Smile and be friendly. Sometimes a simple little
thing like this can put a smile and warm feeling in someone else’s
heart, and make their day a little better. They might then do the same
Call a charity to volunteer. You don’t have to go
to a soup kitchen today. Just look up the number, make the call, and
make an appointment to volunteer sometime in the next month. It can be
whatever charity you like. Volunteering is one of the most amazing
things you can do.
Donate something you don’t use. Or a whole box of somethings. Drop them off at a charity — others can put your clutter to good use.
Make a donation. There are lots of ways to donate
to charities online, or in your local community. Instead of buying
yourself a new gadget or outfit, spend that money in a more positive
Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday or Christmas gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a certain charity.
Stop to help. The next time you see someone pulled
over with a flat tire, or somehow in need of help, stop and ask how you
can help. Sometimes all they need is a push, or the use of your cell
Teach. Take the time to teach someone a skill you
know. This could be teaching your grandma to use email, teaching your
child to ride a bike, teaching your co-worker a valuable computer skill,
teaching your spouse how to clean the darn toilet. OK, that last one
Comfort someone in grief. Often a hug, a helpful hand, a kind word, a
listening ear, will go a long way when someone has lost a loved one or
suffered some similar loss or tragedy.
Help them take action. If someone in grief seems to
be lost and doesn’t know what to do, help them do something. It could
be making funeral arrangements, it could be making a doctor’s
appointment, it could be making phone calls. Don’t do it all yourself —
let them take action too, because it helps in the healing process.
Buy food for a homeless person. Cash is often a bad
idea if it’s going to be used for drugs, but buying a sandwich and
chips or something like that is a good gesture. Be respectful and
Lend your ear. Often someone who is sad, depressed,
angry, or frustrated just needs someone who will listen. Venting and
talking through an issue is a huge help.
Help someone on the edge. If someone is suicidal, urge them to get help. If they don’t, call a suicide hotline or doctor yourself to get advice.
Help someone get active. A person in your life who
wants to get healthy might need a helping hand — offer to go walking or
running together, to join a gym together. Once they get started, it can
have profound effects.
Do a chore. Something small or big, like cleaning up or washing a car or doing the dishes or cutting a lawn.
Give a massage. Only when appropriate of course. But a massage can go a long way to making someone feel better.
Send a nice email. Just a quick note telling
someone how much you appreciate them, or how proud you are of them, or
just saying thank you for something they did.
Show appreciation, publicly. Praising someone on a
blog, in front of coworkers, in front of family, or in some other public
way, is a great way to make them feel better about themselves.
Donate food. Clean out your cupboard of canned goods, or buy a couple bags of groceries, and donate them to a homeless shelter.
Just be there. When someone you know is in need, sometimes it’s just good to be there. Sit with them. Talk. Help out if you can.
Be patient. Sometimes people can have difficulty understanding things, or learning to do something right. Learn to be patient with them.
Tutor a child. This might be difficult to do today,
but often parents can’t afford to hire a tutor for their child in need
of help. Call a school and volunteer your tutoring services.
Create a care package. Soup, reading material, tea,
chocolate … anything you think the person might need or enjoy. Good for
someone who is sick or otherwise in need of a pick-me-up.
Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless,
the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them. You don’t
have to take on that cause by yourself, but join others in signing a
petition, speaking up a a council meeting, writing letters, and
otherwise making a need heard.
Offer to babysit. Sometimes parents need a break.
If a friend or other loved one in your life doesn’t get that chance very
often, call them and offer to babysit sometime. Set up an appointment.
It can make a big difference.
Love. Simply finding ways to express your love to
others, whether it be your partner, child, other family member, friend,
co-worker, or a complete stranger … just express your love. A hug, a
kind word, spending time, showing little kindnesses, being friendly … it
all matters more than you know.
This past weekend I was able to go to the Ann Arbor Folk Festival! Nam and I have been going since 2010 and it's always so fun spending time with him and discovering new music! Below are some of my favorites from this year..
Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Dustbowl Revival, Noah Gunderson, & Ani DiFranco!
If you don't have one of these bad boys yet.. I HIGHLY recommend it! It's unbelievable how motivated it has led me to become this year! It's awesome how it also links to the FitBit app on my phone so I can have challenges each week with friends and family!