Ideas for Spreading Kindness
With that quote in mind, here are some ideas for spreading kindness instead of a virus…
(Disclaimer: I’ve endeavored to include only ideas that are safe in these days of social distancing. Obviously, use your discretion to keep everyone safe.)
1 – Arrange a virtual happy hour with a friend
Sometimes you just need a glass of wine and a chat with a girlfriend, right? While circumstances might preclude us from doing so in person, technology offers us the chance to do so virtually.
May I suggest Gary Vaynerchuk’s Empathy Wines? Delivered directly to your door, wine is always a good idea. And who among us doesn’t need more empathy in our lives today?
2 – Ask an elderly neighbor what they need
While many of us routinely have groceries delivered, doing so can be unfamiliar for the elderly. So, whether you pick up groceries for them or simply order online, you can be of help in this practical way. And just keep in touch so that they don’t feel alone during this period of high-risk for them
3 – Bake and share with neighbors
Whatever your potion, cook an extra batch and share it with neighbors. And I’ll take some too! Ha.
4 – Buy gift cards from small businesses
Sadly, some small companies are on the sidelines right now. They are unable to provide their products or services in line with the current social distancing guidelines. Beyond that, pretty much every small business is hurting these days.
You can help them by buying gift cards now to use at a later date. They get the revenue now, while you get to treat yourself when all this is over.
5 – Celebrate loved ones from afar
Whether you know someone who is having a birthday or someone who just needs a pick me up, don’t be shy about celebrating them from afar! Send balloons, send cookies, send a cake, send flowers, send a gift.
For reference, here are some of my favorite Houston vendors:
Mi Bella Rosa Floral Artistry
That Balloon Girl
Wink Bakehouse by Erica
An all-in-one idea for Houstonians: my friends at Revelry Goods have teamed up with Becca Cakes and Holy Oak Floral Design to offer a balloons + cake + florals party package delivered to you! Details here.
6 – Create free content that adds value to others
This one may, on the surface, seem to apply to only bloggers and influencers and such. But truly, each of us has a sphere of influence which is amplified right now.
If you’ve developed some best practices for working from home, for instance, maybe email your friends and share those tips with them. Or, if you are a pro at caring for toddlers, maybe share some activity ideas with other moms.
Speaking specifically to bloggers: I challenge you as my cohorts to think less about selling and more about providing value. Given these trying times, how can you help the community you’ve built?
7 – Drop off books for a friend
In a culture often short on time, now we seem to have a lot of time on our hands. Share some favorite books with a friend. Safely leave them on the doorstep. Then you can have a virtual happy hour to discuss the book together!
8 – Express gratitude to all around you
For big things, for little things, at home and elsewhere, now more than ever, let’s express gratitude for all things and in all ways.
Keep a gratitude journal, but don’t miss the opportunity to express your gratitude outwardly as well.
9 – FaceTime with isolated loved ones
Thank goodness for technology these days! More than ever, we find ourselves FaceTiming with family and friends.
Mainly keep in mind any elderly relatives. They are especially vulnerable to this virus, so many of them have remained sequestered in their homes for weeks on end. A FaceTime a day can keep the sadness away!
10 – Fill your local food bank pantry
This one goes without saying, but the food bank is always a good place to give. Remember that, as hard as these days are for you, the chances are that someone is hurting more. Someone out there needs necessities like food and water and such. So, be that helping hand.
11 – Give grace
We are all going to stumble and make some mistakes during these tough times. Respond with grace rather than condemnation and judgment.
12 – Give praise to coworkers
Particularly if a coworker is going above and beyond in these tough times, give her the accolades she deserves. Sing her praises publicly! Tell her boss, tell her manager, tell anyone who will listen. Positive feedback matters even more in these sensitive times.