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The only thing I love more than being kind is having others be kind to one another. There is a slight biased bonus when they’re being kind to me.
This weekend I went with my boyfriend to a golf tour in Lafayette. It was a beautiful day, the grass was green, the wind was blowing and the sun was out. For the past few months sun has been a rarity in South Louisiana, so feeling the sun on my skin was amazing. But, with sun comes sunburn.
Now, I am a pale person, I will be the first to admit that I burn fast like fried chicken. While watching the golfers putt Hole 5 I started feeling my skin turn red. I began to panic and dig through my purse, just to find that I left my sunscreen at home. A mom there with her kids noticed and pulled out her sunscreen for me to use. I was so grateful!
Her giving me just a little bit of sunscreen from her bottle turned my mood around. I could actually return to enjoying the game and the day with my boyfriend. If we all helped each other out when we needed a hand, we could make this world a better place. Shout out to golfer mom, you are the MVP of the tournament in my book.
Find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck! Here’s a cheap and easy kindness project to bring luck to others.
I don’t know about you, but I pick up a penny every chance I get to help bring myself a little luck. Whether or not you believe in the “power” of good luck, finding a penny gives you a little hope that positive things are coming your way.
Next time you get some change from shopping, eating out, or digging in your couch, leave it outside for someone to find. Try placing the penny in an obvious place like a sidewalk or a picnic table. Sprinkle your pennies like confetti!
Last week’s kindness project was a little more work but a whole lot of fun. A sock hop at a senior living facility!
One of my favorite things to do is visit the seniors at my local senior living facility. Every time I go they make me feel so welcomed and they teach me so much, so I decided it was time to give back to them. I met with the my university’s Student Government Association and we planned a sock hop for the residents. We made root beer floats and we all practiced our jitterbug and jive in order to make sure that our guests had the best time.
When we arrived we hung up decorations and started to play some popular 50’s tunes. The smiles on their faces was worth all of the time and planning that we all put into making this event one that they’ll remember. What was even better is that all of the students that attended had just as much fun.
Not everyone has to plan an event like this one, but everyone should make time to volunteer at their local senior home. It is an absolute blast and it makes a world of difference for all involved.
This week I was a little overwhelmed with school, getting a new job, and some Mardi Gras madness that I did not get to complete a kindness project like I usually like to. I was really upset over it all until I went grocery shopping today.
Since I live in a small college town the grocery store on Sundays is usually filled with students trying to get ready for the week. Well, when I went today I spotted an elderly couple trying to get through their list. The wife was a sweet short lady and the husband was confined to a wheel-chair, making it hard for either of them to reach the cereal on the top shelf. I’m quite short myself so when I tried to help I couldn’t reach either. I stayed with them for a minute to talk about a baseball game with the husband while we still tried to get that top-shelf cereal.
Then came a really tall college student who assisted the couple in reaching everything they needed in that aisle. He then made sure that they didn’t need any more help before going back to his own list.
Although that was just a small act of kindness that young man’s patience and empathy made all the difference. If we had more people like him, who are willing to take just a moment out of their days to help someone else, the world is guaranteed to be a better place. This week try to help make a difference in someone’s day by holding the door, putting their bags in the car, or anything else that may make them smile.
This is an easy kindness project that people of all ages can do, you just need some sticky notes and a pen!
One of my favorite kindness projects is this super easy one! You just take a stack of sticky notes and write cute little sayings on them, such as: “you rock”, “make sure you smile”, “have a great day”, etc. After you have all of your notes go around and secretly stick them on the side-view mirrors of peoples cars, or in a hallway. No matter where you place them you are guaranteed to make someone smile!
My favorite place is the side view mirror, putting it there makes the receiver feel special. When I go into a parking lot with my book of sticky notes I feel as if God is helping guide me to the cars who may especially need a nice note today.