Intentional Living

26 Little Acts of Kindness to Try During the Holidays

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Coat: Forever 21 (similar/ Sweater: thrifted / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: DSW / Bag: Old Navy

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Can’t believe we are so close and I still have a little shopping to do (queen procrastinator reporting for duty!) I’ve been busy this week with shopping, gift wrapping, and work holiday party prepping so I didn’t post on Wednesday, which felt weird and great at the same time. We all need a break sometime. Anyway, I wanted to share this outfit I wore to my work holiday party and also share a little story.

Wednesday after getting out of work early I went to Starbucks to treat myself to a soy mocha latte (my go-to) and the woman in front of me in the drive-thru paid for my drink! I was so thankful and expressed my gratitude to the barista. Directly after that as I was pulling out of the shopping complex, a woman with a “mother of 2 in need” sign was standing at the traffic light. I normally don’t give money to people asking for help, simply because where I live you honestly don’t know if they really need or not (drug addicts mostly). Yet I had a few extra dollars to spare that were supposed to go towards my coffee, so I rolled down my window and handed it to her. Her response expressed so much gratitude, and she said, “God bless you.” Little acts of kindness can go a long way. Here are 26 things you can do to strangers or loved ones during the holidays (or any day) to show a little love:

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1. Pay for the stranger’s bill in front of you at the drive-thru
2. Smile at or say hello to strangers in passing 
3. Get in touch with an old friend or teacher via email or snail mail
4. Give a genuine compliment
5. Hold the door open for the person behind you
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6. Send “thinking of you” cards in the mail to people you love
7. Volunteer at a local shelter or church
8. Donate to a charity that aligns with your views
9. Call your mom
10. Buy your best friend a gift not because of a holiday, but because it made you think of them
11. Say thank you to your waitress/cashier/barista
12. Listen when people talk to you
13. Say something nice when someone is being gossiped about
14. Say hello to your neighbor(s)
15. Offer a ride to a coworker
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16. Invite someone over for dinner, especially if they are alone this holiday season
17. Allow someone to help you
18. Carry around $5 gift cards to give to a random stranger or someone you know that does something awesome
19. Drive with caution (especially in busy shopping centers or downtown areas) and let pedestrians safely cross the street 
20. Write a letter to a loved one or child
21. Offer to carry an elderly person’s groceries to their car to take back someone’s cart as you’re walking into the grocery store
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22. Donate your clothes you never wear to a thrift store, especially sweaters and coats this time of the year
23. Give up your seat on a crowded bus or train to an elderly, disabled, or pregnant person 
24. Bring doughnuts to work to share
25. Put change in a parking meter that is near expiration
26. Leave a tip in the tip jar at your local coffee shop
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Remember: little acts of kindness to strangers and people you love during the holidays and everyday can do so much to brighten both their’s and your day. It will also make you feel more grateful for everyday thingss in your life and who wouldn’t want that?
 Do you have any ideas to add to my list?

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  • small acts of kindness are good for the soul, for your happiness and for your life generally, and of course, for other people, christmas is the best time of year to remember that <3
    Happy holidays Shelia x


  • What a lovely post and what lovely stories! Kindness doesn't have to cost a penny x

    Sick Chick Chic

  • Great post! I really like #8 & #20. 🙂

  • Such a perfect look:)

  • Your holiday party is too cute! I can never get the collar thing down right. Thanks for this post, it did two things for me, reminded me that I'm a good person because a do a lot of suggestions daily. The other is that there is still so much I can do to brighten someone's day.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • What a beautiful outfit and post! Happy holidays <3

    Edye |

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