On a recent international flight, I saw a dour young man refuse to give up his window seat for a couple who wanted to sit together. Worse than his refusal was the rude way he said No. For the entire flight, he was fast asleep, so the window view was not of much use to him, either.
This prompted me to think of the small ways in which we can make people feel sad or happy. I have made a list. Please add to it in the comments!
- Give up your window seat for a young couple who wants to sit together.
- If you stumble upon an old photo of you with your brother, sister or best friend, have it framed and give it to them as a gift.
- Let a driver merge ahead of you.
- Let someone pass ahead of you in the checkout line, especially if you can see he or she looks rushed.
- Make an effort to give a gift, rather than a gift certificate on your friend’s birthday. Out of ideas (and money?) Why not bake her favorite cheesecake?
- If you read a book or a poem that moves you, send it along to someone who would appreciate it.
- If a waiter or pedicurist or plumber does a good job, let them know.
- Open the door for a Mom pushing along a stroller.
- Put a coin in an expired meter.
- Bake a batch of muffins and take them to work.
It feels good to do good, and even better when you do it without expecting anything in return. What good deed did you do today?