it's the little things

Happy Friday!

So, I'm a huge sap.  I cry at Folger's commercials, there isn't a country song that doesn't make me weep and the first time I saw this video I sobbed. (and I still can't get through this one!) So when Lisa told me about the little girl who stopped her on the street the other day, handed her a beautiful notebook, and said "happy holidays" - you bet my eyes stung. 

'Tis the giving season and it's the gifts that come in the form of random acts of kindness that mean so much.  This little girl was spreading joy to strangers just because she could.  It is simple and so wonderful and there seems to be a lot of it going on this season.  On the news last night it was reported that a woman went to Kmart and paid off 50 peoples' layaway items.  She then handed out 50$ bills to shoppers to help with their holiday shopping. 

It's gifts like this, big and small, that are the true meaning of the holidays.  It inspired me to go out there and do what I can to spread joy this season and I encourage you to do the same.   

Here is a list of good deeds collected from inspiring folks around the web to help get you started:

  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru. It will make someone's day!
  • Make a double-batch of something delicious and freezable and give it to an older neighbour who doesn't cook for him or herself as much anymore.
  • Go through your toys and pick 5 to donate to a child who doesn’t have as much.
  • Find the home with the best Christmas lights and take them a thank you note with a treat.
  • Take your puppy or dog to the local nursing home and visit with those who live there.  They will love talking with you and snuggling your pet!
  • Deliver gifts to the neighbors.
  • Take some groceries to the food bank.
  • Go caroling. 
  • Anonymously give flowers to someone.
  • Say hello and smile at everyone you meet today.
  • Take in someone’s garbage cans.
  • Leave change in a vending machine for the next person who comes along.
  • Call an aunt and tell her you love her.
  • Take Doggy treats to someone who has a dog.
  • Make a gift and card for your teacher.
  • Do something kind for the garbage man.
  • Give five compliments to strangers.
  • Put money in the Salvation army cup.
  • Buy and deliver Christmas gifts for a family in need.
  • Leave kind notes for Daddy all over the house.
  • When shoveling or raking your own driveway or walkway, do your neighbor's as well. 
  • Add change to a parking meter that is about to run out of time. 
  • Leave happy or encouraging notes in library book for the next reader before returning it.