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9 Tips & 3 Steps for Powerful Random Acts Of Kindness


Random acts of kindness, like the movie, Pay it Forward, and even more so, the book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, on which the movie was based, is an all round feel good experience. The difference is, unlike with the movie's once-off good experience, a single, once-off, random act of kindness is a gift to someone else that keeps on giving back!


 

Here are 9 tips and 3 steps that you can take right away, plus a suggested list for further reading, for when you need further information. Let's delve into it!



Kindness isn't trendy. It isn't a hot button topic. It’s not even politically correct or the latest buzz word in our destructive culture wars of late. And it doesn't get as much press as happiness, passion, or determination.


We think about it. But it's not something we strive to acquire.


That is a pity because by being kind in random acts of paying-it-forward, we don't just help the people around us; we help ourselves too. It is the proverbial no-brainer.


 

Select your one or two ideas from the following list of 9. Try it for a week. Then come back to this list, and select one or two others. Find what works for you.


1. Give Someone A Genuine Compliment

This is a great habit to get into in general. Simply hand out more genuine compliments. This will boost your mood and might make someone else's day. It might feel awkward, to begin with, but it will become second nature eventually.


2. Buy the Person Behind You a Coffee

If you have the means, next time you are in the Drive-Thru, pay for the person behind you as well. This random act has a way of being passed on, or at the very least, talked about and shared. Who knows, maybe you can reignite people's imaginations! Just be the change you want to see.


3. Tell A Boss About a Good Employee

We live in a society where people seem all too willing to scream at retail workers. Instead of complaining about a bad job, why don't we mention good service more often? Make an effort to let a manager know when one of their staff does a great job. Doing this actually teaches you how to slowly but surely become more aware of the little things in life that you can be grateful for. What's more is that gratitude for s tiny thing is a teeny-weeny tiny seed that sprouts all sorts of fruit-bearing trees in our own lives.


4. Find a Charity You Believe In

If you have the means to make a charitable donation, your money will go a long way for someone less fortunate. It is money well worth spending because you learn to appreciate your little financial freedom. Do your research and find something that truly speaks to you.


An added benefit may be that your donation could be tax deductible. Why do people care whether a donation is tax deductible? Well, let's say you donate $100. And let's say your tax rate is 20%. That means, you get 20% back from the tax man. Not a whole lot, perhaps. But it means the tax man funded that 20%. And since you decided which charity got that 20%, you took control and had a direct say in how those tax dollars get doled out.


5. Volunteer Somewhere

If you don't have extra money, do you have an extra hour? Volunteering your time can be just as effective as a charitable donation, just more rewarding. Not only are you helping people in need, but you also get social interaction. And depending on where you donate your time, you may also learn a little gratitude for what you have and a little gratitude for what you bring to the world. You might even learn something new or meet someone interesting.


As you can see, you stand to gain a whole lot by spending just 1 hour like this.


Again, do your research. Find something that moves you. Ring them up or reach out to them by email or social media and find out in what small way you can become a part of their magic.


Beware: this is contagious!


6. Help Someone Who Needs It

Is there someone in your life who needs a little help? Go ahead and offer them a hand. Reach out with a call or a text and ask if they need anything. Sometimes, that gesture alone makes a world of difference to somebody.


7. Offer to Help People Who Seem Lost

Have you ever seen people, while you are out, who seem lost? Maybe they are looking at a map or their phone, pointing in different directions. Ask them if they need help finding something. Often people will be too shy to ask for help on their own. You can even be tremendously helpful even if you don't know where they're going, or can't speak their language. Let me explain:


When we just moved to Toronto from South Africa, it took forever to find our way. It was worse when we were trying to walk a few blocks because google maps and related apps on our smartphones were pretty useless among the skyscrapers. So now, when I'm downtown, especially around subway stations or bus terminals, I make a point to look for a pedestrian who seems confused by their not-so-smart-phones. Sometimes, all they need, is to know where they are precisely so that they can reorient themselves, and find meaning in the electronic map. Just point out direction (i.e. North, South, East, West, or which streets are to the left and right from where they are). They can usually help themselves from there.


8. Offer Workers a Drink

If you have some people working in your neighborhood, or even working at your place, offer them a drink. It shows them personal appreciation that validates their humanity. This is especially important on really hot days. You could play the hero with a well-timed delivery of ice-cold water. Or a hot beverage on a cold day.


9. Leave Positive Comments on Social Media

Social media can be a real cesspool. Everyone is trying to get a quick laugh by taking someone down. Other people post negative reviews of everything. Well, why not take a week and only leave positive social media comments. Go on google maps. Find the store or restaurant or service provider. Leave a good review. Include constructive criticism if you feel like it. See how you feel after that week. I bet you will keep doing it! Especially when you start getting notifications of others who checked out the reviews first and marked yours as "helpful". Plus, if feels great when the business replies with a thank you.


 

Beware of your intentions, though. Don’t do it as a TikTok challenge.

 

Here's 3 action steps that you can take. See how you can expand it on your own:



 

Suggested Further by Reading


Check out these gems available on Amazon. Note that Woodbridge Hypnosis earns from your qualifying purchases. However, these books may be available at your local bookstore or library. And if not, find anything else that may be on topic!


Open the list to find out more about each. Click the link to buy it on Amazon.

1. The Hidden Power of Kindness - Buy it Now!


If you have trouble acting with the consistent kindness our Lord expects, your relationships with God and those you love may be suffering. That's why this book is such a godsend.


Lawrence Lovasik brings you simple directions for how to overcome unkind habits that can creep -- undetected -- into your behavior. If you want to make progress in the spiritual life, don't miss these insights: they'll give you years of solid help to grow in charity and truly transform your corner of the world!


Buy it now!

2. Deep Kindness - Buy it Now!

3. The War for Kindness - Buy it Now!

4. Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community - Buy it Now!

5. The Power of Kindness - Buy it Now!

6. Pay it Forward - Buy it Now!


 

These are small action steps that you can start in your life today. I am very passionate about our innate ability to form little things into natural habits that can shape our behavior in amazing ways. Check out the 15 Uncommon MicroHabits eBook that you can get here, for free. Check out the video and be sure to subscribe to the follow-up tips and tricks that I will share with you every other day, and take one small step on your wood bridge to success!


Also check out my e-Book, Transformation, that you can buy here.


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