During this Pandemic there is even more reason to show Random Acts of Kindness. There are those that suffered loss of loved ones and those that are still feeling the physical after effects of Covid-19.
What are Acts of Kindness?
* * * Gratitude* * *
A. Side Effects of Covid-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention side effects that may occur to those that suffered with Covid-19 might include fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, brain fog, depression, muscle pain, headache, intermittent fever, heart palpation, lung function abnormalities, and much more. So even though a person may have survived Covid-19 they still may have other complications. That shows that this virus is far more serious and threatening than any other pandemics that we have had.
B. Benefits of Random Acts of Kindness during Covid-19.. . win/win
Did you know that the giver of Random Acts of Kindness benefits in that it lowers blood pressure, and causes pain reduction according to health/kindness-health-benefits-wellness. They further add that UK researches have shown that you will experience even greater joy if you’re creative with your acts of kindness. Also, note how you feel after giving. It can be a great feeling.
I recall a Field Trip to Chicago as a child in Kindergarten. I lived in Indiana at the time. We all needed to line up for the bathroom. One little boy could not wait. He had an accident in his pants. I recall feeling so sorry for him, but I did not know what I could do or say. He looked so sad. I was in shock that this had happened. We were far away from home too. The teachers did not seem too sympathetic either. That was the bad part about it. He did not have a change of clothing. Although I did nothing then, as an adult I now think of things I could have said to console him at the time such as “everything will be okay” or you will be alright.” So I say that to say, we may feel that we did not act as appropriate as we could at the time, but we can always think about what we would do if a similar situation happens in the future. Sometimes it may just be a smile or even a thumbs up. You may think this is a little thing, but it could do wonders.
20 Acts of Kindness that you can do during Covid-19:
1. Grocery Shopping
You may want to grocery shop or assist and elderly person with ordering groceries online.
2. Shoveling Snow or Cutting Grass
Your neighbors could possibly benefit from you shoveling their snow or cutting their grass.
3. Standing in line
When you are standing in line at the store possibly pay for the item’s of the person behind you.
4. Care Package
Send a care package to a college student or to a deployed soldier. You don’t want to forget them.
Donate clothing or toys. They are always needed.
6. Hold a Door
Hold a door open and allow someone else to enter before you. I recall a lady holding the door open at one time for my husband. He is a veteran. As he walked in the woman told him, “Thank you for your service.” That was an added bonus. Both my husband and I were pleasantly surprised. He was elated.
7. Gas Stations
Attach cash money to a gas station pump or offer to pay for that person’s gas.
Leave an envelope of cash money on the shelf in the grocery store.
Get your children involved by letting them draw pictures and take them or mail them to a nursing home.
10. Animal Shelter
Visit an animal shelter or even adopt a pet. Those animals will be overjoyed to see you.
Volunteer at an animal shelter. Volunteers are always needed. Or volunteer elsewhere.
12. Make a craft
Make gloves, caps, or blankets and donate them to the Cancer Society. They always need these items.
13. Dog Sit
Walk your neighbor’s dog or dog sit for your neighbor. I know of those that baby-sit a dog while their neighbor works.
Read a book to a young family member on Facetime or Skype.
15. Leave a thank you note and cash for your mailman/or mail woman.
16. Vending machine
Have you ever wanted to use a vending machine only to discover you did not have change? That can be frustrating. Leave some coins in an envelope on a vending machine. I am sure it will be well appreciated.
17. Shopping Cart
When you return your shopping cart to it’s place in the parking lot leave an envelope with cash in it and a friendly note. I know the recipient will be well pleased.
18. Public Restroom
Leave an envelope of cash and a note attached to the mirror in a public restroom.
During Covid-19 Restaurants had been shutdown, but now are reopened in Michigan. Even though distancing is required, there are still going to be people that will eat in the restaurant’s. A sense of performing an act of kindness can result in a sense of connection and satisfaction. I believe in giving a little extra for a tip when you have received good service. That is something that I will do, especially when I receive exceptional service. We must keep in mind that waitresses receive minimum wage and rely on tips.
Long John Silver’s Restaurant has a large bell in it. They ask you to ring the bell as you leave if you received good service. I like that concept, because everyone that assists you may not be friendly or even kind.
20. On the Road
When you are on the road, be aware of your surroundings. It does not hurt to yield to another car in another lane.
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