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In the month of April Stage will donate $1 for every post to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #BringHeartHome
A while back I wrote candidly about my experience with Zara as a newborn. It was really tough for me to navigate and there were days I felt super drained and lonely. One thing that helped me get through the earlier days was a routine of putting her in her carseat and heading to Starbucks, even if it was just to the drive through. The routine of getting out of the house and saying hi to my favorite barista helped me. One day I was feeling especially drained and tired. I still loaded Zara up and headed to the drive through. I ordered my usual Grande Soy Chai Latte and handed her my Starbucks card. She told me the person in front of me had already taken care of it and wanted her to tell me to “Have a great day!” I started balling right then and there in the Starbucks drive-through. On a day where I felt so defeated and lonely, and really exhausted someone who didn’t ask to be thanked or recognized selflessly gave to me. To ME! I chose to continue the pattern and paid for the car behind me. The feeling of giving a moment of joy as I had just felt to someone else was so invigorating. The barista proceeded to tell me that once she had a line of 34 cars continue to pay it “backwards.” 34 people in a row, all busy and running to their morning commitments took a moment to brighten someone else’s day. I believe in the kindness of human beings.
I chose to continue the pattern and paid for the car behind me. The feeling of giving a moment of joy as I had just felt to someone else was so invigorating. The barista proceeded to tell me that once she had a line of 34 cars continue to pay it “backwards.” 34 people in a row, all busy and running to their morning commitments took a moment to brighten someone else’s day. I believe in the kindness of human beings.
One of my favorite quotes is, “The richest people in the world are those who give more than they take. Giving fills your life with things money can’t buy.” – Gyaan Philosophy
I think we are all aware of how to keep our hearts healthy: exercise regularly and be careful what we feed our bodies. That alone requires discipline, but I’m a firm believer that our mental and physical wellness are connected. Fill your life with value that money cannot buy, health, by GIVING. Random acts of kindness will fill your life with far more than a moment of joy, but possibly a lifetime of health. Something no one is guaranteed no matter how much they can afford monetarily. This is how you can #BringHeartHome
Stage is a shopping destination with a mission to bring awareness to heart health. One of their initiatives is to talk about Random Acts Of Kindness because our health depends on it! It’s the most ignored and least expensive part of remaining healthy. I headed to a flower shop in my Stage dresses to buy some beautiful fragrant roses for my neighbor and then did some research to provide you with my favorite and comprehensive list of Random Acts of Kindness ideas! I sourced from www.randomactsofkindess.org
50 Ideas for Random Acts Of Kindness
1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
4. Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
5. Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
6. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
7. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
8. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
9. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
10. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
11. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
12. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
13. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
14. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
15. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
16. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
17. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
18. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
19. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
20. Smile at five strangers.
21. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
22. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
23. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
24. Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
25. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
26. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
27. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
28. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
29. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
30. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
31. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
32. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
33. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
34. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
35. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
36. Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
37. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
38. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
39. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
40. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
41. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
42. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
43. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
44. Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
45. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
46. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
47. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
48. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
49. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
50. When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!
“Stage is a shopping destination with a mission to bring awareness to heart health. One of their initiatives is to talk about Random Acts Of Kindness because our health depends on it!”
Photos by: Marissa Rahm
This post is sponsored by Stage with the purpose to raise funds for the American Heart Association #bringhearthome, however all words and content are my own. Thank you for your support of We The Classy! xx Venessa