We hear a lot about performing random acts of kindness. You know, things like paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee, taking in your neighbor’s garbage can, or shoveling snow from an elderly neighbor’s walkway. I love random acts of kindness, I think they are a terrific way to create positive energy and “good karma”.
Today I would like to introduce you to a new random act, Random Acts of Gratitude!
What, you may ask, is a “random act of gratitude”?
A random act of gratitude is when you thank someone, usually a stranger or casual acquaintance, for something they did to make your day better or something you saw them do, like a random act of kindness, for someone else.
Here are a few examples:
- While in the parking lot of your local store you see a patron put their shopping cart in the designated corral rather than leaving it to roll aimlessly through the lot. As you pass by you say, “Thank you for putting that cart away. You saved my car from dings.”
- Standing in line for coffee you notice the woman (or man) in front of you has a beautiful and engaging smile. You could say, “You have a great smile! It made my day.”
Spend your day looking for reasons to perform “random acts of gratitude”, at the store, at work, on the bus, etc. Make it your mission today to perform at least 2 “random acts of gratitude.” I guarantee it will make you feel great and make the other person’s day amazing!
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