Winter often brings alternating sunny and dark and dreary conditions. With fewer daylight hours, many people’s moods take a dip. A little pick me up from a family member, friend, or stranger is all it takes sometimes to make a positive difference in someone’s outlook and well being. Dive headlong into these 21 Simple Ways To Show Kindness This Winter.
1. Give someone a sincere compliment.
2. Make a batch of cookies for a neighbor or friend.
3. Shovel an older neighbor’s sidewalk and/or driveway.
4. Check with a shelter to see if you can run a blanket or coat drive for them.
5. Make a pot of soup and take it to someone who is feeling under the weather.
6. Send handwritten cards to folks who cannot get out much. Winter can make being shut in especially difficult.
7. Send Valentine’s Cards to residents at a nursing home.
8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. This time of year, these ministries are extra busy with people seeking a hot meal and relief from the cold.
9. Take breakfast to the firefighters at your local fire station or to the officers at your police station. They brave bad weather on a regular basis to keep their citizens safe.
10. Make hot chocolate and take it to a meeting or to the office to share with others.
11. Donate some portable hand sanitizer to the teachers at a school. Winter is often peak cold and flu season.
12. Volunteer to run errands for an older person so that he or she does not have to get out in the cold.
13. If you are knitter, makes some scarves or mittens to be given to a women’s shelter.
14. Send a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life and let them know.
15. If you have a child or children that ride the bus to school, bring the bus driver a treat bag. He or she will appreciate the ray of sunshine on a cold day (Random Acts of Kindness Foundation).
16. Leave movie rental gift certificates with short notes of explanation in random places for people to find. Doctor’s offices and other places where people are often stressed are great landing places for these gifts for strangers.
17. Include some extra tip money for a great server.
18. Take part in a wood chopping ministry or start one of your own.
19. Put together some care kits in ziploc bags for those who are homeless. You may want to include chapstick, lotion, gloves, hand warmers, a hat, snack crackers, etc….
20. Clean out a home’s gutters for someone who cannot on their own.
21. Give the gift of your physical presence. Go visit for a few minutes with someone that you have not seen in a while. In an age where digital communication rules, taking the time for a face to face conversation can be so meaningful.
As you can see from the examples above, kindness can be simple and not overly expensive (often free), but so impactful. It is empowering to know that you can do something today, that can make a life changing difference.
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