Proactive Kindness

Meaningful Mondays are about starting Mondays out on a good note. Stories that inspire and encourage!  Doing something meaningful for someone else always makes their day seem brighter; and, undoubtedly, will give you a sense of happiness and well being knowing that you did something you didn’t necessarily have to do.  Random acts of kindness are great, and we should all take advantage of an opportunity to do them when then situation arises. But, I think in order to feel great about the world we are giving our children, we need to step it up a little with conscious proactive acts of kindness. Do something on purpose simply to be nice to a stranger. You have no idea how that will effect her day and maybe her life. Very small things can seem huge when simply done just because.

Share your stories! I’d love to post them here and on the Vivobello Facebook page of you, your neighbor, your uncle’s sister in law’s dog walker’s best friend, anyone who has done something nice, had something done for them, or just a story that was found on the internet. Inspiration takes many forms. I’d love to start the week out being inspired.

Ways To Get Involved:

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in your community, below is a steadily growing list of sites.  Feel free to visit one of the sites below, and if you have a suggestion for this list, please email me!

  1. Wish Upon a Hero
  2. Time Banks
  3. Acts of Kindness.Org
  4. Charity Watch
  5. Hands On Disaster Response
  6. Heifer International
  7. It Starts With Us
  8. Afiveoh4uplifting
  9. Pennies in Protest

Nice Ideas:

  1. Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
  2. Make a card at home and send it to a friend for no reason.
  3. Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger.
  4. Put some coins in someone elses parking meter.
  5. Buy a coffee for the man on the high street selling magazines.
  6. Cut your neighbor’s hedge.
  7. Walk your friend’s dog.
  8. Give a compliment about your waiter / waitress to his / her manager.
  9. Send someone a small gift anonymously.
  10. Stop and help someone replace their flat tire.
  11. Let someone jump the queue at the bank.
  12. Pay for the drinks on the next table at a café.
  13. Treat a friend to the movies for no reason.
  14. Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
  15. Hold the train door open for someone rushing to get in.
  16. Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.
  17. Put quarters in gumball machines for kids to find.
  18. Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
  19. Pick up some rubbish in the road which would otherwise be lying around.
  20. Compliment a work colleague for their excellence.
  21. Recommend a competitor to a potential client.
  22. Give another driver your parking spot.
  23. Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
  24. Help an elderly neighbor carry the rubbish out.
  25. Tell all your family members how much your appreciate them.
  26. Leave a copy of an interesting book on a train / bus.
  27. Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
  28. Send a thank you note to a person who has helped you in the past.
  29. Smile a lot.
  30. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
  31. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
  32. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
  33. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
  34. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
  35. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
  36. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
  37. Put a coin in an expired meter.
  38. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
  39. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
  40. Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
  41. Bring your assistant coffee.
  42. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
  43. Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.

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