Be Grateful, Help Others, Spend Less: Here’s How It Works

kindnessPaying it forward is a concept where you do good things for other people, often without recognition, in the hopes that someone else will do the same. Random acts of kindness are a great lesson for all families to experience together, and can have a profound impact on those on the receiving end.

You might be wondering why I’m writing about this topic since I cover Work and Money topics but it all comes together when you realize that the better you feel about your life the less you want to spend. At least that’s how it works for me … I’m talking about getting, deep down to the core content and grateful.

When I’m grateful with what I have and when I’m helping others feel good too there’s no way I can also be consumed with what bouncer I should get the baby or what shower curtain would look best with the new paint color.

After the Sandy Hook tragedy Ann Curry said, “If you do good, you feel good.” And that is so true.

Here are 7 random acts of kindness you can do today to feel better and increase the happiness of others:

Pay for the Coffee of the Guy in Line Behind You

If you’re in the habit of stopping for coffee on the way to work, leave a few extra dollars at the cashier to cover the cup of coffee for the next person that enters the line.

Pick Up the Tab for a Military Family’s Dinner

If you are dining in a restaurant and notice someone dressed in a military uniform, request their check and pay for it to say thanks for their service.

Make Sandwiches for Local Homeless People

If you live in an area where homeless people are present, pack a few extra lunches when you make your own and distribute them on your way to work.

Donate Blood  

One pint of blood can save up to three lives so research your nearest blood bank or donation event to sign up. If there are never blood drives in your area, ask your employer to host one.

Send a Care Package to Active Military Personnel

Next time you are shopping, add a few extra items to your cart like gum, puzzle books, novels, and baby wipes to send to active military men and women.

Here’s a site that makes it easy for you to send care packages to military personnel: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/care-packages

Make Gifts for Residents of a Local Nursing Home

If you are crafty, like to bake, or want to create some homemade cards with your kids, take your creations to the local nursing home and ask to visit with patients that do not get frequent visitors.

Drop Off a Bag of Groceries to Someone In Need

If you know of someone in your neighborhood that has fallen on hard times, add a few extra items to your grocery cart to drop off on their porch anonymously. Include fresh produce and non-perishable food items.

There are also lots of things you can do for others that don’t cost a cent. Things like: complimenting strangers, helping friends move, and listening intently… among many others.


Ready to do even more random acts of kindness? Check out a massive list of 134 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas over on my site.

Image source: Cas Cornelissen

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