I’ve always loved reading about random acts of kindness and it’s time I start putting the ideas into action. I was inspired today by an O magazine article titled “Some Kind of Wonderful,” which features Patience Salgado and her blog, Kindness Girl.
According to the article, Patience is dedicated to doing random acts of kindness such as leaving $5 Starbucks gift cards on park benches, leaving sweet notes in library books (on loose paper rather than on the pages itself, I assume!) and doing a ding-dong ditch–in which you ring a door bell and run away….but only after you leave a sweet gift on the porch for the homeowner to find. A whole bunch of other ideas are listed on her Guerilla Goodness page.
Another resource for ideas is the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, which I just came across while googling RAOK. But a site I’ve heard about before and love is Operation Beautiful. This one involves leaving Post-It notes in random locations, reminding someone that they are beautiful. They can say anything positive and self-affirming, from “You’re beautiful!” to “Love yourself–you deserve it!” I love the idea of leaving these Post-Its in a bathroom at the mall or on a Cosmo magazine, where teens are likely to see it.
There’s something so simple and so positive about this. I’m a big fan.
So, what’s first on my list? I think a 100% tip at a restaurant. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it even scored a place on my 30 Before 30 list. I guess that’s not totally random, but it’s an act of kindness nonetheless. And I hope to leave an Operation Beautiful note as well. I love the idea of someone smiling as they see the note–and maybe spreading the cheer themselves.