Being frugal does not mean being selfish. In fact some of the kindest people are frugal folks who give from the heart. Grateful recipients of gifts know too that the best gifts are not necessarily the most expensive ones. Frugal folks like to give of what they have, to friends, family and sometimes even complete strangers.
I would like to encourage you too, whether or not you are a frugal person, to share with others and to show random acts of kindness. I like doing this and I must report that I get a ton load of pleasure in return. You can check here to see ideas of how you can share random acts of kindness. (frugal ways to give back)
Today for example, we have had forecast of heavy snow. As I am not at work, I decided to see how I could help an elderly lady who once attended my church. I left my house with two aims in mind, smile with as many people as I could (quite random I know!) and also to take this lady to pick up whatever she needed from the shops to avoid having to go out once it snowed. As we walked around the supermarket, I smiled at as many people as I could and one man even commented that it was a rare sight to see smiling people as these days people just seem so grumpy. It was a good feeling knowing I was helping someone else and I also had the opportunity to pick up a few items I myself needed at the supermarket. Once we were leaving the supermarket, I found some money, so win, win all round.
Here are some suggestions for you, random acts of kindness that you yourself can carry out. The list is by no means exhaustive and I am sure you will be able to add lots more to the list according to your own personal circumstances.
- Take out the garbage for someone else. Can you imagine the grateful bewilderment that would take place to your neighbour if they came out and found that their garbage had already been put out? Try it. If they are ill, old, disabled or pregnant, they will really appreciate this. Why not take it a step further and bring the garbage receptacle back to their property for them? My post on being a good neighbour will give you more ideas.
2. Package dried flower seeds from your own garden and give them to strangers. I’ve done that and it’s very gratifying. I dry the seeds, put them in a tiny piece of cling film and then into a fancy little bag or envelope with a label on which says what seeds they are and perhaps a little thought. It does not cost a lot but can bring so much pleasure and goodwill. Here’s what one of mine look like.
3. Offer voluntary service. There are many organisations which serve the local community that could do with some help. Be it a food bank, library or the local community centre. If the need exists, you are doing humanity a favour by offering your help.
4. Make a donation, no matter how small, to a charitable organisation or individual.
5. Pick up your phone, look for a contact that you have not been in touch with for ages. Send them a ‘sweet’ text with lots of kisses at the end.
6. Assist an elderly or disabled person to cross the road.
7. Offer to fill out a form for someone else who finds it difficult or whose main language might not be English.
9. When you clear your walk way or driveway of snow, then consider clearing one other as well.
10. If you see someone’s lace undone, ask kindly if you could do it up for them and do it. Be as random as that.
11. On a busy commute, be it on a train or bus, offer your seat to someone else.
If we all could do our part, humanity would be better off for it. And what an absolutely wonderful feeling it is when you step out of your comfort zone to do a good deed for someone else.
Most of the acts of kindness above cost nothing at all or are not expensive. Therefore it is something we all can do. This world operates on a frugal cycle where one good turn dserves another.
Thanks for reading to the end. I want to do my latest random act of kindness too. If you send me a photo of yourself doing some random act of kindness, I will send you a copy of my recently published book Living Life While Squeezing Lemons. How random is that? Send your photo via email to firstname.lastname@example.org By sending us your photo, you are saying that we have your permission to publish said photo!
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