20 Kind Things You Can Do For Others

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1. Pay for someone else’s meal/drink.

Whether you’re in a Starbucks drive-thru or a sit-down restaurant, tell the staff that you want to pay for another person’s order. The term “pay it forward” can come into play here :).

2. Volunteer. 

Volunteer at a soup kitchen, or a children’s hospital, or any other organization that gives back. Not only will you make others feel better, but you’ll feel pretty great doing it!

3. Hide some money somewhere in a store. 

It doesn’t have to be hundreds of dollars, especially if you’re short on money these days. Even leaving just a few dollars somewhere can bring some excitement and joy to someone’s day.

4. Attach money to a vending machine with a kind note. 

Leave enough money for someone to make a purchase and attach a short note saying something like, “Buy something sweet, on me!” Again, this small gesture can make someone’s day.

5. Pay someone with a compliment. 

If you really need to save money, you can pay someone in a different way: with a compliment! Let’s say you’re waiting in line at a store. Say something nice to the person in front of you or behind you. Even the smallest compliment can make someone feel amazing.

6. Donate to an organization. 

There are so many great organizations out there, so pick one that’s close to your heart and donate! Even just a small donation still makes a difference.

7. Help an elderly person (or anyone) carry groceries to his/her car. 

If you see someone struggling to get groceries to his/her car, offer to help them out! As long as you don’t ask in a creepy way, chances are, they’ll be grateful for your help!

8. Give coffee to a homeless person. 

Unfortunately, these days it’s sometimes hard to trust a homeless person with your money because there are some scammers out there. It’s a sad fact, but we know that it’s true. So instead, go to the nearest coffee shop and buy a coffee or hot chocolate for them. It’s an especially nice gesture for a cold winter day.

9. Write a nice note and leave it in a random book at the library. 

It could be a random book, or maybe it could be your favorite book. Come up with something wonderful to write and stick it in a random page. Chances are, you won’t get to see a person’s reaction to it, but just the thought of it will bring you joy.

10. Leave a sweet note on a random person’s car. 

Again, you might not get to see the person’s reaction to it, but it’s something incredibly kind and unexpected.

11. Make conversation with a store clerk (if it’s a slow day!). 

It doesn’t even have to be a full-length conversation, just ask them how their day is going, or how long they’ve been working there. Friendliness is easily passed around :).

12. Resolve a past conflict. 

This sounds like a large task but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. It’s not worth it going through life with enemies. Figure out a way to solve a past conflict with someone, and you’ll feel so much better. You don’t have to become friends with that person, but at least just agree to be civil. You’ll feel a whole lot of satisfaction!

13. Give out free hugs. 

This one sounds silly, but I always thought it was a cute idea. I’ve seen YouTube videos of people who wear a shirt or hold a sign that says “Free Hugs”, and they stand in the middle of their campus, or somewhere else in their town. I think it’s a great idea because let’s face it, everyone needs a hug! A hug a day keeps the negativity away!

14. Have a free lemonade and/or cookie stand (or hot chocolate in the winter). 

I know you like to make profit, but if you give out free food and drinks, it can make people have a better day! This simple task can bring a smile to at least one person’s face.

15. Offer to help tutor a classmate for free. 

Let’s face it, college kids are notoriously broke, yet they also want to do well in school. If you have time, and you would consider yourself well-rounded in that class, offer assistance to a struggling classmate. It will make them feel more confident, and hey, maybe you’ll make a new friend in the process!

16. Make a purchase at Goodwill/Salvation Army/another resale shop. 

Make sure you understand the cause before you go to the store, so that way you know what your money is going towards.

17. Go around your campus or around your town telling people genuine compliments. 

Again, I got this idea from YouTube, and it’s a bit more time-consuming than other things on this list, but the reactions you’ll get from others is priceless.

18. Donate old clothes/other items. 

Instead of just throwing out clothes that don’t fit anymore, donate them to an organization that gives them to people in need. It’s a much better option knowing that someone else will get use out of your unwanted things.

19. Gather up some friends and clean up your favorite local park (or other areas!). 

Being kind to the environment ultimately helps you be kind to others because a clean environment = healthier, happier people.

20. Bake something tasty for your neighbors. 

Whether you are best friends with your neighbors, or complete strangers, surprising them with baked goods is a great way to brighten their day! Maybe they’ll even invite you over to eat some of your treats with them!

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Why You’re Missing Out On Real Life If Your Phone Is Your BFF

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I’m a communications major, and in one of my classes, we’ve been talking a lot about how technology is destroying our society. While this information is incredibly depressing, it’s also the truth, and many people are ignorant of it.

A major issue in society is the constant use of smart phones. We are always taking pictures for Instagram or Snapchat, we’re always updating our Facebook statuses, we’re always texting….you get the point; we are attached to our cell phones. And while you may be using your phone to talk to your friends, in reality, it’s like your phone is your friend, not the people you’re texting with.

Think about how much time your eyes spend being glued to your phone. I will fully admit that I am one of the humans of this generation who has an attachment to my iPhone, and I can tell you that sometimes I get distracted because I feel the need to check my messages all the time. This is bad!! It takes you away from reality and essentially into a virtual world.

When you’re out with a friend, and you’re texting a different friend, it’s almost like you’re not really there. Make a pact with your friends to keep your cell phones put away when hanging out, and I bet you’ll feel a whole lot different; you’ll actually be able to give each other your full attention…whoa, what a concept!

If you’re out to dinner with your family and you Instagram your plate of food, or even worse, a selfie with your plate of food, then I just “literally can’t even”. Who gives a crap what your dinner looks like? Who is that going to benefit? Do you feel good posting pretty pictures of your meals? Unless you’re a professional photographer, then gtfo please. Put the phone away and enjoy your food with your family.

Okay, let’s talk more about selfies for a second. Again, I will admit to being a part of this, so I’m not trying to be a hypocrite. But I definitely make sure I don’t overdo the selfies. Some people take selfies EVERYWHERE. Like just stop now please. Again, if you’re with people, and you’re getting distracted by your phone because you want to take the perfect selfie and have to retake it 15 times, then you need to re-prioritize. Instead of focusing on perfecting your selfie, put your phone away and enjoy whatever activity you are doing.

My phone actually sometimes drives me crazy. Sometimes when I’m texting several people at once, I get annoyed and don’t feel like answering anymore, but a part of me feels like I have to or else I come off as a rude person. This is what society has come to. Imagine a time without all this technology…I bet people actually communicated in person 24/7! (So weird, right?!)

Communication is important in our world. It’s a necessary thing in order to connect to one another. Real life connections are crucial because they allow for a more positive environment. Think about the different ways people communicate through text. We think it’s easier to say certain things through text, and while this may be true for certain circumstances, it’s also very false. Take a breakup, for example. Now, do you really think it’s okay to break up with someone through text message? From personal experience, I can say that, no, it’s not okay. This is because text messages don’t allow us to see facial expressions or hear a tone of voice, so we misconstrue things. We might think the person is speaking in an angry tone of voice but, in reality, they could just be trying to send you texts in a calm manner.

Long story short: face to face communication is the best and we have to make sure that we don’t lose that. So try to limit the time you spend on your phone, especially when you are around other people. Let’s turn this society around!

P.S. I just realized that this was totally a blog post of me ranting but that’s okay, I hope you enjoyed it!

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