Have you ever had a complete stranger do something nice for you? Something unexpected, something that completely changed the outlook of your day? It might have been a small or big idea, but that act of kindness caused you to experience the power of gratitude.
Once a month, I have been declaring… drumroll please… The Gratitude Challenge! (spoken in a James Earl Jones-y kind of way) I encourage you to read January and February’s post to see what we did! Each time we have chosen 5 people in our lives and done something nice to let them know we appreciate them.
This month is going to be a little different and it’s one of my favorite ways to show gratitude!
I want you to come up with 5 random acts of kindness that can be shown to complete strangers and done anonymously. For instance, paying for the person behind you in the drive-thru. I once wrote a card of encouragement and left it on a park bench with the words “to you” written on the envelope.
You could leave flowers on the doorstep of someone in your neighborhood. I heard about one lady who went to the bookstore and taped a $20 bill to the back of her favorite book with a note saying that she wanted someone else to enjoy the book as much as she did. Love that!
What I love about this is that we show an act of kindness, but never get a thank-you for it. In fact, we will probably never know who received the kind gesture. It helps to keep our motives pure. I wrote a post called Are Our Good Deeds Selfish and this challenge ties in perfectly with that!
Whenever I have done this, I get a thrill from knowing I impacted someone’s day. I’ll admit – I tend to play out in my head how it all went down. That’s just me, though.
So there’s your challenge folks! Take the next few weeks and find 5 ways to show anonymous gratitude. When you do, let us know what you did. Be sure to use #kevinsgratitudechallenge so that we can keep the movement going!
I’m going to ask you to share this post through your own social media so that we can get more people involved in making the world a better place. I appreciate it!
Show gratitude. Show love. It’s what this life is all about.