Gratitude Challenge, Day 3: Kindness to a Stranger

Written by: Denelle Padgett



Have you ever just had one of those days? Maybe you’re  late for work because your kid forgot her trumpet for school and you had to run her back home to get it and your mandatory meeting is going to start without you… or your dog ran out the door as you were trying to leave and you couldn’t get him back inside…. or you spilled coffee all down the front of your freshly ironed uniform… you get the idea right?

We have no idea what is going on in the lives of strangers. (Heck we probably don’t know all the details of our closest friends). Life is full of everyday challenges and no one is immune to them. A simple act of kindness can make anyone’s day so much better. An act of kindness can be so simple, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.

Let’s say you are at the gas station and there’s a line piling up, but you have an hour before you have to be somewhere and you let the one car pull ahead of you. A surprised wave and smile is what you get in return, which is really all you needed to make you feel good to. That person may have been rushing to get to work but really needed gas…. you could have just made her day.



“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”



What about if you are at the grocery store and you have a cart of groceries and you see a person with a couple of items in their hands patiently waiting behind people like you, carts filled with items. You ask him to go in front of you. Wow, you see that surprised smile and he asks you, “are you sure?”. As he finishes up a couple minutes later he turn and says, “thank you so much, I truly appreciate you letting me go before you. Have a great day”. You smile, feeling happy that you were able to do something so simple and both of you felt good in return.

How about holding the elevator in a busy building, or holding the door open for a mom struggling to hold her baby and packages to be mailed at the busy post office, or giving your seat on the train to the elderly person who could really use a rest. If you have the money buy the coffee for the person behind you in the drive through, or pay a toll on the busy commute home.

There are so many simple acts of kindness that we can all do everyday. Try to remind yourself of the warm happy feeling you get when someone does something nice for you. There are opportunities for a kind act all the time even if you don’t go anywhere, you can be kind over the phone or on social media. Tell someone they look lovely, or that you like their hew hair do. You won’t have to look very far to be kind.

Try to do one nice thing for a stranger today and let us know how it makes you feel. I bet you will feel as happy as the person you were kind to! Don’t forget to tag us in your posts on Instagram, and use #hellogratitudechallenge. We are loving all the stories, and connections that are posted everyday!

I love the movie Pay If Forward with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. It shows exactly how an act of kindness to a stranger can change someone’s entire life. Here’s a preview if you haven’t seen it yet!


Make it a theme that transpires all day long…do some kind actions, watch a movie surrounding kindness, and feel so good with the brightness you’re bringing to your world!




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