I love performing random acts of kindness. It’s one of my love languages and I go out of my way to do kind (and unexpected) things for people as much as possible.
Over the years, I’ve met some really interesting people simply because one of us made an effort to connect through kindness.
I’m sure you’re well aware of the amount of time you and those around you spend on our phones. When I see someone who is just sitting quietly, not looking at their phone, I make it a point to make eye contact and smile at them. That real, human connection is important to me–and to the human race too.
One of the things I love to do is buy a dozen roses and randomly hand them out to strangers. One time, there was a stressed out mom with her kids at the store when I was grabbing my flowers. I heard the girl say something to her mom about the flowers and her mom responded with, “Honey we don’t have time right now.” So I gave the daughter one of the flowers, and the way her face lit up made my day—even the mom who seemed a little stressed out smiled at me as I was walking away.
One of my favorite places to connect with others is on flights. You’re sitting next to someone for two, three, four hours at a time and often there’s no WiFi to distract us. You never know what an in-flight conversation can lead to. A new job opportunity, a friend, just a feel-good conversation that lifts you up on your trip.
A few months ago, I met a woman in the grocery store who told me that she had recently lost 100 pounds. The conversation we had was so inspiring that I started following her on Instagram because I wanted to learn more and continue to be inspired by her journey.
When was the last time you went to a coffee shop without a book or a device in your hand? When you struck up a conversation with a random stranger? When you complimented someone who least expected it? Or did something kind for someone, just because?
I would love to see more of this in the world, and less cutting others down. Care to join me? Let me know your favorite random acts of kindness.