In reflecting on random acts of kindness, I feel personally grateful to be a part of such a wonderful university. The Concordia student body is a tight-knit, caring, and enthusiastic bunch, and I am often reminded of this. Having lost my phone outside the campus in the snow in January, I was certain I wouldn’t be seeing it again. A week later, I was excited when I got a call from security letting me know my phone had been found and returned! However small this deed seems to be, it felt very refreshing to know that someone had taken the time to hand in my phone—it is so very nice to know that my fellow students had my back! On several occasions, I’ve had brand new friends offer to buy me lunch when I’d forgotten my wallet, I’ve seen baked treats handed out in classes, and taken part in snack sharing during study dates. These steadfast actions demonstrate a sense of care and unity, and I think that this sense of community is paramount to our well-being. Knowing how much these actions mean to me has really driven me to pay it forward and share this feeling with others. My personal initiative towards random acts of kindness led me to reach out to family whom I haven’t visited in awhile. I took my young cousins swimming recently and was elated to know how much my aunt appreciated my involvement.
Buzzfeed suggests 101 easy ways to incorporate random acts of kindness into your life. Some of which personally struck me, and most of which could be easily incorporated into everyday life. HERE WE GO:
3. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
7. If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
13. Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
14. Compliment someone to their boss.
18. Forgive someone, and never bring up the issue again.
36. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
51. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
53. Listen intently.
65. Talk to someone at work whom you haven’t talked to before.
79. Dog or cat sit for free.
Something as unassuming as just taking an interest in someone—asking about their day, extending the hand of friendship, offering to help carry a someone’s groceries—can really brighten a person’s day. Day-to-day life can seem mundane and overloaded with “to-do’s,” but kind actions can really be spice up a boring or unpleasant day. Fun fact: there are countries that have adopted national ‘random acts of kindness’ days and organizations that promote ‘random acts of kindness’ weeks, which are wonderful reminders that we should take care of each other, but why not embrace a random acts of kindness lifestyle. We’re all in this together!