Bring Random Acts of Kindness Home

12 Aug
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We often forget that Random Acts of Kindness are not limited to strangers. While yes, it is always a good feeling (as the giver or recipient) for one stranger to help another, we should not forget that those we know are often the ones most in need of AoK from us, specifically.

The old saying ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ is true in the fact that we often tend to take for granted those that are closest to us.  We come to expect to be treated a certain way, or have things done for us, or begin to forget to go the extra mile because we don’t need to ‘make nice’ to those who are around us all the time.

Sometimes it means the most to those we’ve personally neglected, or those who have always taken care of us.  These people can include our parents, our children, our spouses, and our closest friends.

A perfect example of this is the A.o.K. that my Love committed that I shared in this post.  If anyone else had done this for me, yes, I would have appreciated it.  I would have been grateful, said thank you, and had a smile on my face all day, but it wouldn’t have been able to compare to the joy and happiness I felt by that unexpected and yes, random, act of thoughtfulness coming from the man I adore.  Nothing could have compared.

You see, those we are around every day, they know that we love them, but often we forget that the knowledge of love isn’t the same as the showing of love.  Showing your love to those closest to you reinforces that bond; strengthens it, and it shows them that we aren’t taking them for granted.

One of the nicest things about doing an Act of Kindness for someone you know is that you can tailor it to them specifically.  Does your mother have a flower bed?  Weed it when she’s away running errands.  Dad have a car he loves?  Wash it for him while he’s taking a nap.  A sister who hates to mop floors?  Arrange a sneak attack on her floor while she’s gone grocery shopping.  Do you have a bachelor brother who is helpless in the kitchen?  Make him a few meals and slip them in his freezer next time you visit.

While focusing on spreading kindness to the world, don’t forget to give a little bit of that kindness to those who matter the most to you.  It creates just as much good karma and good feelings as being kind to strangers, with the added benefit of strengthening your relationships with those you love.

Here’s another list for you, this one of Acts of Kindness for those you love:

  1. When you know someone has had a hard day, give them a foot or back massage.
  2. Pick a bouquet of flowers off the side of the road and bring them to your wife/mother/sister/daughter.
  3. Pick a chore you know that person hates, and quietly do it.
  4. If you know someone is going to be busy, cut their lawn or rake their leaves for them.
  5. Take charge of dinner one night, letting the usual ‘chef’ have a night off (bonus karma for doing the dishes, too!)
  6. Compile a CD of their favorite songs (bonus karma for adding a surprise ‘bonus track’ audio clip of you telling them how much you appreciate and care about them!)
  7. Clean your mom or wife’s mirror, and put a sticky note on it saying, “Just wanted you to clearly see, how incredibly beautiful you are to me.”
  8. If it’s not already your ‘job’, empty all the trash in the house and take the can to the curb the day before trash day.
  9. Compile a ‘Most Awesome Moments’ video of your dad/husband/brother’s favorite hobby or sport, and watch it with them.
  10. Write a note or poem for the other person, telling them how much you care about them, and give it to them in a double picture frame, along with a photo of the two of you together, just because.
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4 Responses to “Bring Random Acts of Kindness Home”

  1. projectwelamy August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    These are some great ideas, thank you for posting!

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    • KraftedKhaos August 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks for visiting! Hopefully it will help you guys on the days in your week that you won’t be able to make it out of the house!

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  2. projectwelamy August 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    #7 completely touched my heart! What a sweet, kind idea!!
    -Silvia

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    • KraftedKhaos August 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      I thought it was pretty clever also, if I do say so myself! (I came up with that one on my own, lol… it’s a Free, Fun or Interesting exclusive! 😉 )

      Like

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