For July and August, we decided our resolution was going to be spreading joy to others by doing more random acts of kindness. My goal now is to try to be more thoughtful in my everyday life, not just around the holidays or special occasions. I made a list of ideas, and I'm really hoping to do all of them within a year!
1. For Family
Make someone's favorite meal
Visit, call, or write to a relative/grandparent just because
Put notes in their lunch boxes
Do a household chore for someone
Invite family over for a meal
2. For Friends
Make a homemade treat for a friend
Invite friends over for a play date - especially new friends so they can meet up!
Babysit for a couple so they can have a date night
Make a meal for someone who just had surgery/baby/death in the family
Send a care package of little goodies to a new mom (things for HER, not just the baby!)
3. For Neighbors/Strangers
Brush snow off someone's car or shovel someone else's driveway
Pay for someone's meal behind you in a drive thru
Tape a dollar (or more) on a vending machine or Redbox machine
Hold doors open for people
Compliment someone on anything (their smile, outfit, family, etc.)
Pay for another table's meal at a restaurant (or send them over a dessert)
Welcome a new neighbor or new face at church/work/etc.
Mow or rake someone's yard
4. For Others in Your Community
Put a special treat in the mailbox for your mail carrier
Make cards or treats for a teacher randomly (not just for a holiday!)
Drop off treats to your local firehouse/police station and say thanks for all they do!
Make treats for church leaders/staff
Drop off treats to hospital staff (we did this after having our baby to say thanks for treating us so well!)
Make cards or treats for the local library staff
Send care packages to soldiers
Donate school supplies to a school in need
Donate food to a local food bank
If you can - donate blood or your hair
Donate clothes to a homeless shelter
Donate your time to a local charity/soup kitchen
Buy supplies/toys and donate to a pet shelter
Donate old baby gear/clothes to a local care center
Volunteer at a retirement home - especially with kids! :)
Since this goal was inspired by Mother Teresa, I'm including a little quote from her in all my treat bags or care packages. She has so many amazing quotes, but this one is my personal favorite! :)
What are you favorite ways to spread joy to others?
Every first of the month, we start fresh with a new resolution. We would love to have you join us! We are very excited about what we're planning to do for September... (Hint: it involves a lot of Pinterest ;) So please check back in next Monday, September 1st and follow along!