Random acts of kindness

Random acts of kindness

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I would like (if I may*) to spread some light-hearted and happiness in a positive post this week. So, I’m going to talk about random acts of kindness. Specifically, the random acts of kindness I’ve been up to. I’ll also share some exciting examples you can try for cheap, or free to share your love with the world.

First I’d like to send a shout out to Emma at TheHuman_KindProject. She creates little cards, buys flowers, or chocolates and leaves them for random strangers to find.

The Human Kind Project Instagram page

Following her on Instagram gave me a boost of inspiration a couple of weeks ago for my own random act of kindness.

Card on a train

I already had some blank cards at home, so I took one and wrote some positive and kind words in it. I enclosed a few random stickers that, again I already had at home, and I sealed it up.

The stickers and card I left on the train for someone to find
The message inside the card I left on a train for someone

The next day, as I left the train at Ipswich (which goes on to London), I left it on the seat.

The Card of positivity I left for a stranger on the train

Later on that day I received an amazing message on Instagram from someone telling me that they had found it and it had made their day. They took one sticker and left it with a train guard in the hope he would also pass it on.

The response to the card I left on the train saying it had made their day

Now, I didn’t hear back from anyone else, so who knows what that guard did with it. It may have ended up in the bin. Regardless, I was so excited that someone received it and it made them feel good. Not only that but also good enough to pay it forward.

This random act of kindness, made me feel good about myself. I had done something nice for someone else, a stranger and had made their day. Commuting to work can be such a rubbish start to your day if there are delays or cancellations. This is why I wanted to leave the card on the train, turns out it was a good call!

Cards in the post

Last year I was feeling particularly low, my depression was kicking in and I was feeling not very good about myself at all.

I honestly, cannot remember where the thought sprung from, but I thought it would be nice to send someone, who was also struggling with their mental health, something nice in the post.

I took to Facebook and Instagram and posted the below:

Image promoting the cards I wanted to send out as an act of kindness

To my surprise I ended up with an abundance of kind words and positivity sent back at me. I also had a request from 30 different people to receive one of these cards.

Along with the card, I included some stickers, a some little post-it notes and some colouring in pages.

The cards and post-it notes I had purchased from ‘The Works’, stickers I already had, and the colouring pages were mostly photocopies from some of my hoard of books.

Some people had asked that I write to daughters, or friends on their behalf too. The responses to the cards received was just lovely.

This random act of kindness, put a smile on many other people’s faces and also made me feel happier again. It made me feel good that I had made other people feel good.

And repeat..

Last week I decided to see if there was still an interest or a desire for any of these cards and my random acts of kindness. Once again, I took to Facebook and Instagram:

Image promoting the cards I was sending out in 2020 as a random act of kindness

This time I got postcards from ‘Paperchase’ as there seemed to be a lot of quirky and cool images on them.

About 17 people wanted to receive some positive post, which was amazing.

There is something nice about receiving something so random, unexpected and thoughtful in the post. Once more, it made me feel good to write and send them out.

A selection postcards I had to sent out as a random act of kindness

The feedback I have received from people about these random acts of kindness has been so heartwarming. Many people have also said they want to help me and send letters to others as well, which is brilliant.

Weekly wellbeing check in

Image for Sunday Wellbeing Check-in I post every week

Every Sunday I create a post on Facebook and Instagram asking how you all are. I started to do this on a particular Facebook group and it has proved really popular.

Many people respond with the good and bad parts of their week, if they are struggling or having a wonderful time. I reply to all comments with words of support and praise to them and where possible, I make some suggestions.

The point of this is I want to make it normal and easy to talk about how we are feeling.

Some people don’t feel like they can/want to share their stories or experiences. I hope that in them seeing all other comments of support and acceptance they will realise they are not alone and are just as important as everyone else.

No-one has to share anything they don’t want, it is just a weekly wellbeing post to check in and say “Hi, I just want you to know you’re doing amazing, even if you don’t feel it”.

Image for Sunday Wellbeing Check-in I post every week

Examples & ideas of random acts of kindness

Being there:
Offer to give a friend/family member a lift somewhere if you know you can, help them save on public transport/their own petrol
Go with your friend/family when they take their dogs for a walk. Maybe take their dogs for a walk for them if they are unable to
Help a friend/family with their shopping
Visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while

Cards of kindness:
Send an unexpected card to a family member or friend just to say ‘Hi, I’m thinking of you’.
Write some positive words in a card and leave it in a coffee shop, library, or train station for a stranger to find.
Give a card filled with kindness and compassion to a rough sleeper you often see.
Speak to staff at a retirement home, hospice, or hospital and see if there is someone who could do with receiving some loving post

Social Media:
Create a post asking how people are,
Send someone a message you haven’t spoken to a while, have a catch up.
Find a # on Instagram/Twitter or a Facebook group of people who may be wanting advice, or may be lonely and want some conversation. Engage with them.
Pick a couple of people/local businesses your following on any social media and like/comment on 10+ of their posts.

Buying treats:
Donate to a friend or stranger’s Justgiving/Patreon page
Buy a pint/coffee/lunch for your friend next time you meet up
Ask a rough sleeper if there are any essentials they need (socks, t-shirt, water, food etc) and buy anything you’re able to afford
Buy stickers, stationary or pictures to include in any of the cards of kindness
Put some money or voucher in one of the cards of kindness

The future

I have also been asked if/how people can help me when I post these cards out. I have wondered if some sort of Patreon account might be worth considering.

If the demand is there for people to want these random acts of kindness and positive post, then maybe there is something I can offer, and other people can also contribute £1 or 2 to if they desire. That would help toward postage, or more stickers and cards.

It’s all just a thought though, but I think it would be wonderful to have a project where if you aren’t feeling your best, low, anxious or lonely and you can receive some free happiness in the mail.

If I could do this full time, I would absolutely love it!

To spend all day sending out positive messages, kind and supportive words in the post to anyone who needs it. To be able to include some geeky stickers and/or stationary would be just amazing.

Anywho, it’s all food for thought, until then I’ll keep posting my weekly posts and if anyone wants a card in the post, please do send me an email at tgatbmystory@gmail.com or PM me on Instagram or Facebook.

Please do let me know if you have any of your own ideas for random acts of kindness that can be shared by one and all.

Stay strong everyone, stay safe and be kind

Love, Ray X

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12 COMMENTS

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Gemma

These are lovely, thoughtful ideas which are so simple, but can have a powerful positive impact. You’ve inspired me!

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    Ray

    Thank you Gemma, that’s really kind of you. I’m so happy that I’ve inspired you. 🙂 x

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Lessons and Inspirations

I love the card idea and the weekly check in! These are amazing ideas.

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    Ray

    Thank you – really kind of you to say. It doesn’t take much to make someones day 🙂 xx

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Ashley

These are all wonderful ways to show kindness. Thanks so much for sharing these!!

Make Life Marvelous

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    Ray

    Thank you Ashley, I really appreciate that xx

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Dee

I adore this idea.

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    Ray

    Thank you. I appreciate you reading it and commenting 🙂

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Cheryl

This is an amazing post with lovely ways to spread kindness. My favourite is the cards especially the one on the train.

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    Ray

    Thank you Cheryl, really kind of you to say. It doesn’t take much to do and was nice to spread a bit of random kindness. I just thought how would I feel if I found a card like that, would be a nice thought. x

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Joie Fatale

Love the card on public transportation idea…all of the ideas actually!

But the encouragement card and it’s tangible-ness make me think of how nice it is to receive something hand-written! And it brightens someone’s day!

I also love the wellness check on social media!

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    Ray

    Thank you Joie, I really appreciate that. Very kind of you to say. It’s nice to give something to someone else who may need it and random acts of kindness don’t have to cost a lot or be a lot of effort. XX

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