{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday” which is a day dedicated to giving back. While many people translate this day–in the midst of the holiday shopping hoopla–into a prompt to purchase gifts that “give back”(a great thing might I add)–I think it can be even more. A simple act of kindness is a great way to “give” and truly speaks to the spirit of the holidays. This year, in our house, we turned our Christmas countdown calendar into a kindness calendar. Instead of toys, treats and trinkets– each day we are reminded of an act of kindness (and encouraged to do it, of course!) My challenge for all of you on this “Mindful Monday” is to re-invent “Giving Tuesday”. Wake up tomorrow with the intention to be kind all day–in many ways! What a wonderful way to give and to remain centered in the true meaning of the holiday season!Here are a few of the family friendly ideas we included in our “Kindness Calendar Countdown” (plus some) that I hope will inspire you!

  • Hold the door for someone today and say, “I hope you have a wonderful day”
  • Give someone you love a hug
  • Leave a nice note in a library book
  • Give a meal or snack to a homeless person
  • Make Cookies for the Neighbors
  • Bring Flowers to Your Teacher or co-worker
  • Bring Stickers for Your Friends at School (for the kids)
  • Give Out Three Hug Coupons (great for kids)
  • Donate 3 Books to the Library
  • Donate toys to a shelter
  • Draw a picture for someone you love
  • Put change into a few parking meters that are running low
  • Send a card to a friend
  • Buy groceries for the person behind you in line or let the person behind you (with a few items) go before you
  • Help someone load their groceries into their car
  • Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
  • Donate Coloring Books to a Children’s Hospital
  • Donate old coats of clothes to a shelter (include your kids in the trip)
  • Make a meal for a shelter
  • Cook dinner for a friend or neighbor
  • Bring pet toys or food to an animal shelter
  • Spend time at an animal shelter just loving on the pets
  • Put a sweet note in a loved ones purse, lunchbox or coat pocket
  • Reach out to an old friend to tell them they are loved

Share a few of your favorite kind gestures to inspire all of this today and throughout the season!

With a kind heart,

Katie

 

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3 thoughts on “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Thank you Katie! Wonderful “clues for kindness.”
    In addition to acting “out’ in kind ways, I am being mindful to be kind to myself. Loving each and every facet of my being with compassion and acceptance. Love the “kindness elf!” Great way to help Hudson understand ways to manifest loving kindness. You are truly amazing!

  2. Wow, Katie! Great reminder that we don’t have to make a major sacrifice to demonstrate compassion each day. And, too, that our children observe how we live and emulate our actions. You’ve given me some ideas to put into practice. Thank you!!

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