It is easy to forget to take time in our daily lives for others and do something meaningful to show your appreciation for those you know, or show consideration or compassion for strangers. I try to complete a random act of kindness each day, whether it is simply smiling at a stranger, giving someone a genuine compliment, or going out of my way to be a good friend or community member. Today, I woke up early and picked up Starbucks coffee for Nancy, the sweet lady that swipes everyone into the cafeteria, as my random act of kindness. Whenever I see how happy or touched people are by these acts of kindness, it gives me a sense of happiness that nothing else can.
Here are seven random acts of kindness to try out:
1. Mail a card. Let someone know how important they are to you. Everyone loves to receive mail, so send a letter to your grandparents or close friend from home; a message from you is sure to brighten their day.
2. Give to others. Bake cookies to share with friends. Donate that shirt you don’t wear to someone who can make use of it, or next time you have leftovers from a restaurant, give it away to a homeless person.
3. Pay it forward. Pay for someone else’s coffee order as a nice surprise.
4. Clean up. Pick up a piece of trash on campus or take out the trash even if it might be your roommates turn. If you make a mess, don’t leave it for someone else to clean up.
5. Be friendly. Show a genuine interest in others. Ask people how they are doing and really listen to their answers. Talk to someone that seems lonely. Get to know more about those around you and show that you care about them.
6. Volunteer. Dedicate a few hours to doing something for the benefit of others. Get involved with one of Fordham’s many service organizations to find volunteer opportunities.
7. Help someone. If you know a friend is really stressed, pick up their favorite treat for them or lend a hand to someone you see struggling to carry multiple bags. Next time you see someone who looks like they could use some assistance, offer your help.