Want to make the most of the fact that you are social distancing? Why not try to spread some much-needed love and kindness while social distancing?
It’s been extremely heartwarming to watch the news and see the random acts of kindness going on around the world during these abnormal times.
While COVID-19 is forcing us to stay home and practice social distancing, people are coming together more than ever.
I’ve seen neighbors setting up an evening block party bingo games with toilet paper as prizes.
I can’t even count how many videos I’ve seen of families going to the next level creatively to entertain others as well as themselves with make-shift music videos. And don’t get me started on the family that dressed up like the characters while playing the game.
In my family, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren put a small parade together to wish my mom a happy birthday last week. It was a small thing, but it meant the world to Mom.
So, what can you do to show some kindness during this time of social distancing?
Here are 15 random acts of kindness you can do today while social distancing:
1. Clean up someone’s mess.
I know you’re probably doing this already since we’re all stuck home together and the kids aren’t in school. But try doing it from a different perspective. See it as an act of kindness instead of as another mess you have to clean.
2. Say thank you to all the essential front-line workers.
You don’t have to know a nurse, doctor or grocery clerk personally to appreciate them. Record a short video on your social platforms and show your love for these hardworking people. Let these heroes know how much you appreciate the work they are doing with a simple thank you video.
Start a book club with your friends and get together on Zoom to discuss it. Or record a video of you reading a bedtime story to share with children all over the world.
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4. Send a gift card.
Just because you can’t get out to buy a gift card doesn’t mean you can’t send one to family or friends. Amazon, Walmart, and many other online shops offer ecards. It works the same as a gift card but is sent to the recipient electronically.
5. Send a handwritten letter.
In this age of technology, the simple handwritten letter is something we don’t see much of. Write a short letter and mail it to those you are missing during this time.
6. Check on your neighbor.
If you’re going to the grocery, stop and see if a neighbor needs something while you’re out. Be sure to check in with your elderly neighbors. Cut a neighbor’s grass.
Some of you may be tackling the spring cleaning during this stay at home time. If so, you’ve more than likely bagged up some old clothes or toys. You can still donate these goods to Goodwill and other donation centers. These places are offering no contact donations. You don’t even have to get out of your car.
8. Support local small businesses.
Small businesses, especially our local restaurants, are taking a huge hit from this pandemic. Be sure you’re doing your part to support them by ordering a meal for pickup or delivery. Most of them are offering free delivery. And don’t forget about your local gym or yoga studio. You can support them by simply joining in on their online classes. At-home workouts are everywhere.
9. Inspire others with art.
Go for a walk and find some small rocks. Take them home and paint them with an inspiring message. Then on your next walk, secretly put them in your neighborhood. This is a fun way to inspire a random person who finds your inspiring message.