5 Ways to Spread Kindness
Here are five ways you can help others and send out positive energy into the world.
“If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.” – Martin Kornfeld
In the face of senseless violence, it is sometimes easier to believe the worst in humanity. Today (and every day) is a good day to commit a selfless act of kindness. Here are five ways you can help others and send out positive energy into the world:
- Donate blood. The need for blood is constant, and the American Red Cross makes giving blood a simple and easy procedure. You can help change or save a life. Schedule a blood donation appointment or find a local drive near you here: redcrossblood.org/donating-blood.
- Buy a stranger a bouquet and make their day. Blooming Artisans started a grassroots campaign of kindness called Blooming Acts of Kindness, and their mission is to spread joy through flowers. Joyful bouquets will be randomly delivered to unsuspecting individuals throughout Providence and Rhode Island. They’ll be raising funds through Oct. 6. Sponsor a Joyful Bouquet for $40, or make a general donation. gofundme.com/bloomingactsofkindness
- Take the Family Service of Rhode Island’s Kindness Challenge. Participation is easy and no entry fee is required. Organize a team of two or more and perform 125 acts of kindness, using social media to clue others in on what you are doing and to track your progress. The contest is an opportunity for students and school officials to promote kindheartedness and creativity. To learn more or to register, go to familyserviceri.org/kindnesschallenge.
- Pay it forward with a cup of coffee. Going through a drive-thru to buy a cup of joe? Make someone’s morning a little brighter by paying for the car behind you. In some instances, this has caused “pay-it-forward” chains with customers returning the favor for other strangers in line. It is effective, powerful and so simple.
- Join a kindness initiative. There are endless opportunities for kindness, and many do not require money or much of your time. Whether you compliment a stranger, smile at someone walking by or pick up litter, you are spreading kindness to a world that needs it. Here is a nonprofit dedicated to practicing compassion that compiles kindness initiatives, letting you revel in a sense of shared humanity: acts.kindness.org/initiatives.