Posted by Moira Ahearne Parkinson

Welcome to Mid-Week E-Lift —


“What is desirable in a person is kindness…” Proverbs 19:22

Matisyahu, “One Day”
(an American musician combining Jewish themes with reggae, hip hop beatboxing sounds, and alternative rock)


1. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator, subway….

2. Pay the toll the meter, the take out bill for the person behind you.

3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.

4. Write a letter to someone who could use some extra attention.

5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, or drive someone without a car to an appointment (or pay the cab fare).

6. Pay for a meal for a homeless person — or make care-packs to distribute (with hygiene items, clean socks, healthy snacks)

7. Say “I love you” to someone you love. Give them a backrub/shoulder rub. And be generous with compliments!

8. Help a mother/father carry the baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for him/her (or anyone else with encumbered with packages)

9. Donate a canned good item(s) every week to your local food pantry; give away good clothes you no longer use.

10. Pick up trash — better yet, organize a clean-up day in your community.

11. Bring your co-workers coffee or breakfast treats. Praise them when appropriate.

12. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.

13. Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.

14. When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
15. Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself.

16. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane. If someone cuts you off, count to five, and say a prayer and let it go.

17. Offer to baby-sit/elder sit.

18. Put your shopping cart back in its place.

19. Call or write to a teacher/someone who changed your life.

20. Donate blood, if you can.

21. Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.

22. Listen with all your senses.

23. Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.

24. Simply say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong.

25. Throw away your trash—and someone else’s—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.

26. Encourage someone who seems despondent.

27. Volunteer to take care of a friend’s dog (mail, plants) while s/he is vacationing.

28. Help a friend pack, unpack from a move — help them clean and get rid of clutter.

29. Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to her response.

30. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.

31. Complain less. Be mindful of your words, and their impact on others.

32. Leave a generous tip.

33. Give affirmation and encouragement.

34. Share laughter.

35. Smile frequently. Speak gently.

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Questions for Reflection/Action:
1. What acts of kindness can you do today?
2. What would you add or change to this list?
3. Keep a kindness journal. What act of kindness have made a difference in your life? How do you feel after being kind?
4. How is God kind to us?