A World Without Racism is Kind
Kindness Through Public Acts of Service
Public acts of service seem like they are something so big, something that requires so much effort, right? In reality, it is actually quite simple in nature, and something that we all should partake in daily. Surely we have all heard many times in our lives that kindness makes our world a better place, and it really is true. Think about it.
When you are walking into the store and a stranger holds the door open for you, typically you hold it for them next if there is a second door to walk through. Though this example is a simple one, it illustrates an important concept. Kindness is like a chain reaction. By experiencing kindness and by continuing to pay it forward we create something that betters our communities. We leave a lasting, positive impact.
The interesting part about kindness is that it not only benefits the recipient but also the giver by releasing dopamine to the brain. As such, with even a simple act of kindness, we benefit ourselves, the recipient, and the world as a whole. Listed below are easy ways you could do public acts of service for anyone by spending little to no money and making a difference!
- Leave a note on someone’s doorstep or car wishing them to have a lovely day.
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
- Bring a meal to a family member, friend, or neighbor.
- Compliment someone, but make sure to be genuine.
- Donate your gently used clothes.
- Hold the door for a stranger.
- Include the lonely, stand-out folks in your sphere, strike up a conversation.
- Simply smile at someone, you never know what they are going through and how it might brighten up their day.
- Leave a great tip, they will appreciate it.
- Run an errand for someone.
- Buy someone flowers or a box of chocolates randomly.
- Offer a new mom to watch their child(ren).
- Help someone with loading/unloading their luggage or groceries.
- Write a heartfelt thank you note to someone who doesn’t expect it.
- Offer your seat to someone on a full public transportation vehicle.
- Ask a worker how their day is going and be willing to listen.
- Offer roadside assistance to someone in any way you can (i.e. jump-starting their car, taking them to the nearest gas station to get some fuel, etc.)
- Say thank you to someone genuinely, let them know you appreciate their efforts.
- Prepare a little gift and leave it in a public place for someone else to take and enjoy.
- Give a homeless person food or a drink.
- Say “good morning” to someone you see.
- Offer to take a picture for a group of people so everyone is in it.
- Offer directions to someone who looks lost.
- Do the household chores for someone else (mow the lawn, take out the trash, wash the dishes, etc.)
- Offer someone a ride that needs it (i.e.designated driver, hitchhiker, or friend needing their car serviced for an extended period of time, and so forth)