In today’s world, we have become reliant on communicating without physical interactions. Using the internet to stay close to the people and things that matter to you is a critical tool.
Beyond social media and emails, there are other creative ways to keep in touch, do good deeds, and make someone’s life a little better.
February is Random Acts of Kindness Month, a practice we can all get in the habit of every month.
Here are some ideas for virtual random acts of kindness:
• Give a positive recommendation to a work colleague on LinkedIn. Help your colleagues build credibility in their network with a testament to their skills.
• Purchase a wish list item for a local nonprofit. Ordering items online is an excellent contactless way to donate. Have the items sent directly to the recipient.
• Become a mentor in your expertise. Offer free consultations, materials, or advice to those looking to succeed in your field.
• Write a positive review for a local business. Help your favorite small businesses stay open by singing their praises. Start passing out stars to those who deserve them.
• Send a virtual greeting card. There are tons of free cards online to download.
• Send an e-gift card. Treat a few of your friends to their favorite pick-me-up.
• Throw a virtual surprise party for someone. Celebrate someone’s birthday or accomplishment with a gathering of their favorite people on one screen.
• Email a former teacher of yours to say “thank you.” Think back to those who had an impact on your development. It is never too late to thank them.
• Tutor someone online for free. Online school can leave students feeling lost and in need of extra support.
• Be kind to yourself. Don’t forget to treat yourself with the same kindness you give others.
Acts of kindness not only make others feel good, but they remind you of the impact that your actions can have. Taking a few minutes out of your busy day to do something for someone else can have a long-lasting effect on them.
People often remember genuine compliments long after they receive them, and favors can keep someone afloat in a time of need.
Let’s all try to incorporate random acts of kindness into our routine to make our community more united.
Lynn Hall is the general manager of Hargray.