Blog by Jessica Counti, an undergraduate social science student at the University of Western Ontario.
Performing random acts of kindness, especially during the pandemic, is becoming more and more important. A small little gesture, especially during these difficult times, can truly make someone’s day. Interested in trying some yourself? Here’s a list of 8 ways you could make someone’s day a bit brighter.
1. Reach Out to Someone You Haven’t Talked to in Awhile
Whether that’s a friend or acquaintance, reaching out to an old friend is a warm and kind gesture, for you and the other person. Whether it’s by text, call, or video chat, there are so many ways to reach out to people, and doing so can surely make the other person’s day, as well as your own.
2. Volunteer to do grocery runs
Perhaps there’s a neighbour or someone else you know that may not be able to get to the grocery store right now -- this small act can make a world of difference for someone. Picking up and dropping off groceries for people is an act that has become visibly more popular during the pandemic, a great small act that speaks volumes.
3. Offer Technology Help to Those Who Need It
As the world is becoming even more immersed in technology than ever before, some people may be struggling to adapt. For some, the shift to a completely online process for things such as school, work, or booking appointments can be a bit overwhelming. Have some time and are good with technology? Perhaps there’s someone in your household who could use a hand or a neighbour. Helping people who struggle with technology can be another great act, a small thing that will open up a world of possibilities.
4. Cut the grass or shovel snow in someone’s yard
Depending on the weather, maybe there’s snow that can be shovelled or a lawn that can be cleaned up. This is also a great way to show kindness toward someone; especially in the cold, harsh winters, shovelling snow all the time can be exhausting… so helping someone out with it one day is bound to have a great impact.
5. Be a virtual volunteer
Can’t volunteer in-person? Online volunteering is something that has also gained popularity during this pandemic. Try looking at an organization’s or your local municipality’s website and see if they offer any virtual opportunities. This can be a great way to not only gain some volunteer experience, but make a difference in your community.
6. Bake or cook for someone
Have a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Or what about sourdough bread? Preparing and dropping off a small treat like this at someone’s door is another great way to make someone’s day a bit better. Or perhaps you know someone who could really use a break from cooking and deserves a nice meal. Perhaps you could make a meal, or you could order one to be delivered to that person’s house. There are limitless possibilities as to what you can make or what you can have delivered, so let creativity take over!
7. Take on extra chores or responsibilities in your household
The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, and being at home more and more can also be stressful at times. Perhaps there’s someone in your household who could use a break from a chore… helping them out with a task or chore can truly make someone smile. Perhaps you can wash the dishes every night for a week, or take out the garbage and recycling for a few weeks. Whatever you decide to do, it will definitely be a kind and impactful gesture to the person receiving it.
8. Write Kind Notes for People in your Household
Lastly, if you want to do something simple, but special, then this random act of kindness is for you. Maybe someone in your household is having an especially rough day today, and needs a bit of cheering up. Writing a nice note can surely help, or if someone outside of your household is having a tough day, sending a kind and uplifting message can also be a wonderful gesture.
During a time when the world is up against so many challenges, displaying acts of kindness can be really uplifting and make a world of difference to recipients and to yourself. However you decide to show kindness, it’s the thought that counts, and people will surely be touched by the thought and effort of even the smallest gesture.
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