Heart Of Gold

With the holiday season around the corner, we're all feeling that little extra warmth in our hearts. Use those feelings to bring good cheer with a kind gesture or 42. And whether the gestures are random or intentional, a bit of kindness can go a long way, even if you have only five seconds or an entire day to give.
Love note on mirror

When you have five seconds

1

Smile

See someone struggling or have a disgruntled look on their face? Smile. It could literally turn their frown upside down.

2

Compliment someone

If you like a fabulous outfit, scarf, pair of shoes, hairstyle or even a pretty pedicure on a stranger (or friend), tell them! That five seconds could give them a boost of confidence they deserve.

3

Bring a cart in from the parking lot

You don't have to take every single cart into the store, but if you see a lot full of stray carts, take the extra second to push one inside, especially if it's hot out!

4

Pick it up

When you see someone drop something, whether their hands are full or not, pick it up for them. The nice gesture could create a domino effect later.

5

Say "thank you"

It sounds silly, but when you see a teacher, a postman, a barista, a cashier or anyone working hard for your benefit, give them the praise they deserve.

6

Post your gratitude

Write "I love you" or "You're awesome!" for your spouse, your kid or a friend and tape it to their mirror, put it in their lunch box or leave it on their desk. Just because.

7

Pay it backwards

Regardless of what line you're in, take an extra second to pay for the car behind you. It could cause a fun domino effect.

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