Over the weekend, I did a little experiment. I bought a beautiful $5 spring bouquet from Pike Place Market, with the intention of giving the flowers away to strangers.
Did you know that random acts of kindness will raise your self-esteem and make you a happier person? According to a research out of York University, compassionate activities increase the level of meaning in one’s life. And doing small things for others may help us be more kind to ourselves.
My mom was my partner in crime. It was raining, so we found an underground parking garage and placed a single stem and hand-written uplifting note on the windshield of selected cars.
Did it make me happy? Absolutely. I found myself giggling like a school girl. Trying not to get caught. Making sure no one was inside the vehicles. Hoping alarms wouldn't go off. And watching my mom do the same. But most of all, I enjoyed imagining everyone's eventual reactions.
Have you practiced random acts of kindness? Anything like this? How did it make you feel?
P.S. This gal did 38 good deeds on her 38th birthday!