A couple weeks ago when we were spending time with my parents, they reminded me of an initiative I started two years ago called RACKS, or Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Ultimately, it ended up being a movement that I wanted to gift to someone who had always inspired me to dream bigger and give more. It was a great success and inspired me to continue a lifetime of paying it forward.
I think too often we associate acts of kindness with money, and while it’s great to be able to pay off someone’s layaway order at the holidays, simple acts each day (that are cheap or free!) are great, too.
1. Hold the door for someone.
2. Volunteer your time to charity.
3. Donate old clothes and household items.
4. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
5. Park further away in the parking lot, so someone who needs a space close to the store can have it.
6. Invite a friend over for a home-cooked breakfast.
7. Take hotel shampoos & soaps and give them to the homeless or a shelter.
8. Buy someone a coffee.
9. Pay your cashier a compliment.
10. Donate books to a school library.
11. Give away coupons you won’t be using or post them on a community bulletin board.
12. Offer to snap a photo for a family trying to maneuver a selfie.
13. Write a good review online for a business who impressed you.
14. Donate your skills or time pro bono for a project that needs it.
15. Offer your mailman or woman a cold drink on a hot day or a warm drink on a cold day.
How do you pay it forward or make a difference?