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The School of Etiquette


Random Acts of Kindness

A simple act of kindness can transform a persons day and what better time to express our love to others than this season of giving.

As part of our 12 Days of Christmas, every other day, we will give you a few ideas on how you can practice ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. 

Today’s focus will be on ‘Strangers’.

1. Offer to buy lunch for a homeless person:
If you happen to pass by a homeless person, why not offer to buy them a meal. That may end up being the only proper meal they get that day.

2. Pay for a stranger’s parking space:
Shopping centres will be full of people frantically rushing around to get their last minute Christmas shopping. Lighten the financial load of someone else by offering to pay for their car park ticket.

3. Buy someone coffee:
Can’t do without your coffee fix in these cold winter months?
…then why not pay for the coffee of the person behind you. This small act can warm up that person for the rest of the day.

4. Caring Notes:
Drop a quick line on a sticky pad note in random public places like a mirror of public toilets, a colleagues desk, on a bus seat etc. Make sure it’s something short, sweet, inspiring and/or encouraging.

5. Manners Matter:
Finally, watch how you socially interact with others, and don’t forget to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Hold the door open for the person behind you, keep your feet off public transport seats, queue at the bus stop, stand on the right hand side of elevators, avoid playing loud music; eating smelly food and talking really loudly on public transport.

Remember, part of Etiquette is making sure that other people feel comfortable around you, and these simple acts fall under kindness and are free to give. Acts like these really embody the spirit of Christmas and can go a long way in lifting someone up.

So don’t delay, do something you would not usually do for someone who is a total stranger to you.

We would love for you to share what random act of kindness you did for a stranger. How did it make you and that person feel afterwards? Please leave your comments below or tag us using the hashtag #TSERAK

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