Yesterday, during the wee hours of the morning, I decided to surf the net for anything because I’ve lost interest in the stuff I have been doing these few weeks. I needed an inspiration. Something that would pop out my screen and light my day. I was thinking of Blog ideas and Art inspirations but this one made me really think existential questions.
Creating a ripple of change to put man’s faith in humanity is every individual’s responsibility regardless of their social class, or any other excuse one can come up with. You don’t need to be a rich person in order to give and you don’t need to be a celebrity to influence change. I may have done a few nice attempts in this but I never document anything as I’m afraid of being branded as a show off or something, because I’m too conscious back then, okay even now. My own acts of kindness are too private as they are too rare perhaps.
What can I do to restore faith in humanity?
I’m a little anthropophobic and because of this I got to thinking about the random acts of kindness I can do without getting attention. I think in this way I can practice kindness discreetly first before I go out and give bigger. Here’s a list of 40 discreet acts of kindness I have just come up with. If some of these acts appeal to you, then I suggest you try them too, for the greater good.
In a restaurant, thank the person who got your order using their name, instead of them thanking you for dining.
Thank the traffic enforcer as you cross the road.
If you have a house help, do the dishes and let them watch prime time tv.
In a grocery line, when you have a whole basket of goods and the person at your back is carrying one to five items, let them go first.
If you’re on traffic and you’re not running late for an important meeting, yield.
Help pass someone else’s fare in the jeepney.
Buy some sampaguita after church.
Carry extra change in your pocket after church so you can give some to beggars outside.
Even if you’re a girl, when you see an older person in the bus or the train, stand up and let them sit.
Give any of your family members a free massage.
To nurses: Smile and reassure your adult patients while giving them a diaper change.
Clean your room. Clean someone else’s room.
Some groceries ask for donations for their charity, give some.
If your trike fare is P17 and you only have P20 bill, then ask them to keep the change.
Include other people in your prayers e.g. people with cancer, poor people, even criminals
In the jeepney when some passengers carry a lot of package, help them load and unload them.
During grocery, include your house help’s essentials in your list.
When going out, get a pasalubong for your family.
Complement someone’s selfie on Facebook.
Greet security guards everywhere.
Let your younger sibling play with your hair.
Recommend good books or movies to your friends.
Restrain your sarcasm. Learn to correct someone without embarrassing him.
Collect recyclable materials and hand them directly to scavengers.
Take time to listen to your mom’s view on life and random stories.
Volunteer to take out the garbage.
Talk to someone who has been putting up emo posts on Facebook.
Pick up litter and place them in the nearest trash bin.
Smile at yourself in the mirror.
Buy taho or kakanin from local vendor instead of buying from the mall.
Ask a saleslady about an item from the lower rack so she may rest her feet a while.
Let your friend copy your homework that one time your teacher threatens to drop every student without an assignment.
Meditate. Think happy thoughts.
Buy someone a treat for no apparent reason.
Arrange a blind date for your friend.
Leave tips for people in the service crew: restaurants, salon, spa, etc.
Take your dog out for a walk, pick up its doody, throw it in the nearest trash bin and let it flirt with other dogs.
Be the first to apologize during an argument. Swallow that pride.
Do you have more discreet acts of kindness you want to add? Let me know by leaving a comment below and let’s help each other make little ripples of changes. With that, I’ll leave you one very inspiring advertisement I hope would guide you through the week.