It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season…buying way too many gifts, threatening to call Santa on your kids when they misbehave, or focusing on things other than what the holiday season is truly about.
Because what it’s really about (for me, at least) are things like being thankful for what you do have and spending time with family and friends for the holidays.
So before things get all crazy with 17 trips to the grocery store the week of Thanksgiving, take a breather.
Perform one of these 12 Random Acts of Kindness ideas in honor of a very special little girl named Jordan DuPriest.
I didn’t know Jordan DuPriest. But she is a friend of a friend whose story inspires and reminds you to treasure the time you have with loved ones.
Jordan passed away one year ago today after battling a pediatric brain tumor called ependymoma, at the age of 12.
To honor her legacy, the Fairy GodMother Project is encouraging people to do random acts of kindness today. Share what you did on social media with the hashtag #HonorJordan.
To read more about Jordan, click here.
Need some help coming up with random acts of kindness ideas? Here are twelve. Do one or do them all!
12 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
1. Call up someone you know is lonely just to say hi. Make sure they know how much you care about them.
2. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line or at the drive-thru.
3. Go out of your way to compliment good customer service. Leave a big tip for your server or tell a manager when the salesperson was extra friendly and kind to your kids.
4. Bake cookies for a neighbor.
5. When you are about to nag your spouse or significant other, bite your tongue (just for today!). Say something nice instead.
6. Look through your cabinets and find three things you can donate to a local food pantry.
7. Hug your kids and tell five three specific reasons why you love them so much.
8. Release any anger you are holding onto. Just let it go and forgive.
9. Be extra patient with those on the road today. Suppress that road rage! Treat the driver in front of you as if it were your own grandmother.
10. Do something kind for yourself. Sit down and read a good book for ten minutes. Take a bubble bath. Remember that YOU are important, too!
11. Call, text, or email a friend you know has been struggling. Maybe it’s a new mom or someone who moved to a new city. Let her know that you know how hard things are now, but they will get better.
12. Leave a note in your spouse’s car, briefcase, or lunchbox that says “I love you. Have a great day!”
You can also print out these cards and give them to the recipients of your random acts of kindness to let them know it was in honor of Jordan.
Got more random acts of kindness ideas you’d like to share? Leave them in the Comments section below.
Have a fabulous day and remember to spread the kindness and honor Jordan!