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Week 27: Take two steps out of your comfort zone

Random acts of kindness can reach all groups of people. You are able to affect those closest to you, friends and family, people you may never meet or see affected by this, or even people who may never be able to return the favor. In week 27, we are going to focus on helping those with kindness who are not able to help you.

The homeless are often those who are overlooked and could really benefit from your random acts of kindness. Really step out of your comfort zone and interact with them. This interaction could be as simple as a “Good morning” as you walk by them on your way to work, or if you are standing with them at a bus stop, ask them how they are doing. Something as simple as a conversion says you know they are not invisible. You might be surprised by the stories they share!

I tend not to give money to those in need that ask for money on the street corner. You never know what that money could be used for and it might not be helping them at all. There are some people who are not as truthful about their situation as it appears. A friend of mine sat down and had a long conversation with one of her local homeless resident and it turned out he wasn’t homeless at all, but takes the role of it and people give him money. It’s ironic because people give the homeless money to feel good about themselves, never questioning what giving them money will really do. If you are going to give money, find your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen to donate to. In my opinion, the people who frequent these places are attempting to turn their lives around and the organizations need your help to help others who really need help.

Personally, if there is someone outside of a grocery store and I am heading in, I’ll come out with an extra sandwich for them. Then at least I know they won’t be hungry and I have done what I can, knowing my money has gone to a good and positive resource. I once talked to someone who gives out chocolate bars instead of cash. She has her car stocked. I love this idea.

Don’t feel like you can help? Are you getting coffee this morning? Then you have the ability to get a coffee or a sandwich for the person standing outside who doesn’t have the means to buy their own.

Help someone who may never be able to return the favor to you, but know what goes around, comes around in some way or another.

Week 21: Know your neighbors

Now that we have looked at how we can improve on our closest relationships (that of our friends and family), it is time to look at how we can expand our networks and relationships. What better place to start than with your neighbors? We live next to to all of these people, and yet we don’t know them. Sure, you may recognize the people that live on your street, may even smile as you walk by them, but do you know their names? Know where they grew up? What they do for a living? If you didn’t answer yes to all three of these questions, it is time to do something about it!

Here are five ways to help you connect with your neighbors and build a stronger community:

  1. See them moving in? Offer to help! You don’t have to help them all day long, but when it comes to moving furniture up or down stairs, having someone else would be a huge help to them. You never know when you may need a favor yourself.
  2. Be old fashion! Welcome them by bringing them a freshly baked pie or cookies. Now you will be unforgettable to them!
  3. Extend your hand to them and give them your email and phone number (if you feel comfortable with that). Maybe they are new to the city and could use some advice on good places to eat or they could use your help feeding their cats some day or just to keep an eye on their house while they are out of town. By you lending help to them first, you will have started a good trusting relationship.
  4. Start a block party if you don’t already have one. They are a great (and a less creepy way) of getting to know everyone. Set a date. Leave invitations on everyone’s door and have everyone contribute their favorite dish. You’ll be surprised by the number of people that come out of hiding. You could also turn this into a block watch group by collecting everyone’s email addresses to send quick notices to everyone. It is a great way to keep each other safe.
  5. As you get to know some of your neighbors, invite them over to your place for dinner or some drinks. You’ll be able to get to know them a lot better.

Happy socializing!

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