Pay it Forward with Random Acts of Kindness

It doesn’t cost much to be generous, and it can reap great rewards!

Have you ever committed a “random act of kindness?” This phrase was coined in a 1993 book by Anne Herbert. This notion of doing kind things for others–for no particular reason other than being kind—spread quickly. Random acts of kindness show that a little generosity and kindness can go a long way.

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is proud of the way our students give generously to their community and to fellow students. Every year we hold community events, such as food drives and toy collections during the holiday season. We are always so impressed with the way our students want to help others.

With this notion in mind, we are offering a fun list of ways you can bring this kind of generous spirit to your everyday life. Find small ways to help others, and sooner or later, you’ll find it’s infectious!

  • Post random post-its around school with positive sayings
  • Text a compliment to a friend
  • Write a positive recommendation for someone on LinkedIn
  • Tell your instructor what you like about his or her class
  • Leave a thank you note for your postal carrier in your mail slot
  • Write a letter of gratitude to a someone stationed overseas
  • Thank your parents for something they made you do, even if you didn’t like it at the time
  • Write an encouraging post on a friend’s Facebook wall
  • Leave a card for the cleaning staff at school
  • Let someone out ahead of you in traffic
  • Put extra quarters in someone else’s parking meter if it is running low
  • Leave extra change in a vending machine for someone else to find
  • Hold the door for someone pushing a stroller
  • Tip an extra dollar next time you go to the coffee shop
  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through
  • Ask a classmate about their favorite treat, and then bring it to them the next day at lunch
  • Compliment a parent on the behavior of their child
  • Pick up litter if you see it around the school
  • Let someone ahead of you in line
  • Buy flowers for a friend
  • Drop off a care package at a friend’s house anonymously

What other random acts of kindness can you think of? The sky is the limit! We hope this list inspires you to think of others and to enjoy spreading kindness. With a little practice, you will find it’s a ton of fun!

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