38 Acts of Birthday Kindness
High five! Sorry for waking you up at 8:30am, Mr. Fireman!
11) We delivered donuts and a card to the police precinct in our neighborhood. The sergeant came out to say thank you so much. I just wish I had a picture of this nice man who also gave Charlie a high five.
I have to admit, in all my interactions with people through this process, it’s hard to “be in the moment” and also whip out the camera. It’s just too awkward! Hence, more pictures of “stuff” than of people!!
My amazing partners in crime, Alex and Charlie. It was so much fun to spread the love with them! After visiting the police station, we did a big group family hug because the whole thing felt so good.
12) I did nice things for my husband. Isn’t it amazing how we take for granted the people who are closest to us? In the spirit of birthday kindness I wanted to do “little things” to make Alex feel special. On my birthday, I woke up early with Charlie while Alex slept in, I made him coffee, and let him take a shower first (!).
13) I invited a non-local friend over for dinner.
14) I left a chocolate bar and a note for our postman. I figure these guys never get any appreciation!
15) I sent a card and flowers to my grandmother.
16) I found my 6th grade teacher (on Facebook!) and sent him a letter, telling him thank you for the impact he had on my life.
17) I paid for someone’s subway ride.
18) I snuck into our building’s basement laundry room and filled every washing machine with quarters. I totally giggled to myself like a crazed elf – it was so sneaky and so fun!!
22) I planted trees in memory of my dear, departed grandparents. I think of it as an act of hope and caring for our planet.
23) I really took the time to give directions to some tourists on the street. We took out google maps on my iPhone, and there was lots of hand gesturing and lots of smiles.
24) We gave our delivery guy a HUGE tip!
26) I gave something really cool away on Craigslist. I inherited this venetian glass mirror from an internship I once had. I thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to just give it to someone that could either make money selling it or really enjoy its beauty in their home?” It was claimed by someone within two hours – and the guy seemed so thrilled!
27) I gave balloons away to children on the playground. There is nothing like a balloon to light up a child’s face!
28) I gathered supplies for a female soldier to send to Afghanistan. I did it through an awesome website called AnySoldier.com – the soldiers themselves list what they actually need and want.
29) I dropped off a bag of gently used baby items at a local health clinic that serves moms and babies.
30) I gave a “free coffee” gift certificate to a security guard at the health clinic (pictured above). He leapt up from his desk and was all smiles. It filled my heart to see how grateful he was.
31) I left a book that means a lot to me on a park bench with a note explaining how I hope the person who picks this up finds it as moving and inspirational as I have. This was one of my favorites – such a simple and easy gesture of connectedness.
33) I spontaneously gave someone a hug who needed it.
34) I really listened to a friend of mine, giving her my undivided attention.
35) I smiled at strangers and purposefully gave out compliments.
36) I let someone else in front of me in line.
37) We bought books from some young neighborhood girls who were trying to raise money for their school. And we over-paid them!
38) We bought breakfast for someone at a restaurant… and scurried out of the restaurant before she could find out who it was!
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness ~ Seneca