26 Acts of Kindness

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26 Acts of Kindness

We live in such a go, go, go society. Put your head down and get your business done. I’ve been guilty of this plenty of times. In college, friends would ask me why I ignored them when they said hello. Truthfully, I didn’t even notice they were there. I was so focused on getting to class or practice and didn’t always look up. Now, I do my best to look up. When I am on the trail running or hiking I like to at least give passerbys a smile or nod. It seems that good manners have also been fading away as generations grow up. This holiday season take some time to spread some cheer with acts of kindness. It doesn’t matter if they are random or planned. Start now and make it a New Year’s Resolution to continue all year long.

1. Say hello to a stranger

2. Hold the door for someone

3. Pick up something that dropped on the floor

4. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while

5. Give a friend a hug

6. Greet a cashier by name

7. Look at the person you are talking to

8. Move a shopping cart out of a parking place

9. Draw a picture and send it to a Children’s Hospital

10. Write a Thank You note to a first responder

11. Leave a card for your mailman

12. Smile at someone

13. Volunteer

14. Donate clothes to a charity

15. Bring your neighbor’s trash bin back up to their house

16. Carry something for someone else

17. Let someone go in front of you in line

18. Bring in snacks for coworkers

19. Say Thank You

20. Apologize when you are wrong

21. Give someone a compliment

22. Share inspirational quotes

23. Help someone shovel snow

24. Share a toy

25. Help with trail maintenance

26. Be grateful

This list can go on. There are so many things that we can do for each other. The best thing we can all do though is make these everyday habits. Pay more attention to the people in your life and let them know that you care about them.


Amy Parulis

A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis

1 Comment

  1. Leigh Scott
    December 26, 2012, 3:05 pm

    Excellent idea! As it turns out, this blog fits in nicely with a movement on the Internet to do one act of kindness in memory of each of the students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook. While I still think we need to address the easy availability of assault weapons and the lack of sufficient treatment for mentally ill people, simply being kind to one another would go a long, long way toward solving our society’s problems. Oh, and getting outdoors more wouldn’t hurt either!

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