There’s no denying that times are strange and unprecedented right now. Between physical distancing and self-isolation it can feel almost surreal to go about our “normal” routine.
While we can’t interact and engage in the same way as before, there are still simple ways to spread kindness and create a positive environment that don’t compromise the restrictions in place. Below I’ve listed some ideas that take into account keeping our distance. Depending on the extent of restrictions in your area, you may still need to modify the ideas, but most should adhere to the common physical distancing rules.
Regardless of what is going on in the world, or rather, all the more because of it, we can still spread kindness and happiness in creative and thoughtful ways that remind others of what it means to be human.
Smile – you don’t know who may need to see something positive
Say “thank you”, especially to the grocery store and health care workers
Pay the bill for the person behind you in drive-thru
Text a friend – even if it’s just to say “hi”
Mail a some pretty note cards with encouragements written inside
Drop off some potted flowers or plants at a friend or neighbour’s
Offer to get groceries for an elderly person or couple to minimize their need to go out to the grocery stores
Bake some bread or cookies and drop them off at a neighbour’s
Volunteer at a charity or local outreach centre
Buy local and support small if you can
Donate your hair (if it’s long enough) to cancer patients; check out Angel Hair for Kids
Get out and clean up the trash along the street
Schedule a long call and catch up with someone you haven’t talked to in a while
Leave a note for the mail deliverer – and maybe a little snack as well
Tip generously for meal, grocery, or purchase delivery