The power of kindness

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.


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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2 Responses to The power of kindness

  1. Nota says:

    Thank you for reminding me about these sites. 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    Thanks for posting about these sites… I am going to look at them and book mark them. During my journey I not only want to lose weight but become a better person while doing it. I think these random acts of kindness are something that I can do to make a difference in someones life.

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