Shine It Forward {Random Acts of Kindness}

    Posted by  ·  November 2, 2015

    I am so excited about this new initiative, Shine It Forward from Jimmy Dean. Couldn’t we all use a little more kindness in our lives?  Jimmy Dean is challenging us to make #MondaysForGood. It is amazing how small acts of kindness – volunteering, buying coffee for a co-worker, or holding the door open for a stranger – can create a positive chain reaction and turn the world into a brighter place!  Jimmy Dean is encouraging you to make your Monday mornings matter by taking time to do something nice for others. Lets turn Monday mornings into the best part of the week!

    I am using this Monday morning to tell a few friends how special they are to me! I have a little gift tag to share with you if you would like to shine some joy on your friends too!

    friend gift

    Download the Printable Friendship Gift Tags.  Print on card stock. I found this kraft colored card stock at the craft store. Cut out tags and use washi tape to fasten to a small gift.

    {Printable Friendship Gift Tags}

    printable friendship tags

    I will be giving flowers, but what about a cup of coffee, a soft drink, homemade cookies, a special sack lunch…. really anything that would brighten your friend’s day!

    random act of kindness idea

    If you are looking for other ways to spread kindness check out these simple random acts of kindness ideas.

    50 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

    1. Open the door for someone
    2. Drop off a toy, game or coloring books and crayons at a hospital pediatric unit
    3. Give a helping hand when you see someone carrying alot of stuff
    4. Pay someone a compliment
    5. Help someone with their groceries or bags
    6. Smile!
    7. Say hello!
    8. Acknowledge the cashier who’s helping you and genuinely ask them how they’re doing
    9. Take flowers to a hospital ward and give them to someone who hasn’t had any visitors
    10. Reach an item off a high shelf for someone
    11. Listen!
    12. Drop off teddy bears at the police department to give to traumatized children
    13. Send someone a small gift anonymously
    14. Make sure every person in a group conversation feels included
    15. Drop off flowers at your friend or neighbor’s home
    16. Leave  an anonymous thank you notes to a teacher
    17. Treat a friend to the movies or dinner
    18. Put change in a vending machine
    19. Write a letters of appreciation to someone who is helping your community
    20. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home
    21. Give up your seat to someone
    22. Pick up trash you find along your way
    23. Say thank you to a janitor
    24. Pay for a toll for the car behind you
    25. Write anonymous words of affirmations for strangers to find
    26. Babysit for a single mom for free
    27. At a restaurant, pay for a table’s lunch or dinner anonymously
    28. Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand
    29. Pay for someone’s groceries
    30. Put something you no longer need on craigslist  for free
    31. Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line
    32. Send dessert to another table
    33. Pay for someone’s meal behind you at the drive-thru
    34. Volunteer your time
    35. Compliment someone in front of others
    36. Buy a meal for a homeless person
    37. Leave a book you have already finished somewhere for someone else to read
    38. Drop off a toy or game at a homeless shelter
    39. Offer to help an elderly neighbor with their household chores.
    40. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
    41. Visit someone at a nursing home that doesn’t receive many visitors
    42. Take a treat to work to share with co-workers
    43. Pay for someone behind you at a coffee shop
    44. Write a kind thought  or inspirational quote on a post it note and leave in public for everyone to see
    45. Talk to the person who’s sitting by themselves at a party
    46. When you run an errand, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
    47. Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you
    48. Put sticky notes with positive thoughts on the mirrors in restrooms
    49. Be patient
    50. Put your phone away and be present!

    I would love to see how you make #MondaysForGood . Tweet @JimmyDean using #MondaysForGood or post on Facebook/Instagram and share what good you did or would do if given a Monday morning off to do good.

    Be sure to visit to sign the petition and make #MondaysForGood a national holiday! How cool would that be. A National holiday to promote kindness. That is a holiday I could get behind.

    Jimmy Dean shine it forward

    Looking for more ideas? My dear friend Mique has a new book, Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy. It is loaded with ideas for sharing kindness.

    This is a sponsored post by Jimmy Dean. All ideas and opinions are my own. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing this Shine It Forward campaign. Encouraging kindness is always a good thing!



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    1. Betty Nelson
      Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
      I try to do some of these things regularly thanks for the reminder. I'm definitely going to use the "friendship" card.
    2. Friday, February 26th, 2016
      What a nice blog you have shared. It is full of nice thoughts and ideas. I will surely share and recommend to others. It is a very admiring post. Thanks for sharing.
    3. Cathy
      Sunday, November 15th, 2015
      I have done these things and this is great! I woul like to add...our men and women of the military. I pay for their resturant meals when I see them. Whether it is just them or their family.
    4. Monday, November 2nd, 2015
      This is my second year of putting together a Holiday Gift Guide featuring 10 of my favorite Etsy Shops. For five weeks I select an item from each shop from the end of October to Thanksgiving.The Holiday Gift Guide is shared on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts and each Etsy shop can share with their followers, too. It's a small way of paying it forward to help Etsy shops for the Holiday season. And, I do this on Mondays as my act of Random Kindness.
    5. Runwright
      Monday, November 2nd, 2015
      Best idea for a new holiday that I've ever heard.
      This post is so inspiring on so many levels. I even want to buy those shears to make cute gift tags.
      Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning this now.