. Put together some small note pads, pens, and paper clips in an inexpensive desk caddy. Hint: Visit the dollar stores, but keep it tasteful, not tacky, and customize it for the individual's personality.

  5. A gift from the heart. Nothing says love like a homemade gift, especially if you bake or garden. So, instead of shopping, use your talents instead. Bake muffins or cookies, make a soup mix with dried beans and seasonings, or harvest a basket of fresh tomatoes or squash from your garden. This is a chance to let your inner light shine.

  6. Make a charitable donation. Choose a charity close to their heart (or yours) and make a small donation in their name, or in honor or memory of someone in their family.

  7. Brighten a stranger's day. It is easy to do things for our friends, but not always so easy when it comes to strangers. How to approach them, what is appropriate and how will a random kindness be received? Here are some thoughts. Smile at someone first, pay them a compliment, buy a coffee or share a cab and pay the fare or pay their bus fare.

    Don't do something just to get something in will see the rewards in your own life.
Please share your ideas or experiences in the comment section.

*The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.


  1. Do you know I had a website that focused specifically on anonymous gifts.... as in doing things for others anonymously... random acts of kindness.....? I never had time to really get it going... but I believe in this SO MUCH.

    The card really rung true to me. I was sick.. like REALLY sick... for a few weeks. An old high school friend of mine who lives across the country noticed this on facebook and sent me a get well card. That card meant more to me than she will ever know. GREAT idea!

  2. Hi Katherine, thanks for visiting over the holiday weekend. Sometimes it really is the little things that are most special.

  3. Thanks for these, Linda. I was thinking about #6.. something I usually do in memory of someone who has passed. Now you've got me thinking about a neighbour I've not yet met, but I have heard that her husband passed away recently. I really don't know the name of her late husband so maybe it would be more appropriate to stop by with a gift basket as suggested in #4.

  4. Hilary, I think that would be a wonderful way to introduce yourself and put a smile on her face. There are so many little things we can do to make a difference.

  5. Everything in this post is wonderful. It, in itself, is an act of kindness because reminding us to take time to be kind to a friend or a stranger is so worth it.

    When I'm having a tough day or in a rotten mood, sometimes I'll insist on being especially kind to people around me. It isn't always easy to do and sometimes I'm not successful, but when I am, I find my rotten mood totally disappears.

  6. Sara, thanks for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I'm trying to take some of these to heart. Some moods are easier to shake than others. Have a good blogging break.


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