My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness ~ Dalai Lama
This week of my Best Year Yet was all about Random Acts of Kindness. It’s a topic I am really passionate about and one I like to do as often as possible.
I wanted to dedicate a whole 7 days to it, to ramp up the project and see how it left me feeling.
It is not a long blog post as I don’t want to bang on about all the acts I did – they are anonymous and therefore best left out there without talking about them.
I DO want to share how the week left me feeling….
I really do believe that one of the greatest things we can do for our own mental health is carrying out random acts of kindness.
What I didn’t realise until I did a concentrated effort of them, was that the very benefits to others of the acts are reflected right back at us.
By carrying out the simple ‘feel good’ acts, we learn what it is we give ourselves.
At the end of the week, I felt much happier generally. I also felt inspired by the people I had researched and the websites found. My week of RAOKs has turned into something I will do every day.
Below I have listed some kindness ideas that I would love you to try and then a fabulous website that reduced me to tears when I read the stories.
In less than 5 minutes of our time, we can enrich someone else’s day for the better.
Quick Kindness Ideas:
- Place a note inside a book on cancer or depression at your local bookshop.
- Leave post-it notes around town with little messages on.
- As well as paying it forward at your local coffee shop, ask to write a note on the takeaway cup too!
- Take dinner over on a tray to a neighbour, complete with a napkin and a chocolate for dessert.
- Give a genuine compliment to a stranger.
- Praise a local business online.
- Gift a friend all the ingredients of your favourite recipe and put the recipe on a card.
My favourite part of the week was when I stumbled upon a fabulous idea that involves a fabulous act of kindness is More Love Letters.
Hannah set it up after moving to New York and feeling sad and lonely. She started leaving random letters all around the city and turned it into a proper cause 400 letters later.
Now the company gets requests for mass letter writing to individuals who are struggling for different reasons.
I wrote to Anne after reading her story:
Anne’s daughter reached out to us + shared a part of her story. She wrote:
My parents were deeply in love–if there were ever two people who were soulmates, it was them. They spent forty-five years together and even though there were hard times their love never dimmed. My father left my mother little love notes. He loved making her dinner and driving her to the beach.
However, on June 21st, my father collapsed and died on the bathroom floor. My mom found him, and that day all their plans for retirement and enjoying growing old together just evaporated. Mom is alone now, in a silent house that is suddenly empty.
My mom is a caregiver–she made so many sacrifices to take care of her elderly parents, to take care of me when I went through major depression, and she took care of dad. She took care of everyone. But now she is alone and hurting. People are going on with their lives now, and the rush of sympathy and support has naturally slowed after my father’s passing. My mother cries a lot and her smile has gone. She is alone and lost, and I would love for her to know some people care.”
Please join us in penning words of hope + love to Anne.
PLEASE MAIL ALL LETTERS TO:
℅ Rebecca J.
2 Dunns Bridge Lane
Dover, NH 03820
Perhaps you would like to join me in writing to her too.
Hannah Brencher her and her More Love Letters group that do incredible work are found here
Concentrating on my local town, I shall start there. Hannah started her journey to building the website by leaving random letters around NYC. I would love to turn my local town into one that spreads a message of kindness. I am adopting Hannah’s idea by leaving notes or letters where I go.
If you happen to pick one up, I hope it inspires you to do the same.
Let’s take a little time and make someone else’s day a better one.
Until next week