Nov 09, 2012

Today, we were sitting in our CS241 class like every Friday. A friend of mine from an upper year class came in with two boxes of Timbits (miniature donuts from Tim Hortons).

Our professor looked at him and asked, "Are we celebrating something today?"

"No," replied my friend. "It's Random Act of Kindness Day!"

One of the great things about life is the little things that people can do to put a smile on someone else's face. I remember once, a friend and I wanted to finish a lab for a class. So we decided to do it early one morning. As always, I am not a morning person. That day, I dragged myself out of bed and went to the lab to find my friend waiting there. He looked at me and smiled. From his bag, he took out a soft croissant, a full jar of raspberry/strawberry jam, and a shiny, butter knife. To other people, it might have been a normal breakfast. To me, it made my day knowing that someone took the effort to bring a full set of breakfast.

A little kindness a day never hurts, and can always help make someone's day. It doesn't have to be big like making a breakfast. It could be something as small as smiling at a stranger. Below, I have listed a few things that my friends and I like doing:

  • Paying for a friend's expenses like a movie or dinner
  • Saying hi to the bus driver when getting on, saying thank you when getting off
  • Holding a door open for someone
  • Asking to help take a group photo of tourists
  • Walking a friend to class
  • Unpluging someone's power plug for them when they're packing up their computer.
  • Helping someone who is lost
  • Baking cookies or brownies, or making cotton candy for a group of people (like classmates)
  • My favorite: getting food at the drive through and paying for the next customer's meal

Helping someone else or showing extra kindness to other people always makes me happy. I still remember the day when my friend and I passsed out over 10 cotton candy rolls on a stick to people in our class. It was definitely worth the time seeing how excited people were, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Everyday is a Random Act of Kindness Day. So what have you done today?