How a Random Act of Kindness can Change Everything…

Have you ever noticed how even a small act of kindness such as holding the door for someone can brighten your day? 
How having a complete stranger pay for your family’s meal at a restaurant can impact your mood and overall thoughts on life? 
No matter how big or small, an act of kindness can go a long way. In a world where everyone is constantly in a rush, simple actions such as holding a door or saying thank you often get skipped over. 
These simple actions should be norm, not the constant demand for things and rude behavior. I think it’s the expectation that we have that people should do things for us, rather than us all being together in a collective society. 
Over the next month (and hopefully throughout this new year) I challenge you to simply be kind.
Remember your manners, do something random to brighten someone’s day, do something without looking for recognition; do something kind simply because it makes someone’s day (and your own) better. 
Here a few random acts of kindness that are simple to sneak into your day: 
-Pay for the person behind you in line, or leave a gift card/specific dollar amount for them.
-Bake cookies for a neighbor, friend, or colleague just because. 
-Write a kind note and mail it, or send a”thinking of you” text message. 
-Buy an extra book of stamps at the post office and tell the postal worker to give them to the next person who asks to buy stamps. 
-Leave a coupon in a store next to the item it’s for. 
-Leave a quarter in an Aldi’s shopping cart. 
-Buy a reusable bag for the next person in line at a store. 
-Say please, thank you, and ask someone simply how their day is going. 
An act of kindness doesn’t have to be big (or expensive). Simply holding the door open, lending a an extra hand to someone who is carrying too much can make a big difference. 
What random act of kindness will you do? Have you ever been the recipient of an act of kindness? Share with PMB! 
Spread kindness today and always! 
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Nicole is a mom to two children each with big personalities - Reagan is currently 4 and Tyler is 2, they are exactly 26 months apart to the day, and ever since Tyler was born life has been non-stop! She's a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who works full time as a virtual Social Studies teacher for middle and high school students. Although she was originally from the North Hills, 10 days before Reagan was born her and her husband relocated to the South Hills. (However, within the year they will be heading back North of the city to be closer to family). Nicole would rather spend time outdoors, preferably in the fall with a good book and a cup of coffee (or glass of wine), but realistically she is generally multi-tasking between work and the kids. She does love cooking and can often be seen having dance parties in the kitchen (usually with Reagan) while making dinner.