How I Plan On Making People Happy This December

Anybody that knows me well, will know how much I love Christmas and I usually take the whole month of December off work so I can make the most of the festive season and also so that I can spend lots of quality time with my friends and family. About 6 months ago, I read on article about people all over the world who were making a positive difference to other peoples lives (usually strangers) by comitting ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ and as a naturally giving person it struck a chord with me and it was something I wanted to get involved with myself.

But what actually are ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ aka RAOK ? “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people”. Over the last couple of months I have been getting involved and actually doing some myself. They have only been minor RAOK but the positive effect that it can have on both parties is just brilliant.

Some of the RAOK I have done myself have included leaving a couple of £1 coins close to where kids play so they find it, paying for the car behind me in the drive-through Mcdonalds so when they drive to the window they are told that I have paid their bill (after I have left), I have gone out of my way to speak to homeless people (they are human beings too remember) and bought them a warm drink, I have stopped to help someone whose car has broken down, I have struck up a conversation with elderly people knowing that I am probably one of the only people they will speak to that day – anyway you get the idea, but I have been actively looking for things to do, to brighten up someone elses day even if it is just something minor and only once a week.

However this December I plan on doing at least one RAOK a day, and I have began compiling a list of things that I could  do for people to make them smile and feel good. The reason for me writing this blog post is NOT to make myself look good or for any kind of pat on the back, I have taken the time to write it in the hope that others will follow suit and see the difference just something so small can make such a difference to someone else. Think about when a stranger has complimented you or said something nice to you totally unmotivated in the past – remember how that felt ? it probably made your day. Why not do that for someone else ? it doesn’t even need to cost money, just simple things like complimenting a stranger on someting they are wearing will make someones day.

Remember – Random Acts Of Kindness make yourself and others smile, and what is better than making someone smile ?

Here are some ideas to help you and show you how you can spread the kindness too.

- Compliment a stranger
- Instead of ignoring christmas carolers, open your door and smile as they sing to you
- Pay for a coffee or a bus fare for the person behind you in the queue
- Introduce yourself to your neighbours
- Offer to help someone you know is struggling with something
- Ring someone and have a conversation instead of texting, tweeing or facebooking them
- Make time to talk to an elderly person, as you may be the only person they speak to that day
- If you are sweeping leaves or shoveling the snow off your pavement, do your neighbours too
- Let someone else have your seat on a train or bus
- Say “Hello” or “Good Morning” to strangers
- Ask an elderly neighbour if they need anything from the shop, to save them venturing out in the cold weather
- Give a taxi driver, takeaway delivery person or a person working in a restaurant / coffee shop a large tip
- Pay for someone elses car parking ticket in a car park
- Drop some £1 coins in random places for people to find (even better if somewhere kids can find them)
- Call in to see someone you know is ill
- Make a point of telling someone what a good job they are doing
- Leave a post it note on someones car telling them they have good taste in cars and it made your day seeing it
- Buy a lottery ticket for a stranger
- Buy a warm drink for a big issue seller
- Offer to walk your friends dog
- If you receive good service from someone in a restaurant, tell them you want to speak to their manager and when the manager arrives, give them a glowing review in front of them
- Send someone a small present anonymously
- Pick up a neighbours bin which may have been knocked over in the bad weather
- Offer a delivery person a piece of fruit or bottle of water
- Prepare a home cooked meal or take a knitted hat and scarf and give it to a homeless person
- Visit an animal shelter and offer to walk some of the dogs
- Buy flowers for a nurse at a local hospital and tell them they are doing a great job
- Give your postman something warm to eat when he next delivers your mail
- Help a mother carry her baby pram up the stairs
- Give your umbrella to someone clearly struggling in the wet weather
- Introduce yourself to someone you see often but have never spoken to before
- Send a friend a card in the post saying how much you value you their friendship
- Visit a nursing home for an hour or two and speak to someone who doesn’t get many visitors
- Visit a local childrens hospital with dozens of bars of chocolate
- Buy some food and drop it off to a local animal rescue
- Donate your old books, magazines and DVDs to a local nursing home
- Stick a £2 coin to a vending machine with a note that says “enjoy something on me”
- Take a parent out for dinner for no reason at all
- Send a bouquet of flowers to a hospital and let the staff know it should go to someone who doesn’t receive any visitors and is lonely
- Leave a 20p coin in a childs vending machine
- Give something of yours away to someone for free
- Leave a hershey’s hug with a note that says “sometimes you just need a hug” attached to it in random places
- If someone compliments a random thing you have, give it to them
- When visiting Santa with your children this year, take him a present yourself

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, I will leave you with one of my favourite RAOK I read about some time ago :