Random Acts of (Social Distancing) Kindness

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As someone who has been on the receiving end of random acts of kindness, I can tell you that it feels amazing to know that someone who doesn’t even know me would take the time out of their day to do something kind for me. Even the simple act of the person in the car in front of me paying for my drive-thru order brightens a hard day. It also can create a domino effect of kindness.

One time, when the person in front of me paid for my drink and I paid for the person behind me, the cashier was so excited when they told me that this kindness chain had been going on for almost a dozen cars so far. I left with a smile on my face, thankful that someone had done something kind for me and that I’d been able to do the same for another person. What an easy way to make someone’s day!

"Leave words of encouragement on a blog post or article where you see people being unkind in the comments section."

While everyone is trying to social distance, I thought it would be fun to share some random acts of kindness you can do virtually or from afar to make someone’s day better. I love knowing that, even though many of us are apart during this time, there are still plenty of ways we can bless others.

  • Send a digital gift card for a cup of coffee anonymously to someone who is having a bad day or who is traveling back and forth from the hospital to visit a loved one.
  • Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway.
  • Send an emailed letter to someone who has made an impact on your life.
  • Let someone merge in front of you while you are in traffic.
  • Deliver a care package on someone’s porch.
  • Host an online fundraiser for a charity that is important to you.
  • Make a no-sew blanket to drop off at an animal shelter.
  • Drop off food at a food pantry.
  • Reach out to a company through social media or the contact form on their website to let them know about amazing customer service you received from one of their employees.
  • Leave words of encouragement on a blog post or article where you see people being unkind in the comments section.
  • Make a thank-you card for your mail carrier and leave it in the mailbox.

As you can see, even though many of us are apart during this time, there are still plenty of ways we can bless others. I encourage you to do one item from this list each week. I’m sure you’ll find that doing random acts of kindness has just as much an impact on your heart as it does the hearts of those upon whom you bestow kindness.

Tags: Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity

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Alicia Peiffer

Alicia lives in the Chicago suburbs where she is raising two preteens and a toddler with her husband. She works from home... See Full Bio

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